Hello my friends! Welcome to May. Can you believe we have completed FOUR months of 2017 already? Wow! Where has the year gone?
I hope you enjoyed the March #FeedYourHappy challenge and got to join me and my friends on Facebook. We’ve started the #FeedYourHappy group on Facebook. The idea is to get like-minded individuals who take no prisoners, jump at the beautiful opportunities life provides, and want to use every minute to make sure their happy is not a hungry monster. We would love to have you in the group!
When I announced I was doing a detox challenge in May, the very first comment on my Facebook Page post was wishing me well on avoiding alcohol. At first, I was miffed, but then I realized MANY people may feel this way – that a detox is for addiction, drugs, alcohol, or other abused substances. Yes, this is one form of a detox. But, when I say detox, I’m referring to the informal usage in the noun form:
It’s easy to look at my blog and see two things:
- I haven’t blogged in almost six weeks
- My 30 day #FeedYourHappy challenge in March went from feeding my happy to feeding, well, nothing?
What in the world has happened? I’ll write a blog on why I fell off my own challenge tomorrow. March hit a speed bump, and that speed bump was the equivalent of a three-foot pothole that bottomed out my brand new car (speed bump being figurative, of course, and brand new car meaning my life). Today’s plan was to write the reasoning behind starting the detox challenge, but as this blog is already turning out pretty long, I am going to focus on the purpose of a life detox and continue tomorrow.
As per the definition above, a detox is a period of time to abstain from unhealthy influences. While for many this may be a cut and dry definition related to external stimuli, sometimes the unhealthy influences can be internal. During this challenge, we will spend time with both external and internal influences – starting with the latter for the first week.
How many times do you get a big idea, get excited, and then lose steam? How many times do you tell yourself that you can’t do something, you aren’t good enough, or even if you try, the end result won’t be what you want? There are many ways that you do this, directly and indirectly. Moving through the month, we will talk about the indirect ways we toxify our life through language, and we will learn how to use more positive language.
Today’s challenge is simple: make note of every negative thought you have, every time you encourage yourself to quit, every phrase you say that distracts you, etc.
At the end of the day, read your list and look for patterns. WHEN did you say this? WHY did you say this? WHAT were you doing? WHAT external influencers were around you? HOW can you change your pattern to be more encouraging?
Join us in the #FeedYourHappy Facebook Group to discuss what you noticed. it’s okay if you’re joining after May, or later in the month. We will welcome you with open arms and jump right in with helping you to detox your life.
Also published on Medium.