12 challenges to “kind up & mind up” your life

The day before spring break has always been a special one in my classroom.

I announce the annual “toilet paper gallery” (everyone brings a sheet of toilet paper back from their spring break destinations).

I read the spring break mantra (a little poem that helps us think about our choices).

And this year, I challenged my juniors and seniors to do 12 things that will “kind up” (encourage them to think of people besides themselves) and “mind up” (mindfulness activities) their spring break.


That was a mouthful.

So, whether you’re on spring break or just wishing for spring break, here are 12 things I challenge you to do in ONE WEEK, just like my students.

  1. Talk to a stranger and learn something about him or her (but please not someone in a dark alley – more like your server or a cashier or something).
  2. Do something “out of the ordinary” kind for a family member.
  3. “People watch” for 20 minutes.
  4. Watch a documentary about a topic you’ve never heard of before.
  5. Take a nap.
  6. Do something “childish” (blow bubbles, use crayons, chalk up your driveway).
  7. Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in 6 months.
  8. Put your phone away for ONE WHOLE DAY.
  9. Text someone something encouraging (just not on the day you put your phone away).
  10. Learn a new skill.
  11. Listen MORE THAN YOU TALK in at least one conversation.
  12. Take 5 minutes to just concentrate on your breathing.

Let’s “kind up” and “mind up” our lives by making intentional choices to live the Best Day Ever Adventure.

Carrie’s book, Choose: An Invitation to the Best Day Ever Adventure, is a book that gives you 21 challenges to CHOOSE in order to live the John 10:10 life – full and abundant. Pick it up on Amazon today!