Your mother’s type of 30 Day Challenge ; )

Okay so this isn’t your normal 30 day challenge. I’m not asking you to give up cookies, or even exercise for 30 days, although those are good things that I should be doing. I’m asking you to join with me in refining who we are to help us live a fuller life.

I was watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and she had Elizabeth Gilbert on the show.  Gilbert encouraged us to ask these three questions  everyday and to record it so we can see our progress and  live our fullest life.

  1. What makes you really, really, really happy? (today,yesterday, tomorrow whatever comes)
  2. What was your happiest moment today? (I answer this at the end of the day)
  3. Refine your personal mantra.*

*This requires that you be 100% honest with yourself. Your personal mantra is what you are always telling yourself, NOT what you want to tell yourself. So if your always looking in the mirror and saying you need to lose some weight or change your hair, that is part of your mantra! If you’re okay with that mantra then I suppose your fine, but if you don’t like that, change it. I did this and it was eye opening! I’m guilty of thinking negatively of myself and am working on changing that!

So here’s the challenge, answer these questions EVERYDAY for 30 days, and write it down in a journal.

Then lets see what happens! Please share what you discover!

 

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In focus.

It is said that a picture says a thousand words. This LIFE photo essay moved my soul. I saw it in a museum over a month ago and when I am completely still, my mind wanders to it. We have the capacity to be EXTRAordinary like the woman featured in this photo essay and the man who captured it.

Happiest Monday Wishes.

Lets make this the best week of our lives. ; )

Photo back story: This image was taken by Eugene Smith a photographer for LIFE. Published in 1951, Eugene followed, Maude Callen, a midwife and nurse, on her 16 hour work days. She is comforting an elderly patient of hers who is paralyzed. She was the only nurse for this community and she loved her patients to fullest!

My heart breaks with this photo, and yet I feel overwhelmed with love at the same time. Gosh!!!! Photography can be so amazing!

*Sorry for the small picture size, I will find a better one and upload it soon!

“I just had the best idea for our phila-tropy.”

One thing you should know about me is that I love people who help make the world a better place. Which means I love Cory Booker.  He is the Mayor of Newark, NJ and he is an amazing leader. He recently gave the commencement speech at Stanford University and it was brilliant!

Now I have to admit, I don’t feel like he said anything I haven’t heard before, but I still feel incredibly moved and inspired from his words. What makes him incredible is the fact that he LIVES what he PREACHES. I realize that when someone lives their life in an exemplary manner there is experience and power behind the words that they say.

And lets be serious, everyone enjoys a corny joke sprinkled between a well thought out Stanford speech!

The Minimalist Memoir

I’ve always been intrigued by Hemingway’s shortest essay. In only 6 words he captured a deep and meaningful story.

If you haven’t read it, it goes like this: “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

So in walks Oprah. She encouraged the readers of her magazine to come up with their story in 6 words. So I started thinking what would my story sound like:

Shoot! Where’s my phone? Found it!

or something like this:

The perfect man, dang, he’s married.

or maybe this:

Mood swings, cramps, bloating, dangit again.

If you had to describe your life in 6 words what would it be? Click an image below for inspiration:

To read more on these, most of them more inspirational then my own, refer to the following links:

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Six-Word-Memoirs-O-Magazine-Mini-Memoirs/

and

http://www.smithmag.net

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Running to Stand Still

I am partially writing this next statement on this blog for accountability purposes: I’m running again. I had forgotten how much I thoroughly enjoy it. The burning in my lungs and arms, the impact of my feet against the pavement, and the rush after I’ve finished. Right now it actually looks like I’m miserable, hopefully that passes as I train. : )

Here are the Top 5 songs on my running list:

The Fighter                  Gym Class Heroes feat Ryan Tedder

Castle                             B.O.B feat. Trey Songs

Lose Yourself              Eminem

It’s Time                        Imagine Dragons

Maneater                      Nelly Frutado (You weren’t expecting that one, were you? hahah)

There ya go. Happy Running.