September, check! October, let’s do this.
First, let me thank all you soul tenders out there. Whether you jumped all the way in or dipped your toes in along the way, I’m proud of you for engaging and participating. I really hope that your soul benefited in some way. And that if there is any regret you would get rid of it in favor of starting again or trying something you didn’t quite complete.
Me personally? I learned a lot from facilitating an online challenge. I’m still processing and will share in the next few weeks. One of the things that is constantly at the forefront of my mind though is the momentum that comes from doing something every single day.
While I missed one prompt and didn’t post about two (maybe three), I am so pleased with the results – yes the external, but especially the internal ones. There was a little bit of holding my breath this weekend as the challenge came to a close.
I was beginning to ask myself on Friday, “what’s next”?
How can I keep moving forward with purpose + intention? How do I ensure I don’t lose the momentum I gained from doing the soul tending work? How do I prepare for the new year with peace and strength rather than on sputtering into 2019 empty and “over it”?
So when the #Last90days Challenge came across my feed, I was certain this was for me.
Rachel Hollis, author of Girl Wash Your Face (and five other titles) has created a FREE motivational challenge to help you “finish your year on the 20th floor”.
WHY IT MATTERS
Imagine what it would be like to START your New Year on the 20th floor instead of back down in the basement! Imagine how much momentum you’ll have. Imagine how much you’ll accelerate the vision you have for your life if you stay motivated during the time of year when most people are struggling. For people who are already focused on personal development and personal growth, this idea makes sense. But what about those of you who’ve never considered this before or are trying a challenge for the first time? I’ll tell you why it matters. Rachel Hollis, Newsletter
In her first newsletter (received right in my email in box – click the link above to get yours) Ms. Rachel goes on to explain why this challenge and why finishing the rest of 2018 matters. I won’t spoil it for you, but the three reasons she gave were plenty enough for me to say, “yes, this girl is in”.
The thing I’m most focused on is the five things she wants you to commit to doing everyday from now until the end of the year. I’m already extending grace to myself about her videos and anything that may feel like extra, well because international travel and thangs. But these five…
What she calls her “5 to thrive” is where my focus will be.
1 | GET UP AN HOUR EARLIER
This won’t be too difficult for me, we’re morning people and don’t have anyone but ourselves to transport someplace else. I so crave this time in the mornings and have to be careful to be sure that every morning I’m given includes quiet time sitting with Jesus.
2 | WORK OUT FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES
So no to 30 minutes, but yes to stretching, yoga and planking.
In nothing that I read does she come across as being legalistic or militant about this (or any part of what she’s sharing) so I believe this for me needs to be focused on progress and not perfection. If I strive to hit 30 minutes everyday, I’ll fail in the first week and not do any of it. So, I’ll be “tortoise-ing” (it’s a word!) this one.
3 | DRINK HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES
This one is going to push me. It’s not that I drink a lot of other things, I just struggle to reach for my water as much I should.
So for vulneralblity + accountability sake, I’m gonna put this out there…
I weight about 130 pounds. Which means I should drink approximately 65 ounces of water each day. Which for me equates to three and half pretty water bottles (they are 20 ounces) each day.
This may sound crazy, but I want to tell you that part of my struggle is having to use the restroom but being subjected to having to use a not-so-sanitary space that makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little. I blame it on years of road trips back and forth from Wisconsin to Georgia; y’all – America needs to get their bathroom situation right.
4 | GIVE UP A FOOD CATEGORY YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING
This one became clear to me before this challenge began. And sadly, it’s ice cream. I don’t need it every day, but when I get a hankering, it just becomes relentless.
And that 12 minutes of enjoyment becomes a couple of days of complete misery. It ain’t pretty people. So, no more ice cream for this girl – at least for the next 90 days.
As well, I’ll only be sipping one cup of coffee in the morning. No more than that. It seems to me we’ve made drinking coffee all day a “thing”. A thing that makes me more reliant upon it than Jesus. So much so that when I don’t have it, I start to have wonky dreams, become more irritable and have horrible headaches.
No ice cream + only one cup of coffee.
5 | WRITE DOWN 10 THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYDAY
This will be a stretch at times, but I’m going after it. I hope to get really deep by the end of the year. I have a plain notebook but believe it will be a powerful exercise.
The only other thing I’ll be working on during this time in the same manner is my 90 day business plan for Simply Sather in this season. If you haven’t gathered yet, I’m doing business here in this space. And it’s messy. Hence the business plan.
I hope you’ll stay tuned and do some of the work with me so we can finish the year strong for ourselves with healthy, healed souls.