October is a great month. I love October. I love all things fall, and October is really fall. As if it wasn’t great enough already, last year I joined in a blogging challenging in October. You see, the Nester has a challenge in October to write for 31 days on one topic. I always found it daunting, but since last year as a whole was incredibly challenging for me anyway, I knew I needed to do the writing challenge, and I also knew exactly what topic I needed to write on. I spent the month of October last year writing on 31 Days of Hope. This challenge isn’t just for bloggers or writers. It’s for anyone. I am participating in the Nesting Place challenge again this year. And here’s why:
I realized that this is such a good thing for me to do to challenge myself. It’s not easy, there’s not time for it, it will take more energy, and it will take a lot of creativity. And while those things scared me and gave me good reason not to do it before last year, this year I am looking at those things thinking this will be great! Because as a mom — I really don’t challenge myself. Don’t hear me wrong, I AM challenged all.the.time but that’s different. That’s being sleep-challenged, and pulled in 8 different directions at the same time-challenged. It’s not the same as using my brain and stretching myself. You see, this is a challenge that is just for me. It’s something I do for myself. Not taking away from my family, but adding to me.
So as I start this challenge for the month of October, I want to encourage you to challenge yourself. I’ve thought of all the excuses. This is a crazy, busy time of year. And it might be the craziest, busiest we’ve ever been. But it’s a good time to do it. Because now is a better time to do it than later. Later doesn’t happen.
So whatever your challenge for yourself may be — think about it and do it. Start exercising, make those moves towards a healthier lifestyle, write for 31 days, spend time by yourself each day, learn something new. Whatever it is that would challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone — do it. You will grow, and I hope you will find it worth your hard efforts.
Follow along with me as I write through October. And share your challenge with us, too!
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Great post Lauren!!
I find it so easy to lose myself in the daily battles of motherhood, so challenging myself on a me level would be a great way to reclaim myself.
This is a great idea Lauren! It’s good to challenge ourselves out of our daily norm. 🙂