I’m so excited to kick off the year with a challenge! And a sponsored one at that!
Flatout Flatbread Wraps reached out last month to see if I was interested to do a giveaway but I sold them on a challenge because, well, they are more fun.
They left the challenge details up to me and I pondered for a bit. With the new year there are so many people making resolutions like weight loss, clean eating, and more exercise, so I was on a mission to do something different and inspirational.
I got the details from Flatout and they mentioned their current hashtag, #FlatOutLove and that’s when it hit me! A simple #FlatOutLove Challenge — Perfect!
This week I’m challenging you to take at least 10 minutes a day doing something you LOVE, something that brings you joy, makes you smile and helps you feel balanced.
Sometimes it takes a little effort to carve out time for yourself but I’m convinced it can do wonders for your well being. I don’t know about you, but when I’m happier everything seems easier and less daunting. And with lots of us returning to work, school and our routine tomorrow it’s the perfect time to kick off the New Year by taking a small step to bring just a little more joy into our lives.
Today I did just that.
I have always loved to color and draw but it’s one of those things I just stopped doing as I got older. I took a drawing class a few years back but as soon as it was over I stopped again. Life just got to busy and I pushed it to the bottom of the priority list.
The hardest part of this challenge for me is going to be shutting off my brain…
Evan is entertained. I should empty the dishwasher. There’s a few emails I should get back to. Did I pay the electric bill? What are we going to have for dinner? The living room could really use a vacuuming. Maybe I should start that article I need to write. Did I sign Ryan up for soccer? Where’s my phone?
I’m wired to constantly manage. I spend so much time taking care of everyone and everything I can’t shut it off. That’s why I love the gym so much. It’s the one place I go where I can easily shut out the outside world and all my responsibilities.
This week I’m on a mission to rediscover all things I #FlatOutLove like coloring and drawing, and hope you’ll join me. All I’m looking for is 10 minutes a day. If your hobbies are more time consuming then spend your 10 minutes doing what you can to enjoy your #FlatOutLove in the near future. For example, if you love horseback riding but haven’t gone in years, take 10 minutes tomorrow to research horse farms in the area. Look for Groupons or Living Social deals. Schedule an outing. Make the effort now so you can rediscover and experience the things you love later.
That’s what I’m doing for my rock wall climbing obsession. I can’t just pick up and go tomorrow so instead I plan on contacting my friend who can belay and scheduling a date with her in the near future.
“Giving yourself some loving attention is not selfish. It is sensible. If you feel loved and cherished — even if it is only by yourself — then you will have more love to give to others, too.” ― Penelope Quest, Reiki for Life
#FlatOutLove Challenge Details (January 4-10)
To participate in the #FlatOutLove Challenge, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post stating at least one thing you love that you’d like to rediscover this week. Then devote a minimum of 10 minutes a day to making that love happen.
Leave at least 2 additional updates on my posts throughout the week (I’ll be posting my updates) letting us know of your progress. On Saturday (I’ll be posting a wrap up post) share what you learned about yourself by participating in this challenge.
10 winners who meet the above criteria will be randomly selected to receive a Flatout flatbread sample pack including:
Flatout Flatbread is sponsoring this challenge and hosting a sweepstakes on Flatoutbread.com. They are asking people to tell them what they “#FlatoutLove” for a chance to win a Fitbit or products. Stay tuned for some coupon codes they will be sharing with me as well. Oh! And you can join them at your local Walmart for in-store demos and samples Jan 9-11.
Please show them some love on social media using the #FlatOutLove hashtag. I’m so excited they inspired this challenge and that I get a chance to work with them.