40acts: Week 2

Week 2 is the first full week of 40acts (week 1 is a shorter week due to Lent starting on a Wednesday) with six challenges to try to complete. The 40acts week runs from Monday to Saturday – Sundays in Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent and allow for a pause each week to stop and reflect.

40acts: Week 2 - Little Hearts, Big LoveThe challenges for this week have been:

  • Act 5: Fair and square – supporting the Fairtrade movement
  • Act 6: Thank you, #thankyou, ‘Thank you’ – taking time to say thank you
  • Act 7: Hold it lightly – what possessions do you hold on too tightly?
  • Act 8: Tick tock – getting somewhere on time.
  • Act 9: Mix it up – engaging with someone of a different culture
  • Act 10: Fix up, look sharp – create or fix something for someone


As with last week, I’ve been mostly sticking to the green and yellow options (red being the most challenging of the three suggestions). Some of the challenges though have inspired me to think beyond just that day and change something longer-term.   Act 5 – supporting the Fairtrade movement – is one of these. The day’s challenge (buying and sharing a Fairtrade chocolate bar) was a nice easy one to do but it made me realise how much more I could do with regards to changing my shopping habits. I’ll be trying to look out for Fairtrade and more ethical options in future.

40acts: Week 2 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Act 6 was a good trigger for me to say thank you to the bloggers on my ‘Blogs I Love’ page for inspiring me, making me laugh, sharing their beautiful photos or running amazing linkys that I love joining in with. When I started this blog nearly a year ago, I never knew I would discover such a wonderful community of bloggers and it has been one of the best gifts blogging has given me.


Act 7 in some ways was quite a challenging one. Whilst I have a house full of ‘stuff’, I struggled to think of something that I treasured that I could give away – most of my ‘treasures’ are things like my wedding video, the memory boxes for my girls – things that are special to me and less of interest to someone else. It did remind me though that I have a bag of things for the charity shop that I need to take there.

40acts: Week 2 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Time-keeping – the challenge for Act 8 – was another one that encouraged me to look beyond just that day’s challenge. Despite being someone who dislikes being late, I’m rarely on time unless I really have to be – for example getting Jessica to preschool . It made me realise that whilst I hide behind the excuse of two children making getting anywhere on time a challenge, the reality is that my tardiness is mostly due to me being disorganised and not allowing enough time to get to places. I had three places to go on the day of the challenge and arrived at every single one on time or early, having made the effort to leave the house a little earlier. I’ve now set myself the challenge to be on time for a week and try to break the lateness habit.


The final two acts have seen me learning a few words of greeting in other languages and getting my mum’s internet working (although I suspect the latter was more for my benefit if I’m being completely honest!)


Have you been taking part in 40acts? I’d love to hear how you’ve been getting on.

Share the Joy linky at bodfortea.co.uk


12 thoughts on “40acts: Week 2

  1. Impressive stuff again this week Louise! It’s great that this gives you the opportunity to reflect and think about potential changes – be it shopping or lateness. I think usually we are so busy just being and living, we don’t let ourselves pause.
    PS – I hope you enjoyed a fairtrade chocolate bar yourself as well! 🙂

    1. Thanks Yvette – yes definitely enjoyed a fairtrade chocolate bar for myself too! 🙂

  2. Your 40 acts posts are so inspiring Louise. The Eldest is having a Fairtrade event at school this week and it really opened my eyes about which products are ethically traded. Thanks so much for linking this up at #sharethejoy this week x

  3. Such an inspiring post, we are all for fairtrade here, Oliver is learning about it at school too. Now I want some chocolate! #sharethjoylinky x

  4. You seem to be getting so much out of 40acts Louise, and it’s lovely to hear how you’re getting on. And lets face it, who wouldn’t love a bar of chocolate? I try and buy organic and fairly traded products wherever possible, makes sense doesn’t it xxx

  5. This is a great idea! I love that they are quite little things to challenge you but make you think and potentially make big changes. It sounds like you are doing really well! xx #sharethejoy

  6. I’m loving the emails pinging into my inbox each day and there are so many simple but thoughtful ideas. Like you the time keeping one really struck me and the message that fi I am lat I am putting myself above others really hit! Well done and great to see you blogging about #40acts.

    Mich x #sharethejoy

    1. Thank you – glad you are enjoying taking part too – I love the different challenges each day 🙂

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