Day 10 Nov 18

moderation- A

frugality- A

accountability- A

self-discipline- A

cleanliness- B

This was the last day of the challenge and it was much better than yesterday. Today I finally got back to the gym, I didn’t spend any money and I spent time with my family. I think today was a blueprint for how I want every day to go and I hope that I continue that now that the challenge is over. I wouldn’t say that I was successful in this challenge because I know I could have done way better. I can still work and practice my virtues after the challenge to live a happier and healthier life.

Day 9 Nov 17

moderation- B

frugality- D

accountability- C

self-discipline- C

cleanliness- B

Today was not my best day for the challenge. I’ve started to lose motivation and I don’t know why. I went out to lunch for the second time during the challenge and one of my goals was to stop spending money. This was also the second day in a row where I didn’t make it to the gym. One positive thing was I got all of my school work done. I need to get back on track for the next two days to actually gain something out of this challenge. Tomorrow I am going to make it a priority to make it to the gym and to spend time with my family. 

Day 8 Nov 16

moderation- C

frugality- A

accountability- A

self-discipline- C

cleanliness- C

I Started off today as stressed as I have been through the past eight days. I had an exam in my class that I struggle the most in, physics. I am proud of myself for putting in the work last night and today to succeed. I took the initiative to go and get all my questions answered by my teacher which is something I wouldn’t normally do. After school I spent time with friends as opposed to spending time with family. I didn’t make it to the gym for the third day in a row so tomorrow I’ll make a better effort to make it to the gym. 

Day 7 Nov 15

moderation- D

frugality- D

accountability- B

self-discipline- B

cleanliness- A

Today was one of my more stressful days of the challenge because I have a physics exam tomorrow. Because of this I struggled with spending time with my family. Today I would also consider a failure because I went out for lunch today and one of my goals was to not spend money on food when I don’t have to. I didn’t make it to the gym today but I did play football after school. I did well on studying for my physics exam so that is a positive. I also helped my mom in the kitchen which was also a positive. 

Day 6 Nov 14

moderation- A

frugality- A

accountability- B

self-discipline- A

cleanliness- A

Today was the best day of following and improving on my virtues. I started off my day by waking up and doing my school work. This was a surprise to me because I normally don’t have the motivation to do my homework until later. Then I went to my sister’s house and raked and bagged leaves for four and a half hours. After that I came home and played XBox with my little brother. I spent more time with my family today than the rest of the days for this challenge. After I played Xbox with my brother I had a family dinner then I ended the night going over to a friends house to watch the chiefs game. Today my work ethic was better than any day during the challenge.

Day 5 Nov 13

moderation- B

frugality- A

accountability- B

self-discipline- C

cleanliness- D

Today was the first day of the challenge during the weekend. I had a college football party at my neighbors house today so I didn’t have to spend money on food. Also because of this football party I was able to spend time with my family at the same time as hanging out with my friends. This was my strongest day for my moderation virtue because I spent equal amounts of time with my friends and my family. I didn’t make it to the gym today because I spent all day at my neighbors house. Even though I didn’t make it to the gym I in a way made it up because I played a lot of backyard football today. I feel it was harder to focus on my virtues over the weekend. I don’t go on my computer over the weekend until Sunday most weekends so there were times I forgot to focus on my virtues. 

Day 4 Nov 12

moderation- D

frugality- D

accountability- B

self-discipline- C

cleanliness- B

I had an all around average day as far as the challenge goes. I spent almost no time with my family because I had plans with my friends. I spent twenty dollars on dinner which is the most that I’ve spent through this whole challenge. I did make it to the gym today and my room is clean so I still did well on a few of my virtues. I also helped my mom clean the kitchen after school. I need to bounce back and have a better day tomorrow to get back on track.

Nov 11 Day 3

Grades

moderation- C

frugality- A

accountability- D

self-discipline- B

cleanliness- B

Day three wasn’t as successful as the first two. I really procrastinated on my homework and didn’t finish my homework until around 11. It was also the first day when I cracked and ate some of my little brother’s Halloween candy. Although I still made it to the gym, the actual workout wasn’t as good as previous days. I didn’t have a chance to spend money today so at least I was good there. I had an off day today but I hope to learn and improve from this day. 

Nov 10 Day 2

Grades

moderation- A

frugality- C

accountability- B

self-discipline- A

cleanliness- A

Day two of this challenge went about as well as day one. I focused on the same virtues as I did day one and again I was successful. Just as day one I completed all of my school work and homework in class so I had plenty of time to spend with my family. I still found time to clean my room and go to the gym after school. Before this challenge started I didn’t realize just how much time I had when I don’t procrastinate with homework. I feel less stressed than usual so I think today was a success.

Nov. 9 Day 1

Grades

moderation- A

frugality- D

accountability- A

self-discipline- A

cleanliness- B

Today is day 1 and I am excited to start on this two week journey. Today I really focused on Self-discipline. I made my own healthier meal tonight and made it to the gym. Another thing that I did better today than usual was working on my school work. I completed all of my homework in class today and that left me with more time to spend with my family. Because I didn’t have to do homework I was also able to practice football so my moderation with spending time with friends, family, and football also was a lot better today. Overall I would say my first day was a success. I hope to build on today and continue to improve throughout these two weeks. 

Nov. 8 Intro

Franklin believed in the idea of striving for moral perfection. Although no one can ever be actually perfect I think it is a great idea to have that mindset in life. Researching Franklin motivated me to try and take this challenge more seriously because of how much he accomplished in his life. I also am motivated for this challenge because I am always looking for ways to better myself. Franklin attempted to accomplish this by creating a list of virtues. 

The five virtues that I have decided to work on are moderation, frugality, accountability, self-discipline, and cleanliness. Firstly I am going to work on moderation by spreading out my time better between football, friends, and family. A way that I am going to do this is by making sure I spend time with my family before I work on football and hangout with friends. The next virtue I am going to work on is frugality. I spend way too much money on food and things I don’t need so I am going to start eating at home and not spending money where I don’t have to. I do this by keeping track of my spending. Another virtue I am going to work on is accountability. I need to hold myself accountable for my school work and continue to improve my grades. I will do this by creating a planner and making sure I finish all of my work. Self discipline is another virtue I will work on. When I work on self discipline my goal is to continue to go to the gym every day but also start making my own healthier meals for myself. The last virtue that I am going to work on is cleanliness. I want to keep my room clean and help my mom around the house more. 

My hope for this challenge is that I will come out at the end as a better and healthier person. I know I won’t be able to become morally perfect in two weeks but I still think it is always a good idea to try and better myself. If I see real change in my life for the better I hope I carry on with practicing perfecting these virtues after these two weeks.