Mental Cleanse Challenge: Week 1

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 30, 2017


Remember in 2016 when I said I really wanted to collaborate with other bloggers on posts? After months of not reaching this goal, I opened up about how my anxiety was getting in the way of my desire to work and collaborate with bloggers.

At the end of 2016, I decided that I wanted to overcome this side of my anxiety. I wanted to say yes to more opportunities and take more risks on my blog. It was shortly after that Erin from, “A Welder’s Wife” reached out over Twitter to talk about a collaborative challenge for February.

Y’all,  I was so excited. I said yes without overthinking things; and I kept reminding myself that it was going to be an amazing opportunity. So, we came up with 30 different challenges categorized in a four different themes set out for each week. This will be unique compared to the decluttering posts and challenges you may have participated in on the blog. These challenges will help you achieve mental balance and clarity in the new year. Below are a list of the challenges beginning today.


This challenge is perfect for you if you are:

1| Looking to cleanse your mind.

2| Focus on calmness and self care.

3| Enjoy the simple moments in life.

4| Explore new mental-based challenges every day.


Every Monday throughout the month, Erin and I will be posting and discussing the challenges and achievements from the previous week; and talking about the new set of challenges for that current week. Needless to say, I’m excited to see where this month of challenges will take me! Make sure to follow along as I share my posts and content on Instagram (@kiaracatanzaro) and Twitter (@BlissBrunette). You can also check out Erin’s Instagram and Twitter.

So, if you’re interested in trying to create a little extra bliss for the month of February, I hope you’ll take on these challenges; and join Erin and me as we go through this journey ourselves. Be sure to stop in next Monday to see how we did with our first week of challenges!

The first week of challenges: Self Care

  • Jan. 30: Set two goals you would like to achieve during this challenge
  • Jan. 31: Treat your face to a special pampering facial
  • Feb. 1: Go for a walk
  • Feb. 2: Journal for 15 minutes
  • Feb. 3: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal
  • Feb. 4: Make a Gratitude list of everything you are grateful for in your life
  • Feb. 5: Take a long bubble bath

I hope you all find that this month is challenging yet motivating to focus on self care, cleansing your mind, and bliss. Have you ever participated in a 20-day mental cleanse before? Make sure to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!


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  • Courtney Patterson

    I’ve never tried anything like this but am definitely in need of some self TLC and peace. Thank you for sharing this! I will have to give it a try.

    • You’re so welcome Courtney! I’m happy to hear you’re interested in completing the challenges! If you need any support, stop by and chat with Erin and me throughout the month!

  • I am so excited you did not give into overthinking when you said yes! So far working with you has been a big joy in my new year! I cannot wait to work through this challenge with you and anyone who decides to participate with us! We are going to have so much fun with this challenge! Not going to lie, I am worried about the meatless meals, but thank goodness there is Pinterest! haha!

    • Pinterest will definitely come in handy for those meatless meals! I’m so proud of myself for not giving into the over thinking tendencies I have. Working with you on this collab has been so wonderful and definitely inspires me to continue focusing on self-care and other positive habits for mental clarity! Thank you for working with me on this and making it such a great experience so far!

  • I’m OBSESSED with this challenge. This is the kinda important thing that makes “a little bit goes a long way” come to life!
    Will be doing it + sharing it!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Thank you Erica! That means so much! I’m excited to see how this helps you and benefits you throughout the month because you’re right–a little goes a long way!

  • I love this idea so much!! I’m definitely bookmarking this so I can participate as well. This is so important for self-care.

    • Thank you so much for saving this so you can follow along! That means so much to me! I think it’s so important to focus on self care, so I wanted to make sure this was something people could enjoy and learn from practicing consistent self-care and positive habits!

  • I love this idea so much, Kiara! 🙂 And I definitely need it in my life, haha. I feel like January has been a bit of a hit or miss month for me. I’ve accomplished some awesome things, but I’ve also been super unproductive in other areas, so this challenge is coming at the perfect time. I’m pinning it for future reference!

    Love that you included a self care section – yay!!

    Latest on the blog: A New Year Skin Detox

    • Thanks, girl! I’m glad you’re going to save this to use for future reference. It will definitely come in handy regardless of what time of year you do the challenges. I know exactly what you mean about being productive but also feeling like you haven’t accomplished a lot either. I’ve been there!

  • Annie Marie

    I love this list! This is an amazing idea and I will definitely be participating 🙂

    • Thank you, Annie! That truly means the world to Erin and me! We are so excited about this project altogether, and love seeing the interest and excitement from people!

  • Love this collab that you and Erin are doing! What a great challenge! 🙂

    • Thank you, Cara! We love the response we have received so far–it has been wonderful and inspiring to see all the bloggers and people who are interested in focusing more on self care.

  • I really love this list! I love how you broke it down into days! I’m going to try and go to bed 30 minutes earlier this week and journal as well! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Of course, Erica! I’m happy to know you’re excited about incorporating some of these challenges in your life!

  • Leah

    I love this list. I am have been doing more research into self-care and mindfulness. Pinning this for reference.

    • Thank you for that, Leah! If you need any other resources on self-care, please let me know. Pinterest as a whole has been so helpful.

  • These are so awesome, especially to do in the start of the new year!

    • Thank you so much, Summer! It so great to know there is support from other bloggers in the community who are interested and excited about the challenge and participating as well!

  • That is awesome! Congrats to you on not overthinking and hosting that challenge! It’s a good idea!

    • Thank you so much, Kristin! I really appreciate it! It makes me happy to know other bloggers are excited about this challenge.

  • I LOVE this challenge! I definitely need a bit of encouragement and guidance to help me control the hot mess that is my life!

    • We are all secretly hot messes, girl! Some people are just better at hiding it from the world, haha 😉 Let Erin and me know if you need some support throughout the month–that’s why we’re here to assist! Looking forward to seeing how you’re doing each week, Chelsie!

  • Sarah Jean

    I love this challenge and am definitely going to go for it. The most convicting is the “no complain day!” I don’t consider myself a complainer but one day I tried that and realized I do it more often than I think..which just breeds negativity clutter!

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Sarah! Complaining can’t definitely lead us to more negative clutter in our mental space. It’s important to look at all the positive blessings we have and focus on that energy instead!

  • I love this challenge Kiara!! So creative and smart! Totally adding these into my planner today!

    • That means so much to me, Rachel! I love knowing that other bloggers are excited about these challenges. It will be a great way to incorporate some self care every day throughout the month.

  • I love this idea – I’m going to join you in the challenge!

    • Thank you for joining along Christine! Let Erin or myself know if you have any questions or if you need a support team–that’s what we are here for!

  • Margaret Heaton

    Good ideas. I already do some of these on a daily basis but you gave me two to try. Can’t do the bubble bath…full time living in our RV doesn’t allow me a bath.

    • It’s okay if your lifestyle doesn’t allow for some challenges! If you’re challenging yourself to practice self care and other mental health-based challenges is important! Happy to know you’re already doing some of these every day!

  • I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE IDEA SO MUCH! I am going to do it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thank you so much! I appreciate that and love knowing you’re ready to jump on this cleanse! Feel free to let us know how you’re doing throughout the process!

  • Nicole Kroutil

    This is such a cool challenge ! I’ve been very into meditation, taking care of me so I am definitely going to try this!

  • This is a great idea!

  • Dia

    So I missed the start of this but am going to start late. I love this idea. I have been working hard to focus on mindfulness and taking care of me and this seems great.

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