Thursday, December 6, 2012

My #20minaday Challenge

Samantha from, who also reviews at, came up with this nifty challenge idea for December. The idea is to take at least 20 minutes every day for the whole month JUST FOR YOURSELF. What a great idea, right? I bet most of you spend a ton of time taking care of other people, putting yourself last, especially this time of year. Right now would be a great time to make sure you take care of yourself as well. I personally think it's a good habit to carry on all year long. Just 20 minutes a day. Take care of yourself and you'll be able to better take care of the ones you love. The bonus? Samantha is giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky participant at the end of the challenge.

For more information on the #20minaday challenge and how to join in, visit Samantha at her blog and on twitter @samanthacycles.

Here's my #20minaday list for December which I'll update this post as I go along.

I'm going to try to NOT use working out as me time, because while that time and effort is 100% all about me, I do it all the time. For this challenge I'd like to make a point of doing something different just for me.

12.1  Worked on my Spanish/Spanglish glossary of This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz. 
12.2  Went shopping for new sneakers + boots for ME! Didn't find anything, though. :(
12.3  Gathered and admired my collection of holiday cooking magazines. :)
12.4  Lunch with Claudia at ATH! :D
12.5  30 minute nap. *bliss*
12.6  Caught up with Angela on the phone. My dear friend since we were 4 years old!
12.7  Caught up with Dee on the phone. Free therapy session! ha
12.8  Watched a movie with Gabe.
12.9  60 minute nap.. so tired lately.
12.10 Went to Charlotte's to juice.
12.11 Played a couple of games Scramble with Friends with my husband. I lost every time.
12.12 Watched last night's Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition with my girls (DVR)
12.13 Organized the living room & game closet. Feels so good to have purged stuff!
12.14 Played with the colors of my blog. Fun.
12.15 Snuggled and talked with my youngest.
12.16 Napped. I see a strong trend here..
12.17 Had a midmorning coffee + cookies with Gabe. He baked them!
12.18 --- Youngest got sick last night..  pretty much kept her company, rubbed her back,
12.19 ---          and watched tv with her all day
12.20 --- SICK! Bleh.. in bed with stomach bug. 
             Husband had to stay home today to take care of everyone. 
12.21 --- 
12.22 --- Started watching "tvd" on Netflix w/Maria
12.23 ---  I exercised and read, but I promised myself I wasn't counting those towards 
12.24 ---      as #20minaday 'ME' time. 
12.25 Backing up my 1st gen ipad and restoring data onto my new ipad mini!!! :D
12.26 Participated in Joy's #NewYearsBook twitter chat
12.27 Watched "tvd" with my girls
12.28 Watched movie with Gabe.
12.29 Watched more "tvd" with my girls.
12.30 Built our gingerbread house!
12.31 Went out for a romantic NYE dinner with my husband


  1. This is a wonderful idea for a challenge! And good for you for not counting work-out time, it just doesn't have the same intention as me-time.

    Good luck with your challenge :D

  2. Yay! Thanks for doing this post and participating in the challenge. It's so good to do things for ourselves sometimes isn't it? :)

  3. And isn't it amazing how quickly 20 minutes goes by? I'm the worst about putting Elle down for a nap on the weekends and then wasting 20 minutes just figuring out what I want to do with my read? sew? clean? cook? But I absolutely agree with you that we need to take care of ourselves in order to fully take care of others as well. Best wishes!!

  4. Alex, it is great! It might not be so much of a challenge for me, though.. I seem to have no trouble filling in the blanks here. lol!

    Samantha, Well thanks for doing the challenge! I'm sure as we get closer to Christmas it's going to get harder to just do something fun or relaxing just for me, but I'm determined!

    Trish, 20 minutes is nothing really, but it can make all the difference!

  5. I usually do count work out time as "me" time. Hmmm. Doing something just for me is going to be a serious challenge, but I may have to give it a try!

    You're off to a great start!

  6. What a great idea! I might sign up for this. I already try to meditate when I get up, and take some time on the way home that is just for me. It certainly helps during this season, to take time for ourselves, doesn't it?

  7. Brandy, I always consider workout time as ME time as well. But since I do it almost daily, I figured it wouldn't be much of a challenge. Likewise regarding reading. ; )

    Susan, It is a great idea, isn't it? I love that you start your day with meditation. That takes discipline.. but it's so important. I was inspired to do that, too, after reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. Are you familiar with her? I never do it, though. Perhaps I should make daily meditation part of my New Year's Resolutions.

    Thanks so much for visiting! :))


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