'; Mariana Luna Lopez | Flekke Glocal
Current student at UWC Red Cross Nordic. 17 years old and passionate about people and the complexity of being. Best described by some as someone with a heart bigger than my chest.
My challenge
Going minimalist in 30 days

Day 3: (day 3 for real) Give someone a compliment (or two)

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learned is just to love and be loved in return” 

The thing about compliments is that you really need to mean them in order to say them. Don’t fake them. That is exactly why it was so hard for me to, during the day, find the perfect place, person and situation to say something nice to someone. 

And, at this time of the day, I can say that it actually didn’t work; I couldn’t reach that unplanned (spontaneous) moment to compliment someone. But I take this space here, right now. 

Daniel: you’re the sweetest person out there. This is not just a compliment but a moment I want to take to thank you for your friendship, appreciate what you do for me and, overall, to thank your existence and all what you mean. Yesterday I had a pretty bad day, and you made it great and stayed with me until you knew I was fine again. And this is not the first time that you do that and I’m pretty sure is not going to be the last one. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

So far, I’ve learned that some people are worth keeping in our lives and, as I identified those things that make my friends special, and as I decided to compliment Daniel today, I’ve learned that choosing our friends and the people we want to spend time with really matters. 

Cheers for the good friends, the nice memories and a beautiful life! 

Day 3: (this was actually day 2) Go to bed half-an-hour before the usual

“If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit”

In the second day of my challenge I was supposed to sleep half-an-hour (I know, just half-an-hour) before usual. The usual time to sleep for me during week days is 12:30-1:00 am; guess what… I went to bed at 2:00 am. 
The hardest part of this challenge is not really to follow a couple of small things that I have to do day by day. The hardest part is having to keep on living my daily routine and suffering the stress and busy times of an average high-school student. 

The good thing is that even tho I didn’t complete my challenge for the day, I definitely learned something: sleep is important. I had a huge presentation today and, sadly, I didn’t get the amount of sleep I needed. Whether it was by choice or because I couldn’t really sleep under such stress, I am pretty sure that my day would have been way easier with a good amount of sleep and some of that stress would be away from my life. 

The sad reality is that habits take time and, when it comes to sleep… I am not the best one. Lesson learned: let’s try again soon! 

Day 1: Write your friends’ best qualities

“If you’re depressed you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious you’re living in the future. If you are in peace you’re living in the present”

The fact that I decided to do this challenge made me realize that, somehow, cleaning my spirit and my mind is going to be an essential part of the process. However, it is not going to be possible to clean all of my life doing the same thing day after day. I have to do small different things every day that lead to my goal. 

Even though I am not going to explain the reason behind this challenge at the moment, I want to talk about the outcome of the day. 

Friends are a very big part of our lives. We spend many hours around them, talk to them, learn from them, and, simultaneously, become part of their lives. Today it was the day to identify what makes my friends well… my friends. Knowing what is that that makes them so special is going to help me appreciate them more and, even better, seek for these qualities in other people and bring them into my life. 

Recognising and loving my friends contributes to my daily well-being and, somehow, to the whole point of this challenge. 

This first post might be short and a bit confusing, but I do not really know how to reflect and write on these things, but I know is that planning the next 30 days and trying to find out the purpose behind this whole thing has been an enjoyable adventure and, hopefully, won’t do more than get better! 

We’ll see what comes…