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Every Day in May 2017


Every Day In May 2017 – How to Play!  Everyone Wins – Really!

The rules are simple.  Choose something that you can do Every Day in May that will have you living better.  You can do something new, you can stop doing something old, you can move, eat, read, even think about something Every Day in May!  That’s it!  Post your challenge with friends and family!  Honor code rules prevail, if you miss a day you are out!

(For Seinfeld fans, just posting “I’m Out!” will suffice!)

A little History….

Every Day in May was born more than 20 years ago at a table in the faculty room of a middle school.  An attempt for a group of teachers to get more exercise, we vowed to move Every Day in May!  Over the years, we became more and more creative with our Every Day in May Resolutions.  Many of us have played every year for decades.  Every year, every place I have worked and now through social media, Every Day in May lives on.  Join us, it’s fun and you will be living better!

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Why it Works?

Two things are at play here:

1) A little healthy peer pressure

2) There are 31 days in May (at least 10 more than the necessary twenty times it takes to build a habit!)

The first two weeks are the toughest, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy your resolution becomes. Truthfully some years have been great while others, as my kids would say, have been: “an epic fail”.  It’s okay, it was always fun while it lasted.

It’s Fun!

We are months past New Year’s Resolutions and Spring is a perfect time for rejuvenation!  Re-post this challenge for your friends and family and get them to join in!  This is also a great office or school classroom activity! Post everyone’s challenge on the break room wall and wait to see who is still left standing at the end of May. Definitely a “more the merrier” activity.  No prizes necessary however always an option.  I find bragging rights and camaraderie win on this one!

Here is a sample of past Every Day in May challenges:  (We keep them G rated as kids can play this too!)

  •  eat two servings of vegetables
  •  call a friend or family member
  • get exercise
  • do not smoke
  •  perform a random act of kindness
  •  play for an hour with my children
  •  not swear at the copier
  • be inordinately kind to a stranger
  •  read the Bible
  •  treat myself to coffee, a long walk, meditation
  •  stop my inner critic comments
  •  save money
  • donate two items from my house
  • buy someone a cup of coffee

You get the idea… nothing is too grand, too small, or too insignificant to play!  Living Better… the only mistake is not to begin!

Ready to play?  I would love to hear what you are up to Every Day in May on my Facebook page add the hashtag #EveryDayinMay2017

or Tweet with #EveryDayinMay2017 and tell us what you are doing every day in May.

GO MAY!


About LB Living Better

Lisa Bates has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Certification to teach Behavioral Sciences and a degree in Business Administration. From school administrator and non-profit executive, to teacher, coach, counselor and mom, Lisa has extensive experience, knowledge and training working with children from toddlers to teenagers. Currently, Lisa owns and operates LB Living Better an organizational and educational services business. Lisa has just released her first book, Barbies in the Horse Bin, Living Better with Organized Children and she is a seasoned, energizing, humorous, workshop presenter with extensive experience. As a mother of three teenagers including twin boys, Lisa maintains her sanity by writing, travelling and playing with her dogs. Read more about Lisa Bates at www.lblivingbetter.com or contact her at lisabates@lblivingbetter.com.

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