Hello Friends! We’re in week 11 of the #contentmentchallenge ! Can you believe it?!?!
Before we move on the our week 11 challenges, let’s recap some things from week 10:
Last week we talked about – (1) Creating more time for those you love and (2) Creating new ways to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones. Here is what I’ve been doing:
So friends, how have you started living this holiday season? What have you been doing? How are you spending/planning to spend more quality time with your friends and family?
I’ve been doing these few simple things to remind me to truly be present this holiday season:
If you have any helpful tips to share with us, please leave them in the comments below!
WEEK 11 CHALLENGES
Don’t forget to update us how you’re doing during the #contentmentchallenge ! I’d love to get your feedback and hear how you’re doing!
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Happy Monday Friends! It’s week 10 of the #contentmentchallenge and we’re going strong!
Before we move on…let’s recap!
Last week we talked about finding ways to give freely. What did you do to give more freely this past week?
As I was reading the Contentment Challenge book, I found these words written by Nancy Ray, and these just felt so right for where I am in this challenge:
“Life is better lived when you actually start living.
When you start doing things.
When you take a deep breath and live in the moment.
When you stay active.
When you replace stuff with experiences.”
I love these words because they sum up how I feel in the Contentment Challenge right now. Especially the “When you replace stuff with experiences” part.
Spending time with people you love and creating intentional time with those you love is so much more valuable than filling your life with things.
WEEK 10 CHALLENGES
Don’t forget to share your challenge journeys online using #contentmentchallenge . I’d love to hear how it’s going!
Y’all today starts the third and final month of the #contentmentchallenge ! I can’t believe it!
This month is all about giving, and I couldn’t think of a better month than December to be generous. I’ve been focusing a lot on spending my time in the right ways, and being aware of my spending. I’ll be honest, both are equally hard for me!
So this week we’re shifting gears just a little bit….we’re focusing on being generous. I think the first two months have prepared me well to be generous in December. Take some time to slow down, look around, and think about how you can freely give in your life. Where can your money be better spent? Can you afford to give to a cause that you care about? Can you afford to pay for someone’s meal? Can you afford to buy a stranger coffee?
WEEK 9 CHALLENGES:
Don’t forget to share your journey updates on social media using #contentmentchallenge. I love seeing your updates!
Happy Monday Friends! It’s Thanksgiving week…can you believe it?
I hope you are all taking some much needed time off this week to focus on the important things. While Thanksgiving is a time where we are supposed to be grateful, happy, and giving; we often get stressed and overwhelmed. We run around working till the last minute, shopping, baking, organizing, cleaning, and arranging. We have a million things to do, a million deadlines, and need to find time to fit in family. We get so sucked up in all these details, that we often forget to take time to slow down and appreciate this season.
I encourage you to stop where you are, take a deep breath, and think about what is urgent vs. important in your life. We all have a million things to get done, and let’s be honest….how often do you check EVERYTHING off your to do list? If you’re me, rarely. That’s because I consistently put too much on my plate and never leave enough time to get it all done. But here’s the thing….all those urgent tasks can often wait while I spend what little time I do have with my family and friends.
I especially feel this way around the holidays. Then I read this quote in Nancy Ray’s Contentment Challenge book.
This was what I needed to hear this week. Thank you Nancy!
We can say we’re grateful, make gratitude lists, and take time to recognize all the good in our life; but if we are spending the rest of our hours frustrated and anxious, are we really practicing a life of gratitude?
WEEK 7 & 8 CHALLENGES
I hope you all have a gratitude filled week!
Here we are again friends…it’s Monday! BUT this Monday starts week 6 of the #contentmentchallenge, and that means we’re about half way through our challenge!
YOU’VE ALMOST MADE IT!
Remember, this month is all about Gratitude. Last week we made an active effort to focus on what we DO have, and not on the lack.
How did last week go? Did you set aside time in your schedule to do this? I know it sounds silly, but setting aside the time really does help!
I tend to focus on my gratitude list at the end of each day when I’m laying in bed. If you’re having a hard time actively focusing on what you do have, set aside a specific time to practice this exercise. I like doing this right before bed because it helps me go to bed with lots of positive thoughts.
WEEK 6 CHALLENGES
Don’t forget to share your journey online using the #contentmentchallenge. I’d love to hear about your journey.
P.S. – Take some time to celebrate this week! You’ve made so much progress these past 6 weeks! How are you going to celebrate!?!?!!
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It’s almost November friends! While I’m not a fan of cold weather, I do love the holidays that surround it. The start of November means thanksgiving is right around the corner, which happens to align perfectly with our contentment theme this month: Gratitude
Take some time before this new month starts to assess how October went for you. Be honest with yourself. What was challenging? What was rewarding? How did it feel to give away some clothes? How did it feel to spend more intentional time with the people you love?
I’ll be honest with you on how my October went:
Now that we’ve assessed how October went, lets move on! Count your wins and recognize your losses. We are starting a fresh month! Remember this process is not about being perfect, but about working towards a life dedicated to contentment.
WEEK 5 CHALLENGES:
Don’t forget to share your journey online using the #contentmentchallenge. I’d love to see how your journey is going and know where you’re at at the start of our second month!
Happy (almost) November Friends!
Happy Monday Friends! We are starting our 4th week of the contentment challenge and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.
Last week we talked about recognizing what we are grateful for in our daily lives. Flip back through that list. What sticks out to you? What is good in your life?
WEEK 4 CHALLENGES
This week I’d like you to make a list of the things that DO bring you contentment! I’d love for you to share your list online using #contentmentchallenge to encourage others!
Here’s my list:
Last week I also asked you to THINK about ways you can simplify your life. This week I’d like to start DOING things to simplify your life.
Here’s my list:
I’d love to hear HOW you are simplifying your life and WHAT you are doing to bring contentment to your life!
Happy Monday Friends!
Before we go on to week 3 be sure to take a minute to think about your successes and challenges this past week. Have you found more time to implement life giving activities/moments into your days? Have you had a chance to go through your closet and clean out the clutter? I’m still working on this one myself!
If you haven’t taken the time to go through your closet, schedule it into your week! Literally WRITE IT IN YOUR SCHEDULE! Tell someone about it so you can be held accountable to do this! This is such an important step to getting rid of all the excess in life. Bonus: If you have the time, go through your jewelry box and get rid of jewelry you don’t wear or all those earrings who’ve lost pairs. This has been so great for me!
Remember, the goal is to live in a state of satisfaction wherever you may be in this season of life. What contentment looks like to you may be different than your neighbor or your spouse. Remind yourself what a content life looks like for YOU!
Are you currently in a state of satisfaction in your life? If not, take some time to evaluate what contentment looks like for you. What can you change to be more content?
WEEK 3 CHALLENGES
How is the #contentmentchallenge going for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences! I am so excited to have you along this journey with me!
Happy (late) Monday!
We’ve officially completed week one of the contentment challenge. I’m already proud of you. This first week was hard!
As you wrap up your first week and start your second take a minute to think about your challenges and successes. What has been hard for you? What has been easy? Have you implemented something good and life giving into your schedule? Have you taken a moment to start going through your closet and declutter? What do you need to change?
As you begin this week, I encourage you to take a moment to be honest with yourself and figure out what is and isn’t working for you. Then regroup!
Remind yourself why you’re doing this. What is your ‘why’ behind this challenge?
My why – I want to spend my days intentionally with those I love and get rid of the fluff. I want to save financially for the most important things in life. I want to be content with where I am in this season of life.
Write down your ‘why’ on a sticky note and leave it somewhere you can see each day to remind yourself what is truly important. This sounds silly, but it works!
How has your first week gone? I’d love to hear how it’s going! Also, don’t forget to leave some encouragement on social media using #contentmentchallenge . I’ll be back next Monday with more challenges and updates.
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!
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.
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?
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.