Extraordinary July Challenge

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately. I’m gonna go ahead and blame Mercury Retrograde which has taken up most of this past month, June 7th to July 2nd to be exact. Needless to say, it’s been a sort of frustrating, and mildly uncomfortable, month with communication and schedule challenges, kids getting sick, misunderstandings, and a general feeling of malaise around our house. It’s also been a reflective month, however, and I feel like all the frustration, discomfort, and THINKING was necessary to get clarity on what I want and what I need. Just like soon-to-be butterflies HAVE to struggle inside their chrysalises in order to build up enough strength in their wings to fly, we NEED periods of constriction and reflection to help us expand to new levels of awesomeness.

I am definitely ready to expand in July and am feeling pumped to make the most of these lovely summer days, since I already feel the more hectic Fall/Winter seasons looming in the not-so-distant future. In order to milk this month for all it’s worth and get out of the rut I have been in this past month, I’m challenging myself to do one thing new, different, and/or out-of-the-ordinary, everyday in July. This might be something I’ve always wanted to do, something I’ve never thought of doing, or something I used to do and love, but, for whatever reason, have stopped doing. I’m going to double the impact by pairing this with a daily gratitude practice to retrain my brain to see all the extraordinary blessings I have to be thankful for, since this past month I have definitely gotten in the habit of zero-ing in on what’s NOT working in my life.

Want to join me for this #ExtraordinaryJuly Challenge? Get a fresh new journal or notebook and keep it with you all month. Everyday, write down:

  1. One new or different thing that you do each day as well as ideas for other new things you can try this month (and beyond). These could be big (jumping out of a plane) or small (shopped at a new grocery store).
  2. Three things you are grateful for each day. Make them as specific as possible: that delicious cup of coffee, your puppy’s breath, your paycheck that helped you pay those bills, those bills for the service or product you got and could pay for, that feeling after a workout, your friend who texted you that funny thing just because…you get the idea.
Here’s a list of 31 new and different things I’m thinking of doing this month…what are you going to do to make your July EXTRAORDINARY? (share in the comments below):
  1. Visit a Farmer’s Market
  2. Clean up and jazz up my patio
  3. Have a patio party
  4. Visit a local juice bar (I want to visit Impressed)
  5. Visit a raw food restaurant (I want to go to Greens & Vines)
  6. Go to Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp Beach Bootcamp 
  7. Run a new route
  8. Have a sunset picnic
  9. Visit the zoo
  10. Visit a bookstore
  11. Get a haircut
  12. Get my nails done
  13. Take my cats to get their nails trimmed
  14. Try Ethiopian food
  15. Make ice cream with the kids
  16. Go to a Bon Dance with my girlfriends
  17. Go to the movies
  18. Get a bike
  19. Watch some fireworks
  20. Have a living room dance party
  21. Do some yoga
  22. Go surfing
  23. Drive to the other side of the island
  24. Get shave ice (I want to visit Uncle’s Clay’s House of Pure Aloha)
  25. Spend a day “cofficing” in a new coffee shop
  26. Find a summer concert or outdoor movie
  27. Go technology-and-work-free for one whole day
  28. Do some Christmas shopping way ahead of time for a change
  29. Draw
  30. Get fresh flowers for the house
  31. Read through my Extraordinary July notebook and make some plans for an Awesome August

If you’re looking for something new and different to add to your list, please join me on July 12th for my Healthy Body, Happy Life class at Happiness U!

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