I am sure we can all agree that each and every one of us can make some changes in our lives to become a better person, a better student, parent, sibling, spouse and community member. Perhaps you have been wanting to break some habits you feel you have that may be preventing you from becoming your best self, but you don't know where to start to kick the habit. So you have put off improving yourself for the better for weeks, maybe months, perhaps you have been trying to change for years. Well, if you are sick of talking the talk, then join the community in a 28-day challenge to finally walk your talk.

They say that it takes 28 days to break a bad habit. Well I challenge you to take a 28-day challenge during the month of February. In other words, for the entire month of February you have to challenge yourself to kick a habit that you don't like about yourself. If you can't think of a habit you would like to kick, then you can still participate in the challenge by doing something for the community everyday for the month of February.

So, for example, if you are trying to lose weight for your New Year's resolution, but still find yourself reaching for the chip bag every afternoon, or parking as close as you possibly can to the grocery store, for the entire month of February your challenge will be to park far away from the grocery store to get more exercise, or to replace your daily chip bag with a daily piece of fruit. If you have a bad habit of not calling people back, then your challenge for the month is to call each and every person who calls you back in a timely matter. If you are a procrastinator student, always turning your homework in late, your challenge will be to turn every single paper in on time during the month of February.

If you are feeling pretty fortunate that you don't have any bad habits you would like to kick, then I challenge you to do at least one kind deed for somebody else in the community everyday for 28 days straight in February: You can pick up trash around your neighborhood, donate money to the homeless, open the door for a stranger, help a neighbor, help a handicapped person bring their groceries to their car, etc. If you need ideas for kind deeds, visit www.myaskmikey.com.

Who knows, maybe after the 28 days you will feel so good about all of the positive changes you have made in your life, and the lives around you, that you will want to continue beyond the 28 days.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle "Mikey" Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice; however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at www.myaskmikey.com or myaskmikey@yahoo.com.


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