July challenge accountability time!

July challenge accountability time!

The 31st of July means it’s July Challenge accountability time…

Did you take this month’s challenge?

(If you missed it, you can catch-up here. Otherwise read on or tune in above and let’s wrap it up!)

The challenge was simple: Try something new.

So, how did you go with this month’s tiny challenge, to try something new? I would love to hear what new thing you tried this month.

I found this challenge pretty fun. It’s something I try to do every month. It’s a good way to be curious, try things you mightn’t otherwise try and just have a go and not take yourself too seriously.

We had a bit of a tricky month here in Melbourne with a two week lockdown in the middle of it. So it wasn’t super easy to go out and try things out in the big wide world for a lot of the month.

But it made me think about how else we could try new things, even in the midst of a lockdown.

So wherever you are, and however you’re living your life right now, I hope you had a chance to try something new. Even if it was a new way of thinking about your situation.

My July challenge accountability

We had school holidays here and were meant to be going to the Gold Coast.

That didn’t happen.

Instead, we ended up going to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. 3 of my 4 kids have been to Sovereign Hill for school camps, but I hadn’t actually been myself. And I was amazed. I had a great time! So that was something new.

We also called into Kryal Castle on the way. You may have seen the video I posted of me trying axe-throwing. This was not something that I had planned on trying, but we took the opportunity to have a go. And, we all had fun, despite varying degrees of success.

As a family, we tried to support small businesses we hadn’t frequented before as I’ve obviously got a soft spot for small business.

We also went to new restaurants, tried a few new recipes at home and I tried online yoga. That wasn’t so good. There’s something about having to pause midway through a downward dog to make porridge that just didn’t help me find my Zen! So I’m chalking that one up to experience. And I have to say, I was super excited when the lockdown ended. It was great to get back to the studio where there were no kids wanting breakfast or a cat walking under me as I tried to hold a plank!

So yes, some things were more successful than others.

July Challenge Accountability: Trying Go-Karting was the highlight of my Try Something New Challenge.
July Challenge Accountability: Trying go-karting was my highlight!

So, all in all, it was fun, easy and for the most part successful.

How did you find the challenge?

I hope you got to try at least one new thing this month. Maybe you’ll even keep it as a good habit! If you did, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

I know someone who posted at the start of the July challenge that they were going to try a dance class. That would be cool, although a bit tricky during a lockdown. So I’m wondering whether that happened. And I know a few others who had some plans so I’d love to hear how you went.

Try a new way of thinking

I know it’s tricky to try something new in the middle of a pandemic. So, I want to share one new thing I tried, because of the lockdown and in particular with reverting to homeschooling/remote learning with the kids.

It was simply to be in flow.

Not really a new thing I guess because I am forever aiming to stay in flow. But new in terms of applying it to remote learning and the expectations of the kids and my own thinking.

It was helpful for me to think, “If we can’t get it done, it’s okay.” And be truly at peace with that. Thinking bigger picture about it. And that actually helped in terms of the pressure that I put on myself sometimes, trying to do all the things.

So even if you just had a shift in mindset for the July challenge and tried to see your situation from a different perspective. That in itself, if you were able to do it, would be worthwhile if you were experiencing a month, like me, that didn’t necessarily go to plan.

So tell me what you did below or post a photo of you doing it (if you’ve got one) on my Facebook page.

I’d love to hear about it, and I’d love to hear whether you’re going to keep up with it.

And I’ll be back tomorrow with a new, tiny challenge for August.

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