Lent Stuff, Part 2: 40 Days to a Better Me (and You?)

Way, way, way before people did things like a 30-Day Cleanse or Fast, or did the Whole30 diet plan, or meditated for inner peace, the Catholics were already doing it and calling it things like “Lent” and “Advent” and “prayer.”

I take Lent quite seriously and use it as a time to re-focus, re-invent, and rejuvenate my mind, body, and spirit. They say “40 days makes a habit permanent” (actually they say 21 days, but you know and I know nothing sticks in 21-days …at least not for me). 40 days? Hey, that’s what Lent is.

I’m continuing on with my #ResolutionADay, but I’m also adding a few things more enlightened to Lent …like praying the Rosary on the daily, fully fasting on Fridays and into Saturday (so from dinner time Thursday until breakfast on Saturday, I’m fasting … 48 hours). I’ll use the Rosary time to calm and focus my mind and practice gratitude and humility, and be thankful for my blessings. I’ll use the fasting time to practice discipline and remind myself I can do more than I think I can.

But I’m also doing something else …using these 40 days to Unsubscribe from soooooooo many email Newsletters. I don’t know how it happened, but I find myself in my Yahoo! and Gmail deleting more emails than I’m opening and reading. Like prayer and fasting, it will take discipline and focus. I’ve done this Unsubscribing thing a few times, for a few days, and never remember if I actually Unsubscribed or not …but not this time. This time, I’m keepin’ a list and checkin’ it twice. If I get emails from places I told not to email me after these 40 days of purging, blocking, and Unsubscribing, I swear I’m getting a lawyer and filing a lawsuit (I have no idea if a lawyer would take that case or if I have any grounds for such a lawsuit ….I probably accepted countless terms & conditions without reading).

But it’s necessary. It will give me some time back into my life, will make me less cluttered and more organized, and will rid me of the guilt of not opening those emails that someone worked hard to write – yes, I do feel a little guilty highlighting all the emails and then Deleting all at once.

So, here we are, Day 1 of Lent and I spent a half-hour cleaning up my Gmail Inbox and Unsubscribed from the following. Wow. Look at all those pointless emails I do not read or open. This is a good thing.

What are you doing for Lent? Inspire me.

My Day 1 Unsubscribe List.

  • Gazelle Sports
  • A Sales Guy
  • Fathead
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Barsmith
  • Ash & Erie
  • Domino’s
  • Yummly
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • MicroCenter
  • iHeart Daily
  • Whistle Pig Whiskey
  • College of Communications (MSU)
  • Swanwick (blue light blocking glasses)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Ryan Serhant (author and sales coach)
  • Down to Earth (Catholic Men’s Club)
  • Vimeo
  • Reuters Automotive Events
  • Pique Tea
  • Chopra Education
  • Ghostery (web tracking tracker)
  • Revenue Development Resources (sales training)
  • NY Times Cooking
  • Andy Frisella
  • Crunchbase
  • American Heart Association

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