Growth Challenges: This Is Summer 2022

At the end of every blog post, I challenge my readers to something that will encourage self-growth and learning. This post shares the all challenges from August 2022-October 2022. I tried to organize the challenges into categories and then put them under subcategories of where the original post came from. The categories are:

Self- Growth, Character & Outlook

  • Try to focus on the similarities rather than the differences.  I am happy that we do not live in a homogenous society and at our core, we all have the same basic needs. – Full Post
  • Continuously work towards improving your balance of being a free spirit and having organization.  While it was surprising that the Jeep Invasion was going on, I am happy I did not know beforehand because I possibly would’ve changed the weekend.  On the other hand, it would have been nice to have dinner reservations. – Full Post
  • Trust your gut.  We almost did not go to the Pizza Hut museum because it was closed.  I knew I’d be disappointed if we didn’t try and I was rewarded for trusting my gut. – Full Post

Make A Change

  • Make fun more of a focus in our lives. – Full Post
  • Find me some land to build this.  Just kidding.  Take a moment to think of other things we did as kids that we gave up as we grew older.  Are there other pockets of opportunity for adults to have more fun? – Full Post
  • Try to follow my guidelines for ordering at a new place and let me know if they improved your ordering game. – Full Post
  • Think about a hobby you used to have as a kid that you no longer have.  Is it something worth picking back up? – Full Post
  • Find a way to incorporate tying music to memories in your life. Create a playlist and then forget about it. When you find it again years later, all of your cherished memories will flood your brain. – Full Post

Adventure  & Travel

  • Allow yourself to do something “touristy” in your home city. We always try to live like the locals, but if we only do that, we may be missing out on some really cool opportunities. There is a reason they are touristy. – Full Post
  • Pick something from my “must-do” list that you would not usually do on your travels.  Exploring a new city is a great opportunity to expand your comfort zone a little. – Full Post
  • Don’t let time be wasted while you are on a long road trip.  Listen to at least one podcast episode that will help you learn. – Full Post
  • Research the history of the areas you are traveling and do either one thing that the locals do or one thing that makes that spot popular.  You’ll grow in ways you didn’t know you could. – Full Post
  • Try a few different types of cuisines in each location. – Full Post
  • Find the beauty where the world says it does not exist.  People always say that the Midwest is full of rural land, but to someone who did not grow up surrounded by it, it was quite amazing to see firsthand. – Full Post

Self- Care

  • Brainstorm places that you can scream for relief, outside of a waterpark. – Full Post
  • Crack up for a few hours in one day and see if you have sore abs the next.  Please report back. – Full Post
Elaina Pearl
Elaina Pearl
I started Elaina Pearls as an outlet to share my voice. The topics I write about cover fashion, lifestyle, & travel. On every post, you will find a challenge to spark self-growth. I believe that each day there is a lesson to be learned and something to be grateful for.