I love spring. It’s a time of newness, growth, refreshment. This year, I want it to be a time of rethinking the way you juggle working and parenting. My book Balanced just released, and I thought March would be the perfect season to challenge you to spring clean your life, to revamp the way you’ve been prioritizing your kids, work, volunteering, and other commitments you’ve made. You’re invited to take part in my challenge—and it’s really easy to commit to the eleven-day challenge!
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- First, fill out the form found at the bottom of this page (you only need to do this once).
- Make sure you have a copy of Balanced (available for $2.99 digital download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble). Each challenge will correspond with a chapter in the book.
- Read and implement the challenge. It’ll work best if you have a blog that you can post your progress on (but if you don’t have one, social media works too).
- After finishing the challenge, write about it on your blog (or as a Facebook status or a couple of tweets).
- Head back to my blog and link your blog post so others can see your progress and I can stop by your blog to give you some encouragement.
Before You Hit Publish
- Copy/paste this sentence somewhere into your blog post: This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!
- Grab one of the graphics and insert it into your blog post or on your blog’s sidebar.
What’s In It For You
Every day of the challenge, I’ll be giving away free books! By linking up to your challenge blog post every day, you’re automatically entered! I’ll announce all the winners at the end of the challenge.
Also, for participating you’re going to receive a special pack of downloadable goodies to help you balance your life beyond these eleven days (and a couple of coupon codes, too, to make each day a little brighter). To receive the special pack, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
March 11: Family Priorities (Chapter One)
Determine what your priorities as a family are. Ask yourself a few questions: What do we want to achieve as a family? What will matter five years from now—ten years from now? What will mold our children into God-serving adults? What will bring peace—not stress—to our home?
I shared my list in chapter 1 of Balanced. Create your own list of family priorities and share them in a blog post. Your blog post will act as your public statement, and you can ask your readers to keep you accountable.
March 12: Your Work (Chapter Two)
What can you do or change to make working from home actually work for you? Creating an office space? Cleaning up that office space? Looking into finding a babysitter for a few hours a day? Take the first steps in making the change, then take a photo of your progress and post it on your blog.
March 13: Get Your Kids Involved (Chapter Three)
How can you get your kids involved in what you’re working on? How can they experience what your job is like and contribute to it? For me, that meant allowing my kids to come with me on research trips or to meet people I was interviewing. Write a blog post about different ways you can involve your kids in your job, then stop by others’ blogs to see if you can use their ideas with this task!
March 14: Believing God (Chapter Four)
What have you been called by God to do? Take a few minutes away from work and family to sit with your Bible and talk to God. Believe that God placed your dreams and passions in your heart. Find a verse that speaks to you about this, and post it today on your blog.
March 15: Rank Those Priorities (Chapter Five)
At the end of chapter five, there’s a ranking system to help you form your calendar before you fill it. Using the ranking system, revamp your calendar, then take a picture of it to post on your blog. Write a few sentences about what you’re giving up to fill instead with what’s truly important.
March 16: Do What You Can (Chapter Six)
Do you have an extra fifteen minutes before you need to hop in the car to pick up your kids? Make the most of them! Do a little laundry, organize a stack of papers, do a quick sweep of the kitchen. Those five, ten, and fifteen minutes add up throughout the day! Take advantage of them today and write about your experience and all you got done in today’s blog post.
March 17: Teamwork (Chapter Seven)
Many hands make light work—and moms, you shouldn’t feel the need to do everything yourself. Schedule a quick family meeting today to talk to your kids and spouse about the responsibilities you all can share to make your load a bit lighter. Blog about what task was given to whom.
March 18: Make Today Amazing (Chapter Eight)
Take one of my tips to make today amazing (toward the end of the chapter in Balanced) and implement it today. Did you notice a difference in your attitude? What changed? Blog about it!
March 19: Inspiration and Relaxation (Chapter Nine)
Give your mind a rest and a dose of good, old-fashioned inspiration. Carve out some time today to implement one of my tips about finding inspiration and enjoy the feeling of creativity. Then come up with your own list of ways you can find inspiration and share those on your blog.
March 20: Eight (Chapter Ten)
Read chapter ten and come up with your list of “eight.” Then write down those eight themes on a pretty piece of paper and post it somewhere you’ll see it often (bathroom mirror, refrigerator, bulletin board, etc.). Then take a picture of it and post it on your blog.
March 21: Refresh (Chapter Eleven)
Don’t think balance will happen overnight—or even over an eleven-day challenge. It takes practice, and practice takes time. Spend a few minutes reviewing what you’ve learned throughout this challenge and what you hope to continue implementing in your life. Then blog about how you can keep persevering and working toward balance after the challenge has ended. Share encouragement for those who might feel they’ve failed at balance.
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