The 12 month “me-moon” Challenge.


Shared from "Making Time Quotes."

Seeing this quote got me thinking about a conversation that I recently had with my friend A regarding her recent business trip to New York.  Her walk through SOHO along the cobblestone streets with the chill in the air.  Her scarf pulled tightly around her neck to shield her from the foreign and exhilarating cold. Her time to read a book on the plane and relish in the peace that was accompanied being all alone.  The complete antithesis of feeling all alone in a crowd of people, she celebrated being alone.  She called it a “me-moon.” Like a honeymoon but just for her.

It wasn’t that she didn’t love or miss her wonderful husband and children, but how rarely we do anything for just us.  Where we have the opportunity to relish peace and the only person who needs us, is us.

As part of my job prior to 2 years ago,  I would frequently travel to New York, even right  up until the twins were born at 7 months. I love the city. Even in the winter. The bite of the wind, the noise of the cabs and the flickering lights, as they bathe you in the warmth of advertiser messages.

In hearing her story, I realized how much I have missed New York.

Or maybe, it was just the time for me.

Or maybe it was both.

So this year, as we have evolved as a family so have I.  I have lived most of my adult life in a co-dependent, or  as of the last 2 years, some sort of post-traumatic stress syndrome state. With the sea of opportunity as my mental health has improved, so have my opportunities to stop wandering past myself and see the wonder of what makes me happy. Mini “me-moons” if you will.

Each month I will choose something new to do, or something I have always wanted to do, or something that pushes me to see the wonder of my moment, for just me.  It could be a Zumba dance class (it will actually be in January, look for a guest post on this in February), recording a studio album of cover songs (I love to sing), taking a photography class,  allowing myself to be consumed by a book for more than 10 minutes as I nod of to sleep in bed, having a glass of wine with a friend, or gasp, perhaps even a girls weekend! Maybe even a trip to New York.

I don’t even know yet all the things that will make up my me-moons but that is part of the joy, excitement and the challenge.

I would love to open this up to you all as well.  I would love you to join me on the “me-moon” challenge journey. To share something each month that you have done, just because you wanted to.  It might be watching a movie, or planning a trip.  Anything is great as it’s all yours.

Would you be up for joining me so we can share and compare notes?  The excitement, relaxation, moments that lie ahead fill me with anticipation of many ‘newfavoritedays’ to come!

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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15 Comments on “The 12 month “me-moon” Challenge.”

  1. Transitioning Mom Says:

    Another fabulous post! Congratulations on committing time to and for you. It’s an easy one to “sideline” in the throes of motherhood, especially with “special minis”, but then, they’re all special, aren’t they? Sharing this post on my page, because I think all mama’s need to remember we need time, too.

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  2. Theresa Wright Says:

    Can’t wait to read all about your me-moons. Think I might need to plan some for myself, too! Thanks for the idea.

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  3. Tracey Says:

    Love this idea! let’s do it! xoxo

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  4. Lisha Says:

    I watched a movie in my living room last week. It’s a start!

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  5. Y'vonne Says:

    I have a huge live of NYC as i travelled back and forth monthly for years with my last job. The story reminds me so much of how i felt back in that time and how much i miss my me moons there and favorite places.

    You should join me in August 🙂

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  6. Lisha Says:

    As I’m extremely resistant to measured challenges (fear of failure talking) I resisted accepting the “challenge.” But Wednesday I had lunch with a friend. And in 90 minutes I recharged my batteries in a way I couldn’t imagine.

    So count me in!

    Reply

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