Birthday + Challenges

It’s just after midnight which means it’s my birthday and I’m another year older. Well technically not quite yet, but at some point today I was born into this world.

Y’all know I’m big on reflecting and as I look back on this past year I’m met with an overwhelming sense of happiness and gratitude. Last year was one of the lowest years of my life. I had gained weight, my marriage was dysfunctional, and I was miserable more than I was happy. Then one day I decided I was done. I was done playing the victim, I was done having a crappy marriage, and I was done feeling bad about myself more often than not. So after a lot of hard work, some therapy, and my girl Rachel Hollis, I decided to change my life. And these last 10 months have been freaking awesome. Most days are not perfect, but man is life better when you strive to be the best version of you.

As a weird birthday present to myself, for the month of October I’m participating in 2 separate challenges and I hope you’ll consider joining in them with me!

Last 90 Days

One thing that kicked off my journey towards personal growth last year was Rachel Hollis’ Last 90 Days Challenge. The challenge is to end the year just as strong as you started it. And if you sign up to participate, you’ll receive a weekly email from Rachel filled with videos, resources, and notes of encouragement. So here’s what I’ve committed to doing for these last 90 days.

1. Wake up an hour earlier.

Use this extra hour in the morning to get your day started off on the right foot. You can journal, workout, meditate, read, or just spend time alone in a quiet house. If you already get up early and have an established morning routine, keep going!


Since I already get up at 5am, I’m going to focus on how I can make my night-time routine more peaceful and get to bed earlier. 

2. Move your body every day.

Whether it’s getting a workout in, taking a walk, or having a dance party, get your body moving.


I promise to do some sort of physical activity every day, but I’m committed to going to the gym at least 4 days a week. 

3. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water.

For example, if your 120 pounds you would drink 60 ounces of water each day.

4. Give up one thing you do that isn’t good for you.

Whether it’s a food or a really bad habit, it should be something meaningful and difficult. It might be something that has way too much control over your life right now or you feel terrible every time you eat, drink, or do it.

I’m giving up swearing and red bull. 

5. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for.

These things should be specific, not just family, health, etc. I like to do this in the morning so it starts my day off on a positive note and it reminds me to constantly look for little things throughout the day.

And for my 2nd birthday challenge…

30 Outfits in 30 Days: 

This one is pretty simple. Wear 30 different outfits for the next 30 days. You can switch it up by adding different accessories, pairing a top or bottom you don’t normally put together, or wear a different pair of shoes. The point is to get creative and wear more of what you already own.

At the end of the challenge, if you didn’t wear it or you did wear it and hated how you felt in it, get rid of it!! 

And no buying new clothes or accessories during these 30 days! The only exception is if they are are birthday present 🙂 

I plan to snap a quick selfie every day and then look back and see all the different looks I created.

Cheers to another year and the endless possibilities that come with it!Cortney from Cortney & Co

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