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The No Shopping Challenge

A few weeks ago, I told my husband that I didn’t want him to get me anything for Christmas. He said no. I told him I’d return whatever he got me. He called me bah humbug. Then I said that in January, we’d be taking on a no shopping challenge. He rolled his eyes. In the end, I got some lipstick ($18, I...

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The Little LOVE Challenge

While my husband has been settling into his media fast, I’ve been working on a small 30 day challenge of my own. I’m calling it a love challenge. Rather, a “be patient and kind to your spouse at all times challenge.” I’ve been married for a little over 9 years. It’s a happy and loving marriage, and we work hard to...

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The No News Challenge

“It’s about time you do a 30 day challenge of your own,” I say to my husband not long ago. “And I have the perfect one for you.” He looks at me with skepticism and a little fear. “A no news challenge! No news for 30 days. What do you think?” My husband is a news junkie. He has dozens of news apps...

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When You’re Oversubscribed and Have to Say No

I began the month hell bent on learning Beyonce’s iconic Single Ladies dance. I started practicing with YouTube video tutorials and taking hip hop classes at a local studio, and it’s been fun. Very fun. But it’s also been tough. Hard work is a normal thing in the world of Hackerella, but this month has been particularly time intensive and I’ve found myself...

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The Cold Stops Here: Week 5 (or 10) of the Wim Hof Method

Two months ago I began the 10 week Wim Hof method, a mindfulness program that incorporates deep breathing, meditation and gradual exposure to the cold. And every day for the past 10 weeks (save two), I’ve done my deep breathing and breath holds, stretched, done pushups, planks and back bends, and taken cold cold showers. I didn’t advance through all 10...

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Stuck in a Holding Pattern: Week 4 (repeated) of the Wim Hof Method

Week five of the Wim Hof method called for a 10 minute cold shower every day. I thought it would be a piece of cake since I’d been doing so well with them, but I was wrong. I caved in under 30 seconds. Three days in a row. Clearly, I wasn’t ready to move onto the all cold showers, so I...