The 50 day challenge:

The 50 day challenge - evaluation

Wow, I've finished! The project is finished! The 50 day challenge was clearly a challenge. Now I am grateful that the project is finished and I feel proud that I did it! I feel like I've finished a marathon. Now, I've never run a marathon, but hypothetically, it's exactly the same feeling.

The content of the different articles varies from day to day, as expected. It's clear that I'm a mother of young children, trying to make everyday life work, while at the same time trying to start my own business and restart my life in Sweden after having recently moved from California. The articles are about new ideas, work/family balance, everyday stress and much more.

I have ended each article with the thought of the day and it is very interesting to get an overview of what I have been thinking and writing about for the last 50 days. Below is a summary of the thought of the day from all the articles in the order they were written. It is also possible to click on the different thought of the day and go to the corresponding article. Enjoy!

Thought of the day:

- Don't forget to stop for a moment and look around. It's a beautiful day!

- How many things do we really need to have a functional everyday life?

- What stresses you, how do you react and deal with it?

- What do you feel grateful for today?

- I thought I'd keep it short and just say that the good is often found in the simple!

- Why not boost yourself with some new energy before the old one runs out?

- What kind of day do I want today to be? What kind of day is it?

- How do you feel when your children want to help? Do you appreciate the "help" or do you prefer to do the cooking yourself?

- How long will it take before I can shop in Sweden the way I did in California? Will it be possible at all?

- Do you ever feel so happy that your stomach tingles? What's the trigger?

- How efficient and smart are you when you've not prioritized sleep for a while?

- Do you also appreciate the “going to bed” procedure (with or without children) as much as I do?

- What happens inside you when you let go off the everyday demands for a while? How do you make it happen?

- What do you do to feel better?

- Do you ever go offline?

- Why don't you remember so much from when you were that little?

- Are you giving your children enough quality time? Do you talk to each other, listen to what your child has to say, read books to your child, discover new things together?

- Have you identified how your attention works and what interferes with it?

- How's your gut feeling? Do you listen to it?

- Would you choose another cute baby garment or some helping hands after childbirth? Imagine if we'd had a postpartum doula when our second child was born. What a difference it would have made!!!

- What's the best thing about autumn?

- Is it cool to be busy all the time?

- What do you do when you get caught in the vicious circle? Do you just keep going?

- How do you take care of yourself when your immune system fails?

- What is the most important thing about a job?

- How often do you surprise someone with something you know they will appreciate?

- What are you looking forward to this autumn?

- How are you affected by and how do you affect the energy around you?

- How are you affected by the full moon?

- When was the last time you had an appointment with yourself?

- How do you influence your dreams and how do they influence you?

- If you haven't tried writing or talking about yourself in the third person yet, please give it a try and then tell me how it felt!

- Are you homesick? How do you deal with these feelings?

- What do you do when the rain pours down outside?

- For those who have more than one child, do you also think it's important to spend time with one child at a time occasionally?

- Can you do too many enjoyable things at the same time?

- What is the simplest, tastiest and most nutritious food you cook on an everyday basis?

- How do you think problems arise? Is there something in what I write? I thought you might like to think about that!

- Have you thought about how important friends can be on many levels?

- What does Halloween mean to you?

- How do you deal with a situation where there are very clearly two sides to the same coin?

- Where do body and soul meet?

- Do you challenge yourself? How and why?

- Dreaming of starting your own business? What's holding you back?

- What reality are we creating for our children?

- What kind of birthday present do you appreciate the most?

- When was the last time you pressed the pause button?

- How many pieces are there in your puzzle?

- It's nice when someone else's enthusiasm is contagious! It makes us all utterly happy, both in body and mind!

- How do you deal with the hustle and bustle of daily life?

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