The Fix Yo’ Self and Fix Yo’ Mood 8-Day Holiday Challenge is in response to the tons of emails I’ve received from Dignity Daters who want advice on how to survive the holiday season as single women. This challenge is going to help put you in a better mood, and get you out of “survival” mode and into REVIVAL mode.
Here’s how to play….
Each day is a journaling or thought prompt.You have two choices. You can either:
1. Write the challenge out on your laptop or a beautifully crafted girly girl journal, either at home or at a coffee shop filled with the aroma of holiday coffee blends and gingerbread (preferred method).
2. Take two minutes (Yep – set your timers, ladies!) with your eyes closed to reflect on the prompt. If you go this route, take notes in a notebook, on your smartphone or other such device after the timer sounds.
My hope is that in setting an intention and noticing the little details of your life through these prompts, your beliefs and thoughts will transform from “What’s in it for me this holiday season?” to “What’s happening NOW?”.
Okay, so let’s get started with Day One of the Fix Yo’ Self and Fix Yo’ Mood Eight Day Holiday Challenge!
Here’s your first prompt…
Notice something you experience every day but are usually oblivious to. Take time to really dig into the little details and appreciate what’s happening each day while you’re zipping by in a frenzy.
To get you started, I’m sharing mine! Here it is…
I love to walk in my neighborhood. Usually, though, it’s daytime and I’m taking a brisk, exercise-type of walk while practicing what I do best: multi-tasking.
Sometimes I’m catching up with girlfriends or my dad via phone, checking in with my assistant or even listening to a tele class from some course I purchased but was unable to participate in live. I pride myself on how good I am at “killing two birds with one stone”.
However, this time I didn’t walk for exercise; instead, I walked for connection. To make things extra special, I invited my 10-year-old-daughter along. The air on this night was typically cooler than the heat of the warm California winter day, and we took delight in “bundling up” as we headed out into the ‘hood.
First we noticed that the lamps in the streetlight right outside the house had been changed to LED lights. The street seems brighter. The way the light shines on my car parked outside makes the paint look more blue than grey. Even the sidewalk and the color of my neighbor’s house look different under this new light. We delight in how such a small change makes such big impact. We also note that while we love the cool, bright light, it makes it harder to see the impact the moon makes on our street.
As we walk, we talk and share, noticing everything. We notice the neighbor has washed his fancy sports car, usually dirtied and neglected. We talk about what’s happening inside the houses, especially when we can see into the neighbors’ living rooms. We notice even when there are small rooms, there are very big TVs.
And then as we round the corner, heading back up the hill that marks the start of the way home, we take stock of the house on the corner that’s been under construction for what seems like forever. We used to call the house on the corner the “scary house”. It was abandoned. Neglected. We would always wonder how this managed to be standing in the neighborhood, which has mostly remodeled homes. And then one day last winter we saw the demolition trucks and realized this house had seen its heyday. The “scary house” was to be no more.
Over time we watched the new house being built, commenting on the size of the backyard, the windowpanes that had been selected, the odd location of the balcony that overlooks a busy street filled with cars both day and night. Tonight we admired the finished product. The grass has been put in, and we like the flowers they’ve selected. We wonder who will move in. Will they have kids? Where did they come from?
And then, as we head up the steep hill toward home, we talk more. We discuss our breathing patterns when walking up the hill. We talk about the muscles in our butts. We laugh. We connect.
What did you notice?
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