Hi! I’m so glad you are here!
Because you’ll probably want to check this page a lot throughout the year, you may want to “bookmark” it so that you can find it easily as you participate in the challenge. I’ll try my best to include the link in future e-mails, as well.
If you are joining us partway through a month or the year, welcome! First click here.
On this Hub Page, I’ll include information and ideas for each challenge, questions to help you think through your goals before each month, as well as awesome resources to help you complete your goals. You can also participate by posting in the comments your goals, struggles, and wins, and encouraging others in this community.
The challenges are strongly based on the experiment thought up by Alexandra Kuykendall and humourously and insightfully described in her book Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me. You can buy it if you like here (affiliate link)
This book will be especially relatable for moms, but women from all circumstances in life will probably benefit. These monthly challenges are not a book study, though, so it is not mandatory to buy the book to join in, but I think you will enjoy it.
You are more than welcome to join either way!
How to Begin:
B. Next, click this link: Some suggested resources you might want to use all year long.
C. Finally, click below on the current month or upcoming month (if the link is already available) in which I’ll post info and resources that you can use to set goals and make progress in them for that month:
Loving My Actual Life Monthly Challenges 2017
Here are the topics we’ll cover each month in 2017 (based on the chapters of the same names in the book Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right In Front of Me by Alexandra Kuykendall):
January: Quiet–Bringing it Down: Discover with me how we can pare down some of the busyness in our lives, add some more stillness, and perhaps become more attuned to what God might be speaking to us.
February: My Peeps–Dates: This is actually the third topic in the book, but we’ll cover it in the second month, since it coincides nicely with Family Day (in Ontario, Canada where I live), and is also my son’s birthday, and Valentine’s Day. (If you’re single and not dating–don’t worry; there will be plenty of great connection ideas for you and your friends/family, too).
April: Being Kind To My Body–Health: We’ll look at some strategies to add some healthy habits to our days and make progress towards healthier bodies.
May: Unleashing the Wild–Adventure: Got a case of the dulls? This May let’s challenge ourselves to add some adventure–activities that will bring some more fun to our lives.
June: Pushing Through The Piles–Home Organization: Man, do I need to do this one. My basement (as well as other places) is calling me to sort through those mountains of stuff and create some order. How about you?
July: Love is in the Details–Creativity: Want to add some more creative activities to your life? Don’t worry if you don’t think of yourself as “creative”. There are plenty of options for everyone’s tastes.
August: Three Times A Day–Meals: Is wondering what to put on the table a daily frustration? Let’s look at some ways to make it easier and maybe more fun.
September: I am Made to Do Great Things–Passions: Yes you are! We all have passions and interests we could pursue, but perhaps don’t feel we have the time. We’ll find ways to make some time and explore some activities that we think we’d enjoy.
October: Thankfulness Challenge! This challenge wasn’t in Alexandra’s wonderful book, but I thought it would be a good idea since Thanksgiving Day is so near. It’s so easy to get complacent about the many amazing gifts God gives us every day. Let’s become more aware this October and begin growing in joy, as well, as we notice how much our Creator truly loves us and provides for us.
So those are the themes and challenges!
You’ll set your own goals based on each month’s theme–joining in whenever you would like to.
I’d love to read your thoughts as well as the months go by about how things are going with you, your struggles and your accomplishments.
What do you think?
Want to make strides in “Loving Your Actual Life” in 2017?
Let’s do it!
Got questions? I’m happy to answer them. Comment here or send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.