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10 Challenges For Moms To Take

I know. You probably don't have breathing space in your busy schedule. Maybe you go out to work or you work from home, or you just do a gazillion things at home. And here I am, talking about taking new challenges!

But I'm not going to ask you to go mountain biking or kayaking (although you can!). A challenge means something different to all of us. My challenge may appear small enough to conquer for someone else, but in my circumstances, it may seem insurmountable.

Moms usually try to cram in so much in a day, and in their lives, but somewhere inside them is a desire to do something different. There are hidden wishes to tick off on that 'someday' list. Because, of course, the kids come first. And they should, but after you've done everything to make their lives comfortable, is it unfair to work on what would make you feel more fulfilled? No, because the kids don't need you for everything, but you need to make time for yourself.

Don't wait for a sign, just do it! Get out of your comfort zone, and take up a challenge today. There's no reason why you can't shake things up a bit!


10 ways to challenge yourself as a mom


Here are ten ways in which you can challenge yourself as a mom:


1. Learn something new

It doesn't have to be something that takes too much of your time. You could learn cooking , ballroom dancing, pottery, guitar - whatever you've had at the back of your mind, but never got the time. If you can't do it everyday, take weekend classes. Learning new things is guaranteed to invigorate you!


2. Meditate

Or pray, or do yoga. Whatever works for you. Peace of mind isn't something that will come to you automatically. It has to be cultivated, and to do that, you have to dedicate time to it. Try doing it closest to when you find yourself most stressed throughout the day. Even fifteen minutes should be enough.


3. Plan a romantic surprise

Remember when you used to do little things for your other half before the kids happened? Don't leave surprises for special occasions. Cook him a favourite meal, or surprise him with movie tickets. Little things like these go a long way when you barely get time to spend with each other between school runs and bath time.


4. Get fitter

Can't join the gym? Get a fitness DVD. Go for a jog. Cut down on unhealthy food. A fitter body definitely makes you happier. You don't have to be a slim to be healthy. Find ways to get active, that's the challenge!


5. Re-kindle a dream

Have you always wanted to write? Or visit a particular place? Re-look at the dreams you pushed to the back of your mind, and choose one that you can aim at fulfilling. It may take time, but every journey starts with the first step.


6. Try a new activity with your kids

Don't just go swimming or cycling. How about paintball or wall rock climbing, or skateboarding? Not only do you get to spend quality time with your kids, they'll think you're super! Look at what your local area offers, and pick something you've never done together. It will be fun, I promise!


7. Change the routine

I know, you've worked hard to set up your current routine. But I'm not talking about the routine that you need to follow for practical purposes (like bed time and school). Often, we fall into routines for other things too, without knowing it. How about swapping movie night with a fun board game, for instance? Find little things to do differently now and then.


8. Overcome a fear

Do you worry about leaving the kids for a weekend trip with girl friends? Are you afraid of applying for an interview? Don't let the worries and fears hold you back. Life isn't worth having regrets. If things don't work out, at least you will be able to say you tried.


9. Make a new friend or reach out to a lost one

Go and say hello to the nice mom who always smiles back at you at the playground. It does get harder to make new friends as we get older, but that's really up to us. Or, is there a good friend you simply lost touch with? Or maybe you had an argument that now seems insignificant? Make the first move, and contact them.


10. Make an investment, for yourself

Is there something you feel could change your life for the better? A new laptop, or a gadget that could save you time, maybe? While some things may feel out of reach because of financial limitations, they can be aimed for with the right planning. Set aside a small amount regularly and it could become withing reach.

How are you going to challenge yourself today?





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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Great list! I could do with adding several of these to my life.

Potty Mouthed Mum said...

Such a fab list, wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing x

Louise George said...

Love this list - some great challenges there and will be taking some of these suggestions on board.

@SarahAnneDG said...

Great post, I totally agree. I love setting myself challenges (I'm currently working through a list of 100 goals to achieve in 1001 days), it's so important to put some focus in yourself sometimes.

#PoCoLo

[email protected] said...

What a great list - i need to do more of these more often! My whole reason for blogging though is part of my pursuit of 5 (rekindle a dream) and 8 (overcome a fear). I've always wanted to be a writer but was scared of failure - now I'm trying to go for it! #theprompt

Susan Maccarelli said...

I am going to combine 3 and 4. My husband has been wanting to play racquetball, so I am going coordinate that for this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tarana said...

Thanks, MaryAnne!

Tarana said...

I hope you do!

Tarana said...

Wow, it's great that you've set yourself a target for your goals!

Tarana said...

You must! For me too, blogging is a challenge, because of all that I have to invest in terms of time and effort.

Tarana said...

Great idea, Susan, I hope you have fun!

Chrissie Klinger said...

So many moms get lost in their role as mom and forget to be themselves, so these challenges are very helpful in helping a mom get back to who they really are.

Tracy said...

Meditate is something I should make time to do.
Great post. x

rebecca beesley said...

i love the 'learn something new' one - i always love to learn new things and makes a big difference to how i feel if i've given myself time to do that - even just simple little things like learning to bake a cake or some bread etc. #pocolo

Mike said...

What a fantastic list, Tarana! Definitely applicable to Dads and singles as well! I would add taking time to eat healthier which can be hard when you're always on the run. I really liked overcoming fears and reaching out to old friends. Both of which I've done for the past several months. And you really nailed it with #10...always make an investment with yourself. Good post! :)

Audrey Bresar said...

Great list! I try to do most of these. Meditate is one I should try and I think that I am going to conquer my fear of swimming under water this fall. As a single mom, I would love to plan a romantic night but the pickings are slim :) however, I do plan "me time" in lieu of it.

[email protected] said...

A very inspiring list! I would love to tick them all of. Someday. #theprompt

Zena's Suitcase said...

What a great list. ive ticked a few of already #pocolo

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Great ideas #pocolo x

Lou's Lake Views said...

I LOVE this post! It's brilliant and you are so right we do owe it to ourselves to make time for us. I want to do all 10! #ThePrompt

Tarana said...

That's true, and exactly what I had in mind when I wrote this!

Tarana said...

Thanks Tracy!

Tarana said...

True, Rebecca! I believe that learning new things really keeps us alive.

Tarana said...

Thanks, Mike! Of course, taking challenges is for everybody, because it's so easy to get stuck in the same place and the same routine.

Tarana said...

'Me time' is more important than anything else!

Tarana said...

Good to know it inspired you!

Katie Markey McLaughlin said...

These are all so important! I especially need to work on #2. I notice a huge difference in my stress levels when I dedicate a mere 10-15 minutes a day to meditation/quiet reflection.

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

What a brilliant list Tarana, very inspiring. I need to do more of all of these, it's far too easy to get caught up in day to day routines and not invest any time in yourself, or in stepping outside your comfort zone. Thank you so much for linking to #ThePrompt and huge apologies for taking so long to comment, it's been a very busy couple of days!

Little Button Diaries said...

What an inspiring post! I need to overcome my fears. Thanks for sharing #PoCoLo

Tarana said...

Investing in yourself is exactly the point of this list! Glad you liked it :)

Bek B said...

This s a wonderful post! I need to be braver and overcome some of my fears. I am starting to learn something new though. This I certainly a post I will think about, thank you. #PoCoLo

Chrissie M said...

Love this! Great ideas to help make parents happier and give yourself a break from the monotony. x

Tarana said...

Glad you found it worthwhile!

Tarana said...

Yes, parents need to pay attention to themselves too!

Charlotte said...

Love this post :) great ideas, some already on my 'need to do at some point' list lol. Really need to make time for these though :)

Tarana said...

Of course, it would be impossible to do them all together! I think it's more of a bucket list :)

A Rookie Parent said...

I'd love to learn something new and try a new activity with my kid. Great list!

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

I love this so much! Scheduled it to pin using both images. I think getting fit is something I really need to do (and I can't believe I'm not, any longer sigh). I love the doing new things with my son and I think this is one awesome list, mama!!

Gina Jacobs Thomas said...

Great challenges! I'm actually considering doing a 30-days-of-yoga challenge for myself the month of September, so I'll be hitting both #2 and #4. Boom!

Tarana said...

Thank you, Pamela!

Tarana said...

Thanks so much, Kristi. I think we have valid reasons to not focus on ourselves, but we should anyway!

Meredith said...

I love this!! I totally agree with all of these. I can't do them all at once, but I've found that time to myself is SO important as a mom. And, deep breathing can do wonders! :)

Stephanie Sprenger said...

These are SUCH great ideas! Thanks for some much-needed inspiration! :)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I'm working on #4 which has required a gym membership and paying for a personal trainer - so #10, too! :-)

Tarana said...

Taking out a little time for yourself really matters, wish I could do more of it!

Tarana said...

Good for you!

Chris Carter said...

This is just perfect. All of these are fantastic ideas and every mom really needs to take a look at them and DO them!! :)

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

I so love these ideas. I especially need to be better at getting back in shape.

Carin Kilby Clark said...

I love these ideas! I need to work on 2, 4, & 8 - thanks for the motivation and inspiration :)

TheMissusV said...

Loving these ideas! I really want to take up cooking classes. I just hope I can find the time! :(

Tarana said...

Thanks Chris, the important thing is to do them!

Tarana said...

So do I!

Tarana said...

Glad you found it motivating!

Tarana said...

You will, I hope you can find time!

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