My 2018 Lenten Challenge

Today is not only Valentine’s Day, but also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As a fringe Catholic leaning towards Buddhism, I choose to think of Lent as New Year 2.0 or 3.0 depending on when Lunar New Year comes around. For me, Lent is another chance to start over.

In previous Lents, I’ve given up social media, sugary treats, meat, coffee, and swearing—though thankfully not all at once. (I’m not that masochistic.)

So what should I give up this year?
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Lenten Challenge 2017: No Social Media

It’s been almost two weeks since I cut myself off from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Believe me when I say it’s been one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Up until March 1 (Ash Wednesday), I had been spending a lot of time checking out my feeds and getting caught up with what’s happening in politics and current events. I hadn’t realized how much time and energy that was sucked up until I stopped cold turkey.  Continue reading

Becoming a Better Me (Take 3)

I had New Year’s and Lunar New Year to get started on becoming a new and improved me. Thankfully, I now have “Take 3” with Lent, the first day being today, Ash Wednesday, to start again.

(Side note: I consider myself “Catholic adjacent.” Though raised and confirmed as Catholic and having been educated in the Catholic school system for eight years, I haven’t been a good practitioner.)

Anyway, this is the first time in a long time that I’d thought about giving up something for Lent. I’ve decided to give up… Continue reading