January 26, 2009

Sooooo….how’d you do??

Yep, yep…it’s that time!! For all of you brave souls who took the Good Life Challenge it’s now time to fess up and tell us how you did!! And the person that WE think had the most success (which doesn’t necessarily mean completing the most number of things….but it is so much more about what you LEARNED about yourself in the process!) will win a free seat to the Spread the Love of their choice!

So how did *I* do? Read on to see!

Get 8 hours of sleep 3 nights in a row
First thing I thought: I totally need this!!

How I did: I did it!! Of course a lot of that may have had to do with ALL the cold medicine I’m taking since I’m getting sick :(….but I did it anyway. And it was great! My body definitely needed some catch up rest! It was all, “why don’t we do this all the time??”

Cook a real dinner like you’re on the Food Network
First thing I thought: hmmm…does frozen Kashi pizza count?

How I did: Check! Salmon stuffed with crab meat over a bed of baby spinach, to be precise.There was wine, there was garlic, there was Legend. We DID stop in the middle to book a wedding, but I figure that’s just icing on the cake! :)

Take a shower and go through the whole process of getting ready. Put on REAL clothes
First thing I thought: what are real clothes?

How I did: This was a HUGE one for me considering I live most of my days in yoga pants. I did manage ONE day to pull off the getting ready process from start to finish, without interruption. But as for the other nine days….well let’s just say me & multi-tasking are gonna have to sit down and have a talk.

Start the day with one half hour of quiet
First thing I thought: I know I should do this….why don’t I do this everyday??

How I did: The days that I did this were SO different from the days that I didn’t. The whole day through! I just felt calmer and less overwhelmed and better about everything. Like I had it all under control. Which of course left me thinking “I KNOW I should do this….why don’t I do this everyday??”

For just one night go to bed in a peaceful environment
First thing I thought: Wait, no Fraiser re-runs at 1 o’clock in the morning??

How I did: You win some, you lose some. And on the ONE night i did this I got more rest than all the other nights combined.

Start the day with 25 crunches
First thing I thought: ugh…I HATE the Good Life Challenge :)

How I did: This one as it turns out was super easy…which of course leads us back to the question: Why don’t I do this all the time?

Final analysis: Like I said at the beginning….I’m a work in progress. But, hey, at least I’m working on it! :)

Soooo…how did YOU do???

  1. Anna Sawin

    Okay, what a WAKEUP this was!

    Tried # 3, I am a work in progress, but made me WANT to do more. That is a bonus right there. Just watch, I am going to be at 6 days a week before long!

    Did #9, but in front of trash TV! Love that–redeems the time we spend watching too much BRAVO!

    #15 Made Thanksgiving in January for dinner last night, and invited friends. Was wonderful.

    #16 biggest one of all. Instead of waiting for two boys under five to roust me unprepared for the day, I woke quietly, went downstairs and enjoyed ME time for a full hour before anyone else woke up. That is like a 1,000 Christmases, and I am HOOKED. You might even catch me doing yoga at that hour!

    Made the crockpot meal. LOVE.
    RECIPE HERE: http://hankandwillie.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/food-friday-slow-cooker-moroccan-spiced-chicken-with-apricots/

    Tomorrow? Out with all the paper in the house, newpapers, magazines and (shhhhh) even some of the few million drawings my children have made. Just a few.

    Thanks for this take on the good life. It’s all good, and most importantly, it’s what you make of it.

  2. Sarah McCoy

    Let me be the first to say that this was harder than I expected. At the beginning I thought, "Oh I can totally do that." But…life kicked in…and the list got piled under oodles of paperwork. I’m a work in progress and I’m still going to do what I said I was going to just not by today.

    #3) Run for 20 mins for 5 days in a row- I did this one. I hate to run but I love the feeling when you’ve just finished running.

    #13) Write a letter to the most important person in your life- I tried this but, in the end, I didn’t do it. I have so many words for my mom but in the end I couldn’t find the right ones. I’ll get there.

    #15- Cook a fancy-shmancy dinner- I did this one! Michael and I enjoyed fresh tilapia with a mango salsa and a glass of wine. Yummy!

    #18- Take a drive- Nope. Didn’t make it but will do it…soon.

    Thanks so much for making this list and challenging us!

  3. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    OOPS! Is that today?

    1. I didn’t answer it all day. But it didn’t get turned off. Does that count?

    4. CHECK! I read "One Fifth" by Ms. Bushnell. :-)

    5. We already did this before the challenge. Does that count? ;-)

    8. I did it twice during the day … do I get brownie points for that?

    11. nope. I failed.

    13. again, I failed. :-(

    15. Nope … but I did it a few weeks ago.

    (I’m doing such a bad job!)

    19. No again (going to DC for a week really threw a wrench in my plans)

    24. Sorta … I’m dragging up the paper shredder right now.

    Wow. I dropped the ball. :-(

  4. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    I have made a lot of personal goals to work on myself this year, so for this challenge I sought to choose the ones that would brighten someone else’s day. I am terrible at maintaining relationships (because picking up the phone works BOTH ways, right?). So I chose #11, 12, and 13 to take some time and let those who are important to me KNOW IT!!

    For #11, the first friend I called was a dear friend that I got into a disagreement with over a year ago. Don’t ask me what it was because it was petty and stupid and I have forgotten what even happened! But out of fear of rejection, I haven’t made any attempt to contact them (and likewise for them). We have been talking almost daily since then, and I am so excited to have my friend back in my life!! I also called my cousin, whom I haven’t talked to since my wedding (we are a week out from my 1 year anniversary). I used the Super Bowl as my reason for calling (being that we are huge Steeler fans) but we chatted for quite some time and I found out that another cousin joined the military and got married and is moving to Germany! Whoa! Talk about being out of the loop! I definitely need to stay in touch more!

    For #12, I called my dad. My poor dad gets the short end of the stick. My mother’s birthday is on Christmas Day, so during the holidays I always go visit her. Since I was raised by my mother, I call her more frequently and have always had a closer relationship with her. So my dad was my phone call, and on this particular day he chatted my ear off! He’s not usually much of a talker, but I guess it being an out of the blue call (and not just a "Hey, happy holiday or birthday") he was super excited! Next weekend I am going to visit him and take him out to some Super Bowl parties (my family is big into football, if ya didn’t know). He is also trying to get some of our family to come to town as well!

    #13 was much overdue for me. I work full time during the week and spend another good 30-40 hours on photography, and my hubby is so patient and supportive and wonderful, yet I never have the time to tell him. Okay, I never TAKE the time to tell him. I wrote him a letter telling him how much I love him and appreciate all the things he does for me every day. He is my best friend and my rock. I slipped the note into a lunch that I packed for him and though he didn’t exactly say so, I think I made him cry!

    All of these things really weren’t difficult to do. I have just been so focused on my own path that I forget to sometimes pause and take time for other people in my life. I need to turn these challenges into a HABIT!! Think you can prompt us to the live the Good Life every week? I may need some gentle reminders! : )

    Thank you so much for inspiring us to be the best version of ourselves!

  5. Sofia

    OMG! Has it already been 10 days? What?!? no way…ok so um let’s see:

    #4 reading a book with tea
    well, I have the book here sitting on my desk, staring at me, "A Confederacy of Dunces" I read the back and had several cups of tea- does that count?

    #13 a handwritten note- well if he could only read my handwriting! It was actually really nice to sit down and visit those feelings. The ones that make you go through and remember the good, the bad and your ugly moments and let them know thanks! Thanks or accepting me warts and all. I also had to remind myself that my warts are ok. He was wondering what was wrong with me. Am I dying? no just sending a much deserved note that is far overdue

    #20 get dresses- yeah I did it, my cat appreciated it and so did my clients

    #23 I went to borders

    the one thing this challenge taught me is that time has to be made and I’m worth it, my hubby and kid is worth it, my clients are worth it

  6. Sofia

    OMG! Has it already been 10 days? What?!? no way…ok so um let’s see:

    #4 reading a book with tea
    well, I have the book here sitting on my desk, staring at me, "A Confederacy of Dunces" I read the back and had several cups of tea- does that count?

    #13 a handwritten note- well if he could only read my handwriting! It was actually really nice to sit down and visit those feelings. The ones that make you go through and remember the good, the bad and your ugly moments and let them know thanks! Thanks or accepting me warts and all. I also had to remind myself that my warts are ok. He was wondering what was wrong with me. Am I dying? no just sending a much deserved note that is far overdue

    #20 get dresses- yeah I did it, my cat appreciated it and so did my clients

    #23 I went to borders

    the one thing this challenge taught me is that time has to be made and I’m worth it, my hubby and kid is worth it, my clients are worth it

  7. Dawn McKinstry

    Well, I pledged to accomplish numbers 13, 15, 18, and 25. Here’s how I did:
    18: Take a drive – GREAT! My husband and I dropped everything for a week, and drove to Georgia and NC for a mini vacation. It was wonderful. No plans, just us relaxing in the mountains for 8 days!
    15: Cook a real dinner – We grilled steaks and ate a feast with a group of new friends our last full day of vacation. The food was fabulous, but the company and conversation were even better. I love new friends.
    13: Write a handwritten letter – Okay, so since we were on vacation, this one didn’t happen. But we did get lots of great conversations/debates between just the two of us in the car during the drive. We haven’t really connected like that in a while.
    25: Pet the pet for half an hour – Since we were leaving her at my sister’s house for the duration of the vacation, I made sure to spend extra time with my dog Bee before we left. She needs extra reassurance that we DO love her and we ARE coming back to get her. ;)

    Loved this. Thanks guys!

  8. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    Sorry to the multiple posts, but I had to head out of town to meet up with one of my brides from last month and the drive game me some "free" time to do some thinking. While I was waiting at Starbucks I called my hubby and told him about the challenge. He didn’t know that I was doing it! When I first signed up, it seemed like there was plenty of time to get it done. But the thing is life passes by so quickly that it’s really easy to go a long time without doing the things that we should be doing (like going over a year without talking to friends!). I’m turning 30 next month and I’m thinking like the Tim McGraw song about what I will do "in my next 30 years." Definitely a lot to think about!

  9. Katie Lewis

    I love Frasier re-runs at night. I don’t think I could give them up!

  10. Leslie Roark

    Well, unfortunately, I had to switch two of mine the day after I dedicated myself to doing them for health reasons (crunches and run/walking). BUT.. I did sit down for five nights in a row and read…more than that actually. I’ve been curling up regularly to read to relax and have some me time. I’ve gone to bed in a peaceful setting EVERY night since then and I sent a hand written letter to someone that influenced my life in more ways that she will ever know. Had it not been for her hiring me to work at her photography studio I might never have figured out what I wanted to do with my life. However, because of her I did!

  11. Kricia Morris Photography

    My blog post will be up tomorrow highlighting my attempts to lead the good life, can’t wait to see how everyone does!

  12. Kricia Morris Photography

    OK, so I thought that this would take up a little bit too much room in your comment box! lol Thank you both again for such an inspirational post and the encouragement to remember who we are! Here’s how I did!

    http://www.kriciamorrisphotography.com/2009/01/10-days-already.html

  13. Catie R

    Phew, 10 days was quick! #2 – this one was hard for me because I tend to brush my teeth and walk around and do other stuff. But I’ve been making a concerted effort to tell myself that the distractions can wait! #3 – I’ve been doing a boot camp session, so this is integrated. I despise running, so I have to repeat to myself that "I LOVE that I can run!" to get through it and get it done! #4 – love doing this and making the effort to do it is such a treat! I love reading before bed, it’s a great way to unwind. #5 – I’ve been doing this for the last year or so and it makes SUCH a difference! You never see the money and it builds up quick. Been using the automatic savings to save for our wedding! #23 – I sort of got to this. I went to Borders and checked out some books. Although I could stay in there for hours! #25 – a given! Frieda and Walter are my two dachshunds and love to be loved. They calm me down when I’m stressed. They rock

    Thanks for this awesome post, I’m going to keep working at it! :)

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