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The 5am Wake Up Challenge

My challenge for this month is to wake up at 5am to write. 5am is extreme, but it’s peaceful. My mind is fresh and rested and I can work on my book (I’m writing a book about 30 day challenges) without interruption. No kids, no buzzing cellphone, no noise. The time allows me to be creative and focused in a...

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750 Words a Day Keeps the Negativity Away (aka My Favorite Daily Ritual

I’ve taken on a number of challenges over the past three years that have remained untouched. Sewing, running, Italian and 15 minute planks, to name a few. But most of them, I’m happy to report, I either revisit regularly (guitar, YouTube videos, clutter, gluten free eating, no complaining) or have become part of everyday life (cold showers, meditation, writing, inbox zero). But there’s the one...

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Fighting resistance and self doubt: the struggles of writing a book

From January 29th to February 4th, according to my time tracking application, I spent 2 hours and 24 minutes on Scrivener, the app I’m using to write my book. This is very problematic, I thought to myself. If I have any shot at meeting my deadline, I need to spend 2 hours per day writing, not 2 hours per week. Unfortunately, the minutes that I do...

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The End of the No Shopping Challenge

Last week, several people sent me this story about a British woman, Michlle McGagh, who bought nothing for an entire year. By her estimates, she saved $23,000. She wrote: “Although I had no debt, my bank statements (when I bothered to look at them) were littered with unnecessary spending. When I did brace myself and look at my statements I was aghast at how...

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The Life Changing Magic of Not Watching the News

Last month, my husband committed to a 30 day no news challenge where he would not read, watch or listen to any news. Below is a transcript of several audio interviews I conducted with him following his 30 day media fast, which he successfully completed on January 14, 2017. Insights from the no news challenge Why was the consumption of news a problem...

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The No Shopping Challenge: Days 1-10

This is a no shopping challenge update. To read part 1, of the challenge, click here. Day 1. I accidentally shatter my Chemex glass coffee maker. I have to buy a new one, I think to myself. There’s no way I’ll survive a month without it. An hour later I watch my husband improvise with filters and an oversized water bottle. My sister lends me a dripper, and...

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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...