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How you love yourself in the next 90 days? (2012.W27)

Bucket Challenge: How you love yourself in the next 90 day?
(Ending Sunday 3rd October 2012)

Together with our last post of Day 30 – How you love yourself in the next 90 days? in our 30 Days on How to love yourself more, we would like to invite you to join us on loving ourselves in the coming 90 days!

Very often we are busy loving the people around us and neglecting loving ourselves. We are relying and expecting others to love us and take good care of us; in fact there will be no one knows better than ourselves in understand what we want and taking good care of us. It is our privilege and responsibility.

Taking this opportunity to retrospect how you love yourselves in daily life. It’s never too late to love ourselves!

Read more about our posts on how to love yourself more :) and join us for this 90 days challenge!!

Note* there is no daily post for the coming 90 days (to avoid any confusion); but rather that you come up own plan to love yourself for the coming 90 days.

We will have random posts and sharing in the coming 90 days; and will do another 30 Days on How to Love Your Partner from 1st August 2012.

Challenge: Love yourself in the next 90 days!!

Extra Challenge:

Make this a life time challenge!

Goals:

To pay attention to ourselves and love ourselves in daily life. 
Time required: 10 minutes to 1 hour or more per day
Energy level: Low – High
Preparation: Plan yourself properly and just do it!!

Check out my plan!

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Don’t forget to share with us your experiences and how your life has changed because of the challenge!!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Weekly

 

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Stay Within the Silence Space (2012.W21)

Bucket Challenge: Spend a day in Silence or In the Silence Space You Have Within
(Ending Sunday 27th May 2012)

What is the Space Within? 

The Space Within is the space where you, your physical body and your thoughts becoming aware of and embracing each other. It’s in this space where allowing is taking place, allowing things, objects, events and the understanding of yourself, physically or mentally, just the way they are. It’s the space of letting go of ego, judgments and thoughts, voluntary or involuntary.

Let me explain this way: when an incident happens (for example: a +-35 years old prostitute takes a +-10 years old young girl along while trying to attract business on the road), the incident itself is neutral and as it is (what we be seeing without thoughts). However we, with a pair of tinted glasses (tinted by background, religious beliefs, personal experiences or beliefs, ethics…etc), we have different views than what we actually see (i.e. she is so shameless, she is polluting younger girls, she supposes to protect her …), we have different thoughts and judgments appearing in our brain (i.e. how could she does that.., how she ends up like this …). These thoughts bring emotions to us (i.e. may be anger, disappointed, feeling disgraceful, sad, empathetic …) and perhaps these thoughts also re-enforce your beliefs or actions (once again).

The pattern here is that (1) an incident happens –> (2) We SEE what we want or choose to see —> (3) We FEEL what we think we are feeling or want to feel —> (4) We CONCLUDE what we believe or want to believe, and continue the looping, merely guided by our subconscious mind (whatever suits us, believe or not). What the Space is referring to is that after we have becoming aware of our own pattern —> (1) —> (2) —> (3),

we become aware of our own patterns and take a step back; take the time to see the incident as it is, watch our own thoughts and judgments made instantly, flying in and out of our mind; just allowing the thought and judgment as it is, accept as it is, allowing this moments for – the incident, what you see, what you think and for you alone. This is then the moment the Space arises.

This new Space within is a stillness, a silence, a pause, a chance, an opening to new vision and an opportunity to make new decision (if you want to break your own patterns); it’s an awakening call to see other possibilities and alternatives available out there; it’s a disguised second chance!

From there, the (4) mentioned above will no longer be the same each single time. Because we will be heading into the Space with one question, but leaving the space with many solutions to choose from! :)

Let’s work together to find and explore this Silence Space within us!

Challenge: Spend a day in Silence or In the Silence Space You Have Within
Find the Space Within and spend time with your inner self (this doesn’t mean you stop doing everything; it’s more doing daily things with the awareness of what you, your body and your mind are doing!)

Extra Challenge:

Take 1 or 2 incidents in your life, take them to this space within and enjoy looking at them.

Goals:

To see own patterns, to create this space within, to learn to accept things as it is, to practice and to enjoy the space :)
Time required: 8 hours
Energy level: Medium to High
Preparation: (a) Try limit talking or make contacts with others. It’s a time spent with yourself;(b) Be aware of your own thoughts patterns and actions and allowing this SPACE to come in.

This post is inspired by the book “The Journey into Yourself” by Eckhart Tolle (the author of “Power of NOW“). In his book, there are more examples and insights into the relationship between oneself and NOW and this SPACE allowed for solutions, creativity, inspiration and stillness (peace) to appear.

Here you may find my book review on: The Journey into Yourself (to be published this week).

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Weekly

 

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Giving 7 Gifts Away (2012.W20)

Bucket Challenge: Give away 1 gift each day for 7 consecutive days
(Ending Sunday 20th May 2012)

Giving is a virtue; giving generously is a bonus.

To be able to give is a blessing; be able to give generously is an abundance of the heart!

Receiving is a form of giving; giving the opportunity to the giver and allowing ourselves to be humble (that we need other’s help).

If you have not yet opened your heart to GIVE or RECEIVE, this post brings the 1st GIFT to open your heart, if you let us!

People nowadays have more possessions than people 10 or 20 years ago and yet give or share with others much less than 10 or 20 years ago. People nowadays earn much more in monetary terms and yet hold tighter of what they have … Isn’t this contradicting?

For some people, GIVING is natural and it’s not a difficult act. However for some people, they just don’t give, let along giving to total strangers. When you ask them, it’s either the act of giving just never appears in their mind or the act is not a part of their habits, or simply they just don’t feel or want to give.

Everyone takes RECEIVING differently. Some do not really like it, their ego see it as they are being pity on. Some are very fond of it as they take advantages of others via receiving from them. And some see it as the opportunities to connect and sustain the two ways interactions, thus the relationship.

With GIVING or RECEIVING, the action is not merely a DO, but a sincere GIVING or RECEIVING involves our hearts, genuine caring, open mind and careful execution. So both the giver and the receiver are content and fulfilled in the process. They both experience what they want to experience and will promote this GIVING and RECEIVING further with people around them. There was a movie, Pay It Forward also promoting similar concept! Have a look in YouTube video :)

So, our challenge for this week is to GIVE and to RECEIVE with your heart! It’s not so much about giving the tangibles, i.e. money, car, clothes, books away to others, but more about to offer what you have that are intangibles, the elements that make up the YOU today, i.e. your kindness, wisdom, helpful hands…etc. And as to RECEIVE, our challenge is to be aware of how open we are to receive from others and how we receive from others.

Start with giving a gift after you have read this post and experience yourself the feeling of GIVING!

Our first gift to give away is this POST to our readers :) Hope this 7 days gifting and receiving experience impacts and influences your life! Come join us!

Challenge: Give away 1 gift each day for consecutive 7 days!
Share your abundance with others

Extra Challenge:

Increase to 14 days!

Goals:

To experience via giving, how life around us may be changed ~ (and notice how valuable you are!)
Time required: x hour(s) each day for 7 days (depending on what you offer to others)
Energy level: Medium to High
Preparation: (a) Set your mind to give without expecting any returns;(b) Focus more on the intangibles (i.e. help, advice, words of comforts, actions) that you may offer to others than the tangibles (i.e. money, food…etc).

This post is inspired by the book “29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” by Cami Walker.

Here you may find my book review on: 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life.

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Don’t forget to share with us your experiences and how your life has changed because of the challenge!!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Weekly

 

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Mind Power dictates Physical Strength!(2012.W16)

Bucket Challenge: Mind Power dictates Physical Strength!
(Ending Sunday 20th May 2012 – Catch up post for W16)

Ever have the moments of facing fear, physical difficulties and fatigue, and you are so out of breath, your body starts to signal collapse and all you can think of is having a break?? And your mind is keeping on saying, “don’t stop, you cannot stop now, just walk a bit more, just a step more and almost there…”. Your hands, legs and body continue forward like an invincible robot, because your mind commands so; all of a sudden, you feel you are out of your body, this is not your body anymore…

This is the trans, the transition where your physical body is not controlled by you, but instead by your mind power. It’s like the mind has pre-set your body to achieve certain goals (in this case, to finish the 4 hours walk) and despite all the fatigue, out of breath experienced and in the head conversations, thoughts to quit and stop, the body just will not fret, because the body is programmed to ignore all any others, but to reach the goals (to finish the walk)!

” Mind Power is directing your thoughts toward a desired outcome. Put simply, what you focus on you attract. “ By J. Kehoe, Mind Power Basics.

The week is to challenge ourselves to explore and exercise our mind power. If you are not familiar about the ‘mind power’, google it and read up about it (which I have started searching while preparing this post and still learning and checking out). Just give it a try! If you are exercising mind power and have some stories to share, please share with us in the comment section. It’s an pretty abstract subject and it’s an experience you will truly know and accept only when you have experienced it yourself.

Are you ready to explore and exercise your mind power with us this week?

Challenge: Mind Power dictates Physical Strength!
Set a goal, challenge and go beyond what you think your physical ability can achieve.

Extra Challenge:

Goals:

Aware of your mind power, use and exercise your mind power!!
Time required: 1-hour, 1-night or 1-day
Energy level: Medium to High
Preparation: Brain storm on your physical limitation and prepare yourself to go beyond (ask others’ help if needed).

Take few minutes to enjoy the below video (music and graphics):

Some readings on Mind Power:

Mind Power

Subconscious Mind Power

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Weekly

 

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Writing Your Thoughts Out (2012.W19)

Bucket Challenge: Start Sharing Your Thoughts via Writing!
(Ending Sunday 13th May 2012)

This week is the first week back after our long working and travelling 5 weeks in Argentina! We have lots to share and lots to catch up, especially our weekly challenges!! For us, our this week challenge is to (a) catch up the missing three challenges in the past weeks, W16, W17, W18 and (b) publish at least 4 posts sharing our trips in Argentina! Whhooo….

And as for your challenge this week -> share your thoughts via writing!!

If you are already a blogger, like us, set yourself a daring target which exceeds all the targets you had before, i.e. write and publish more posts than you had before within a week or set up another blog, website and share more of your thoughts or hobbies.

If you don’t have a blog, why not visit a couple of blogs with topics that you are interested and share your view about what other people said? Or send your shared thoughts as a guest post? Or even more daring, start your own blog this week!! With the help of Word Press, setting up a blog has becoming lots easier nowadays!!

The main purpose of this week challenge is about letting your voice heard!! No matter if you are an open, confident in sharing own thoughts type of person and when you start talking, everyone listens; or in the contrary, you are a shy, slower to open up type and always waiting for someone to give you the chance to speak up; it is NOW that you give yourself the opportunity to share, to speak up by writing your thoughts out TO THE WORLD!!

I am already in actions as you may see in the picture above! Come join us!

Challenge: Sharing Your Thoughts via Writing!
Share your experiences and thoughts with the world.

Extra Challenge:

You tell us…

Goals:

Let your voice heard!!
Time required: 1-hour, 1-night or 1-day
Energy level: Medium to High
Preparation: Set yourself some time aside + sharing heart!

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Weekly

 

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2012 Week 9 – Do Something Your Hands have Never Done before!!

Bucket Challenge: Go somewhere Your Hands have never been before!!

(Ending Sunday 4th March 2012)

Ever try creating fire with your hands? Ever touch sky with your both hands? I am just kidding ~

This week challenge is quite simple, straight forward and yet require a bit of thinking and actions!

The challenge is to remind us how amazing our hands are, their capabilities, and how much and many we may create and achieve with our hands!! We have took them for granted and now it is time to express our gratitude to our hands by taking them to the places they never been before and doing the actions they have never done.

The below is a list of actions that we may think of doing with our hands. They are not the only actions for sure, see if you may come up more than what we have listed:


1-10 we write, type, point, talk, contact, cook, wash, brush, paint, caress,
11-20 slap, hit, bounce balls, sweep, wipe, pick, poke, touch, press, pinch,
21-30 push, pull, turn, wave, chop (brick?), hold hands, flatten, squeeze, pat, play,
31-40 rub, tip, stroke, strike, scratch, punch, smash, snap, mold, paste,
41-50 page, turn, swirl, whistler, stand, swipe, fundle, fondle, fxxx, whip,
51-60 eat, kill, drink, clean, buy, paste, massage, support, remove, add,
61-70 wxxk, swim, stick, stir, mix, swift, sprinkle,

Challenge: Do 5 actions that Your Hands have never done before!! And with the new actions, create somethings or new experiences at the same time!

Extra Challenge:

See if you may add more hand actions to the above list in our comment section!!

Goals:

To challenge yourself to fully experience with your hands!
Time required: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Energy level: Low to Medium
Preparation: Get ready to have your hands in action!!


 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Weekly

 

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2012 Week 7 – Be Spontaneous Once in A While!!

Bucket Challenge: Be Spontaneous and Surprise Yourself with Unplanned Events!!

(Ending Sunday 19th February 2012)

Are you missing out some spontaneous fun in life? As Valentine’s Day is approaching, how about giving some surprise presents to your love ones? Or in general, some unplanned trips or activities for the families? Or some sudden acts of care and kindness to others? Or simply just go out of the ordinary routines; be and do something different for a day or a night?


This week challenge is to have you go out of your daily routine and Be Spontaneous and do something unplanned!! It is actually easier than it seems! Just don’t think about it, JUST DO IT. After you read this post, check out what is on or happening at your local place today, invite few friends (if you want) to come along, dress up and go!! It can be as spontaneous as going to a street market, a live concert, a newly open restaurant, pizza place with a special tonight only discount, a night club, a book club meeting, an exhibition…etc; or even go onto the streets and ask for “FREE HUGS“. You find them all in your local places; if not, create one for yourself! Just go and free yourself from the mandanes! Don’t preempt or reason if this will be fun or … The aim is to try something spontaneous!

 

 

Challenge: Be Spontaneous and Enjoying An Unplanned Event!!
Just to be out of your ordinary routines!

Extra Challenge:

Invite few friends along and enjoy the spontaneousness together!

Goals:

To be flexible, spontaneous and knowing you still got it (what it takes to be spontaneously fun)!!
Time required: 1-hour or more
Energy level: Low to High
Preparation: What Preparation??



 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Weekly

 

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2012 Week 1 – Getting Rid of Useless Stuff

Bucket Challenge:
Making Some Room for 2012!

(Ending Sunday 8th January 2012)

Stepping into a new year 2012, it’s time to make some space for the new beginning at our home! In life, we accumulate so many stuff as years go by. We have kept so many stuff that most of the time our home become messy and occupied.

In the society now days, people are obsessed with ‘stuff’. To complete the void in life, we buy ‘stuff’, we keep ‘stuff’ and we reminisce on the ‘stuff’. And yet, this does not make our lives more meaningful, but just a bigger mortgage :) So why don’t we try to leave our ‘stuff’ behind and pursue a more meaningful life that is not fulfilled by ‘stuff’?!

The 1st challenge in 2012 requires us to throw away at least 20 stuffs we own. Instead of throwing away, you may choose to give away, sell on eBay, do a garage sales or donate to charities.

It can be pretty hard and emotional to throw away ‘precious’ stuffs that we have kept for ages. But let’s admit it, how many of those kept stuff are in daily use? Perhaps you keep them in the garage, basement, or bottom shelves, in case one day, you might need them… Really? The challenge here is to say farewell to these stuff. I know one quote from somewhere:”If your hands are holding on something old, you will not able to catch something new.

Alternatively, an easy interim step to throw away stuff is to create an interim purgatory. Gather all the stuff together which are to be throw away in your garage or in boxes. Leave them for 3 months (or less) for final reminiscence; then when the time comes, just close your eyes and throw them away or give to friends.

Challenge: Throw away at least 20 stuff
Okay, cleaning your computer folders counting as 1 :P You still have 19 other things to trow away ;)

Extra Challenge:

Throw away old unhealthy habits or beliefs! Leave room for the new ones!!

Goals:

Be more detach with ‘stuff’ and focus on true things.
Time required: 1-day
Energy level: Low to medium
Preparation: Spare a day, get some trash bag, close your eyes and ready to throw, create an eBay account, make some advertisement for garage sales…etc.

For More Reading:
ZenHabits


 
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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in Weekly

 

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2012 Count Down Week 2 – Reflect on Your Relationships with Your Families!

Bucket Challenge:
Build/Enhance your relationships with family members (including close love ones)!!

(Ending Sunday 25th December 2011)


‘Thanksgiving’ has just passed and soon it comes ‘Christmas’ and ‘New Year’. It’s festival seasons again! It’s family time and also the time to say thank you, to express appreciation and to make right with the family members and the important love ones. It’s time for retrospection!



If there were some unreconciled disagreements, arguments or grudges hold between you and the family members, it’s also time to reconcile, repair the damages, put down the grudges, let the unhappiness and negative feelings go! Prepare rooms for a new relationship for the coming year!

This week challenge falls in the period of Christmas days, so our challenges will be family related!

Challenge: To make extra efforts in the relationship with family members!
It may be making right with the past unreconciled matters, enhancing current status or increase the intimacy level of the relationships!

Extra Challenge:

Hands On and Just Do…(at least to 1 family member)
(a) Write or share heart-felt thoughts;
(b) Give a bunch of flowers and express your appreciation;
(c) Say “I Love You” (this can be easy for some; but difficult for some others);
(d) Find out and show interest and support to family member’s future plan.

Goals:

To realize building relationship requires efforts; the more you put in, the more you get out! Leave no regrets before heading into another new year!
Time required: This whole week (event till next week if needed)
Energy level: Low to Intense
Preparation: A willing open heart, a pair of listening ears and a set of warm hugging arms!!.

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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Weekly

 

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My No TV week with Many Things I did in return …

Wow… This weekly challenge is harder than I have expected! On average, I spent about 5 hours a week on TV or streaming. That is if I was not on a TV Series Pilgrimage, where I would have spent the whole weekend watching +-14 episodes of the full season in one go. (Luckily, this only happens about 3 times a year)

Happened to be in this same week of “NO TV“, I have been waiting for two episodes from my two favorite TV series, “The Mentalist” and “Criminal Minds” (the episodes have been postponed 2 weeks due to American Thanks Giving and …). So I really did put some mental efforts, self-control and encouragement to keep myself away from the temptation! It’s like the more I am constraining myself from it, the more I want it! A human weakness which exists from the start of the creation… can’t help it!

With ‘NO TV‘, I have noticed, all of a sudden, I have many more hours! I did some catching up in my study (Retail Management), blogging (“BucketListChallenge” and “To-Live-Is-To-Create“); a painting for my friend who has just opened a breakfast corner (see below); spend quality time with love ones; prepare X’mas presents and read a book!

My Painting

I feel very full-filled at the moment after accomplishing much more than I set out to at the beginning :) I am very much looking forward to tomorrow when I may enjoy my long waited two episodes :P And certainly, going forward, with the benefits I have evidently received with ‘NO TV‘, I am willing to cut down my TV hours and number of my TV pilgrimages per year.

* The book I read was I feel Bad about my neck, written by Nora Ephron. She is also the creator of various romantic comedy films, i.e. “When Harry met Sally“, “Sleepless in Seattle“, “You’ve Got Mail“, “Julia and Julia“…

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Articles, Thoughts

 

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