30-day Mental Cleanse Challenge – Week 1 recap

The first week of the 30-day Mental Cleanse Challenge is complete! I love this sign that I have displayed in my writing nook as it reminds me that every day we have the choice to make the next a better one. And that’s what this challenge is about – making choices to make subsequent days better days.

Below is a reflection of the first week of challenges:

Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week 1 Review

March 1: Set two goals you would like to achieve during this challenge

I had to think about this one for a while as a lot of ideas were spinning around in my head. I decided that I would like to feel better physically by being more active and making what I put into my body a conscious thought. My word for 2017 is nourish and I’m really trying to nourish myself – mind, body and spirit.

I would also like to live more in the present – appreciate what I have and spend less time on social media comparing myself to others. Isn’t that just about everyone’s downfall? Think how freeing it would be to stop comparing yourself to those moms on Instagram who have their hair done, their makeup on and are curled up in bed on the perfectly white sheets with their children who are dressed impeccably … (and by the way, how the hell do those people keep their sheets looking so white? I have white sheets and they’re now a dusky gray color with permanent marker stains because hello, I have kids!)

March 2: Treat your face to a special pampering facial

This one was a bit of a stretch for me. See, I have a simple facial routine. I wash my face with water. No cleanser. Nothing. Just plain old water. On rare days, I’ll moisturize afterward. Since eliminating all the anti-acne, anti-aging products from my skin care routine, my skin miraculously cleared right up and I only deal with a breakout once or twice a month. But today, I took the time to wash my face with cleanser, exfoliate and apply a nice thick moisturizer. It felt pampering.

March 3: Go for a walk

I missed this one. Had to work and pretty much spent my day either sleeping, picking up the kids or working. Does walking at work count? I walked up and down the halls … we’ll just call that a short walk!

March 4: Journal for 15 minutes

This one was super easy for me. I journal almost every day. I would like to write a memoir someday – of what, I’m not sure yet – but to that end, I tend to write almost every day.

March 5: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal

This one was a little difficult. I work night shift and get home at 7:30 a.m. most days. I usually go straight to bed after I brush my teeth and change into my jammies. Today was no different. I crawled into bed with my husband and toddler and snuggled in by 8 a.m. I did set my alarm for an hour earlier so I’d have time to shower before going back in to work again that night.

March 6: Make a gratitude list of everything you are grateful for in your life

I keep a running gratitude journal. Adding more items to the list was eye-opening. When I think about it, I have SO very much to be grateful for in my life – my family, my healthy, my career … I am very blessed. I try to remember that every day. I was born into a good life and I never take that for granted.

March 7: Take a long bubble bath

I don’t do baths, but I did take a nice long, hot shower that was very relaxing. My husband kept and eye on the kids so I got 20 minutes of uninterrupted shower time. So much nicer than trying to jump in and out before the kids start screaming!

(graphic courtesy of Erin at A Welder’s Wife)

The second week of challenges: Diet & Exercise 

  • March 8: Try a new workout you’ve never done before
  • March 9: Keep all three meals “phone free.” No social media scrolling
  • March 10: Do a yoga for beginners workout to give your muscles a little TLC
  • March 11: Make two of your three meals meatless. Need inspiration? Check Pinterest!
  • March 12: Meditate for 5 minutes and focus on your breath.
  • March 13: Take your workout outdoors even if it’s for 20 minutes. Bundle up!
  • March 14: Go vegan for a day!

I’m thinking this week is going to be a bit more challenging than the first. I’m not big on exercise, or eating healthy for that matter! I’ve been wanting to start doing yoga when I wake up, so this looks like the perfect opportunity to start. Adding meditation to my day is also on my “want” list and something I talked about doing earlier this year. A lot of my meals consist of cheesy sticks from my favorite pizza place (quick and easy to eat at work at they deliver until 3 a.m.!) so a lot of my “meals” are already meatless … we’ll have to see if I can add a few healthier options in there this week.

Anyone want to join me this week? Drop me a line and we can be accountability partners!







  • Reeni

    This is such a great idea! We all need mental breaks and to practice self care in our life, but I don’t think we give it the “priority” it should hold:) I love that you are doing this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kiley

    I absolutely love the ideas that you provided for a Mental Cleanse. I find that after I take a walk, exercise or just do something for ME I feel SO much better.

  • Joanna

    I need to do one of these! I love getting facials… so relaxing.

  • Dara

    What an interesting challenge! I love the idea of it.

  • Sara Brunsvold

    What a great word for the year: Nourish! This sounds like a perfect challenge for Lent too, if you’re into that sort of thing.

  • Jessica

    This challenge looks awesome. Living intentionally takes work. Looks like you are enjoying the journey.

  • Justine Guest

    I love this idea of taking care of yourself. Thanks – I’m going to follow your lead.

  • Bev Yu

    I love posts like this! Will definitely bookmark! 🙂

  • Kristen

    I love this so much! What a great idea!!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    I love this idea! I need to do this!

  • Erin | A Welder's Wife

    You did a great job on your first week! I love that you stepped out of your norm to pamper your face. I love having a simple routine, but sometimes taking a little extra care of ourselves is nice! Cannot wait to see how you do with Week 2! It was the most challenging for me, but it was also the week I learned the most about myself.

  • Dearlyndsey

    This sounds like a very relaxing time. I may need to try this some time.

  • Danielle

    This is such a cool challenge I really like your March 8th one. I am so guilty of scrolling through social media at lunch and breakfast (dinner is always media free)