Argh! I meant to have this post up last Sunday, but life happened, including a death in my husband’s family, so I’m behind on everything (except for Wednesday’s Currently post since it’s pretty short and sweet).
Before I talk about February’s challenge, let’s recap January’s challenge, which was no restaurants or coffee shops. So, did I make it? Sadly, the answer is almost but not quite. There were a couple of stumbles, particularly after a difficult week for our family, but overall we did better than usual, so I’m giving us a B+ for January.
Now, without further adieu, February’s challenge is…
February is the month of love, but that doesn’t necessarily have to only mean romantic love. It can also encompass the love you have for yourself, family, friends, and yourself, as well as a general love of doing nice things for strangers. Plus, since we’re in kind of a funky time in the United States where it’s so easy to get into arguments about things, I thought a little extra love couldn’t hurt anything!
Since it’s already February 5, you have a couple of options if you’d like to participate in this challenge : A. Just pick 23 items from the list instead of doing all 28, or B. Continue this challenge into March and have a couple of days with overlapping challenges after the March challenge starts. You could also do a couple of overlapping days in February to finish by the next challenge. Look at all of these options!
Here is my relationship improvement list. If you’re not married or dating someone or in a romantic relationship, replace all references of spouse with a friend or family member. I also didn’t include anything to build relationships with children because our child is still a little too young to do these things for, but feel free to mix in your child(ren) for some of these items!
Compliment your spouse publicly
- Send a note to a friend
- Email or message someone you haven’t talked to in a while
Buy your mom or dad a coffee
- Do a chore that your spouse hates to do
- Call your grandparents
Don’t say negative things about anyone for an entire day
- Spend a couple of hours by yourself doing something you wouldn’t usually do
Go on or plan an unusual date with your spouse Introduce yourself to one of your neighbors if you don’t know any of them Tell someone you admire them or something about them
- Send out old school paper valentines to friends
Tip someone who accepts them but who you normally don’t tip Go to dinner with your sibling(s)
- Bring your coworkers a Valentine’s Day treat
- Have a conversation with someone you see every day but don’t really know
- Let someone in front of you in line
Send your future self an encouraging note (use futureme.org to schedule it)
- Make your family’s favorite dinner
- Hang out with someone you haven’t seen in a while
- Let someone merge at the last second, even when it annoys you to no end
Comment on someone’s blog post (you’re welcome to do that here hahaha) Don’t write that brilliant comeback to that person’s political post. Seriously.
- Ask your coworkers if there’s anything you can to do help them with projects
Send a dumb meme to your sibling Let your spouse sleep in one morning
- Help someone out at the grocery store who has his/her hands full
Compliment a stranger
There you have it! I’ll edit this post and mark items out as I complete them. If any of you participate in part or all of this month’s challenge, let me know by using #Achieve2017 on social media or use the button above to share on your blog, social media accounts, etc. Also, look for March’s challenge earlier than on March 5!