31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Week Three

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Welcome to Week Three of this challenge. This might be my favorite week because we get to focus on some self care, and spreading kindness. I love spreading kindness and focusing on positive thinking. When we choose to focus on the positive things in life, we are happier people. We need to stop constantly whining and complaining; just focus on the good!

Think about how much nicer the world would be if we built our children up, if we offered help to those who needed it; instead of mocking them and bringing them down. Think about how much more good we could do in the world if we took care of ourselves and loved ourselves more. We have the power to make the world better, let us start doing so.

Day Nineteen: Make a gratitude list today, at a least ten things, but try for more. How many things can you come up with that you are thankful for in your life? Maybe you use your journal to write this list? Maybe you write it on a separate piece of paper and tape up on your fridge? Think of ways you can refer back to this list to continue to remind yourself of all the things you have to be thankful for.

Check in with your planner today to be sure it is updated; be sure your phone is updated as well.

Day Twenty: How can you surprise someone today? Maybe taking flowers to a neighbor, or treats! Does your bestie love Starbucks? Take them their favorite drink. You can surprise just one person, or a few, that is up to you. Just think of all the happiness you are spreading though your corner of the world; sure sounds like something to be thankful for today, and the rest of the week.

Day Twenty-One: NO social media today! That’s right, I mean it! No Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. None of it. You are taking a day off from the mindless scrolling. Choose to see the world around you without a screen in front of you. See how much you are able to get done today with out being distracted by your phone. If/when you return to social medial, be only positive and kind. Choose to spread only uplifting and encouraging messages.

Day Twenty-Two: Meditate for ten minutes today, and take a 20+ minute walk, outside, by yourself.  Getting a little time to ourselves can help us to clear our minds, at least it does for me anyway. See what you notice, and what thoughts you have floating through your mind as you walk. Think about how you feel when you return home.

Day Twenty-Three: Cook a comfort meal for yourself today. Yes we are focusing on eating healthy, however, self care at times means allowing ourselves to indulge a bit on the foods that feed our soul. If you have a partner/spouse or family, ask them to help you prepare this meal, sit down and enjoy it together.

Before going to bed tonight, make another gratitude list. What other things have you found this week to be thankful for?

Day Twenty-Four: Go out in nature today. You can walk barefoot in your yard, or just sit on out on a patio. The suggestions on the calendar are just that, suggestions. You could go on a hike, or just stand by a tree. Just get outside for a few minutes. Listen to the birds and sounds of nature around you. Close your eyes for a moment, take a few deep breathes, and just be. Appreciate nature, and all it has to offer to us.

Day Twenty-Five: What is your favorite snack or treat? Maybe it’s chocolate. Eat something really good today. Just make sure whatever you choose is REALLY good. Sit down and really indulge yourself in the moment, taste it fully, take your time to eat it, allow yourself to be fully focused on this one task.

Sit down later today and journal about this week. What was it like to allow such beautiful space for self care this week? Really think deeply into how you feel, and while you’re at it, make a quick gratitude list.

I am so thankful you are here, and I am so thankful for such a great week. I’ll be back soon with our final week! What an amazing start to the New Year!

31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Week Two

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Happy Sunday and welcome to Week Two! This week we will be organizing our homes, and as I warned, this is going to be a busy week. You aren’t afraid though, because you are prepared. You are ready to #BootUp and take this week straight on. Each day we’ll be focusing on cleaning out/decluttering and organizing a different space in our home.

Your task for Saturday was to get bins or boxes, as you decide that items are no longer needed, they can go into boxes. These items can be stored for a spring garage sale or donated to a local thrift store. If you find that you are in need of some extra organization bins or totes in a certain area, refer to my post here where I share how I organized my kitchen and bathroom; as well as here for some of my favorite things when organizing a space! For a deeper look into how to sort the items no longer needed check out this post as well as this one where I explain the other various ways you can get the items out of your home without them going in the trash.

Think about the space you are working in each day, how can you make each space less cluttered and work for you? It is possible to have a clutter free house, and after the holidays is the best time to declutter and clean out. Bonus tip: don’t take too long with deciding whether you need an item or not. The quicker you can decide, the quicker you can get through these tasks.

Day Twelve: I find that organizing the kitchen for some can be a very daunting task; for others this may be a clean/clutter free area already, we all have our differences. We will start in the kitchen, simply go cabinet by cabinet; clean out the items you no longer need and organize the items left. Make it an intention to put things back where they belong each time you use them. Be sure you go through your pantry and refrigerator as well.

Be sure to take time today to sit down and update your planner as needed.

Day Thirteen: Unless you have a lot of storage or closets in your living room, today shouldn’t take too long. Go through the needed spaces just as you did with your kitchen; everything should have place. Perhaps a decorate box or bin would help organize some blankets or pillows?

Day Fourteen: Time to attack those bathrooms, and thankfully, these can move pretty fast. Just like the other spaces in your home, clean out what isn’t needed and organize what is needed.

Day Fifteen: You’ll be doing the bedrooms today; if you have children (not toddlers or young children) you could probably set them to task with their own rooms leaving you to focus on your own space. While I do have a day selected for closets, you could do your bedroom closets this day, and focus on the other home closets/storage spaces on Friday.

Be sure to take time today to meditate for ten minutes as well.

Day Sixteen: Have an office, craft space, or bonus room? Maybe you have a guest room that needs attention? Turn your focus to these areas today. I hope by this day you are starting to feel a lightness surrounding yourself and your home.

Day Seventeen: It’s the last clean out day! Clean out those closets, and if there are any spaces that maybe need a little bit more time. This is a great time to take a moment to be sure you have cleaned out the spaces that you have wanted to focus on.

Day Eighteen: Easy day here, you’ll either take the cleaned out items to a local thrift shop, or store them somewhere for a spring garage sale. If you are storing them for a spring garage sale, make the plan now to take the remaining items to a thrift shop after. We don’t want these items to continue to clutter our home. Looking for other ideas of what you can do with these items? Last year I went into detail about other ways to donate or sell your items, you can find that post here.

Be sure to sit down and journal about this week as well. How are you feeling? Lighter? Motivated? Possibly a little more inspired?

See you in a week with Week Three!!

 

31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Week One

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Welcome to the first full week of the #31DayFreshStartChallenge! I am ready and excited to jump into this week: Organize Your Life! This week we are going to focus on simple tasks that will help us all create a routine to help us feel more organized and prepared each month of this year. Let’s get started!

Day Five: We’ll start off fairly simply, sit down today and update your planner for the week and month. When you have your planner updated, be sure you update your phone calendar as well and as needed.

Day Six: Take time today to create a Daily, Weekly and Monthly cleaning schedule for your home. Check out my post here to see how I have mine set up. As you can see, I have simple things I do every day to ensure my house is always tidy. Then each day I can focus on one area and fully clean it. This takes the stress off of trying to do it all in one day; this means your house is always in a state of clean and being cleaned.

Day Seven: Very simple task for today, set up reminders in your phone for the following items –

Sundays: Reminder to sit down with your planner. Choose a time of day that works for you; for me it is in the morning. Set a reminder in your phone to go off each Sunday at the same time to sit down and go over your planner.

Wednesdays: Set a reminder to go off each Wednesday, again at a time that works for you, to sit down and meditate for at least 10 minutes.

Saturdays: Set a reminder in your phone for each Saturday to remind you to journal about your week.

Every Day: Set a reminder in your phone to go off at any time you want, middle of the day is great, that will pop up with your three words for this year. Seeing your three words, at least once a day (I actually set mine for two-three times) will help to focus you back to your goals.

Day Eight: Mediate for at least ten minutes, and while meditating, set your intentions for the rest of the week and weekend. When setting intentions, I mean which goals do you wish to accomplish? How do you want to show up for yourself and you family over the weekend? Setting these intentions and seeing them manifest in our mediation practice will help up to fulfill these in our lives.

Day Nine: Clean out you junk drawer or mail space. Be honest, you have, we all do. I know mine is in need of some TLC right now (and I’m not talking about Waterfalls). Beginning to clear the clutter will begin to help us clear the clutter in our minds. During this time, also be sure to have a clean, organized space for your planner, journal and folder. It’s important to designate a space for these items and keep them organized, as organization is our goal.

Day Ten: Time to clean out that email inbox! Maybe you are already really on top of this task, but me, oh how I am not. For those of us who need to focus on this area, we’ll sit down today and we’ll get our email inboxes cleaned OUT. Are we really going to read these subscriber list emails? Probably not.

While we are at it today, clean out old photos and messages on your phone. I’m not saying delete all photos, back up those you wish to keep to a computer and sort them into a file. Do you also have apps that you aren’t using? Delete those too; this will fill up a lot of spaces on our phones.

Day Eleven: Today we are going to prepare for Week Two by getting boxes or bins for the items we are preparing to clear out. Even just simple cardboard boxes will work, these can easily donated to a local thrift store, or stored for a spring garage sale.

Be sure to journal about this week at the end of your day. This is such a great way to end our week and to see our growth. It helps us to get some of those extra thoughts running round our head out, and helps us feel a better sense of calm.

See you soon with Week Two!