New month, New challenge: Day 14

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series. I’m not forgetting to write these. I’m just not being able to do each challenge as it comes. I guess it wasn’t such a good idea to do this day by day.

Anyway…

Yesterday’s challenge was:

Make time for a wholesome breakfast today.

I had a wholesome breakfast with my family today. It was very nice. We had fatte and it was delicious!

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New month, New challenge: Day 12

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where I do a challenge each day and share it here so you can do it with me!

Today’s challenge is:

Do something nice for someone.

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I’m thinking what could it be that I can do for someone. I’m sick, so I’m not up to baking someone something. Also, I don’t know who to do something for. I’m thinking maybe a friend or my husband.

Update: my in laws called out of the blue. They had bought sweets for the poor and needed them packaged but they needed help. So I helped with the packaging. It was nothing but I guess I could consider this my something nice I did for someone, the someones being the poor kids.

What nice thing will you do today? For who?

New month, New challenge: Day 11

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where I do a challenge a day and share it here so you can do it with me. I know, I know, where did day 10 go? I didn’t do it, yet, and I was supposed to do it today along with today’s challenge but I couldn’t because I’m sick and practically bedridden. However, whenever I’m able to, I will do it and share it here.

Today’s challenge is:

Slow down. Everything is going to be okay. Sit and watch the sunset today.

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I’m definitely slowing down today, being sick and all. But I’ve been yelling a lot for the past 2 hours because my son is driving me crazy with lunch. It’s nit just that he is a picky eater, he is a slow eater and he barely eats. He doesn’t even get hungry, unless it’s for snacks.

I’m glad I’m not alone in this.

So in the spirit of slowing down, when my son told me he can’t eat anymore (after eating for 2 hours back and forth and barely finishing half of his food) and that he wants to take a nap, I said “Do whatever you want”. I’m in no rush. I’m not going to have an aneurysm because my 6 year old won’t finish 1 meal.

I’m also looking forward to watching the sunset (my kitchen has the view).

New month, New challenge: Day 9

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where I do 1 challenge a day and share it here so you can do it with me.

Today’s challenge is:

Wear your favorite color today.

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I was doing this already before it was a challenge. I was already dressed in ourple, but I changed into a different purple outfit.

What’s your favorite color?

New month, New challenge: Day 8

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the New month, New challenge series where I do a challenge each day and share it here so you can do it with me.

Today’s challenge is:

Whenever you have a minute, take 3 full deep breaths.

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I did this challenge in the morning as soon as I saw it, and it helped with my mood. I was being bombarded with negative thoughts and I was thinking from a state of lack. Taking deep breaths helped remind myself to slow down and think about what I do have.

New month, New challenge: Day 7

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where I do a challenge a day and share it here so you can do it with me.

It’s been a long busy day. I’m glad to say that today was one of the days when my in laws felt like family. I don’t know if anyone can relate, but some days my in laws feel like in laws to me, distant and like I can’t be myself around them and I get extremely bored and frustrated. Other times, like today, I get wrapped up in their care and it just feels natural to be there with them. I’m grateful for these days. Anyway…

Today’s challenge is:

Go to bed 1 hour early than usual if possible. And try to sleep 8h every day.

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I’m half asleep right now but I need to put my son to bed then pray before I can sleep. Last night I slept at 11:30 so if I sleep at 10:30, I did the challenge. It’s 9:45 now.

Do you think I’ll make it?

What time do you go to bed?

New month, New challenge: Day 6

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where everyday I do a challenge aimed at self improvement and share it on the blog so you can do it with me.

It’s been a day, but I’m really grateful. At sun down, I got to eat to my hearts content (I’m supposed to be on a diabetic diet…cue sugar rush). I’ve eaten 8 chocolate chip cookies in 2 days. Oh boy. I gave the rest to my 6 year old so I don’t eat them. No junk food challenge is still waiting to be completed…

Today’s challenge is:

Write a to-do list for today. And try to make it a new habit in your life.

Piece of cake. I do this every day. I actually started doing it the night before I sleep and add onto it next morning. I did almost everything on the list today.

Do you write to do lists?

How do you plan your days?

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New month, New challenge: Day 5

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where everyday I do a challenge and post it here so you can do it with me.

Honestly, I’m exhausted today. I slept well but this fasting is really draining my energy. As much as I enjoy the spirituality of Ramadan and the opportunity for more good deeds, this girl is tired and hungry. Don’t even get me started on the migraines.

Today’s challenge is:

Go for a walk and admire the world around you. Get some fresh air whenever you can!

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Anyway, it’s windy today so I didn’t leave the house. The cookies and atayef from yesterday were a hit. My in laws raved about them. Good thing I took a walk yesterday morning because it’s windy today and I just can’t bring myself to get up. The walk was nice. It was sunny and flowers were blooming everywhere. They’re weeds but they’re still pretty.

Jasmines smell so good!

The sun sets in 100 minutes and then I get to EAT! Fasting is making me hyperaware of the blessing of having food to eat and having choices to choose from. Many people don’t have that choice…

Did you, or are you going to, take a walk today?

Where to?

Let me know in the comments below!

New month, New challenge: Day 4

Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to the new month, new challenge series where I share the challenge of the day on the same day that I do it so that you can do it with me if you want!

I’m having trouble sleeping lately. Struggling with my inner demons and whatnot. I want to be a better person. I want to be tolerant and forgiving and understanding and patient and calm and collected, but I can’t do that when I feel like I can’t be myself. My sensitivity and my talkativeness and need for affection are frowned upon, and it feels pretty lonely in my heart. I just wish I could hang out with someone who understood me, who accepted me just the way I was. Suppressing my emotions is affecting my sleep and diet and I keep going through rabbit holes of escapism. Now that I let that out…

Today’s challenge is:

Try something new. Like a new recipe, a new tv show, new restaurant… you decide.

This is in alignment with yesterday’s kindness challenge. I was supposed to bake something for someone but I didn’t feel like it. Plus, I didn’t leave the house yesterday. I bought a chocolate chip cookie mix from the store today. I usually bake things from scratch, but I’m fasting and I’m tired, hence the box mix.

Expectations
Versus Reality. What do you think? I still haven’t tasted them since I’m fasting but I can’t wait!

I also made atayef for the 1st time ever (it’s an arabic dessert) because every Tuesday my son has cooking class on school and obviously I’m the one that has to do the cooking. It’s actually a simple recipe.

You put 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, and some baking powder.
You can put syrup, honey or chocolate spread on it.

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What new thing will you try today? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to like and share with your friends and family so they can do the challenge too.

New month, New challenge: Day 1

Hello and welcome to my blog! As you know, I’ve been doing challenges on the 21 days challenge app, and I was going to start the declutter challenge ao that I’d be doing 2 challenges (kindness and declutter). I decided to postpone the declutter challenge a few days, or maybe a week.

I’m still doing the no junk food challenge (it finished yesterday but I still have a few unfinished days so I’m waiting until I’m able to do what they say). I’m also doing an art challenge with my 6 year old. He and I actually created that challenge together. Art is how we bond now. That and board games.

Happy May!

It’s a new month and to me that signals a new beginning. To me, Mondays signal the beginning of a new week (sorry but I kind of like Monday) and the beginning of a new month or a new season or a new year all excite me.

There’s always much to be grateful for if you look hard enough. I’m not putting my head in the sand because Lebanon is in the dumps, and it hurts. I watched a livestream yesterday discussing the situation in Lebanon and a correspondant said:

I have been to war zones and I have never seen a country die slowly like Lebanon. I have never seen a country lose hope and go into anxiety and depression like in lebanon, and I’ve seen a lot.

So I need to be positive to function. My son is already suffering from staying at home most of the time and not going to school. I need to look after my mental health for my sake and for the sake of those who must tolerate me when I’m in anxiety and depression land.

I do this in a lot of ways. Reading, writing, coloring, playing games on my phone, watching tv shows and movies (although too much of the latter makes me unproductive and more depressed). Another way I take care of my mental health is through focusing on my goals, and what better way than doing challenges that help me work on my self improvement in a fun way.

I just started the new year, new you challenge, even though it’s not a new year but it is a new month, and in addition to my focus on spiritual things (I printed out a plannar just for that and I’m using it), and trying to perform random uncalculated acts of kindness whenever I can, I have this challenge to keep me motivated!

Unlike the other challenges where I’d post after doing the entire challenge, I’m going to take you through this challenge day by day in case you want to do it with me.

Today’s challenge is:

Print a positive quote and put it on your wallet or mirror so you can see it every day.

I actually have many printed quotes available so I’m going to choose one and put it on the fridge.

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