Mindfulness, Serenity Project

50 Things to Give Up for Lent

I’ve had loads of visitors from Pinterest looking for this content and since previously it was buried within another post, I’m placing it here so it’s easy to read.

This is a popular time of year to consider what to jettison in order to improve life and make room for more nourishing habits and activities. Here’s a free download of over 50 things you might want to give up for Lent:

50 Ideas to Give up for Lent from the Serenity Project

Giving Something Up is just one of 26 topics from the Serenity Project, my year-long effort to glide more and flap less.

If you decide to give something up, I’d love to hear what you pick and how it goes. And, a warm thank you to April J. Harris for hosting the Hearth and Soul link party.


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    Jas @ All that's Jas
    February 13, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Those are great ideas. Gave up many of them in the past. This year, I’m giving up 15 lbs, lol. Does that count? 😉

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      Pauline
      February 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      15lbs sounds like an impressive plan!

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    April J Harris
    February 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love this list, Pauline, particularly the very last thing on it!! It’s all really great inspiration. I agree with Gretchen Rubin in that sometimes, by setting ourselves limits we set ourselves free. Lent is a great time to do this. Pinning and sharing. Thank you so much for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

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      Pauline
      February 19, 2018 at 11:58 am

      The last item… yes, maybe give that up quietly instead of making a big public declaration! Thanks for all your support here, April.

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    Laura Ingalls Gunn
    February 21, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    This was such a great list full of inspiration! I am currently also doing 40 bags on 40 days and that is freeing too.
    Enjoy this special season!
    http://www.decortoadore.net

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      Pauline
      February 21, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Laura.

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    Shelley Lanser
    March 10, 2018 at 3:49 am

    I gave up genealogy research for Lent. I can still answer messages – it’s only polite – and I can still talk about what I know. I went on my tree to check the birth date of an uncle in order to make him a contingent beneficiary and I checked the relationship of someone (3C1R) when talking about them to someone else, but I’ve done no research, not looked at DNA matches, not added anything to my tree… I can do this but it does leave a bit hole.

    I was so obsessed – and still am, probably – that I was forgetting important things to do with living people. I think it is good to put aside my obsessions periodically. I was hoping dressmaking could fill the gap but not much luck with that so far.

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      Pauline
      March 10, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Shelley, this is absolutely fascinating, thanks so much. I would never have thought of this as something to give up but your self-awareness (about neglecting living people) is especially insightful.

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