May day cCHALLENGE
An experiment in change
One change, 30 days
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Looking back on your 30 day cChallenge, which of your own beliefs and assumptions were challenged over the past four weeks?
How did your experiment inspire others?
And, going forward, where can you create a wave? What new and fun group can you form?
Your fellow cCHALLENGE participants would love to hear how your challenge went--and any insights you gained from it. Please leave a comment, however brief, and share something about your experience!
Thanks so much for being part of this! The future is in our hands... Onward!
Have you influenced anyone, or been inspired by someone else?
Were any of your assumptions and beliefs about change challenged over the past weeks?
What kinds of innovations would make it easier for you to be successful, or at least make it easier for more people to participate?
What systems need to be in place for you to succeed with your challenge?
Did you have to compromise on your challenge to please others?
If all is going smoothly, can you think of stretching yourself try to take on someone else's challenge for a few days?
5/14/2017 04:41:30 pmOn Friday my husband and I were invited to dinner at a colleague's house. He had asked me in an email if I was a vegetarian, and I totally forgot to reply to confirm! We arrived at the dinner and he had prepared the finest steaks, along with some other meat. I didn't know what to do. Should I compromise on not eating meat or not wasting food? It was really awkward, but I could not eat the meat. I felt terrible about wasting good food and quickly realized that the bigger problem is my unorganized emails -- I need a better system for replying.
Does your 30-day experiment challenge any social norms?
If so, is the discomfort tolerable?
Talk to someone else about your challenge.
Is it easy to talk about your experiment with others?
What kind of reactions did you get?
Committing to change means that something has to, well, change! Whether your challenge involves creating a new habit or tweaking an old one, you will be summoned to reflect, experiment, and stay curious. With that in mind, here are some guiding questions at week one:
What changes do you have to make in your daily life in order to make your challenge a smashing success?
What motivates you to move past obstacles, and how can you make that process even more fun?
As always, please share your experiences with everyone! We'd love about how things have been going so far!
5/7/2017 09:49:12 pm
I had two challenges--the first--trying not to buy stuff other than necessities. It's a bit hard--so many things I feel like I "need"--new shoes for spring, a new phone etc. But it's also a relief: no decisions to make! No shopping needed!
The second challenge--meditate daily. I've done 3 days out of 7--better than none, but I'm squeezing it in before bed so I can fit it! I will try to do it earlier in the day.
5/7/2017 10:59:37 pm
Having eaten no red meat in almost thirty years, I thought
I'd try eating a vegan meal once a week. My son was a "purist vegan" during a number of his adult years when I developed a dislike for the meals he prepared as well as the recipes I made for him at the time. So, even though this is a relatively easy challenge on most levels, I'm trying to find some enthusiasm for it. Had success this week, and I know I need to find another menu for next time. That's it.
5/8/2017 08:48:33 am
My C challenge is progressing.
I have committed to using only necessary water in my kitchen sink.
I have justified that it is OK to use the water in the sink since
I am conscious everywhere else.
There are many unconscious moments with need for correction!
I am also planning to install a rain barrel to "catch" water from my house
Drains. My neighbor has one and and knows how to do.
Love to hear from you re your challenge.
How many times did you think about your cCHALLENGE today?
How many times did you find that you were still on auto-pilot?
5/7/2017 01:31:26 amMy challenge is to reduce food waste, and it means a lot more planning than I thought! Going on auto-pilot does not help. It's easy to forget to check what we already have before going shopping, and end up with duplicate broccolis, too many yoghurts, lots of bananas, and more bread than we could ever eat.
Learning to eat leftovers takes practice. With three vegetarians in the house, leftover chicken and fish end up going to Charlie, our cat (who tends to snub leftovers). Today, I will make something with the leftover black beans, and hopefully not have more leftovers for tomorrow.