Monthly Challenges: April 2015

Something I like to do each is month is incorporate some sort of "challenge."  The challenge can be either big or small, and should be something that requires some effort.  I like to pick a new "challenge" each month to, well, challenge myself!  Haha.  I have done all sorts of things in the past, and I would like to invite you to be a part of my monthly challenges!  Last month I did "no dark chocolate" because Eric and I eat dark chocolate every night after dinner. It was something that would definitely test my will power.  Unfortunately, I failed at that one by mistake when eating a Kind bar one night...with dark chocolate. UGH!  I didn't even notice what I was doing until Eric said, "What are you eating??"  Of course I realized immediately and asked if it would still count if I spit it out!  Yeah...it didn't.  I was already half way done with the bar.  I decided I would finish out the rest of the month, because the point of these monthly challenges are to build confidence by showing yourself how strong you really are.  It shows you your will power and reminds you that you are more capable than you think.  By packaging it into 30 days, it gives the challenge a definitive time frame that will test your ability if you've picked the right challenge.  For example:  Don't challenge yourself to not eat meat if you're vegetarian.  Not to mention, you might even adjust your lifestyle based on how you feel!

These challenges can be removing something that you feel are a part of your daily routine OR something that you would like to add to your life.

Here are few challenges that I'll suggest in case you need some ideas!

  • No Gluten (I actually felt SO good and noticed such a change after 1 month of no gluten, that I still adhere to this the majority of the time)
  • No Drinking 
  • No TV
  • Not getting on the scale
  • No electronics 30 minutes before bed
  • Drinking 64 ounces of water
  • Stretching for 15 minutes
  • Taking a particular vitamin(s)

This month, my challenge is to take negative mental patterns and replace them with positive ones.  So each day, I will take one negative thought pattern and replace it with its positive version.  For example, "I don't like people with blonde hair," can be replaced with "People with blonde hair are human just like me, and I will love them for that."  That was a silly example but you get the point!

What will your challenge be for the month of April?  Comment below, or e-mail it to me at hello@journeyofselflove.com!  You can jump on my challenge, or pick one that resonates with you.  Just be sure to hold yourself accountable and know that it's only 30 days.  You can do anything for 30 days!