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Challenge April 2016: Ten Minutes for Me


Hey there Challenge friends! I am embarking on blogs of life and sustainability so my challenge this month will reflect the simple things.

I am talking on my Just Peachie Me{n}U blog about my latest life journey. In it, I share how the little things in my life are remaking my life. One of those little things is taking time for me. For some of you, the small habit of a daily facial routine means nothing. You zip in and you zip out. For my past me, my brain made that simple task something of a guilt-ridden trap.

Read the blog to uncover more but here’s the fun part: I got over that lie! I am worth the time, and so are you! So starting in April, I will endeavor to do the Ten Minutes for Me challenge. In my ten minutes, I am reclaiming the habit of taking care of my skin. It’s not a world-changer goal, but it is a gamechanger for me. I have found some healthy, sustainable products that I love (a Wisconsin based company called L’Bri…check out my friend’s site at I will share her story with you soon and the impact of LBri for me.) This seemingly mundane daily routine helps me remember that my physical self is a part of me that I need to care for so that I am able to care for the rest of life. Then big things happen because of that little ten minutes. I haven’t been as diligent in this as I want to be, so I am using this challenge to change that. I am so thankful that God has started to show me the wisdom in paying attention to the small things. This is just the start of things I can’t wait to share. But one challenge at a time.

And don’t think this is just written for the ladies out there. Fellas and females, when is the last time you did something for you that made a difference in your life and didn’t just play into that bottomless pit of pleasure seeking just for pleasure’s sake? When did you last make time for the little things that will make a difference for good? Differences that will last? Reading for your own edification. Fitness. Health planning. Writing. Praying. What will you do with your ten minutes? Journey with me. Let’s find out together what a difference a little makes.



Birthday Challenge!

Birthday Challenge!

Happy Birthday to..ME! bday cake copy

This year, I am challenging myself to give steps to my dreams and giftings. I am literally giving myself PERMISSION (click to read personal Just Peachie post) to move forward into success and failure…but ultimately to LIFE! And this blog will continue to be a lifeline for me in doing so. As I name goals, I will take steps here to reach them.

Believe it or not, you all reading this have been an invisible support for all I have attempted these last two years. Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing. I look forward to another year of challenges!

As a birthday wish, I am asking all my friends and readers to share my blog post to anyone and everyone you know. It would be a great present…and practically free for you! Thank you and as you do, please have a piece of cake on me!



I am a successful failure


I am a successful failure.

I guess 2014 was more challenging than I thought. I can not believe with the momentum I had created, that I dropped the preverbal blog-ball. More like the “blog ball” was actually a bomb that I could hear ticking but ignored it until it blew up in my face. The blow up made me realize something…

I was not ready.

Not that my heart wasn’t ready. I am the Queen of passionate endeavors. Everything I start, I dive in…and most times over my head. The ironic thing is I really don’t know how to swim. And obviously, I didn’t know how to sustain this blog beast either.

So why am I back? Two reasons.

1. Though I failed in attempt, God never let my heart concede defeat. Yes, the GOD I hope in was the only reason I could look at this page again without feeling like a total waste of blog space. My husband is a great support. Always has been. My family and friends, especially my kids, encouraged me all the time. But I needed something bigger than flesh to spark in me something greater than fear. HE did that for me.

2. Though the fall failure marked my first step, I acknowledge the success that I got up and I am still stepping. I am still trying. I am still learning. I am so glad that I failed so that I could learn about myself, about this work, and about the process. I am a successful failure; and I’m better for it.

So my next endeavor is helping me with me. It’s a challenge by Jeff Goins, an author and pusher of all things writing. In order to motivate others to achieve their passions in writing, he has written several books dedicated to that end and has organized a challenge for people like myself to hone their skills while at the same time shaking off the excuses that stop us from succeeding. The My 500 Words challenge challenges writers to write 500 words for 31 days. The words do not have to be published, just written out, on purpose. Again, Queen of New Starts here embarking on another journey. But a bit wiser, a bit more humble, but also a bit more hopeful that this time…

This time success will come with the win.

“My 500 Words is a 31-day challenge designed to help you answer that question. It will help you get more disciplined, hone your craft, and finally become the writer you’ve dreamed of being.”

What are you attempting this year? Are you willing to fail if it will eventually lead to your success?

Keep challenging yourself and always stay,


The Challenge of a Lifetime

photo courtesy of sscreations;

photo courtesy of sscreations;

2014 is shaping up to be challenging already.  Not because of this challenge blog, but the challenge lies within life itself.

It’s the big things. It’s the little things. It’s everything. My children are growing up. My husband and I are getting older. Our house is in continual need of repair. So is our cars. My waistband expands. My checking account shrinks. My desires grow.

And it’s not just me.

image courtesy of suphakit73:

image courtesy of suphakit73:

The world fights with words and with weapons. A world of despair and desperation faces challenges of life day to day. Some challenges may seem superficial to me, but to the ones facing them, the situations hold life and death. Others face challenges that haunt my nightmares as an adult; and those who are facing them are just children.

My goal for this year’s challenge blog is presenting it’s own challenge: how do I sort through life and pick one challenge? My answer: I won’t.

I will choose life in its entirety  as my challenge.

image courtesy of scottchan:

image courtesy of scottchan:

How can I best live it, love it, dream it, do it, celebrate it, OWN IT!

My challenge of a lifetime this year will be to take on challenges (some 31 days and some longer) to tackle the major areas of my life: Spirit, Health, Emotions, and Finance.  I’ve got a vision board and everything!

Right now I am in still working on the health aspect. I have until February 14th to lose my 6 pounds of excess that I have ingested. I will also be training for a 5K in March. (OK marathoners, I know it isn’t much TO YOU, but to me it may as well be 100 miles). But like I said in articles past, I need challenges in chunks that I can actually digest. So here it goes. I will post to you every couple of weeks so that I can stay accountable. I’ll let you know what I am reading or learning. Please check my Facebook page or tweet @justpeachiemenu . Connect with me on this journey will ya?

I hope you will!

Go on! Take the challenge! We’ll be