Smell the Roses

What it is:

The purpose of these tasks is for you to...stop and smell the roses! The tasks will be things that don't take a lot of time or effort, but will give you enough time to slow down and appreciate the lovely little things [sorry, I had to do it ;)] and people in your life. 

How it works:

Every Monday I post about how my roses smelled the previous week (aka: my experience in completing the task). Then at the end of the post, I challenge you guys with a new Smell the Roses task for the current week. There is a link up at the bottom of the post for you to share your experiences from completing the task of the previous week...hope that makes sense :) And you can always find the current week's task on the Smell the Roses widget on my sidebar.

WHEW. Hope you got all that! Want to link up with me? Sweet! Grab a button, leave your URL, 
and tell me how your roses smelled! I'd love to have you :)

Past Tasks:

one. Handwrite a letter and mail it via snail mail.
two. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee without them knowing it was you.
three. Call someone that you don't see very often and catch up.
four. Write a list of 5 things that you love about yourself.
five. Leave an encouraging note somewhere for a stranger to find.
six. Make a playlist of your 5 favorite songs. Listen to it while you watch the sunrise or the sunset.
seven. Try something new.
eight. Think about a goal you've been wanting to meet. Take a step toward conquering that goal.
nine. Thank 3 people that consistently impact your life in a positive way.
ten. Try a new recipe.
eleven. Do something that is unique to where you live.
twelve. Write down 3 inspirational quotes. Post them in place where you'll see them throughout the week.
thirteen. Clean out your closet and donate what you don't use anymore.
fourteen. Surprise someone just because.
fifteen. Meet a need.
sixteen. Make a mix CD for someone.
seventeen. Do something that is out of your comfort zone.
eighteen. Redecorate something in your home. 
nineteen. Write a letter to your younger self.
twenty. Make a bucket list.
twenty-one. Show appreciation for your job.
twenty-two. Treat yourself.
twenty-three. Think about what blogging has done for you.
twenty-four. Do something that gets your creative juices flowing.
twenty-five. Take someone to dinner that you need to catch up with.
twenty-six. Watch your favorite movie of all time.
twenty-seven. Visit a place that you've never been before.
twenty-eight. Collect all of your loose change and either donate it or use it to do something fun.
twenty-nine. Make a list of at least 10 things that you are grateful for.
thirty. Write a letter for yourself to read in 5 years.
thirty-one. Create a collage of things that represent you.
thirty-two. Take a leap of faith, and do something that you've been afraid to do.


  1. aww.This is soo sweet! I love your motive behind this blog.Mine is the same.I never let anyone leaving my blog go unsmiling! :)

  2. love this - im totally going to join in!


  3. Such a cute idea, I can't wait to join in!

  4. I love this idea! Totally doing it for next Monday :)

  5. I'm new to your blog. I love your spirit. It is inspiring and motivating:) I look forward to joining your Smell the Roses. :)

  6. Just found your blog - this idea is so perfect! We all need to find reasons to stop and enjoy our lives :)

  7. I really love your 'Smell the Roses' idea. It is truly inspiring. I also love your Bucket List. I am always encouraged when I see someone else's Life List.

  8. I really love your 'Smell the Roses' idea. It is truly inspiring. I also love your Bucket List. I am always encouraged when I see someone else's Life List.

  9. Hi! I just found your blog the other day and I love it!! I'm one of your new followers too :)
    I wanted to share that your Smell the Roses completely inspired me to do something similar over at my blog. I hope you like my version :) I've added your button to my page and know my friends will be just as inspired by you as I am!
    Thanks Jessica and keep up the great job!

  10. Hi Jessica! I recently moved to Maryland with my husband and the past couple of weeks have been a little bit rough. I think some perspective is just what I need... I'm excited to join in on this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is perfect! I love this idea! thanks for hosting! It's a great idea for learning not to take advantage of the things around you! can't wait to link up!

  12. This is AWESOME. I wanna participate this week!


  13. I love this!!! I can't wait to join in! I'm a new follower, :)

  14. Hi! I am a new follower! And OMG I love this idea!! I love Challenges.. Whether or not I fail.. But I can't wait to try this out!! Come and say hi if you want!

  15. YOu just gained a new follower. Came across your blog and the "smell the roses" task really appealed to me. This seems so fulfilling that I really wanna give it a try. Count me in!


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