Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August Minimalism Challenge, Part 3

The 30-day minimalism challenge continues with four more accomplishments. The challenge from Into Mind is aimed at living a simpler, more intentional life. If that intrigues you, give it a try and let me know how it went. Some of these are going to be extremely difficult, but I'm going to try. (These tasks can be done in any order, as long as none is skipped.)


Meditate for 15 minutes. The first time I tried this after not meditating for months, I lasted about 5 minutes. My mind was wandering. I tried again with an alarm set on my phone for 15 minutes. After about 7 minutes, I changed my seating position. After another 5 or so minutes I looked at the time. I made it to 13 minutes before I had to get up. I hope to eventually be able to meditate for 15 minutes without having to check the time or fidget.

No email or social media until lunch. It was actually brunch and this was difficult for me. At 9:34 a.m. I opened Twitter for 10 seconds before I realized what I was doing. Minutes later, I opened my work email for a second and immediately closed it. D'oh! But for the most part I was able to stay off until close to 1 p.m.

Let go of a goal. I am letting go of the goal to get into handstand by the end of the year. It will happen when it happens. It will happen when I am ready to let go of the fear.

Downsize your beauty collection. I don't have much of a beauty collection, but I got rid of some makeup that I never wear.

Previously accomplished:

Part 1: Unfollow and unfriend; streamline your reading list; turn off notifications; clean out your closet.

Part 2: Evaluate your last five purchases; learn to enjoy solitude; go for a walk and practice mindfulness; go bare-faced.