30-day minimalism challenge: days 4,5,& 6

Hey again! The last few days’ challenges have been rather simple and self-explanatory so I decided to lump them all together into one post!

Day 4: No Complaint Day

This day of not complaining went really well! I think the only things I complained about were: my lips being chapped and my Indian takeout not having a fork. My chapped lips were just part of my day at Golden Gate Park, but the Indian food had me really perplexed. I was stuck in a huge park with no access to a fork near me. So I (ashamedly) ate it with a prepaid Visa card that I have never swiped anywhere, nor have I taken it out of my wallet. Gross, yes. But the food was delicious. Otherwise, I had a great, fun Saturday out on the town.

Day 5: Identify 3-5 main priorities

I gave myself about 15 minutes to sit and think about what I want right now. I wrote down lots of possibilities and options, and settled on these:

  1. Maintain good grades in my classes
  2. Keep creative projects going to give me an outlet for emotions
  3. Keep friendships strong and healthy, while making new friendships when I can
  4. Stay healthy

These priorities are all generally focused on myself and my own wellbeing. I can tell you that each of these priorities are just reminders for myself, and little train tracks to keep myself on track. “Healthy” is really used as a catchall term; I want to be mentally, emotionally, physically healthy as I can be. Taking care of myself if you will.

Day 6: Follow a morning ritual

This one was my favorite. I’ll detail my ritual below.

  • Wake up. This morning I woke up at 7am to get ready for my 8am class.
  • Go to the bathroom, brush teeth, wash face, moisturize.
  • Go back to my room, change (quietly, as to not wake my roommate) into clothes, brush hair, take medicine, eye drops, glasses on.
  • Go downstairs and eat breakfast! I had an English muffin with butter, a cup of tea, and some fruit.
  • Walk to class with a friend, go to class, take notes etc.

Having this little routine in the mornings helps me to start my day on the right foot, and gets me up and going when I would much rather sleep.


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