I see tons of challenges pass the revue on Twitter and Instagram but never felt compelled to participate…until I saw GG’s 30 Days Self-Discovery Challenge from All The Many Layers. It’s not a beauty or physical challenge but one that inspires me to dig deeper and become a better person. And hopefully inspire you to do the same!
Everyday GG sends an email with the guidelines for that day. In the picture above you can see the theme for each day. She started September 1st but since I was travelling to Thailand I decided to start the challenge now.
DAY 1 // START. STOP. CONTINUE.
What do you want to start doing?
Invest myself 100% in my career/company/dream & love life. People know me as a dream chaser, I follow my heart and do what I feel like. And it’s true to some extent. But there’s always some fear that holds me back and which stands in the way of me applying a 100% to achieve the life that I want. In 2012 I quit my job and started for myself. I wasn’t successful at it because 4 months later I started working part time for a webshop. My original plan was to stay there for 1 year but the safety of a regular salary each month stilled my hunger and made me settle for a life that I wasn’t going for. Time to change that!
I’m taking away the safety net and I’m going for what I want: full time self employed and envolved in creative projects that give me fulfillment and others. Life is too short to be unhappy or settle. Because when I settle it leads to unhappiness, that nagging feeling that tells me that this is not what I want for myself.
The same goes for my love life. I never really invested time in it because it was never really a big priority. And it’s still not really the case. But I know that at some point later in my life I will regret not taking action now so I’m putting myself out there, dating and remaining open to meet caring, available and loving men.
What do you want more of in your life?
Abundance: be able to do what I want and pay for it without any worries if I can pay for it or not.
Peace: All the success in the world wouldn’t mean anything if I was stressed the whole time. Being able to feel peaceful while doing the work that I love equals bliss!
Love: from friends, family and a special someone
Generosity: I’ve learned so much in my lifetime and now feel the immense need to share what I know with others. I want to contribute to the joy of other people’s lives in some way or another. I applied to volunteer doing creative workshops and just the thought of it makes me happy already
What feelings, what activities, what energy?
DIY & sewing are like meditation to me. I feel happy, serene and can disconnect from all worries and the world when I’m creating something. Activities where I can help others whether it’s through cooking, brainstorming, giving creative ideas or life advice make me aware of how I can help another with a small gesture.
What baby step can you take today?
Be aware of how I feel and take inspired actions. I find myself going for the stuff I ‘need to do’ because it’s part of my routine or because I feel I have to. I want to stay aware of how I feel and do the things that make me feel fulfilled and inject this feeling throughout my day.
What have you had enough of?
Settling for less. For what is ‘realistic’. Poverty consciousness. Stress. Worries. Things that are too complicated.
What are you tolerating or feeding into that is not adding value to your life?
My part time job that hasn’t been fulfilling for way too long and colleagues that have too many issues for one life coach.
What area of your life is begging for more boundaries?
My eating habits. I don’t even eat that much but have been eating too much bread and sweets the last few months. I haven’t had a scale for months and thought that was a good idea until I saw last week I gained 6 kilos :S
Another area that is begging for more boundaries is the people I let into my personal space a.k.a my mind. I want to help people even if at some point it becomes detrimental to my inner peace. People who are nice and loving often attract people who are the total opposite and I know this but my need to help is often times louder than my critical thinking. But at some point it simply becomes exhausting. Helping others at the cost of my own energy and peace is to no avail for anybody involved.
What habits or trends do you want to continue?
Morning meditation. Kubera mantra. Moon rituals. Writing down my goals. Continue to surround myself with positive people. Creating more quality alone/silence time. Following my intuition at all times because I noticed it increases tremendously when I do.
What’s been working for you?
Writing down my thoughts. Working with affirmations. Creating more alone/silence time in my life which helps me hear my intuition better. Letting go of limiting beliefs that tell me I can’t do something
What can you do to ensure you keep it going?
Write down my little ‘successes’. I have a Serendipity note in my Evernote where I write down the Universe’s signs. These are little happy accidents or opportunities that have started to show up in a magical way. Life passes by so quickly it’s almost scary but it also makes me forget a lot of things. If I don’t write these down my memory has a stronger inclination for the bad things compared to the positive so writing it down ensures I keep the gratitude flow going.
PS: the Secret of Happiness app also helps with this!
Thanks for reading!