21-day Kindness Challenge, day two: Reduce screen time

21-day kindness challenge

For day two of the Kindness Challenge (learn more here), participants were supposed to reduce screen time and spend a little time interacting with another person, taking a walk, reading a book, etc. I usually turn on my phone at lunch and check e-mail, play Words with Friends, or browse Pinterest and Instagram. Instead I left the phone off and chatted with a coworker while we ate and compared the books we’re currently reading. It was actually kind of…nice.

Quote for the day (from the daily challenge e-mail): “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”  — Thoreau

21-day Kindness Challenge from KindSpring: Day One: Declutter/donate

21-day kindness challenge

This weekend I’m starting a 21-day “Kindness Challenge” hosted by KindSpring.org. My mom originally sent me the e-mail about this challenge last month, and it sounded like a really good way to kick off a fresh new year. Each day participants get an e-mail with a new daily challenge–something to enhance their kindness, gratitude or mindfulness–for twenty-one days. You can log in on the site to share stories or keep a log of your activities. (It’s free to join and you can do so here.)

I thought it’d be fun to blog about the daily challenges. Today’s challenge involved decluttering your home by giving away one thing you don’t need. I’ve really leaned more toward minimal living in the past year and am always looking to shed more of my material things, so this was a good way to kick off this challenge! I took a stack of books I’ve already read to the Little Free Library near my house so that someone else could enjoy them.

Quote for the day (from the daily challenge e-mail): “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”  — Hans Hofmann

Thought Questions, #204-#210

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(photo by Levi Saunders via Unsplash)

#204: What made you smile this week? Snuggling with my cats.

#205: What do you do with the majority of your money? Pay bills!

#206: What motivates you to be your best? My vision of the person I want to be in the future. I don’t want that person to look back and be embarrassed of who she was in the past.

#207: When was the last time you lost your temper?  About what? I’m embarrassed to admit it was probably over the cat jumping up and scratching me in the face while I was sleeping. I was pretty irked to be woken up and in that fashion to boot, so I was pretty snappy when I got out of bed.

#208: What will you never give up on? Pushing people to read my favorite books.

#209: When you look into the past, what do you miss the most? I guess I miss being young enough to not have huge regrets about my life choices. I don’t miss that period of my life, per se–not at all–I just hate that part of being an adult is having those nagging memories that come to mind unbidden and make you unhappy.

#210: How would you describe the past year of your life in one sentence? A big rollercoaster–I had some really big highs and some really, really low lows. But I’m so happy to have a fresh start for 2015!