I know that January is usually the month of new beginnings, but I'm taking on a couple challenges for February, namely daily letter-writing and daily meditating. I will write and mail something--a letter, a card, even a postcard--each day through snail mail. That's 23 pieces of mail. I was a wonderful pen pal as a child, sending hundreds of letters to my Greek pen pal Martha Bitsopoulou, in addition to correspondences with Lambeth, my Aunt Sis, my great grandmother, and other pen pals from camp, a Star Wars fan club, and such. Nowadays, I send a ton of email and make some phone calls, but very few letters. Though, I have sent my Aunt Sis approximately a letter a week since her illness.
And I'm also joining Sharon Salzberg's 28-day meditation challenge, which means meditation everyday. I'll breathe in and out, do lovingkindness meditation, listen to some of my meditation CDs. I'm really looking forward to the month to jump-start my practice, which had fallen behind with Mama's surgery and recovery and then the holidays and then even the flu, which kept me from the meditation workshop.
Lastly, though it's not specifically a February challenge, I've pledged on my Goodreads account to read a book a week and I'm making good progress. It's time actually read all the books I own!
I'll keep you updated on these challenges--it'll be a busy if short month!