Category Archives: Challenges

31 Days of Healing (March Challenge Recap)

Sleepy dogOrganizing my personal spaceBallet night - Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of TaiwanMore coffee.Sunday morning puppy cuddlesPuppy napsMore puppy cuddlesBallet night - the Trocks!Ballet night in PortlandSocks, wine and fireplaceSocks, wine and fireplace

So February was a rough month for me. I don’t need to go into the details, but we all have those bad days that extend into a week, and continue on to a month, right? Well I wanted to challenge myself to do something healing every day in the month of March to recuperate and get back to a healthy body, mind and heart.

While I didn’t take a photo every day (yikes, I know), the challenge got me to thinking about taking care of myself every single day. Whether it was watching an all male ballet company dress in drag and dance en pointe, cuddling with my dog, or wearing polka dot socks and drinking wine in front of a fire, I was healing from some bad days.

Here are some of the things I did in March to heal:

  • Organizing my personal space
  • Morning cuddles with the puppy
  • Chasing sunshine every chance I got
  • Dressing up and going to a ballet (twice!)
  • Running
  • Coffee. More coffee.
  • Movie nights
  • Naturopathic doctor appointments
  • Sundae sister dates!
  • Date nights
  • Mentoring students who are about to embark on a “spring break” of volunteering
  • Ikea trip! Or, just organizing my house…
  • Cooking party
  • Bad (but exciting) movies

What do you do to heal?

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May Challenge: 31 days of spring

31 days of MayI am definitely feeling the spring vibes, and it’s my favorite season for a reason. I have been getting ready for spring by planning what will go into my garden boxes (almost built!), surrounding myself with greenery, and loving every minute of the spring blooms I never even knew existed in my yard. What a beautiful surprise.

For the month of May, I am challenging myself to intentionally notice the beauty of nature that surrounds me. My goal is to take a photo every single day this month to capture the beauty of spring. Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know it’s already the 4th of May and so I already fell behind on my daily challenge. But I don’t think it’s ever too late to be intentional about the world around us. Don’t you agree?

Join me in my challenge, and share your photos with me!

Also, I plan on posting my March Challenge (31 days of healing) very soon – I am so slow at developing my last roll of film with some of my March challenge photos on it. It will happen soon. I promise. Stay tuned, and share your springtime photos with me!

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April Challenge: 30 days of my favorite things!

30 Days ChallengeJust in case you missed it, I am doing a new daily challenge every month so that every day, I am focused, trying new things, taking risks, or enjoying things that make me happy. The plus side? I get to choose the challenge! It can’t be too hard then, right? RIGHT? Last month was 31 days of healing. I had been through a lot in February, so I wanted to use March to recuperate and heal. Because most of my photography is film-based, you will be seeing a recap of that month a little later!

As for April, I knew I had to make this one special. It’s my Birthday month, and to make it even more enjoyable and me-centric (which I am not), I thought the best compromise would be to fill every day with something I love. It can be as little as listening to one of my favorite songs, or as big as going on a day trip somewhere. Who knows. The point is I want to enjoy things that make me very happy, and while Birthday month is a great excuse for that…I think we should do a lot more of enjoying our favorite things more often regardless.

So…cheers! Will you be joining me? What are some of your favorite things?

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31 Days of Healing

HealingSo February hasn’t been so kind to me. Nearly every “worst case scenario” and “things can’t get much worse” situation happened. But, to my amazement, I am still smiling. And I smiled my way through all of February.

I have a way of not feeling stressed, even though I probably am. I try to not let things get to me, and I try to stay as strong as possible. I really needed to be strong this month, not just for myself, but for everyone else too. So I didn’t have time, or the opportunity, to just let go.

Well, that eventually takes it toll…and my body definitely feels it. I am needing lots of sleep. And I mean A LOT. I want to be alone to recharge. Relax. Heal.

So this past month has been my impetus to start what I am dubbing my “30 days” challenge. No, it’s not new. I’m sure many people challenge themselves to something for an entire month. But I am starting this monthly challenge to have more fun in my life, create some inspiration, and extend my creativity.

So here I am, starting in March. Each month will have a different challenge, so I am excited to try something new, and stretch myself to do different things every single day.

My March monthly challenge will be 31 days of healing. Because I need it. I will be doing something every day in the month of March that will help me heal – mind, body and soul. And, to fulfill my love of film photography, I will be photographing the healing things that I do with my film cameras. So while you may not see what I have been doing to heal in the month of March, I will be able to share them with you in a different month. The following months’ challenges will all be different. But I thought it would be appropriate to start with healing myself.

Why don’t you join me in this monthly challenge? Share your ideas with me – what do you do to heal? I would love to try out your ideas, I need 31 of them! Who knows, maybe your idea will be the one that truly heals me.

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