When I started brainstorming ideas for August’s challenge, there were a lot of variables to consider. Besides it being Summer and just generally busier than most times of year, I have 2 pretty big things going on this month that I wasn’t sure how to work around lent-wise:
- I’m traveling for a week to Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland—partially for work, partially for fun. I was chosen to attend lululemon’s annual Leadership Conference in Vancouver and was able to extend my trip for a few days to visit some friends and family in the Pacific Northwest. I literally cannot wait, which luckily I don’t really have to because I leave a week from today, woohoo!
- We’re moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan at the end of the month (this is where my boyfriend’s family lives for anyone wondering why Michigan), and as we all know, moving (especially to a different state) can be all-consuming—not to mention a pretty big deal for a girl who’s never lived outside of the Northeast. Anyone have any words of encouragement on navigating this transition for me? I’m happily accepting submissions.
So yeah, since this month has a considerable amount of traveling, packing, goodbye-rounds-making, loose-end-tying, and long-distance driving, I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to commit to for a challenge—especially with this case of lazy summer brain haze I’ve got going on…
I went back and forth with a number of ideas before reminding myself that the whole point of this blog in the first place is to take on challenges that will improve my life in some way—not just to do them for the sake of doing them. Before the start of each month it’s always important to ask myself: What do I need right now? What would be the best thing for me?
And honestly right now…it’s a break.
A month to enjoy myself and my homestate before things get a little hectic and unstable for a while. A month to make beach dates with friends, visit my family, be fully present for my trip out to the Pacific Northwest, thoroughly prepare for my move, and to center before my balance is tested. I’ve got a lot going on right now, and I honestly don’t think I have the room to add something to the mix. I mentally can’t afford something else to be accountable for. I need to just be and to get through this month stress free (or as close to it as possible).
So I hope you don’t think it’s a cop out, but this month my challenge is to have no challenge: the “no lent” lent. To take care of myself in preparation for a big life change, and to focus my efforts on soaking up these last few weeks of New England summer.
Don’t worry though, I’ll still be writing—it just won’t be as specific to one topic as it’s traditionally been. And I’ve got September and October’s challenges all lined up so rest assured that lent is totally on for the fall.