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The October Challenge: The Calm Before the Storm

Okay, okay, here's a challenge everyone can -- and should -- participate in. I was at a department store this past weekend and I saw Christmas displays. Christmas. It's not even Halloween..... I had a moment of panic because I realized that after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the start of a brand new year isn't far behind. I love the holiday season, I go all out on the decorating and I enjoy wrapping the packages, hosting parties, attending parties and those sort of things, but at the same time, it can be stressful.

So, and folks I'm telling you, this is as easy as it gets, we need to relish the calm before the storm. Between now and October 31, you are ordered to do something for yourself. Something that relaxes you, makes you feel pampered or something that's just plain fun. Go get a manicure, a pedicure, a massage. Take a heavenly bubble bath in the middle of the day. Splurge on a haircut and color if the budget allows. Whatever floats your boat, as long as it's a treat for you.Easy-Peasy.

Rules are here, but they don't necessarily apply to this challenge because we won't demand photos of you on the massage table or in the bathtub. You can send photos, but simply reporting what you did in the comment section will suffice. Like we said from the outset, we reserve the right to bend the rules....

The prize package will be a gift basket from Bath & Body works. While only a few candidates are in the running to win the total prize package, you should still participate. Who knows, we may have a few surprises in store at the end of the Challenge for runners-up or other participants.

This year was a learning process, we'll do the 2010 challenge a bit differently, but thanks to all who have played along so far. November and December will feature mini-challenges.

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