Week three of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge has just ended. This was the final week of the challenge, and although I am relieved to let go of the daunting number of tags and hashtags required every day (five!) I am sorry to see it go, and hope the connections I have made remain long after the daily challenge assignments have ended. This was “believe” week.
Monday’s challenge was “Spoil yourself! Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!”
Walking? Yoga? I went for the ultimate (for me) “spoil yourself” item … Pop Culture!!
Tuesday’s challenge was “5 Mindful Minutes – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.”
I loved this day’s prompt. But I didn’t do a structured “meditation-y” thing. For me, five minutes with no headphones in, just me, the sky, the bird sounds, and some movement (via walking), was freeing enough.
Wednesday’s challenge was “Be Happy – show us your happy place!”
Just one happy place? I chose a picture of me running with women at the Gadsden Correctional Institution. Physically, it is a place of boundaries and mandatory uniformity. Add running to the mix, and everyone can transcend those boundaries and let their own individual spirits soar.
Thursday’s challenge was “Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!”
Again, how to choose just one thing? But my mind goes daily to the women I met in Guatemala — old and young — the picture below was taken the first full day I was in Guatemala when I visited in July 2011. The joy in the dancing was so pervasive.
Friday’s challenge was “Share the love – s/o to your #1 supporter/motivator”!
Gotta hand it to the family on this one. To the husband who deals with the budget hit our family takes from my running and paying a coach. To my daughter who drives my son to the bus stop on my run days so I can get my run in early. To my son who I really miss running with but who I hope will come back to the fold. Neither of them would claim running as “their thing,” but they bend over backwards to support the fact that it is mine.
And just like that, the three-week Move Nourish Believe Challenge is winding down! To read about how it was structured, visit this link. AND there’s a Twitter Party on Wednesday night (February 26) at 8 p.m. Eastern for a last hurrah and the announcement of the winner of the $1,000 Lorna Jane shopping spree. Use the hashtag #mnbchallenge.
Thank you to Lorna Jane and Fit Approach for organizing and sponsoring this challenge.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.