weekly challenge

Your Monday Challenge

Your Monday Challenge

30 Day Blogging Challenge #20

I have been blogging everyday for 20 days now… what.


Honestly, it has been tough, there have been days where the last thing I wanted to do was sit down and write because there were a million other things on my to do list.  But, blogging makes me happy, therefore, as a self-loving gift to myself– I do it.  Just like I talked about in The Science of Happiness and Why We Don’t Do What We Love & How to Start, making time even when you don’t have it to spend time on yourself does make you happier.  And, as a result of that happiness, the rest of your life is boosted.

So on this beautiful motivation Monday I want to motivate you to write down three things that make you smile from the inside out, and vow to do each one at some point this week.

Maybe you schedule them into your day, maybe you do them when you are most stressed, maybe you do them everyday.  It is completely up to you what you do and when you do them, but make sure they get done, it’s happiness we are talking about here!

& Of course, who would I be if I didn’t send a little Motivation Monday your way :



See you tomorrow, YOU MAKE YOU!


PS. If you want to take this to the next level, join my 21 Day Power Up with over 30 people who have started over the past week!

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The Benefits of Breaking Routine

The Benefits of Breaking Routine

30 Day Blogging Challenge #16

It was about a year and a half ago, but maybe some of you remember my the challenge I did on YouTube “A Challenge A Day” where simply for a month I uploaded a video with one change I made in my normal routine each day.  Whether it was taking my bike to the grocery store instead of driving, taking a new route to work, or working out at night instead of the morning, I looked for one small thing in my monotonous routine that I could change daily to see what would happen.


And what did happen?

I was happier.

I learned a lot about myself.

I felt refreshed.

I was forced outside of my comfort zone which in the end pushed me as a person, gave me new experiences, and resulted in new opportunities.

I began to change and adapt.  When living in a normal routine day after day, you know what you are going to encounter on a hourly basis, by taking even the slightest side step away from the usual routine you are presenting yourself with the opportunity to learn and observe new and more effective ways of accomplishing things, and more importantly, you are allowing yourself to become aware of what may be holding you back.

Don’t get me wrong– routine is great, having a plan is great. But when we have a routine, it is easy to get bogged down and let life unwillingly pass us by.  I cannot tell you the number of times I got into my car in high school and the next thing I knew it was 45 minutes later and I was in the parking lot– I drove the same route for nearly 3 years that I lost all sensation in the task.

Some of you know that I am training for a marathon … I run almost everyday, but yesterday I decided to take a break, go to the gym and do a workout like I used to with little to no running and it felt GREAT; my endrophins were boosted more than normal, and I felt more productive than ever.

That is why I am writing this article, because I know how easy it is to get caught up in your normal routine without realizing that anything is wrong.  It is comfortable to be in routine, and we, as humans strive for comfort.  But if we live the same way everyday all of our lives, how are we to grow?  How are we to learn about ourselves? How are we to know ourselves and what we like?

Here is my challenge for you:

Everyday for the next week, change one small aspect of your daily routine.  Whether it be a new route to school/work, your coffee order, saying hi to a new person, or the order in which you plan your day, take the challenge to change your day and observe how your body and mindset reacts.

Remember, nothing is permanent–if you make a change and you don’t like it, you can change back, it’s that easy.




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