If you read my last post, I came up with a 90-challenge for myself: To do something new or different every day. This is an attempt to think outside the box a little, get out of routines and stale goals. So far, it’s going very well. At the end I might come up with an idea list for other people to be able to challenge themselves too. I highly recommend this experiment.
Day 1: Listened to country music. For those of you who love country music, you’re probably not impressed with this being a challenge for me. But really, I don’t listen to country. I listen to pop music, classic rock, and maybe I’ll tune in to Christian here and there, but country is not something I ever think about. It was pretty good–the first song on the radio was “Just a Dog” by Mo Pitney, and it made me want to cry. I looked up the artist. His voice sounds like he’s in his 40s or 50’s, but he’s only 28 years old. Good for him, LOL.
Day 2: I read fiction first thing in the morning instead of leaving it to the end of the day when I’m falling asleep. I really liked this! I ought to do it more often.
Day 3: No complaining. Holy guacamole, this was hard. I wore a bracelet to remind myself of my no-complaining commitment on this day. I ended up breaking my rule twice–one because my middle daughter forgot to say goodbye before she left in the morning and I whined about it, and the second was because I had printed out a policy at work that got me all riled up, and I vented to my oldest daughter. LOL. Overall, this was a positive experience.
Day 4: Random act of kindness. I cleaned my oldest daughter’s room while she was at school. It took me 90 minutes, but it looked 10 times better! I set up candles for when she came home. She was incredibly happy and grateful!
Day 5: Ate fast food at work. LOL. I know most people would be like–why is that different? But, it really was different for me. Our hospital leadership had purchased Chick-Fil-A boxed lunches for staff for hospital week and delivered them to us. I normally pack my own lunch and stay completely virtuous throughout my workdays, but I decided to go for it. The chicken sandwich hit the spot.
Day 6: Listed to a TED talk. Actually I picked two. One was about sugar and what sugar does to our brains; it was only 15 minutes. The other was about stress, which was also good, but had some really creepy, cartoonish graphics that were so weird I couldn’t focus on the content. There are so many TED talks to choose from–this is an easy, fun, interesting idea.
Day 7: Offered my husband a massage, spontaneously. Another random act of kindness. These are great. I like catching people off guard.
Day 8: Wrote a “Nurse Story” and submitted it to Nurse.com. I hope I can share this story on my blog, but since I submitted it for publication to their website, I need to read the rules about putting the story on another platform. I was nervous about submitting it, but I challenged myself to have courage and see if it will be accepted.
Day 9: Watch the sunset. I recruited my husband to do this with me. We sat outside on the tailgate of his pickup truck at first, then we decided to walk up the street to see it better over the horizon of a nearby farm. It was gorgeous, like a pastel version of a rainbow. interrupted by the pitch black silhouettes of distant trees. I need to do this more often too!
Day 10: Turned my old bike in for bike repairs. I’ve been putting this off for 6 years. My orange Cannondale bike was a gift from my parents when I graduated college in 2000. It has been with me for 21 years, shipped to Alaska, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Virginia. I last used it in Indiana, had crashed on it just before moving (a little embarrassing), messed up the brakes and broke some plastic piece on the gears. It’s been in storage in our shed. It will be resurrected! I will use it again!
So, here we are at Day 11. I don’t think I’ll be jumping out of any airplanes or tightrope walking, but these new/different challenges are pretty cool. I’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, have you ever done any 30, 60, or 90 day challenges? What was that like?