During April, I decided to create and participate in the Grow Yourself Towards Change Challenge.
The Grow Yourself Towards Change challenge is all about using positive affirmations to grow ourselves towards the change we want in our lives.
And after a full month of pulling out cards and taking small steps towards self-growth by acting out on these daily challenge prompts, it's time to reflect and appreciate my results.
So from having one goal in April—participating in this challenge, the following is a list of all I was able to accomplish that will hopefully elevate you to take the small steps within your own Grow Yourself Towards Change challenge.
#1 — I printed and filled out my challenge cards for my daily challenge jar—physically actualizing my commitment to this challenge and to myself that I can do this.
#2 — I learned how to reward myself by welcoming the positive energy that a reward brings—regardless of whatever the price was supposed to be. That through the acceptance of that positive energy, I can use it as motivation and acceptance for all that has happened so far in my life—especially by welcoming that energy and using it to fuel my day.
It's Day 16 of #TheGrowYourselfChallenge! Today my card is all about rewarding myself with 2 coconut milk teas with extra boba. And if you've been following my challenge journey,Yes, I put two of the same card in my challenge jar. Because: 1. COCONUT is delicious. 2. BOBA is delicious. and 3. who doesn't like a good cup of HOT or ICED TEA. But yet again, my boba dreams were not realized. However I still had a rewarding day by spending time with my mama as we did what most people do with a new paycheck (other than bills): Eating & Shopping ;) So despite the lack of boba deliciousness, because I welcomed myself to being rewarded today, I had a full day in which I am greatly thankful for—making memories with my mama. And that is reward enough. Lemme know what would you consider your own personal reward today in the comments ↴
#3 — I reflected and learned about my fears, flaws and strengths in order to understand how and why I do the things the way I do. And because of that knowledge, I know how to maneuver around the depreciating feelings I feel in regards to my flaws and fears—using them instead as fuel along with my strengths in order to live out my daily purpose.
So for example, my self-doubt, a recurring flaw, is my fuel that I use with my drive in order to propel me toward making positive, purposeful sh** happen in my life and in other people's lives.
#4 — I discovered that my non-negotiables, my inner peace, my personality, my drive and my time, should basically and permanently be my daily non-negotiables or priorities—continuously making them a priority on a daily basis.
It's Day 14 of #TheGrowYourselfChallenge! Today is all about not letting anyone or anything take my inner peace. This I must say was DIFFICULT. And not because I couldn't do it. It's mainly because it's hard to measure. Throughout your day, there's a possibility of experiencing: happiness, sadness, anger, disappointment, joy, success, the list goes on. But by honoring solely my inner peace, I was not giving credit to the gambit of all my other emotions. Having inner peace is great. BUT It only comes with knowing that everything you experience in your day, week, month, year, and lifetime, is acknowledged AND appreciated. Embrace all of your emotions today in order to find inner peace in every colorful and unique avenue, street or runway of your entire BEING. What emotion(s) do you have a hard time embracing? What way(s) will help you learn how to acknowledge, appreciate and embrace this emotion? Be sure to share in the comments below ↴
#5 — I cared for myself by:
- getting 5-6 hours of sleep instead of the usual 4 hours
- going to the gym on a daily basis—refreshing and detoxing my body and mind
- emptying my thoughts into a journal or through my IG challenge journey—visually seeing my growth and progress on a daily basis
- and sitting in silence at least twice a day to empty my mind and spirit—allowing myself to hear and learn from the thoughts I would have ignored if I kept moving without resting or listening as I have done in the past.
#6 — I lived out my passions by:
- overcoming my self doubt by auditioning for a play that will hopefully educate and elevate positive communal change in a community whose history, people and community lifestyle is being destroyed
- and stepping out of my comfort zone by creating a collaboration week that allowed me to get in touch with four awesome women who taught me new perspectives on self-love, self-acceptance, self-care and thankfulness.
#7 — I added some spontaneity into my life by:
- spending some in-depth time with my parents
- writing a letter to my empirations
- and unplugging from one electronic device.
It's Day 5 of #TheGrowYourselfChallenge and today is all about my #Millenials and #CollegeGrads who are living at home with the fam: Know that I'm on the same struggle bus. There's negative stigma about moving back home after college. And that negativity + your own self negativity from not finding opportunity, not knowing where to go, not knowing what to do, I mean just livin life stuck, just f***in' sucks. But from a fellow struggle bus rider who is slowly finding her bus stop, Dont let the negativity consume you. Keep your vibes positive. Keep your mind open. And keep stuntin! Take advantage of the teaching moments around you. As for me, imma do that by spendin some time with my parents :)
It's Day 7 of #TheGrowYourselfChallenge! Today is all about writing a letter to one of my empirations. An empiration is the dope uniqueness within people or things that not only inspires you but also empowers you to act on what is achievable in your life. Sometimes it's not enough to just be inspired. But when you meet someone who fills you with that power to be better... Bruh! That's when you know your purpose bucket is filled! And that's why I spent my day thanking as many people as social media would allow because: 1) you don't need a reason to tell someone how thankful and grateful you are for their existence and 2) everyone has a unique journey, and because of that, you have your own unique empiration within you. And your empirations fills my purpose bucket to the point that all can say is... THANK YOU! Continue to live in your own empiration and thank those around you for the empirations both hidden and woke within them :D
#8 — And finally, I lived out quotes—allowing me to learn about how to be my best self right now, how to be motivated by my desires and passions than trying to achieve or become someone else's desires, achievements or expectations, and just being myself all day, everyday.
Overall, I know I grew a lot in April. So much so that some of my remaining challenge cards don't even apply to me anymore.
But just because it's a new month and my Grow Yourself Challenge journey has ended, it doesn't have to be for you. Self-growth is not stagnant, because as long as you are alive, you are still growing.
So if you need some positive growth to happen in your life right now, take on this challenge and see for yourself just how simple yet powerful these small steps towards change can be.