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#SheSpeaksChallenge Update: You can still win 1 of 5 Amazon Echo Dots!

#SheSpeaksChallenge Update: You can still win 1 of 5 Amazon Echo Dots!

Two weeks ago, the SheSpeaks staff challenged ourselves to take a month and complete personal goals. They ranged from drinking more water to getting more organized to being more appreciative of the world around us. And we challenged all our members to join us!

Two weeks into our month-long SheSpeaksChallenge and we are going strong (though we've had a few slip-ups along the way!) How's it going for you?

Haven't joined yet? It's not too late! Is there a goal you would like to achieve? A dream you are working toward? Tell us for the chance to be one of five lucky winners of an Amazon Echo Dot!

Check out some awesome member posts and updates from our SheSpeaks staff. For even more inspiration, look at #SheSpeaksChallenge on social media and our discussion board. Keep them coming!

Prep the Day Challenge, Ann

I've missed a few days of getting my morning organized the night before, but overall I have kept up with it and it's made a huge difference. I'm not so flustered and running all over the place in the morning. I don't waste precious time and my head is clear on what I need to get done each day. Its really relaxing to feel more organized and more "in the drivers seat" of my own day. Plus, I'm snapping at my family less in the morning because I'm calmer.  Ahhhhh!!

Water Challenge, Julia

So far so good. I now feel myself reaching for my water bottle out of habit, which is definitely quite the change from my usual self. I had a slight hiccup last week when I spent the weekend with friends and I fell behind in my water consumption. This week I've fallen a little sick (sore throat/cough/etc), so I'm hoping to increase my water intake even more to combat my cold. I'm quite curious as to whether or not water will play a substantial role in speeding up my recovery - fingers crossed.
Gratitude Challenge, Carol
I've been writing my list of ten things I am thankful for every day! I set an alarm on my phone to remind myself mid-day. I'm worried I'll run out of things to be thankful for and some days it takes longer than others, but one of the goals is to notice the little things - so some entries are indeed little! 
Cardio Challenge, Missy
I'm feeling really good about what I have been accomplishing with my challenge of working out three times a week - I even did an extra workout this week! I love checking in on Twitter, searching the hashtag #SheSpeaksChallenge, and seeing what everyone else is doing and the success that others are having. Reading what others have been doing has been so inspiring!
No Added-Sugar Challenge, Aliza

I've had great success eliminating added-sugar during the week when my day is structured. The weekends have been harder and I've had a few "moments" where I fell off my plan. But overall, I've been feeling a bit more energetic and I'm sleeping better, so that gives me the incentive to keep trying to stay on track every day.

Push-Up Challenge, Susan

I haven't been perfect - I had to take a couple of days off from doing push-ups because I was sick, and I forgot to do them one day, but I got back to it and I did 18 push-ups this morning. I'm so proud! It helps that my 10-year old son decided to do the challenge with me - he's much stronger than me, so I don't want to embarrass myself too much in front of him!

Healthy Eating: Soup Challenge, Galit

I've already learned a lot from what seemed like just a simple soup challenge. At the beginning, I was making a different soup each day but I was getting stressed trying to be creative. Plus, we couldn't eat it all and my freezer was getting full. So I re-evaluated and decided that I can serve leftovers or repurpose ingredients I have already. It's been good to realize that I don't need to overthink dinner and it's shown my family that they need to be less picky.

Meditation Challenge, Kelly

Other than a couple of days when I had the flu, I've been able to meditate every day. Somedays are easier than others but I've seen longer periods where I have no thoughts interrupting my silence. It's helped me let the small things go and appreciate the important things. I have a long way to go but a greater sense of peace is already happening for me.

Here's how you enter:

  1. Already joined our #SheSpeaksChallenge? Update us below on how you are doing.
  2. Not yet joined? Tell us below what you would like to personally accomplish. It could be one of our month-long challenges, a dream you are working toward, or a goal you are hoping to reach.
  3. Continue the conversation! Participate on our discussion board, and share your goals & accomplishments on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #SheSpeaksChallenge and #entry.
  4. Come back and tell us how you are doing. In two more weeks, we will post the results of our Challenges and let you know what worked, and what didn't. We'd love to hear an update from you too.

The more you participate, the more chances you have to win!

Click here to Tweet: "Entering the #SheSpeaksChallenge giveaway: 5 chances to win an Echo Dot, thx to @SheSpeaksUp!"

*Five lucky participants will be chosen at random to each receive an Amazon Echo Dot, each valued at $49.99. Giveaway is open through February 20th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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  • CathBrad By CathBrad

    I have not joined yet, I really really need to, I am in desperate need of a push!

  • budah198025 By budah198025

    My goal is to loss weight, and get healthy. This isn't just a month long goal. I started about 9 months ago, and so far I have lost 50 lbs.

  • mdunnings By mdunnings

    I've joined the last year (February), but of course it's a wrap when the holidays rolls around. No one wants to go the gym or exercise during the festival seasons or the cold. But I made a promise that beginning in January I would make my way to the gym, Monday through Friday. So far it has been going well. My husband is joining me and we get up at 5:00 to get our workout done. Not only we are becoming healthier together, it is give us quality time together in the morning before our hectic day starts.

  • MoreGoodies123 By MoreGoodies123

    Joining so that I can finish my decluttering projects. My major headache: books! I should sell on eBay/Amazon but it feels like a huge job. I have boxes and boxes. Trying to do it bit by bit!

  • sandysandmeyer By sandysandmeyer

    I've been working this month on building my personal business and sharing all the good stuff I know with others regardless of whether they join or not.

  • dunkidsmom By dunkidsmom

    I'm really trying to get in touch with old friends and reignite those relationships! I have succeeded in catching up with 3 out of town friends through phone calls & email. I had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in months and am setting up a ladies lunch group with 5 high school friends that live in the area. It's been so much fun and I'm remembering who I was before kids!!! I 'm looking forward to this year and anxious to spend time with more of my long lost friends. THank you SheSpeaks for the push I needed to make this resolution.

  • nico2317 By nico2317

    This is great. I need to think about it

  • Mant1975 By Mant1975

    I have been sticking with everything so far. Hitting my daily intake of water, exercising 6 days a week, and entering all of my food into My Fitness Pal. So far, so good.

  • ldsmom2201 By ldsmom2201

    I have not joined yet, but my goal this year is to get my doula business up and running.

  • Hywelda9 By Hywelda9

    My resolution was to lose weight, and every since I swore I would do it, I have been - slowly but surely - gaining weight! Lord have mercy.

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