Monday, November 9, 2015

Back to Swell Challenges #6-10


I was asked to queue the weekly challenges up ahead of time so you all could plan, which plays in nicely with Monday's Challenge #6: Pencil in time every day this week to go for a walk or exercise. As in, make it an appointment that is as important and non-negotiable as everything else in your busy schedule. I recommend doing this on Monday morning, just as soon as the school bus has rumbled away.


Tuesday Challenge #7: Cross something off your to-do list. What you choose is up to you. For me, it's ordering holiday cards now, while they're on sale (bonus!), so they'll arrive before the holiday rush. This way I can leisurely address them during free pockets of time, and it becomes more of a fun activity than "something I have to find time to do" during the busy holiday season.


Wednesday Challenge #8: Let someone else make dinner. Pull something from your freezer stash, or find some healthy, delicious take-out place near you. Put your feet up and enjoy a bonus hour!


Thursday Challenge #9: Take a detox bath. After all of these long walks, your body will thank you. Simply add the following to your bath water: 2 cups of epsom salts + 1/2 cup baking powder + 10 drops of essential oil to your running bath water. Enjoy a 20+ minute soak. My favorite essential oils are lavender (when I need calming) and grapefruit (when I want uplifting).


Friday Challenge #10: Block out 1-hour to do something nice for yourself.  Enter the weekend recharged and refreshed. You choose what's going to be most enjoyable, and where you'll get the biggest bang for your buck. Is it meeting a friend for coffee? Finding a quiet spot to read that new book? Going for a mani/pedi? Carve out some time for yourself.


I hope you are all enjoying these challenges as much as I am. I'm loving the ideas you all are sharing on Instagram and Facebook. The "birthday present" winners from last week's challenges are Maria S. and Kristen B, who will excitedly be receiving an assortment of tea and cookies from yours truly. Who will be the winners next week? We shall see! Keep the pics and comments coming.


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