“Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” 7-Day Challenge (Days 1-3)

Y’all, I am so excited. I was chosen, along with others, to be on the launch team for Crystal Paine’s new book, “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. If you don’t know who Crystal Paine is then you really need to check out Β her site, Money Saving Mom. I absolutely adore Crystal and the work that she does. She’s pretty much my idol! Being a part of the launch team means that I get to read an advance copy of the book and I just have to say that this book is a God send. One of the things that I’ve always liked about Crystal is her ability to take what seems impossible possible once more. She does this by helping her readers to break goals and dreams into small, manageable pieces. Once you know where you are going, you have to break down the steps needed to get there!

For the last year I have felt that I am barely surviving while things I want to do have fallen by the wayside. One of those things is this blog. I always tell myself that I will make time to write and then end up forgetting about it. I don’t even have the goal to make money off of my writing anymore. I just want to reach people.

Anyway, part of the roll out for her new book is a free 7-day challenge that you can sign up for. The challenges for each day are taken right from the book. I strongly encourage all of you to sign up.

Here are the challenges that I have completed so far:

Day 1 (Tuesday): Make a list of everything that I need to do for Wednesday. The twist is that I had to automatically decide which two I would cross off. The entire exercise is to teach you that you have to say “No” to somethings if you want to lead a balanced life. Here is a picture of my to-do list (It’s kind of blurry so I also added a typed list under the picture):




  • Wake up, read bible, pray
  • Wash dishes
  • Mop floors
  • Put out recycling
  • Write blog post
  • Write ROW post- PW Scones
  • Finish “Survival Mode”
  • Exercise
  • Clean out the car
  • Get familiar with curriculum for Sunday
  • Start crochet project
  • Homework
  • Post Office
  • Trash dump
  • Library

I forgot to take the picture until after I had already started completing items on the list. The two items I crossed off automatically were “start crochet project” and “clean out car”. Those were things that I would love to get knocked out but that I didn’t need to kill myself to get done.

Day 2 (Wednesday): Take ten minutes and come up with a list of innate gifts, talents and abilities. Then take ten minutes and write down what I like, admire, and appreciate about myself. Here is what I came up with:

  • Writing
  • Working with kids
  • Singing (not like star quality, but I’m not too shabby)
  • Leadership
  • Team player
  • Dedicated
  • Hardworking

It feels weird to sit and think about the good when I’m usually focused on things I don’t do well.

Day 3 (Thursday): Create my ideal morning routine.



If it’s blurry to you it says:

  • Wake up NLT (no later than) 6:15 a.m.
  • Exercise- 30 mins
  • Shower- 15 mins
  • Coffee/Bible- 30 mins

I know that I’m more productive when I can get up before the kiddos wake. My problem is that I can never seem to get in bed at a decent time. Justin also still wakes up anywhere from 1 to 2 times a night so I don’t get much non-interrupted sleep. I also sometimes feel like I neglect one of the most important things and that’s my physical and spiritual health. I need to start taking care of me so that I’m not so burnt out all of the time.

In a few days I’ll post again with days 4 & 5 of the challenge along with an update on how I’m doing with getting up earlier.

Do you plan to sign up for the challenge? Let me know how you do and what you think by commenting below or sending me a tweet!


18 thoughts on ““Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” 7-Day Challenge (Days 1-3)

  1. It’s crazy but I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed by things lately and not appreciating myself as much. I think I will sign up for this. It seems to be just what I need to destress and remanage my life in a good way.

  2. I would love the same kind of morning ritual…but it is hard to wake up sooo early!!! haha I have been so stressed lately and realized that I too needed more time to feed myself spiritually and care for myself. I have gotten my kids to accept the fact that Mommy wants at least 20 min of exercise in the mornings…it’s a start! πŸ™‚ Definitely want to try this challenge!

  3. I’d love to take the challenge too! I find it difficult to get motivated to tackle certain tasks and procrastinate a little too often. Putting daily exercise into my routine I know would definitely help with my energy level too. Do you have any recommendations for a good low level starting point for indoor exercise? Something that my 3 year old might have fun doing with me too?

  4. i just signed up. i need a balanced life but not sure if anything will help. I Run and manage my fathers 2 companies, (tug boat and boat storage) both are full time. my husband works for both companies to. our 2 year daughter comes to work with me everyday and then our 5 year old comes to the office after school. one company is a 24/7/365 job it does not close (the tug boat company) I also handle all my fathers personal finances and dr appts, etc. I do all of my families stuff, finances, and everything else. and my husband just started his side business which i will be handling for him (office wise), i am also part of 3 online businesses and am in the process of starting my own website/blog. then at home we have chickens, hens, turkeys, 3 dogs, 2 cats, ad a huge garden. I am really into the do it yourself, like making my own products and canning. im only 32 and i feel like im 50. i have tried to cut some stuff out but its not possible. i am always tired, and feel like i never get anything finished and it is so hard to even get the energy to do the clothes. My husband does help a lot, he will help with the kids,cleaning, cooking and stuff but its just so much. and did i mention i am the only person in the office, i also do the the taxes, payroll, payroll taxes. you name it and i do it in the office

  5. I think I will take up this challenge. I have been dealing with a lot of “im wasting my life” anxiety…It would be so awesome If I can get just a bit more structured.

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