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52 Week Challenge Results

Week 1 ~ Cleaning out the Closets

Week 1 CompleteComplete! Week 1 of 2014 was a success and I can honestly say I now have a clear mind. If you missed this weeks challenge, you can see it in the article. Read About it Here

Week 2 ~ A Week With No Electronics

Week 2 CompleteComplete! Week 2 of 2014 was amazing and life altering. I highly encourage everyone to give it a try at least once. If you missed this weeks challenge, you can see it in the article. Read About it Here

Week 3 ~ Stretching Routine

Week 3 CompleteComplete! Well, sort of. This week proved to be difficult for me but there is still a lesson to be learned. Read About it Here

Week 4 ~ Volunteer at an Assisted Living

Week 4 CompleteComplete! Volunteering was probably one of the most rewarding things I did in 2014. I wish I had time to volunteer all of my time. I was great to spend time with people who really just need company.

Week 5 ~ Eating Healthy for a Week

Week 3 CompleteComplete! Even though this task is complete it is definitely not over. I plan to keep this up as much as possible. Read About it Here

Week 6 ~ Positive Thoughts

Week 6 CompleteComplete! This was a wonderful task. It's amazing how much a thought can change your whole day. Read About it Here

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Positive Thoughts for a Positive Life

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21st Century Stress, Cortisol and the American Obesity Epidemic

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When she cheats

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