It never fails:

About the time I decide to take this 10 Days Without Complaining challenge every year, my life gets complicated.

I drive twenty minutes to the grocery store… and leave my purse at home.

The plumbing bursts.

My homeschooling schedule turns upside down.

I can’t seem to keep my house clean for longer than 10 minutes.

My kids get sick.

A financial need we thought was going to be met falls through.

Someone very close to me gets a really bad diagnosis from the doctor.

10 Days Without Complaining | Gratitude Challenge | @ Little Natural Cottage

Honestly, I’ve had a lot on my mind this week.

My heart has been heavy.

My days have been interrupted.

My emotions feel like they’re being pulled in ten directions…

Worried about this…

Rejoicing about that…

Sorta upset about x, y, and z…

It’s easy to react to life, and our reactions are generally negative.  Well, mine are anyway.

Complaining. Griping.  Criticizing.  Feeling sorry for myself.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about intentionally choosing joy and gratitude.  And expressing those values in my words.

I won’t even pretend that I haven’t messed up since I started the 10 Days Without Complaining challenge last week with my kids.  I have messed up.

But I really, really, really want to cultivate a lifestyle of gratitude, praise, and joy.  Something that extends beyond a simple ten day challenge and finds root in the fiber and soil of my soul.

10 Days Without Complaining

So I’m here again… setting the bar high for myself, in hopes that if I reach for the stars and fail, I’ll still land on higher ground than when I started.

Will you join me?

Can you go ten days without complaining?

If so, leave me a comment and let me know that you’re in!

You can follow and contribute to the challenge on Facebook with the hashtag #10dayswithoutcomplaining.

Find this blog and my personal profile on Facebook.

If you have children and want to bring them into the challenge, too, here’s a little something to make it fun and “official”:

10 Days Without Complaining FREEBIE pages

 These pages are part of a printable packet I’m working on, 10 Days Without Complaining for KidsSo far, my children are enjoying the pages I’ve finished and printed for them.

10 Days Without Complaining for Kids
I really, really wanted to have the packet completely finished in time for this challenge! However, I decided it was pretty ridiculous to stay up all night for a week, and end up being a huge grump to my kids, in order to finish a printable packet on having a good attitude. 🙂 Maybe next year.

So, are you in?

I hope so!

I’ll be back as much as possible throughout the next ten days to check in and encourage you without thoughts on joy, gratitude, and not complaining.

Thanks for taking this challenge with me, my friend!

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5 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge: 10 Days Without Complaining {2014} and a Freebie for your Kids!

  1. I am joining this challenge a little late in the game but I am super excited to do this! I have found myself grumbling over so many things that truly are blessings in my life (ie laundry, dishes, grocery shopping/meal planning, etc). To start, I am going to put up some Bible verses to remind me to keep a better attitude. I’m fairly certain it is going to take me longer than 10 days to correct my attitudes, but this is a great place to start.

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:57 am
  2. I’m in! I know I complain waaay too much and need to work on it!
    Oh, boy, what am I in for 🙂

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm
  3. Hi Kristy,

    I’m in for the challenge! But I wanted to start by Monday next week, not that I still have so much to complain about before Monday and I want to really complain about them, therefore striking a mess up day on the 10 days(will not be a good start) 😀 It’s just that I want to have a fresh new start of the week and start the challenge wholeheartedly(with this, I mean to start it out with the sincerest desire to make it a life-long attitude) not just because of the challenge or any other self-centered kinks. I guess what I really mean is I wanted to prepare my heart and my soul.

    I hope this makes sense 😉 Thank you for sharing your ideas. Always a blessing to many(pastor’s and non-pastor’s wives alike)

    I also downloaded the free printables for kids, I’ll save it up for our son.


    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm
    1. Sure, any time is a great time to start, Mitch!

      Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm
  4. I’m in for the 10 day challenge! No complaining.

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm