Summary And Finale of My Participation In Caroline’s 30 Days Sunrise Photo And Health Challenge

Finale! At last I am on my thirtieth day. Wahoo!

Caroline's 30 days sunrise photo and health challenge

So how does it feel to be here? I will answer this question lastly. Let me relate again, how I started. I have read Caroline’s challenge from my reader feed. It was just random browsing. Upon reading all about it, I said to myself, oh, this is just easy because the sun always shine in our country summer or not. With the health part, I have been doing yoga, though I consider myself still a beginner. At least I am doing something that is good for my health. I was just hesitant because Caroline was already on her fourth day. However, she emphasized that the period covered would be from July 14 to September 1. That makes more or less forty-five days to do. Since the required number of days is only 30, there would be lot of allowances for unexpected events whereby one could not perform the challenge in a day. Then and there, I was on it.

Later did I realize, the sunrise is not visible from my home. Moreover, I need to get up earlier than my wake up time if I were to catch the sunrise. I then slowly begin to doubt myself: could I really do this? I already have started. Should I stop? If I stop a heavier toll is on me. I have tried doing certain projects in the past without finishing most of them. This time I must never ever stop. What if I just do this one day at a time without overthinking about it? I did moved on, anyway the rules of the challenge are wide open. Besides, it only takes a five minute walk from my house to get a view of the sunrise.

My first two days in the challenge I used old photos. I was already days behind so Β I tried to catch up. The third day was my first experienced of having a view of the sunrise. It was a bit cloudy but the clouds gave more dramatic effect on the sunrise. I then slowly noticed the freshness of the air and the bits and pieces of nature around. Caroline started to comment. That gave me much motivation to go on. I was inspired by her photos too.

Day four was so cloudy. Day five was still cloudy but I loved that photo so much. The clouds looked like an eruption of a volcano with the sun’s rays scattered behind. Day six is my most loved of all. I had been in another island. From there the sun rose from the sea. With the sea giving a reflection of the sunrise, it was all perfect for me. Day seven is my second most loved. The sunbeams passed through the mango trees that grow at our neighbor’s yard. The effect was made complete by the morning fog.

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On day eight it rained because there was a typhoon looming at the other part of the country. I just used an old photo. On day nine I started to notice grasses and butterflies. That was the first time I included their photos in my post. On day ten it rained again. Good that the sun showed up at 7:00 A.M. I then took photos of the things where the sunlight fell.

On day eleven I was chasing butterflies. It was a cloudy morning and the sun did not show any trace. Later when it showed up I took photos of it peeking through the branches of trees. Day twelve was an interesting one. My youngest son accompanied me in my early morning walk. We walked for forty minutes then. On day thirteen I meditated with nature. I was too tired to take my morning walk because my son got sick the previous night and I had minimal sleep. It was a perfect moment for meditation for me because the weather was windy and the smell of the grasses was so refreshing. I just missed Caroline’s comment and wondered why she had not posted anything on her blog. However, I still went on with my goals.

On day fourteen it was me who got sick. I felt I had overworked myself and over-eaten foods that are not good for my body. Again I used an old photo. It rained on day fifteen. When the rain shower stopped and the sun finally showed up I took photos of it through thick leaves. I was surprised, the effect was awesome. On day sixteen my morning activity finally sank in. I slowly noticed that I began to fell in love with the sunrise. I even wondered why had I not started this activity early on when I was surrounded with nature. Despite that, I began to get worried why hadn’t Caroline commented on my posts. She had not even updated her blog. I then questioned myself if I should continue with the challenge. I just thanked myself for being resolute enough to go on.

On day seventeen my son was with me again. We climbed up a hill. I then felt in myself the good effects of walking. So I wrote the benefits of it in my post. On day eighteen I was so immersed in nature. I did not take a walk farther, but took notice of everything around me: from flowers, to butterflies, to spiderwebs. I started to appreciate these things. I felt I was seeing things with new eyes.

We were a team on day nineteen. My two kids and my mom joined with me. I included in my post the benefits of bonding with family. I was alone on day twenty. I shared the benefits of “me time” in my post. Day twenty-one was supposedly a good time for sunrise photo taking. However, I woke up a little later. The sun was so bright when I took a ten-minute brisk-walk. In my post I shared how I re-aligned my health goals. Day twenty-two was a rare one for me since I started this morning routine. I was surprised to see the moon still out in the sky. The previous night I took a photo of it. And in the morning it was still there! I was just amused.

Day twenty-three was a breakthrough. I and my youngest son almost reached the top of the hill. For the first time we walked for one hour. On day twenty-four the clouds covered the sun again and occasional rain showers fell. I again used old photos and shared the beautiful things I learned in this journey in my post. Day twenty-five was still a rainy one. I used an old photo and shared the eight benefits of sunlight on us. I was flattered Caroline reblogged my post. Yes, she was back a few days ago. She got sick that was why she was offline for a longer time. But she is catching on with the challenge.

On day twenty-six it rained very early. By 6:45 A.M. the rain stopped. I managed to take a photo of the sun’s light that fell on the branches of a huge tree outside of our yard. It was an amazing sight! On this day I shared in my post the eleven benefits of rising early. On my twenty-seventh day I was still awed by the sunrise. The sky was still reddish-orange and tiny clouds spotted the sky. That was a “wow’ moment again. It were the seven things to do to rise up early that I shared for today.

On day twenty-eight we took on a different route. My youngest son and my mom were with me again. This day I was inspired to share my thoughts on living life one day at a time. On day twenty-nine I took photos of flowers in our yard. My son got sick the previous night and so I had a sleepless night. I went outside to refresh myself and just inspired to take photos of everything beautiful where the sunlight fell. And I shared some meanings of the number twenty-nine.

Thirtieth day: finale!

Do you know that I have a very beautiful plan for this day? I plan to take a sunrise photo at the beach with me doing yoga in front of the sun. However, my son got sick. There was no way I could do this since I plan to end this challenge on the last day of the specified period. I proceeded to option 2: walk up the hill and catch sunrise there.

The next day I executed my plan. I woke up so early, past 3:00 A.M. I was just excited. Well, two of my loved ones woke up too and asked to join me – my mom and my youngest son. It was still dark when we started. We were off at 5:06. Minutes later a reddish sky greeted us. Wow! I thought to myself:Β  a promising sunrise awaits us.

But when we started climbing up the hill, I was slowly disheartened. Clouds started to cover the sky. Just a pale light from the sunrise was visible. I then decided that we must see where the sunrise was more visible. It means we have to follow a driveway to a friend’s house that curved a little around the hill. We did just that. When we reached at the end of the way, Oh, we were greeted by an open field with a cow grazing, a sunrise over the mountain with thick clouds on top of it, wildflowers sprawling and a view of the sea. It was such a beautiful sight for me. All the photos on this post were taken on this day. Please say with me: Amazing! Little things just make me happy. My spirit just danced. The view was enough an award for me for having arrived this far and able to complete the challenge. Cheers!

By the way, we walked today for a total of one hour and twenty-seven minutes. The first time we did. We climb down the hill excited and happy. And I thanked the clouds for not hiding the sunrise from us completely.

So how was I after the thirty days? I changed a bit. I find myself more joyful, more beautiful inside, more loving, more aware of my surroundings, much healthier, less prone to stress and a certified amateur photographer as well. Moreover, I felt my energy to be slowly coming back.

In 2014, I got sick and soon believed I wouldn’t be healthier and energetic again. I thought my youthful years had been over. I am so thankful I am slowly able to tinker around my garden again. I am so grateful I participated in this challenge. And more grateful to Caroline for coming up a challenge like this.

I may have completed the 30 days challenge, but deep within my heart says my journey to sunrises is not yet over. In fact, it had just begun. It would never be because from here I birthed my morning magic routine.

As for the health challenge, morning walks has been and would be a part of that magic routine, my yoga practice included.

If you love nature and have access to nature, this challenge would work great for you too. May you be the next participant.

You may access Caroline’s 30 days sunrise photo and health challenge here. You may also access each of my post about this challenge in this page.

Thank you for reading this far. Have a great day!

~Nezel

 

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19 thoughts on “Summary And Finale of My Participation In Caroline’s 30 Days Sunrise Photo And Health Challenge

  1. Reblogged this on Petra Omoregie Caroline and commented:
    Today I have big victory to celebrate! My online friend and blogger Nezel have finished her 30 days of Caroline’s sunrise photo and health challenge. Nezel if first person that have completed the challenge. “Congratulation Nezel, you rock! I feel honored to be part of your healthy changes in your life, I am honored to be inspiration for you and motivation to completed the challenge.” I have to say that Nezel is big inspiration, motivation and support for me too. Thanks to her I still keep going and hopefuly I will finish Caroline’s sunrise photo and health challenge soon too. I know there are still people who are participationg in the challenge, so here is announcement for all of you: “Keep going! I will be with you, reading and comenting on your posts about the challenge and support you until you will finish it.” Everyone please have a look at Nezel’s article, read every one word of her Sumary and Finale of Caroline’s sunrise photo and health challenge, I am reblogging it for you… Its worth to read it! And remember: There is never too late to join Caroline’s sunrise photo and health challenge.

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    • Thank you Caroline for the reblogged. I am greatly honored. It is my great pleasure for having participated in the challenge. It helped so much in my path to healing in all aspects of myself. I hope you would complete yours too and that many would try it too. Cheers!

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      • Reblogging is very good for both of us. It helps me when I cannot write, so I at least reblog interesting article and my readers who keep comimg everyday find something new on my blog. And it helps you too, it helps you to get some new readers. Its amazing tool. I will try guest blogging soon. I have asked a friend, presonal trainar to write a guest post on my blog, recomendation for exercise for the challenge. It may take long time for him to respond, so I will keep looking for more guest writers for the topics related to exercise. The challenge grew deep into my hearth and I decided that I will keed doing and organizing it again and again. The fact that I help you change your life and help you with your healing means so much to me. I am on my healing path too, so I understand how important motivation to heal is. I am happy that I helped one person and I will celebrate every each and every one person that will join us in the challenge. Well, yeah I have to complete my 30 days!! Hopefuly I will have a breakthrough soon. πŸ™‚ Your support means a lot to me. Thank you. Have a sunshining day πŸ™‚

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      • I am so glad to hear that. Thank you. And you know what I have been thinking of writing a book about that inner healing and everything I learned from your sunrise and health challenge. It would be more in-depth than my posts. Still I have doubts or maybe fears that no one would read it. haha! pardon my self-doubt. Do you think it would be a good idea?

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      • Yeah I think its a good idea. I will help you sell it and I can promote it on my blog. I have sent you message on your Facebook page. We can have a chat there. Good luck with the book and dont be afraid! These days it cost nearly nothing to publish a book.

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      • You are right. They say writing a book is the easiest thing to do nowadays. Well, we just have to try it. It would greatly help me too to come out of my comfort zone. Sure! I would check my FB page so that we can continue to chat there.

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      • Yep, I’ve got to try with reblogging. Is it ok if I would reblog one of your posts?

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      • Oh yeah, definitely, you can do that. That would be amazing πŸ™‚

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  2. Big big big Congratulation! You have completed Caroline’s sunrise photo and health challenge! Nezel, you are amazing!!! Do not let the good habits that you earn to just disapear. Continue your morning walks and let me know sometimes how you are doing. There will be more things happening on my blog related to the challenge so lets stay connected and lets keep chasing the sun πŸ™‚

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    • A big, big, big thanks to you Caroline! Thank you for the idea and the motivation. I just couldn’t stop thanking you. Yeah, I just completed the days but the journey would go on as long as God would give me the opportunity to do so. I would still keep in touch, and be reading and commenting your journey too and of others who would join with us. The walk towards the sunrise is already a part of my morning magic routine. I know there are still more that I could learn from this experience and more things to explore too. I am still here with you in the journey because there is still one thing left in my bucket list: sunrise at the beach with me doing a yoga pose in front of the rising sun. I am getting ambitious! πŸ™‚ Would be sending you links too if ever I would have done this. Good luck to both of us and to others who would soon be joining. πŸ™‚

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      • Its my pleasure. You are welcome πŸ™‚ I am so happy to read that you have decided to continue the journey. We have earned very good healthy habits and it would be cool to keep them. It is good to have a high goals. Go for it! (How far is the beach from your house?) I am looking forward to see the photo of you on the beach doing a yoga pose at sunrise. ( And yeah I will be truly happy to link it to the challenge.) I have been dreaming about taking a sunrise photo when the sun is coming up straight from the sea. It is hard to find the spot. I will have to travel faraway from my house. Well, we will see. One high goal it is for me too. πŸ™‚

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      • I am also excited for your goal of sunrise at the beach. The beach from my house is maybe, 2 kilometers away. We could only make it there during weekends because of the demand of time. However, even from beach the sun rises from the mountain. I have to go at the other side of the island to see the sun rising from the sea. That is one of my goals too.

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      • Yeah, I know the feeling when there is not enough time in the morning because we have to get the kids to school. Thats why I did the challenge during the summer. Now I will be able to go chase the sun only at weekends too and maybe in few weeks I will be going with the kids just before we go to school. The sun is rising one or two minutes later every day here. Its great to have similar goals. I will be celebrating together with you when you achieve them πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you! Maybe while on my way of doing it, I would ask permission from you to share some of your photos. They are really amazing.

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      • Yeah, you can share my photos as far as you keep my watermark on them so I get some credit and they dont get lost online without my name on it. I havent done much to protect my copyrights yet and I havent been selling my photos yet so I just hope that people will not delete my watermark or print the photos without my permission. I have to say that I have good experience so far, I always found my photo somewhere online with my watermark on it. That’s the power of social media. When you share photo somewhere, people will see it anywhere and it will lead them back to my blog thanks to the URL adress or my name that I leave on each of my photo. So sharing photos is really good thing. You have got some beautiful sunrise photos too, you should add some watrmark or your blog adress on each of them too.

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      • Thank you for the idea. I have been thinking of the copyright too, but have not yet found time to work on it. Yep, I’ll make it a practice.

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