Simply Sather

SOUL CARE CHALLENGE | WEEK 03

You’re doing great! No matter where you’re jumping in on this Soul Tending Challenge, please know that you’re welcome and success is yours.

Soul Tending Challenge
you can do it friend! finish what you’ve started…

And if you’re doing the work but not posting, all of your work still counts; more than counts. Because it’s about you and what you need to be doing to grow.

Along the way, I’m hearing from many of you privately.  You’re wanting to reassure me that you’re doing the work or expressing your apologies for doing it differently or on the same day. You’re telling me that you value the opportunity but you are conflicted in some way.

Conflicted about posting publicly, the prompts, the schedule or something else.

And that’s okay friend. Truly. There have been days and prompts that have pushed me and made me consider quitting. But I recall my “why” and my desired outcome and I am able to keep going. I hope you’ll do the same.

Up this week…

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17 | SNUGGLE A PET/STUFFED ANIMAL

If this sounds miserable to you, set a timer for 20 minutes and then you’re done!

18 | SMILE, SMILE, SMILE

1 post, 3 different photos of the same smile or three smiles of those you love.

My only encouragement is that you avoid using filters to alter your smile in any way, just be you.

Please share what made you smile – I hope you’ll be surprised.

19 | FORGIVE YOURSELF

This is important work in our souls.

Not designed to take you to a dark place but if you sit and consider a lingering thought, hurt or unresolved matter and how you contributed to it – you may unearth the need to forgive yourself.

The best photo I can think of for this is for you to share a selfie without fixing up yourself for the shot.

In forgiveness there is freedom. Show us you.

20 | BE STILL + SILENT FOR AN HOUR

It’s not impossible.

To be quiet for an hour. I’m probably gonna read or maybe take a nap, schedule-permitting, but this is for you to put your electronics away and just daydream. Let your mind wander.

21 | FIND YOUR SOUL CARE SPOT

A place where you can go and just repeat what you did yesterday.

Kuddos to you.

Even if you don’t get to spend much time there, add a candle or a favorite photo and tell your people “mine!”

22 | WRITE A NOTE OR SHARE A KIND WORD WITH A STRANGER

You know how sometimes you leave the grocery check-out line and you knew you were to say something kind and encouraging to that person but you chickened out for whatever reason?

Not sure who to write to? The World Needs More Love Letters can guide you.

Go into today intentionally looking for an opportunity to do something kind or speak kind words to a stranger or an acquaintance – without expectation but with sincerity.

23 | DAYDREAM

Snap a photo of your view and then get back to it.

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Remember to have fun, it’s work, but it’s still good to be silly sometimes.

Simply Sather

Instagram Challenge | Invite + Share

Yes!

Hiya Soul Tenders.

Before I delve into what I mean by invite + share, I want to welcome new comers – there are so many of you!!! – by encouraging you to visit these challenge preparation posts, here, here + here.

Caught up? Great! Let’s get on back to it with today’s preparation post…

Invite, Invite, Invite!

Share, Share, Share!

Instagram Challenge - Invite + Share
my seattle-based writer friend who encourages me in my writing regularly, oh and coffee

INVITE

Even if the person you think would really benefit from this (I know, you’re just asking for a friend) isn’t on social media, doesn’t like computers or blogs or has never ever done anything like this, please consider inviting them anyway.

When I created this challenge, I was thinking of people from 12 yo (with Instagram accounts their parents know about) to the biggest numbers you can put together and still push them buttons and be a part of the Instagram community. Everyone is welcome.

I found myself expanding this challenge to Facebook when the organization Hope for Widows Foundation decided to join the challenge and share it with their members. I’d only begun writing for them in August, but sheepishly sent them the challenge in Direct Messenger on Instagram in the hopes they’d participate even for themselves. But when they extended the opportunity to their Facebook community, I knew I needed to stretch my own self.

So, as of yesterday, I am officially back on Facebook (@Regina Sather + @Simply Sather) and will be connecting with many over there too. I’m excited and a little nervous too – more people + the new and very fancy Facebook – but mostly, I’m sure it’s what I’m supposed to be doing for whoever it is that will benefit from even one day of intentional soul care during September.

Look. I love Jesus! He’s my Favorite (yes, with a capital “f”). But if you don’t know Him or spend time with Him or are still trying to figure out what you think of Him – you’re still very welcome in this community. And your friends are too.

I’m not concerned about the color of one’s skin, economic background, setbacks or failures, political affiliation, sexual orientation, level of education or profession. That’s not what I will be responding to when people join our community.

I’m interested in their soul and helping you and them make more time to dig more deeply into what’s happening there. It’s so important y’all and I really want any and all who have the interest, margin and desire to to be in the space to have success doing this work.

When you invite, please invite with that heart.

SHARE

Yes, you can share this on other social media platforms, but I will only be actively cheering and supporting on Instagram + Facebook this go ’round. So, feel free to share on the other platforms but point them back over here to the blog, Instagram and now Facebook for ongoing encouragement, guidance + support.

This is a F-R-E-E challenge. I mean that in two ways!

First…

I really hope that anyone who wants to participate would be considerate of the work I’ve created and if you do decide to share, please also tag me. Tagging me introduces me to the people you are sharing with and them to me – thank you very much. Free for you, please include me.

Second…

It would also make me happy to see people being free in the way they approach this. Now, the sassy, principal part of me won’t be having any shenanigans. If the stuff you post or share is aggressive towards another, disrespectful to any group of people, including yourself (eg. in the way you present your body, etc.) or if you bully, bad mouth or come across as a threat to yourself or anyone else, you will be reported and removed from our community.

Everyone coming here is carrying something. I’m not a therapist and won’t be acting as one. There will be no room for fixing and any need for professional support will be recommended by me only.

Please make this a safe place by considering others. Honor the progress that everyone is attempting to make and leave comparison, “should-ing” and judgment out of it.

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I know it requires vulnerability to invite others to do something you’ve not done before and my be a little unsure of as well. Please trust me – when we do new things with others, especially things that make us a little nervous, we grow – which is winning.

Take a few minutes now and share on your Instagram + Facebook feed, via Voxer, Marco Polo, email, text message or if you’re a paper person (I’m a paper person!) print it off and post it in a common area where many can pass by and see it.

Truly, the more the better.

Go ahead INVITE + SHARE!

 

Simply Sather

Instagram Challenge | Review the list today

I’ve done this y’all.

In relationships, accepting jobs, buying a car and even some of my travel. I nod excitedly about the beginning and don’t look through to read the fine print.

Now that I’m married to a very detailed man, I’m getting better and want to encourage you to be more like us him.

So, for today’s Instagram Challenge preparation post, I want you to make a moment to look at the challenge in detail. Read each and every prompt.

Right now.

Yes, kind of bossy, but trust me.

Soul Tending September Insta Challenge (2)

REVIEW THE LIST BEFORE YOU START

This step – reviewing the list before the start – is important to your soul tending success because we want to be sure you’ve got margin to win.

Whatever your goal(s) with this challenge, you will increase your chances of “winning” if you lay eyes on every prompt now before Saturday to give yourself a jumpstart. Doing this also helps you make margin for these things.

Making margin – in this case – means giving yourself permission and making room in your mind and schedule before you take on the act of tending to your soul each day. For example, I knew that day 2 of the prompt would include reading a magazine, so I looked through the ones I had and decided I wanted a new one, then bought the fall issue of Magnolia Journal and am holding on to it to bust open this weekend. I’ve already decided it’ll be while Mister (what I call my husband) is watching the U.S. Open – go Serena + Sloane!

My mind and soul is already making room in that day to enjoy flipping the pages and linger longer on the words because I’m doing this very intentional work for long-lasting benefit. I’m not being rigid or inflexible. And I don’t want you to be either.

Consider if it’s possible to switch some of the activities around to different days? Maybe it’ll work better for you to sip a drink slowly (#3), read a magazine (#2) and go to bed by 9p (#13) all on the same day because of a prior commitment or it just makes sense to you.

Go get your calendar and put it side-by-side with the soul tending list.

Which prompts on which days pose a potential threat to you reaching the SMART Goal you set? What can you start working in your mind, schedule, relationships, responsibilities now to make room to complete the tasks that you know will be good for you but you don’t have a clear plan to tackle?

This is where I get derailed every time.

Every.

Time.

I don’t take a few extra minutes to look all the way to the end of what I’m saying “yes” to in order to better anticipate roadblocks, stressors, setbacks and hurdles. If you give yourself a few minutes of focused thought – no multi-tasking here – you could probably eliminate some of the very things that may be laying in wait to keep you from continuing forward.

Come on Soul Tender!

Remember your why from day 1 of preparation and your SMART Goal from day 2. Doing this next step – taking time to look at the list today! – will put you closer to being ready to start, finish and succeed.

I believe in you and want to encourage you. Believe that your soul, your influence and your people will be better for it.