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Goals, Gratefuls, The Contentment Challenge

October 2, 2017

The Contentment Challenge – October

Happy October Friends! Today marks the start of the #contentmentchallenge .

If you’ve never heard of the contentment challenge, read my background posts about it here and here. If you feel connected to this idea I encourage you to join me. I’d love to have you by my side on this journey!

If you’re like me, you’re excited to be starting this challenge, but know that these next 3 months will be filled with struggles. But all good things grow through the dirt. So let’s dig in!

Month One – Generosity

Challenge

Clean out your closet and give away your excess clothes. 

I know you have a closet full of clothes, many that don’t even get touched. I know I have clothes I don’t feel confident in, don’t fit right, or I’ve been saving for a ‘just in case’ situation. I can’t tell you the last time I wore any of those clothes. Instead what I do is wear my favorite outfits over and over again. So why not be generous and give away what I’m not using?

It’s fulfilling to replace your need for materialism and consumerism with generosity.

This month go through your clothes. What can you afford to give away? Donate your items to an organization you care about and support.

Remember that contentment is internal. You can be content with or without stuff. Consuming more will not make you more content. However, generosity is a fulfilling gesture.

Try a new activity

I encourage you to fill your time spent shopping or participating in consuming activities with a new fulfilling activity. Think about the following when picking activities to fill your time with:

What will enrich your life? 

What will help you build healthy habits?

What will bring you true joy and fulfillment? 

  • I’m going to replace consuming activities with walking Mr. Peabody around the neighborhood or journaling. These two activities bring me so much joy, and I don’t do them nearly enough. I often find that when I slow down and go for walks with #peabodythewheaten , all the ‘problems’ in my life start to feel small. Journaling helps me think through my current season of life and understand my true priorities.

Journal

Be sure to document your challenges and victories! You don’t need to write a novel, but it’s important to understand where you are in your journey and track growth throughout these months.

As you go through your challenge please use the hashtag #contentmentchallenge to share your story with others and see past resources others have shared.

I’ll be back next Monday with an update and a few new prompts.

Are you joining me and completing your own contentment challenge? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know the new actives your trying and how your closet clean out goes.

P.S. – The Minimalists have useful and short posts on consumerism and another on contentment! Check them out!

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  3. Marquette

    October 12th, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I just caught up on this post and the other two you linked to and I LOVE this so much! The timing is perfect with so much of what I’ve been feeling lately. The More culture is tiring and draining, and I’m opting out.

    We gave away all our excess clothes when we moved two months ago and haven’t bought anything new, but today I was able to get rid of a few pairs of shoes that didn’t get sorted through in the move!

  4. ashaver

    October 16th, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Friend! You are so wonderful! I totally agree. The culture of more is so tiring. I am happy to hear that you’ve graciously given away so much. Living in a life gratitude is so much better! I can’t wait to talk with you more soon. Thanks for sharing!

  5. ashaver

    October 31st, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you! I am so glad to hear about your journey through contentment as well! We need to set aside a time to catch up for sure!

  6. ashaver

    October 31st, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    It makes me so happy to hear this! I’m still going through my house and my life to see how I can simplify. As you learn more tips I’d love to hear about them!

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