My very limited understanding of it is this: Every day you're given a challenge related to your health and well-being. Once you have completed the challenge, you click a button and it lets everyone who you are "connected" with know that you have completed it. You also have the option of explaining how you completed the challenge and sharing this with your connections. There's also some sort of scoring system and you get points and win smiley faces or something, but I don't understand any of that yet.
This challenge is right up my alley! I love challenging myself and setting new goals! I thought it would be fun to bring the challenge to my blog, too! So once I complete the challenge, I will blog about it so you can complete the challenge, too, and share your experience with me. Sound fun? Let's do it!
Today's challenge, my very first one, was to "Define your dream." I am so glad I joined today because this was a great challenge for me and one that I would have hated to miss!
How I did it:
How to do itToday's the day to dream big! Think about something that you really want - it might be the lead role in a Broadway show, a raise at work, a house in the mountains - and write it down. Next, think about what it will take to make your dream come true. Be as specific as you can. For example, instead of writing, "I want to go to Italy," include details about what that means: "I want to take a three-week trip to Tuscany this summer with my best friend." Next, list all the steps for making your dream a reality: (1) open a new bank account to save money for the trip; (2) put a certain amount of money aside each week; (3) purchase a travel guidebook; and so on.
Why it mattersDefining your dreams is the first step in making them come true. Once you know what you hope to achieve, you can start taking small steps toward making it really happen. Focusing on small steps keeps you motivated, too. With each one you accomplish, you move closer to getting what you want!
Fun FactIn 1983, Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for "acting services rendered." He post-dated it for 1994, with hopes of cashing it by then. That same year, he earned $7 million for his role in Dumb & Dumber.
I actually wrote it on an envelope since I didn't have a piece of paper in arm's reach. Getting up and looking for paper seemed like way too much work. How's that for challenging myself? :)
So what is my dream, you ask?
I really want to write a book. That is my dream and has been since I was in second grade when I won second place in the Dawn Powell writing contest for a fictional story I wrote about a girl and a magical wishing well. I'm pretty sure my mom still has the story. It would be fun to find it and put it on my blog. After reading it, we might all agree that it wasn't worthy of a second place award but it would be fun nonetheless.
So, I want to write a book. About what? I have no idea.
Maybe it would be about the lessons Mark taught me about living life fully and the obligation I feel to him to make sure I am living every day to the fullest because he can't, using the blog I kept of his journey as a starting point for the book.
Maybe it would be a novel about some story I create in my head.
Maybe it would be about life as a newlywed and the struggles of a young woman to become a young professional, housekeeper, cook and wife.
But to get me closer to that dream, I need to start writing every day. I really need to write more if I ever want this to happen. And I guess I need to start researching what really goes in to writing a book, if I want to make this more of a reality than a dream.
Does my dream surprise you? Would you buy my book? I would even autograph it for you...
What is YOUR dream?