THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Welcome to the Don’t Sweat Adventure!

butterfly pictures, butterflies pictureThe Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Adventure is all about giving YOU a personal roadmap for creating peace of mind and calmness in the midst of chaos, responding to life more gracefully, and finding the path of least resistance. Read all about the Don’t Sweat Adventure (and why you should participate) here.

How many times have you heard someone say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”?

Maybe you’ve said it to someone else or even to yourself; when overreacting to a frustrating situation or to another person’s perceived rudeness. So why is it that the small mole hills become mountains? Why is it that people shout obscenities at each other over the most innocent mistakes? Why is the tolerance level getting lower and the stress level getting higher?

Well I’ve asked myself these questions and decided there has got to be a better way. Enter Richard Carlson’s book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and it’s all small stuff.

While it’s not necessary to purchase this book, it might be helpful to read his words, and his prescription for stressing less as you journey along your way to peace. This “other way” of living involves replacing old habits of reaction with new habits of perspective

Ready to Begin the Don’t Sweat Adventure?

Step One: Read Chapter 99 of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson.

Why Chapter 99 you ask?

Because Chapter 99 focuses on scheduling time for your inner work. If you wait until all your chores, responsibilities, and everything else is done before you get started, it will never happen. Guaranteed. He points out that how you choose to use the time is up to you, but the important thing is that you do schedule time and STICK TO IT.

So this is where we begin…at the end.

Then we’ll move to the beginning.

Schedule Time for Your Inner Work

For this week, I just ask that you start scheduling time for yourself and time for this adventure to be a part of your daily life, and stick to it.

This is where good habits develop. If you are not accustomed to any downtime for yourself, or any time to pursue what’s important to you, then my friend, it’s time. Take whatever measures you need to have uninterrupted time. Inform your family that you are unavailable, unplug from electronics (except for the Don’t Sweat Adventure of course), lock yourself in a room, take a walk,  meet a friend, see a movie by yourself,  and begin to feel good, not selfish, for spending time on you!

Refresh, renew, revive!

Connect, Comment, and Provide Feedback

I warmly welcome and encourage your feedback. You can post your comments on this blog, or join the #DontSweatAdventure conversation on Twitter.  In the future, I’ll expand to other social media, but for now this will be a more intimate way to communicate and for me to get to know you better.

I also welcome any of your friends, family and co-workers to join us – so bring someone along. Sometimes it’s fun to follow along with a small group of friends; comparing your notes and progress.

Join the Don’t Sweat Adventure Community

Each week, you will be encouraged to take ONE practical action towards stressing less. I’ll be on this journey too; so you won’t be alone.

You’ll also get to meet my teammates, Karen, Amy, Julie, Nancy, and Bev who have been good enough friends to support me in this adventure. They have their own reasons for wanting to participate and will share their experiences and perspectives each week with you.

This supportive community is an added bonus when you participate. Some weeks might be easy, some weeks might be a difficult challenge, but we’re in this together.

Together can overcome the minor things that keep us from enjoying our lives, our work, and our families more!

Your adventure assignment for this week is to schedule time for your inner work because… you’re worth it!

Stress Less,
Barb

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Silvi
    May 01, 2013 @ 00:26:21

    ..can’t wait to see how this whole adventure unfolds

    Nancy

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  2. Bev B
    May 01, 2013 @ 00:46:11

    Can’t wait to begin the journey.

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  3. Barb Roberts
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:42:58

    I guarantee that this will be an ADVENTURE! So happy that you are on board!

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  4. Amy
    May 02, 2013 @ 00:56:59

    Looking forward to a life changing journey…It is all positive from here…

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  5. Amy
    May 02, 2013 @ 19:06:42

    How true it is you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. I am going to find my hour a day to do just one thing for myself and it is usually before the children wake up. I am going to make a point to wake up earlier. It is the most quiet part of the day and I can get a head start, exercise or take a walk and not feel so frazzled when everyone gets up and needs Mom…

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  6. Barb Roberts
    May 02, 2013 @ 20:47:29

    Sometimes it’s just putting one foot in front of another that’s the most difficult. Take one step this week and one the next, and so on. Let me know how the first week of the Adventure goes!

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  7. Beverly
    May 05, 2013 @ 23:58:11

    I agree with Amy, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Looks good on paper, sounds good, but in reality… In the past few weeks I have had the doctor, the nutritionist, my husband, my daughter, and my family tell me the exact same thing. You are not taking care of yourself first. But look at my list……helping my elderly parents with their home and appointments, social obligations, church obligations, family obligations, and as with all women the list goes on. So the first thing I plan on doing is going to the gym. I will kill many birds with one stone. It will fill my obligation to do the bicycle for my knee, exercise there will calm my mind, and I will do it in the morning before I hit the floor running for everyone else. I do find that if I take time for myself I am much more pleasant and everyone reaps the benefits.

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    • Barb Roberts
      May 06, 2013 @ 01:19:38

      Bev, I appreciate your candor and how important it is to physically take care of health issues. A healthier you will be a less stressed you. A less stressed you will be a happier you. Don’t take for granted your health and well being!

      Barb

      Reply

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