2018 Week 8 – Challenge 8

When I walked around the block the other day for the first time in a few years, it felt great. I timed this walk it took me 6.33 minutes to complete; I was going slowly on purpose (as per doctor’s orders). I know as my body continues to heal that I will be able to speed up.

8th Challenge

Workout for 10 minutes each day – 10 minutes of physical activity daily.

I know this seems like a small challenge, but I have not been able to work out pain free for a few years. I look forward to slowly but surely increasing my daily physical activities.

During my recovery I can only walk right now, but look forward to the day I can start incorporating yoga and aerobics.

Walking is a low impact activity that can be done almost anywhere. If the weather is bad there are always indoors options.

I used to power walk 2-4 miles a day or do other forms of work outs for 30 – 45 minutes daily and really look forward to doing this again in the near future.

I know starting small and working my way up to my end goal is the best way to incorporate daily activity.

I want to encourage you to do the same – start small (baby steps) and before you know it you will achieve your end-goal.

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On the Road to Recovery

The surgery went well, I am home and recovering and looking forward to returning to life.

Currently there are certain restrictions (i.e., no lifting, bending…) for a few weeks, but overall I feel great.

Friday morning I decided to try to walk around the block. I know this does not sound like much, but I could not do it before without intense pain. I walked slowly and cautiously not knowing when/if the pain would suddenly re-appear, with each step I thanked God for restoring my health.

A block may not seem like much, but to me, I felt like I won a marathon. Walking pain free for the first time in years, words cannot describe how amazing and wonderful it feels.

I am still restricted for the next several weeks, but I am looking forward to full recovery.

I Thank God for restoration!

I will never take walking for granted again.

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2018 Week 7 Challenge 7

Hippie-doodle Peace on Earth

With the surgery and hospital stay later this week, I wanted to make sure that this week’s challenge could be accomplished no matter where I am at or what I am doing.

7th Challenge

Express Thanksgiving – Spend time everyday recognizing and giving thanks to God for His countless blessings.

When I say, “give thanks” I mean to be sincerely thankful, not just lip service. There are so many things that I should be thankful for, from the small to the big. This is something that can be done throughout each day no matter where one might be or what they might be doing.

I am still trying to focus on the positive instead of the negative, which does not come natural for me. Too many times I let the negative control my thought life, not a good thing. I need to stop murmuring and complaining and start focusing on all of the blessings and being thankful.

God has so richly and deeply blessed me in so many different ways. I need to start focusing on the countless blessing of God.

I challenge you to look around you each day, even if the day is not going in the direction you prefer, I bet you can still find blessings.

P.S. As promised, pictured above is the drawing I completed this past week. I call it “Hippie-Doodle Peace on Earth”.


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Review of Week 6 Challenge

The challenge for this week was to start drawing and painting again, or whatever activity that brings you joy.

I forgot just how much I enjoyed both drawing and painting. This week I started a color pencil drawing, I still have a ways to go before it is completed. I also have done some painting, not on canvas I still have not pulled out the oils, but instead I have hand painted on mosaic glass gems.

I really enjoy painting the glass stones. In the past I have made pendants and key chains with these glass gems. I still have not tried to do wire wrapped jewelry with them but hope to try this soon.

Because there are so many ways to use these stones in crafting projects and jewelry making and because I enjoy painting them so much, I plan to start selling them in my Etsy Shop at:  https://www.etsy.com/people/rockenco

Above an below are a few pictures of the gem stones I painted this week. Three (3) have floral designs and three (3) are of cat/dragon or other creature eyes.

Once I have finished the drawing I am currently working on I will also share that here as well.

On another note; my surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday the 14th, but I do still plan to introduce yet another challenge next week.

Hopefully after the surgery I will be able to start challenging myself with more physical activities. I hope and pray that I will be able to walk without intense pain after the surgery.

Please keep me in your prayers.

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2018 Week 6 Challenge 6

Color Pencil Drawing by me of American Beauty Bush

What are you passionate about? Even though this may seem like an easy question, for me it is a difficult one to answer.

6th Challenge

Start drawing and painting again – Rekindle something I am passionate about.

One of the things that I am passionate about is drawing and painting, this may not what you are passionate about but I want to encourage you to find and start doing that activity that you are passionate about, something that brings you joy.

Once upon a time I used to really love to draw and paint. I am not the greatest artist but drawing and painting was a happy place for me to visit on a regular basis.

There are so many times that I think to myself that I should draw something and yet never pick up a pencil. The desire to draw and paint has started to rekindle, a good sign. So even if all I do is a little doodling (which often leads to inspiration) I am going to start drawing and painting again.

For me drawing and painting is an escape to a happy place that fills me with joy. I am not sure why I quit this activity. I guess I let the depression consume me.

I will say it again; this is yet another small step in a positive direction. I have a long ways to go but each small step (challenge) is one in the right direction.

Whatever it is that brings you joy, challenge yourself to spend time doing that activity.

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All or None

The title of this post closely describes how, up until now, tend to be when it comes to goal setting. In the past if I set a goal for myself and messed up even a little I would beat myself up mentally (feel like a failure) or just throw in the towel.

Thus far for the year of 2018, I have set five different weekly challenges. None of which have become habit yet. I still have to put forth a consciences effort daily to achieve these goals. There have been some days when I have fallen short (i.e., maybe drank only 40 oz. of water instead of 60). The difference I am seeing in myself is that now if I fall short I do not use that as an excuse to give up.

Even though I may not accomplish everything perfectly every day, I am heading in the right direction.

Focus on your achievements not your missteps.


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January 2018 – Challenges Review

This past month I have started and continue five different challenges:

Week 1 – Drink 60 ounces of water daily

Week 2 – Eat a healthy breakfast

Week 3 – Smoke 15 or less cigarettes per day (a 50 % reduction)

Week 4 – Speak the word of God out loud several times a day

Week 5 – Brush and water pic/floss teeth every night

Change is difficult, even the small and positive changes. Even though the five challenges listed above are all small steps, I have really had to struggle with the fickle side of myself. I do not want to give up; I want to keep on keeping on until habit has replaced force.

I have had both easy and difficult days with the challenges, but I refuse to give up.

On a positive note, these small but positive challenges have changed my focus from the negative to the positive.

I am looking forward to the day that these small changes have taken hold and become a normal way of life. Until then I will keep on keeping on.

Even if you are not following along with the challenges I have set, I hope you are challenging yourself where you feel you need it the most. Even small changes can make a big difference.

Stay tuned for February’s challenges.


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