This year, for my birthday, I decided I was going to challenge myself. I’ve been feeling the push that this is going to be a big year. A full year. So, I wanted to start it off boldly. A lot has happened in my twenties and I generally spend a lot of time around my birthday reflecting – on where I’ve been and where I want to go.
This year, especially. This year, I enter into my Saturn Return. It’s the astrological term for the time when Saturn completes its full orbit around the Sun and returns back to the position where it was when you were born, and it occurs between the ages of 27-30 (depending on your birth chart.) Saturn Return forces us to face what isn’t working in our lives (beliefs, relationships, habits, etc.) and then do something about it. Saturn Return is a call to take responsibility for our actions as we fully step into our Truth.
So, since I’m entering into my Saturn Return, I decided I wanted my birthday to be the day I start making some new changes. Challenging myself. Pushing myself. Growing myself. Here are 5 of the healthy challenges I’ve set for myself:
1. No more coffee drinking during the week
I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker. In fact, I voluntarily went years without drinking it, and up until July of 2014, I hardly drank it at all. Coffee is usually a treat, however, I started getting into the habit of making a cup of coffee each morning before sitting down at my computer. Those days are over and coffee will now remain a treat on the weekends.
You see, the caffeine in coffee has never seemed to have much of an effect on me. I don’t “need” coffee to wake me up, and certainly never “needed” it to get me out of that mid-afternoon slump. “Need” is such a strong word, eh?
What did I replace it with, you ask? TEA. Over the past year or so, I became quite the tea buyer. Every time I visited Whole Foods, I’d stop by the tea aisle to see what they had. Also, I drink my tea plain, no milk or sweetener.
2. I drink a certain amount of water everyday
None of this “I want to drink more water” vagueness. Jenny from Healthy Crush inspired me to try the 30 Day Hydration Challenge, by drinking 3 liters of water a day for a month. I got an amazing new water bottle for Christmas that is 25 oz so my goal is to drink 4 of those a day which is just over 3 liters. Whew! So far, so good. I will report back at the end of 30 days with my thoughts! (So far, it really doesn’t seem like that much water so I can see this being something I continue on with past the 30-day mark!)
3. Conscious living
I was doing a great job with this last year and then Summer rolled around and I stopped being as good. Conscious living to me means paying close attention to what I’m putting into my body and what I’m putting out into the world. I want the food I eat to be fresh, whole, nutrient-rich and mostly plant-based. I want to conserve water, paper, energy and limit my use of plastic as much as possible.
Taking the conscious living a step further, I’m also trying to steer clear of toxins that are commonly used. For example, I am using essential oils now to ease the pain of my headaches instead of using over the counter pain meds. I have been known to get horrible migraines so this is a big deal for me. Drinking loads of water certainly helps eliminate toxins as well.
4. No checking email in the morning
Out of all the ways I could be waking up and starting my day, checking my phone is not going to be one of them any more. Emails can wait. Social media can wait. Ideally, I’d like to find a new morning routine that I feel supports me and connects me for the day ahead whether that be journaling, a short visualization, etc. For now, making the decision to not scroll through my phone is a good start.
The themes of fear and resistance have been showing up for me a lot since my birthday. I refuse to let fear paralyze me. I’ll be writing an entire blog post on this soon because I think it’s a topic worth diving into but for now, all I will say is that it’s better to do something rather than nothing. Take action every single day toward your goals and dreams. Life is too short not to and that’s the damn truth.
Speaking of action, if you ever feel called to do something, do it! Especially if it’s totally random and hits you out of nowhere. There could be a reason later on down the road. This year, I randomly decided to start learning how to speak Danish. Call me crazy all you want but it’s all about challenging yourself, expanding, trying something new. You just might like it! And so far, I love Danish.
Have any questions? Let me know in the comments below! What healthy challenges are you going to set for your birthday this year?
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