SLEEP: Day 0 of 30 – Need Sleep

Need Sleep

Choosing this next challenge was actually a last minute decision. I had another challenge I really wanted to do, the Spending-Hiatus Challenge, but since the money I spend is usually essentials for my children – the only personal sacrifice I would be making would be my Dunkin Donuts trips. And taking my iced caramel lattes away can prove to be dangerous.

As I spent late hours trying to find a saving/spending/money challenge that made sense, I found myself scouring Google and Pinterest with heavy eyelids.  Which made me think – I really need to sleep.

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We’ve all heard of the benefits of a full, good night’s rest, but how many of us adults, specifically parents, actually get the recommended 7-9hours? I assure you that this will be a huge challenge for me. I’m a night owl. I get a surge of energy after the kids are settled in for the night, so their after-hours are usually when I take care of tasks I don’t do during the day, like this blog.

 

3Day Challenge Accepted SleepThe Sleep Challenge post that kept popping up was by OurHeritageOfHealth.com.  There isn’t a calendar with daily tasks to fulfill like the previous challenges I’ve done, but it had three simple rules that I can work with: 1) set reasonable goals, 2) reward yourself and 3) do what you need to do to reach those goals.

Before I list my goals, let’s first state my Status Quo:

  • My current bedtime is ~1:30am and I’m up and struggling by 7:30am.
  • I have a very difficult time falling asleep, unlike my husband who snoozes as soon as his head hits the pillow
  • I’m not a morning person. I hit snooze a few times before I finally roll out of bed.
  • I usually (accidentally) take power nap when I’m putting my younger one down for his nap
  • On weekends, my family let’s me sleep in and I don’t wake up until almost 11:00am
  • I love my bed

I have to be aware not to make potential results my goals (like ‘have more energy’, ‘be more focused’, or ‘get better skin’). So My Goals are:

  • sleep at least 7hours a night for 30days, with the ultimate goal to get 8 hours
  • finish this challenge as close to 30days as possible
  • eliminate sleep distractions for good
  • find ways to induce sleep
  • become a better morning person

Watch this challenge reduce my trips to Dunkin Donuts anyways! How ironic would that be.

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Sleep Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

 

KINDNESS: 30Day Challenge Review – Five Takeways

KINDNESS: 30Day Challenge Review – Five Takeaways

At the beginning of the holiday season I wanted to embrace the magic of the time of year where we talk about the importance of giving.  A reader left a comment in one of earlier blogs about the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, by Cami Walker.

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Her memoir inspired me to seek a challenge that had the same intention: do something for someone else every day for 30Days.  That’s how I came across PopSugar’s Challenge.

 

Here are MY GOALS that I listed on Day 0:

  • to complete this in 30days flat 👍🏼

Ended up at doing and extra day of kindness and took this challenge for 31Days! 

  • to find out-of-the-box acts of kindness 👌🏼

I found that some of the tasks were giveaways because as I mom, part of the role requires you to be kind by default. But there were definitely some things that were out of the box, like leaving a note in a library book.

 

Five Takeaways From This Challenge:

1. It’s a relief that I’m not the witch I make myself out to be.

There were many things on PopSugar’s list that I do regularly, like running errands for others, babysitting, or letting cars merge in front of me.  Having common courtesy is not as common as I thought. 

2. An act of kindness does not need to be a grand gesture

Sometimes the most simple thing makes the biggest impact, the smallest being – a smile.  I have a resting-bitch-face, but when I see someone else smile at me it dissolves quickly.

3. You shouldn’t be kind to only those you assume are less fortunate

Everyone, even that person who seems to have it all together, is fighting a battle you don’t know about.  Everyone could use a pick-me-up whether that’s in the form of a genuine smile or small gift.

4. Accepting kindness is also a form of kindness

How often does someone offer something to you and you say “Ohhhh nooo, it’s ok” in an attempt to be gracious. Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin.  So when someone is being kind to you, try to accept it gratefully. Genuinely say “Thank You” and let them know how much you appreciate their offer.

5. Kindness is contagious

Try it and see for yourself.  

Want to read all 30 Days of the Kindness Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

Random Ramble: 2017 Word of the Year – COMMIT

2017: Word of the Year – COMMIT

Recently I joined a Facebook group: Blogging 101, and the admin, Nicole Floss of UniquelyWomen.net, asked “Today is the last day of 2016! Have you chosen a word for 2017? Mine was: COMMIT

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I didn’t start this project to make money, but obviously I would love for it to be successful. But what is my measurement for success? I’m not really sure. At first it was simply to do it. To blog. Literally, the idea (to blog about doing 30Day Challenges) came one night at the end of Aug2016 when I couldn’t go to sleep and the next day I pulled the trigger, because if I didn’t, then I never would. I had no idea what I was doing and I still don’t.

I’ve made goals for each of the 30Day Challenges I chose, and today I realize that I never made goals for this blog.  With the new year, I feel it’s the perfect time. If I’m going to commit my time, energy and heart into 30DayChallengeAccepted, I need milestones to work towards.

So here are 3 measureable goals.

  • Blog site – more consistent views per week and per month.  Since I don’t post daily, I’ll have to figure out the story behind my statistics, but it goes without saying that driving traffic requires me to posts regularly and market through networking.
  • Facebook – Have 200 followers by the end of the year.  Currently I’m at 34
  • Instagram – Have 200 followers by the end of the year.  Currently I’m at 28.

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KINDNESS: Day 0/30 – Tis the Season

Tis the Season

Inspired by a comment left by Irene of http://artrenekoh.tumblr.com when I was finishing my first 30Day Challenge (Blogging) and was deciding on the next challenge to tackle, she mentioned a book, 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker.  Since then, I was looking forward to doing a challenge focused on giving to others in a non-monetary manner.

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However the book, narrated by a 31-year young women diagnosed with MS just one-month after her wedding who follows the advice to heal by focusing on other people instead of herself through the act of giving, is more of a memoir than a how-to. So, I needed to find myself a chart to use as a guideline.

When a Google search on “30 Days of Gifting” failed, I finally found this on Pinterest  – Popsugar’s 30 Day Kindness Challenge “designed to have you take time out of each day to do something for someone else — and hopefully they will pay it forward to the next person”. Perfect!

I read the daily tasks and was happily surprised to note that I already do many of the things listed.  I realize that perhaps I’m nicer than I give myself credit for!  Now, especially with the holiday season underway, I’m afraid this challenge might not be much of a challenge.  However, there’s always room for more kindness – particularly in this day and age – so I’m doing this!

My background
– I just figured out I’m already doing a lot of these “nice” things.
– Most of my routines involve just the kids and me with little contact with strangers, so finding people (aside from my kids) to be kind to might be difficult some days.
– I’m not a stranger to volunteering my time

My goals
– to complete this in 30days flat
– to find out-of-the-box acts of kindness

 

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Kindness Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

TREADMILL 0/30: Why Can’t I Wear Yoga Pants to a Wedding?

TREADMILL Challenge: Day 0 of 30

Why Can’t I Wear Yoga Pants to a Wedding?

I hate to go with such a expected choice for my next 30 day challenge, but I have my reasons.  I know a huge part of me feeling like I’m in a rut is because I’m not taking care of myself.  So, for the next 30-ish days I’m going to dust off my sneakers and get myself moving.

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It has nothing to do with how I look physically.  I’m neither “fat” nor “skinny”.  And I put those descriptors in quotes because I feel that society defines what those terms mean and why it even matters.  My weight and my shape have always fluctuated, to the point that I’m not concerned with how I look to other people.  How I feel is what made me select this challenge.  And I feel frumpy.

I’m a part-time stay-at-home-mom and get to be in casual clothes and a part-time employee in the media industry and get to be in casual clothes.  But my daily attire isn’t fitting me how I like, and getting dressed is becoming stressful.  This past weekend we had a semi-formal event and I spent almost an hour trying to find an outfit.  The end of this month we have a formal event to attend, and I’m already not looking forward to the process.  Why can’t I wear yoga pants to a wedding?

Here’s my background:

  • My current exercise routine – I don’t exercise, at all.
  • I don’t have any physical ailments holding me back
  • I’ve had periods of being a gym-rat, so I know I can do it (and have the work-out gear already).
  • I have a treadmill in my house

More importantly, here are my goals with this challenge:

  • to complete this challenge as close to 30 days as possible
  • to feel comfortable in my clothes again
  • stop being so good at making excuses
  • be more active with my kids
  • go beyond 30 days and make exercise part of my lifestyle

The program I’m following is by Refinery29.com.

Ready, Set, Let’s Go…

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE