If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen my call for people wanting to participate in a weekly challenge of something similar to my no spend week, which is sadly/happily coming to an end today.
The no spend week hasn’t been that hard and has really made me think twice about a lot of our purchases. We did spend money this week, but in the form of money we already had (AKA: gift cards) and for mystery shopping for two movies. But other than that, we’ve done really well. We’re going grocery shopping tomorrow and just getting perishables and things that we consume a lot of (like Morningstar vegetarian bacon – YUM!), but nothing else. So for that fact alone, this week was worth it.
But that got me thinking. What else could one week do for me? I can’t do a no spend week every week. I’d be miserable. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have plenty of bad habits to break! Between soda, or watching tv, or wasting time on the Internet, or not exercising enough, or not eating enough vegetables, or eating too much candy/junk food – I have plenty of things I could improve on. And one week doing without, or doing in general, will not kill me. It will not leave me deprived of a life worth living. It will help me grow and see what I can do, even if for 7 days to make me think twice about it when I want to do, or not do, something that’s obviously beneficial for me.
And then I realized it would be nice to have more than my husband doing it with me. It’d be nice to help motivate someone, or get motivation from someone else. So I’m opening up the idea to everyone!
The idea, and premise, is pretty simple.
- Every Sunday a new theme will go up. The challenge will run for seven days, Sunday to Saturday.
- Those that want to participate that week can link up and help inspire/motivate others that are taking on that week’s challenge.
- After the week is up, you can continue with it or you can stop doing it, but a new challenge begins.
Easy as pie! The goal of this to push ourselves to see what a small change can do for our lives. It may not last forever – in fact it may not even last the full week the challenge runs – but you can’t get anywhere without trying. My hope is that weeks like the no spend week make me more aware of what I’m spending for the future. And if I forget, I can do it again. And again. And again until my head wraps it’s way around the idea that it’s the little things that add up. Whether it be money, or candy, or soda, or not exercising. It all ads up.
You don’t even have to do anything to be a part of it. You don’t have to participate every week. You don’t have to link up. You don’t have to post a button. You don’t have to even tell me if you’re participating. BUT.. I would love it if you did. I’d love to know who’s participating and how you’re doing with it.
The 7 Day Push officially starts Sunday June 12
Theme: Exercise every day, for 7 days, for 15 minutes a day.
So next Sunday, my initial post will go up with a linky for everyone to to add there challenge related posts to.
Along with that, I’ll also be sending out the challenges a week ahead of time so you can prepare if you need to (such as stocking up on groceries for a no spend week, getting rid of candy for a no junk food week, etc.) to those who are interest. A page will also be created with a list of all known blogs of people that are participating. In order for your blog to be included on the page or to be a part of the challenge emails, you’ll have to send me an email (email@example.com) with the following info:
- Blog Name/Link:
- Do you want to be on the mailing list:
Just remember, you don’t have to do any of this! You can just join in whenever you feel like it! Either way, I look forward to seeing all of your accomplishments!