Sunday, July 21, 2013

Challenge III

I broke the 30 challenges for 30 days into 3 separate blogs because as with anything - too much information is just that - too much!! For those just tuning in the site has suggested that it requires 30 days of repeatedly doing something to make it a habit and they have suggested a list of 30 things one or two of which you may want to work on over the next 30 days. Here are the last 10 challenges. The first 10 are here. The second 10 are here.

21. Practice a random skill everyday (Easy)

There are many available "How To's" on YouTube and other video sites. Pen tricks, hand stands, parkour, dances, cooking tricks. Broaden your arsenal!
I just did shucking oysters and it was a blast, because I didn't have to do it. I just watched my husband do it, however, I found the videos!!

Random Skill - Cooking - Salmon Burger with Fried Rice & Salsa

22. Take the stairs every chance you get (Easy)

Somehow escalators seem ridiculous to me, and in some cases elevators too. It always reminds me a bit of all the fat people in Wall-E. Too lazy to do anything. So take the stairs every chance you get for 30 days. It is healthy, it doesn't look silly and it will add up over a lifetime :)
I go down two flights of stairs to my office everyday. Then again there is no elevator. 

I climbed these stairs in June!

23. Wake up early each day (Intermediate)

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle. Check out how to become an early riser.

This is not a challenge. I am a lark. My challenge would be to stay awake a little longer at night, which may create the opposite for Aristotle :)

24. Keep a journal (Intermediate)

Great for memory, reflection and especially awesome to look back to in the future and remember the good old times when you did these challenges!

I write a daily blog - similar.

25. Don’t lie for 30 days (Hard)

This is quite the challenge. Stop deceiving yourself and others, speak from the heart. This one goes great with cultivating right intentions, because if you master that, there won’t be any need for lying!

26. Combine challenges (Easy)

Take a photo of yourself reading a different book, at a different location. Take 10,000 steps on a new route to meet a stranger and ask for a recipe to try out. Do all challenges, a different one each day. Wake up early to make time to meditate, practice self compassion and yoga. Finish it off with a cold shower!
Are you kidding??

27. Doing something that scares you every day (Hard)

Fear is the one thing keeping you from being the best version of yourself. The only way to overcome your fears is to face them head on!
I've been trying to do this one, but I keep forgetting to try something that scares me. Now I did eat an oyster the other day!! ....and loved it. A habit I could cultivate.

Reaching for New Heights
28. Don’t complain for an entire day (Hard)
This one will likely take more than a few days to work up to achieving. Even if you’re a highly positive person, it’s difficult not to utter one negative sentence for a 24-hour span. Don’t be down on yourself if you can’t make it past an hour — as with everything this takes practice! This one is also great practice for becoming conscious of your thoughts.
I'm getting there, but I still have to "vent."

29. Meditate each day (Intermediate)

Read this to learn why you should meditate, learn awesome variations on meditation here and discuss this challenge here. The best moments are just after waking up and just before sleep!
I ruminate. Maybe that's not the same. I'll read the links and make a decision :)

30. Practice (at least) one completely selfless act each day (Easy)

Go out of your way to help someone else out who may or may not deserve your kindness. Take out your neighbor’s trash. Give a $5 to a homeless person. Do something that takes real effort on your part while brightening the day of the receiver.
I usually do when the opportunity arises. I don't usually seek them out. Maybe I do them unconsciously, I have 3 kids and a husband. I fight to find time for myself :)

So out of 30, I have chosen 1 - walk for 30 minutes a day for 30 days. I walked for an hour yesterday, but that was one of my regular walks on the weekend anyway. The challenge will be to do it Monday to Friday. I'll keep you posted.

Have a great day!!

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