52 Weeks of Self Fulfillment Challenge

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Hi everyone! Dorky proposition for you – an unusual kumbaya moment from me (don’t get used to it).

But recently, someone pointed out to me that the only 2 things I’m struggling to succeed at are for ME, while everything I DO succeed at is for my babies.

So… you know how Valentine’s Day is a day of expressing your love for someone? In addition to showering my 3 precious angels with love that day, I thought I would embark on a weekly challenge with whoever wants to join me – kind of symbolic starting and ending it on February 14th, because it’s SO important for us to show ourselves some love and I know I don’t.Β 

Do you?

What will the challengeΒ be?

Well, I will check in once a week via text and video blog and go over some self fulfillment successes I had that week and you can add yours, too. I want to start and end each day focusing on something that fulfills me or helps me reach an ultimate goal (outside of my babies because they’re my world).

I also launched a FB group for this, too for daily inspiration and camaraderie? Facebook has become so sour politically lately, and this will be a closed group for us to add some positivity to, and maybe discuss what we’re working on for ourselves.

I spend all my moments focused on thinking about helping others – from my subscribers to my mom to my kids – everyone but myself. In fact, I’ve always abhorred hearing the words “me time” from anyone (and still do).

I don’t know why, except I think I take after my mom a bit in that department – always making sure everyone else is taken care of before myself. And I don’t plan to alter that much with my babies – they’re my life.

BUT…my oldest son is grown and self sufficient. My middle child will be an adult this summer and all of the stressful stuff is behind us now – college choice, tuition, etc. So it’s much less to do and I feel like now there’s “room” for a little me in there.

I’m 46. There are things I’d like to achieve and do in life that I’ve back burnered, and that’s fine – but now I feel like it’s time to focus on some stuff.

What should you work on? Whatever you feel needs attention in terms of you feeling fulfilled. I have a few things I’m working on, including home renovations, me renovations (ha ha), fiction, debt payoff and more. I want to focus also on giving myself down time. I try to do it but it rarely happens.

All of this is something one of my FB friends said about “starting new habits” rather than trying to eliminate the old – so I’ll be working on weaving in new habits for this challenge that helps me feel personally fulfilled, since I’m already overflowing with pride and happiness about my kids. I want to feel the same for what I achieve for me, too.

After all, I have taught them to be proud of their accomplishments and to pursue their dreams and take care of themselves, yet I’m not setting a good example doing that for myself.

Update: After posting this blog post, I scheduled something for the day this challenge begins on Valentine’s Day – a teeth cleaning, xrays and exam! I mention why I did this and the future plans regarding it in the FB group. I wanted something for THAT day. I might make it a routine – once a week have something very specific.

Tiff πŸ˜‰

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52 Responses to 52 Weeks of Self Fulfillment Challenge

  1. Desmond says:

    Sounds like fun count me in.

  2. Hi Tiff,
    I’m in! My word for the year is intentional – and that goes for everything in my life. I’m being intentional (or trying) with my blog and my daughter and my relationship and my health. So, I feel like this fits right in.

    I have question for you. I’ve seen you mention this more than once over the years like it’s a bad thing and I wonder why you seem to see it that way. kumbaya moments…..

    Can you explain the negativity toward that mindset or idea or feeling or whatever it is for you?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think you kick ass. I’m just curious.

    • Tiffany says:

      I love it Jennetta! Ah lol the kumyaba – I’m someone who never (well rarely) responds to the touchy feely huggy type of motivation. I respond better (and make progress better) with the “boot in the butt” drill sergeant approach. However, sometimes I get emotional and the kumbaya just oozes out πŸ™‚ LOL!

  3. Rena Tucker says:

    What an awesome challenge, Tiff! Count me IN.

  4. Kris Wilcox says:

    So happy to see you doing this! While you’re certainly no lack of successful with the things you already do, the things that weigh on our hearts are usually there for a reason and can keep us from feeling successful when we’re not pursuing them no matter how much we are accomplishing in other areas. And I’ve found for myself that honoring such things is more likely to make me stronger and better for everything I do rather than selfishly taking away from other things as I feared.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yes! It’s like we focus on the ONE thing we haven’t gotten right. LOL! But yes, the little self nurturing weeks will add up to some real motivation I think.

  5. Theresa says:

    Count me in! You know I’m always game! Sound like fun! πŸ™‚

  6. william says:

    Mind if I join. I seem to have a habit of focusing on one or two projects that I like and forget that there is a world out there. Example, my wife will ask if I would like to go to the beach in the late afternoon and watch the tourists or things like that, and I always beg off because I am blogging or some other “personal enjoyment’ thing. It’s time I take at least one day a week and enjoy the world. After all, we didn’t move all the way to Puerto Vallarta to stay on the computer all day. I was doing that just fine when we lived in Wisconsin

  7. Barb Johnson says:

    This is such a helpful and terrific idea. I am in. I need it! Thank you so Much Tiffany!!

  8. Debi J says:

    I’m in on this one Tiff! With all the surgeries and crap, I’ve let so much go by the wayside that I had planned to consistently work on… things like my blog, photo organizing, my way of eating (I’ve gained back 26 of the 30 pounds I lost a year ago from laying around healing). Even walking daily for myself is something I had been putting off and had a major reality check last year when suddenly I COULDN’T walk!!

    Let’s Kumbaya it gal!! πŸ™‚

  9. Joe says:

    Hi Tiffany;
    This is very timely! There’s a lot going on in my life right now…Long story, short: I need to start taking care of me without being selfish.
    If this is little murky, I’ll try to expand in your group.
    Thank you for the invitation.

  10. Victoria says:

    Sounds like a fab idea. I’m in!

  11. Kit says:

    Just what I need. I’m in! When I do schedule something just for me I tend to feel guilty because I am not doing something else. Crazy! And I need to get my health back on track so I have more energy for everything.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yea! Me too Kit. In fact I just now had to pull myself back in from wanting to cancel my dental appt and spend the money on something (someone) else. Ugh!

  12. Rawslyn says:

    This sounds really challenging… so please count me in. It’s also ironic that just last week I decided to do a personal challenge of my own and scheduled it to “launch” on, of all days, Valentine’s Day.

    Might even do a little rendition of Kumbaya myself while I’m at it because my goal for this year — my challenge — is to perform and post a Youtube video of me covering 365 songs. That’s one tune a day for 365 days, not the same song done a different way every day for a whole year! No fun or challenge in that, right?

    • Tiffany says:

      Ah cool! Valentines day is a good day for many things πŸ˜‰ Oh very cool! Do you sing or guitar or what?

      • Rawslyn says:

        Yep! I sing and play guitar and a few other instruments: saxophone, piano, bassoon… and kazoo! Was in a trio for a while with guys who played multiple instruments as well. Whenever we showed up for gigs we’d look like a traveling music store.

        Thanks for setting this up. Staying persistent on things that require a personal commitment are generally not easy for me.
        Can hardly wait to see how we all progress. I’m checking out the FB Group to see what’s happening…

  13. Chad says:

    Perfect timing Tiffany, can’t wait to get started. I just had a HUGE change in my life and this will help keep me focused with a weekly check on myself. This is another great idea you have, thanks for all the inspiration and motivation.


  14. Edward says:

    HI Tiffany great post here! I am in I need this kind of positive thinking in my life.

    Your the Best!!!!!

    All The Best
    Your Fan

  15. Paul Williams says:

    Room for another? I’d love to do this with you all. I intend to crowd out the negatives with positives πŸ™‚


  16. Fran says:

    This sounds great! I should focus more on “me”. Hopefully, this will help me do that.
    Thanks for doing this. <3

  17. Jeannie says:

    Sounds great! I’m in πŸ™‚

  18. Pat Snow says:

    Thanks Tiffany, count me in too.

  19. Annie says:

    I need a challenge like this. Hope it’s not too late to join in.


    • Tiffany says:

      Not too late! Anyone can join anytime but we don’t even start until February 14th – symbolic of showing love for our own needs πŸ˜‰

  20. Olive says:

    Great idea Tiff!
    I’ve been off track and needed a ‘kick in the butt” to get back in gear and focus.
    Had my hard drive hacked so am rebuilding the new one… lost several files.
    Lesson learned: always back up my work!

  21. LauraOinAK says:

    Just requested in on the FB group.

    I find challenges get me closer to goals.

  22. catherine ford says:

    Moving forward is my main motivation this year. Count me in

  23. Jeannie says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    I love this idea – it’s hard to stay the course and keep focused as the year goes by. Having this group as a guidepost along the way will be really helpful and I am sure will create new inspiration and friendships. I can’t wait!

  24. Diana says:

    You are such an inspiration Tiffany! Count me in.

  25. Dee Brian says:

    Sounds Cool!! Count me in!!

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