I’m now 16 acts in to this year’s 40acts challenge. There are three levels to each of the daily challenges – green, yellow and red – depending on how much you want to or are able to challenge yourself and whilst I’ve generally been focusing on green and yellow challenges, this week has seen me manage to complete my first red challenges.
The challenges for this week have been:
- Act 11: Post-it Postman – leaving post-it notes of encouragement for people
- Act 12: Kick the bottle – being mindful of plastic consumption
- Act 13: Listen to your generous gut – acting on our generous impulses
- Act 14: Mind the gap – engaging with someone from a different generation
- Act 15: Insert verse here – sharing your favourite Bible verse
- Act 16: Off the hook – switching off from social media
Act 11 saw me managing to achieve my first red challenge by leaving encouraging post-it notes for strangers to find as well as a few for friends and family to find (as hubby was away I sent him a photo of an encouraging post-in note instead!).
Making a note of my plastic consumption for Act 12 made me more aware of just how much plastic is part of everyday life and just how difficult it would be to manage without it. I already use cloth nappies and try to recycle as much as I can but I’m not very good sometimes at remembering to take reusable bags to the supermarket and this is something I could improve on.
I enjoyed acting a little more on impulse for Act 13 and listening to my generous gut. I did wonder whether all the time I spent every day in the company of my children meant that Act 14 was automatically ticked off but settled for chatting to my father-in-law whilst he fixed my car (thank you!) as being that day’s challenge.
I shared a blog post about my favourite Bible verse on Twitter for Act 15 – it’s from Philippians 4:13 and helped give me strength and encouragement in the days following Jessica’s diagnosis and her heart surgeries.
As you can imagine, the final act of these was one that was particularly challenging to me as a blogger – social media is a huge part of blogging and whilst at first I was tempted to go for the yellow option of only switching off for three hours, I decided that this was definitely the one where I needed to do the red challenge – switching off my phone for a whole 24 hours and leaving the laptop firmly closed. Whilst I did find myself feeling tempted to just quickly check social media, the challenge was easier to complete than I’d anticipated and it was amazing how much freer I felt with the phone switched off. It was so nice to enjoy fully being in the moment and engaging with my family – plus I got a lot more housework done with the laptop out of bounds! I think I’ll be trying to do this one again or at least making the three hours offline a regular thing.
Have you been taking part in 40acts? I’d love to hear how you’ve been getting on.