Focusing on different mental cleansing challenges is not easy. Some days were brutal, but those were the days I learned the most. For instance, my hardest day in the entire challenge was being vegan for a day. It took me completely out of my comfort zone; and I did not pass with flying colors. However, I learned that it is possible to eat a completely different way and enjoy it!
Some days were easy, such as clearing out my digital clutter. For me, I love cleaning things out that have instant gratification once I finish. I, also, learned some new tricks along the way that helped clear my digital clutter more than I expected, which is always great!
Before I get into my taking aways from this challenge, I want to share with you how week four went. This was the most exciting week for me, and I hope it was for you as well! If you follow the daily challenges on my Instagram, then I hope it inspired you to think more positively than normal.
Week Four Review
Day 1: No Complaint Day! // A few crazy things happened to me for this challenge: 1. It was a government holiday, which means half of my town was at home for the day [but not me], and 2. I straightened my naturally curly hair on a rainy day… Both of these could have caused anyone to complain. However, I kept my focus on the positive aspects of the day, and laughed at the rest. All-in-all it was a great challenge!
Day 2: Write down 3 great things that happened today // 1. I am alive and well! 2. I woke up earlier than normal which meant I got to accomplish some extra things. 3. I was able to plan a lot of great upcoming content! I think you will LOVE it!
Day 3: Spend 15 minutes in silence focusing on at least one positive attribute about yourself // For this day, I focused on 3 different things: my ambition, gifts, and faith.
Day 4: Compliment a stranger // I enjoyed this as much as the people I complimented!
Day 5: Write a letter to yourself explaining why you are unique // A tough day, but I pushed through it.
Day 6: Ask a couple of friends to describe you in 3 words, write them down, and repeat it to yourself throughout the day // This was an interesting day. I received a few words I was not expecting; and, to be honest, a bit surprised! This day made my cup runs over with joy!
Day 7: Write out your challenge wins and treat yourself! // I won many days with this challenge, but I was showed just as much. The kindness of those who joined me and the encouragement we were able to share was so touching! I am so thankful for all of you who joined me and encouraged each other! You made this challenge amazing! I hope you treated yourself to something very nice!
Take away from the Mental Cleanse Challenge
One thing I hoped to learn from the Mental Cleanse Challenge was how to clear my mind effectively. I have the hardest time with just being present in the moment. Unable to clear my mind and unsure of how to do that, this challenge was an exercise to see what to do to change that.
Luckily, I found a few challenges that I will continue, such as going for a walk, putting my thoughts on paper, exercising, and affirmations. All of these and a few more helped me clear the clutter in my mind and helped me achieve better sleep than I have in years!
One thing I am going to experiment with more is what I eat. For me, the vegan and meatless meals were challenging for me. I was scared to try them, because I am used to eating whatever I want. However, I feel that to gain better control of my mind, I need to control my cravings. I started eating cleaner around the time I started my minimalist journey, and I think it is time to take it up a notch.
Not worked through the challenge, yet? Click here to go the beginning.
What is next for A Welder’s Wife
My schedule is absolutely crazy right now. I know many of you are used to me posting multiple times a week. However, I cannot provide quality content if I continue this schedule, and for me, that is just not acceptable. You deserve better than that!
I want to provide you with valuable information and quality content about a minimalist lifestyle. For now, I am going to post on Mondays at 4:00am CST, like usual. If you are not subscribed, I encourage you to do so. I do not want you to miss anything!
Starting in March, I am addressing questions you have about a minimalist lifestyle. Starting with the very beginning of how to start a minimalist lifestyle, then other tips of how to live simple, yet fulfilling lives.
I am also working up my own personal story of why I became a minimalist, the transition in my life, the transition in myself, and how you can have the same things. My life has changed so much, and I want the same thing for you!
If you have any questions about a minimalist lifestyle, how to become a minimalist, or anything you would like me to address specifically; please leave it in the comments, or contact me directly.
Last but not least, be sure to check out how Kiara did with the final week. She also linked up each week’s updates for you to check out as well!