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April Challenge: Spring Cleaning

As the warm weather settles in, most of us go on a Spring Cleaning spree. We do things we don’t normally do like clean the insides of windows, wash pillows (which by the way you should be doing every month), and dust places we don’t normally see all the time (like the top of the fridge). We clean out our closets and get rid of items that are too big, too small, not worn, and shouldn’t be worn. There’s something invigorating about a super clean home, right? And donating bags of clothes or items you no longer use to those in need is always a good thing.

But what if we applied the Spring Cleaning concept to more than just one area of our life? What if we cleared out our minds and souls to make room for more joy? The Everygirl did a great post about this recently and it inspired me to challenge everyone to do some additional spring cleaning for self-care.

For 14 days, I’ve outlined various tasks that can help you clear your mind, enrich your soul, and find joy. I’ll be participating as well and will be sharing what I did each day on social media (excluding the two days that involve avoiding social media and technology). Use the hashtag #youfirstlifestyle to show/tell me what you’re doing each day.

There’s also a daily challenge to meditate, journal, and find gratitude. For some of us, the gratitude and journaling go hand-in-hand. At any rate, find a least 3 things to be grateful for each day and write it down. As you journal, pay close attention to how you feel at the end of each task. Put those thoughts to paper. Clear your mind of stressful thoughts and negative beliefs so that you can make room for positive energy and good vibes.

You can also download the PDF of the challenge here. This challenge starts Sunday, April 14. Happy Spring!

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