Welcome to 52 weeks to simplify your life (from the inside out)! If you are not yet familiar with what this year long challenge is please go read the longer post outlining the idea.
First let me clarify what this challenge is NOT …
- a quick fix where you will magically wake up and find you are now where you want to be. Trust the process and don’t expect an overnight transformation.
- a household management challenge. We will include this topic, but we are going well beyond our cupboards and routines.
- a guide where I tell you exactly what to do every day like a prescription.
What to expect from the simplify your life challenge …
- We will be going to the roots of our problems to affect lasting change
- We will be using a building block method to start with a solid foundation and build on that over the months ahead
- A judgement free zone – I want everyone to share their journey honestly and to feel supported. There are no right or wrong answers and there will be huge variations in how this challenge plays out for each family/ participant.
- There will be accountability and support via a “linky” for those writing about their journey (or in the comments of my posts)
- This is a collaboration – if some topics are ones you have under control please don’t skip those weeks. Instead I ask you to write your own blog posts sharing your journey and what worked for you. The more ideas and successes shared, the more we can all learn and grow.
- There will be prizes that complement the themes (depending on what I source) and every post linked up will be in the running for random selection and being a featured participant
What topics and life areas will we tackle? (subject to changes)
Who are you? (starts now)
We will take time to identify our values, draft a mission statement / family guide, examine where we are right now and where we want to go, create a vision board of some kind and look at happiness simplified
Inner / Mental Clutter
Our Stuff / Possessions
Health / Beauty / Wellness
Relationships and family
Money and work
Holidays and rituals
How it will work (the nitty gritty)
- Every Monday I will post on a topic and include a challenge at the end of the post.
- A “linky” will be at the end of the Monday post and will stay open for the week. Those who want to blog their journey and gain support can link up a post about the previous week’s challenge (or any challenge as we go along – if you join in later on I want everyone to start with the inner workings first as that is the key difference between this challenge and many others)
- Those that link up will be in the running for random prizes through the year.
- If you link up, please visit at least two other blogs and support the participants. You do not have to offer words of wisdom (but share if you do), but knowing others are cheering you on can be a boost. Try to spread the love to different people.
- There is a button in the sidebar of the blog – please add that and/or a link to the my blog or post in your linked post. (get in touch if you are not familiar with linking up)
- I am on facebook a lot, but thought some of you would prefer to tweet about the challenge as you go so please use the hashtag #syl12 in any tweets about the challenge. You can set up a search for syl12 and easily track who is tweeting about it and connect that way. I am @findyoursimple on twitter and if you sign in with your twitter handle on comments here (only need to do it once) your twitter ID will appear with all your comments.
- If you are not blogging please add your comments and updates on my blog posts! You will still get feedback and support here. (note: you can get a free blog and create one just for this challenge with no cost or pressure – I have created a post with answers to questions people have had about this)
- Some topics will require more information than one blog post so I will support it in 1 or 2 additional related posts in the week. Some will be interviews, guest posts or resource information.
Week #1 Challenge: Create a list of everything that went “right” in 2011
At this time of year most people are focused on what they want to change, where they feel they failed or did not meet their expectations or previous “resolutions”. We will start in the same tone as my blog and this challenge – positivity! What you focus on will grow and as much as you are here for change I can bet money that you had some successes and blessings in 2011. Some prompts to get you thinking (you do not have to respond to each question – they are more a guide if you need a push to find things that were positive).
What energised you?
What made you feel happy?
What made you feel at peace?
What positive people lifted you up?
What filled your “tank”?
What worked to bring your family together?
What is something that made you feel excited to dive right in?
What did you learn (positive things)?
What are you grateful for?
Answer the challenge however works for you – write it out, journal pages, craft it your own way, do a vlog if talking it out is more your thing, show us somehow what 2011 was good for so you have a positive place to start from!
I don’t know about you, but just writing this post made me feel energised! I hope you are excited and interested and patient. I know many of you are currently stressed out, overwhelmed, lacking energy and time and many other feelings that are related to your current state of affairs. Please know that I promise to be here every week, reading your stories and challenges and I promise that if you stick with me for the long haul you will be in a much better place come December 31!
Since there is no linky until next week I would love for you all to let me know you are “in” by commenting below. Feel free to note your blog, where you are from, anything you want to share about why you are here or any of your hopes! Think of this as your community of change. Let’s get to know each other better.
Find your simple,
The SYL button was created by Bianca at A little delightful (go check out her wonderful blog)
Be Positive is a painting I found online but the etsy shop has not been updated – contact the artist directly if her work speaks to you