Welcome to 31 Days 2014 – Choose Your Change

31 Days 2014


(Welcome to Day One of 31 Days!  I’m super excited to be joining The Nester for her 31 Day Challenge. You can find additional information and discover more 31 Day bloggers here!)

I have always loved to read. When I was a kid, I read everything from Nancy Drew to Charlotte’s Web. But my favorite books to read were those Choose Your Own Adventure books. Do you know which ones I mean? Choose Your Own Adventure books are those fabulous books that allow you to make decisions for the characters and then see where those decisions lead. Reading these books as a kid meant you weren’t just a passive spectator to the lives of the characters. Instead, you were required to be an active participant in the story. Every decision you made for the characters led to a different set of circumstances and also a different outcome. Sometimes your choices saved a character from imminent danger…and sometimes your choices led that same character right over the edge of a cliff and into shark infested water. But here’s the very best part: The end of the book wasn’t really the end. Once you finished reading, you simply went back to the beginning and started again. And this time, you could make a whole new set of choices and thus change the outcome of the story.

Life is like one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books. You make choices and then get to see where those choices take you. Sometimes your choices take you somewhere fabulous…sometimes, not so much. But here’s the very best part: Every morning, you wake up and get to choose again. And while some of our choices lead to outcomes that are not so easily changed or undone, there are so many other aspects of our lives that we can change simply by making new choices. But sometimes it’s so much easier to take a back seat in our own lives. We tell ourselves that life is beyond our control, that we can’t really make a difference in our own lives. We think that our life is happening to us, when in reality, so much of our life is happening through us. We are all choosing our own adventure.  Every. Single. Day. And so if you want to change your story, you have to start by changing your choices.

Wondering where to begin? Right here! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable. Then join me right here, every day for the month of October, so we can make some changes and choose our own adventures…together!


Welcome to 31 Days of Simple Change!

31 Days of Simple Change

Welcome to my 31 Days of Simple Change series.  Whether you’ve stopped by my blog before or this is your first visit, I’m thrilled to have you join me on this month long journey!  Every October for the last five years, The Nester has chosen a single topic to write about every day for 31 days.  In 2011, she began inviting bloggers to join in the fun.  I’m so excited to take part in the challenge this year.

If you’ve been here before, you know that I typically write about growing through change.  Change is such a heavy word.  Most people have a strong (and typically negative) reaction to change.  I think it’s because we often make two big assumptions about change.  We assume it’s difficult.  And we assume it’s bad.  But change doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to be horrible.  Sometimes the simplest changes bring about the most wonderful consequences.

So every day during the month of October, I’m going to share some simple ideas for positive changes you can make to improve your life.  Links to each post in the series will be added to this page to make it easy for you to follow along.  I also encourage you stop by Nesting Place and check out all the talented bloggers who are writing their way through the next 31 days.  It’s going to be a fabulous October!

Day One:  Slow Down

Day Two:  Be in the Moment

Day Three:  Write a Letter…with Pen and Paper

Day Four:  Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask

Day Five:  Have Fun

Day Six:  Be Yourself

Day Seven:  A Broken TV is Worse than No TV

Day Eight:  Let Go of the Life You Have Planned

Day Nine:  Learn Something New

Day Ten:  Know Yourself

Day Eleven:  You, only Younger

Day Twelve:  Prioritize Sleep

Day Thirteen:  Keep A Journal

Day Fourteen:  The Best Motivation is Self-Motivation

Day Fifteen:  What’s Your Social Media Situation?

Day Sixteen:  Talk it Out

Day Seventeen:  Procrastination Perils

Day Eighteen:  Daydream Believer

Day Nineteen:  Simple Acts of Kindness

Day Twenty: Prepare for the Holidays

Day Twenty-one: Habits:  the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Day Twenty-two: Curiosity Doesn’t Always Kill the Cat

Day Twenty-Three: The Worry Monster

Day Twenty-Four: Simple Moments Matter

Day Twenty-Five: The Question is Why

Day Twenty-Six and Day Twenty Seven: Traditions

Day Twenty-Eight:  Intentional Living

Day Twenty-Nine:  Today I am Thankful

Day Thirty:  Being the Change

Announcing 31 Days of Simple Change

31 Days of Simple Change

I’m so excited, and a little bit nervous, to be joining The Nester for her 31 Days Challenge!  The Nester invites bloggers to join with her in writing every day during the month of October about a topic of their choosing.  Starting on October 1st, I’ll be sharing with you small and easy changes you can make to improve your life.  I hope to see you here on October 1st!