February Building Up Challenge

At Rochester Mom Collective, we started 2024 off with intentionally building up positive habits that will help our well-being and allow us to build up our families and homes too. Each month, we are going to share and challenge you to work on five habits for the month – one for each of these areas of life:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Physical Wellness
  3. Emotional Wellness
  4. Family 
  5. Home

It is our sincerest hope that you will join us and other moms throughout Rochester by reading about these monthly habits and finding ways that work for you to implement them into your life. We will be sharing reminders on our Facebook and Instagram for these habits. We’ll ask how you are doing tackling each challenge and we want to hear from you so that we can share your progress and help motivate others.

Mindfulness – Journal About Your 2024 Hopes

2024 is just getting started! Take some time to write what you hope the year will look like for your children and your family. Are you hoping to get away this summer? How do you want to see each of your kids grow this year? What do you need right now to achieve your goals for the year?

Physical Wellness – Drink More Water

I am a terrible water drinker. Let’s face it. If we’re not hydrated, our bodies and minds will fall apart. So set some reminder alarms on your phone, pick out a new water bottle and get to drinking more H20 each day. Focusing on drinking a little more water each day will have you feeling the difference and it will become a regular habit that you don’t have to remind yourself to do anymore.

Emotional Wellness – Call A Friend

Nowadays we don’t do a lot of talking on the phone. We stay in touch with old friends through social media and texting, but it’s not the same as talking to someone on the phone. Take time to reach out and call a friend who has been a positive influence on your life. Maybe there is someone you haven’t talked to in a long time who would also benefit from hearing from you.

Family – Create A New Family Bonding Event

Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family. We all remember watching TGIF as a kid with our families! You might start a weekly movie night, pizza night or game night with your family. For my family, we have Pizza Movie Night on Saturdays and we rotate who gets to pick the movie. Even our two year old gets some options to choose a movie from. Those simple family gatherings create core memories for the kids and give moms an easy night and lots of smiles!

Home – Donate Outgrown Winter Gear

By now, you know what winter gear just doesn’t fit anymore. Clear out the closet and find somewhere to drop them off before the season is over!

Let’s work on the Building up Challenge together until February 29! Then, we’ll be back with 5 new habits for March. Remember to comment on our social media posts with how you are doing, we’d love to encourage you and share with others too!

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Jackie R.
Jackie is the Founder of Rochester Mom Collective. She grew up in Ohio and moved to California to work in film where she had lots of adventures on movie sets. She met her husband in Hollywood and they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area shortly after getting married. In San Francisco, Jackie found work at a medical clinic where she gathered parenting resources for new moms in need. After being on the West Coast for fifteen years, they moved with their three children to the Rochester area to be near family. Jackie has operated her own photography business, Jackie Rutan Photography, for ten years. Jackie enjoys her quality time with friends and family, fellowshipping at her church and drinking iced coffee.