My one-month no bitching challenge for charity

This is a personal post but I think it’s something that everyone can relate to and learn from!

What would your life be like if you didn’t bitch behind someone’s back or gossip for an entire month? For me, it’s unimaginable. It’s not that I’m a horrible person or anything, but I do love to hear the latest gossip and I’m fascinated with extreme human behaviour. I’m not sure I even know who I am without that aspect of my personality to lean on!

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That’s why I’ve decided to honour my dad’s memory and raise some more money for the Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge by refraining from bitching or gossiping for a whole month. I’ll be raising money through my JustGiving page where donations to the charity are very welcome!

Anyone who knows me will know that this is a HUGE personal challenge. I will have a “bitch jar” where every time I slip up I put a pound of my own money in which will be collected and added to the total fund at the end of the month. I will do this from April 15th to May 15th 2014 during which time I will keep a “negativity journal” to write down any thoughts and burn at the end of the month so that I don’t explode. I’ll also be keeping track of my feelings in general and things that I learn from the experience.

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I’ll be spreading the love instead of gossiping or bitching! 

So why am I doing this? I wanted to find a way to continue to support the amazing hospice that took such incredible care of my father in his final months. He passed away in February last year, aged 59 after a short battle with cancer, and losing him has been the single most difficult and life-changing events of my life so far. Without the support of the hospice, I don’t know what we would have done as a family.

The nurses, doctors counsellors and staff were so kind, so supportive, so compassionate. They made everything bearable and continued to do so for a year afterwards through their wonderful counselling service. I will be grateful for the rest of my life.

I’m not at all athletic and running a marathon isn’t a realistic prospect for me, and cutting my hair off would have broken my dad’s heart as he loved my long hair, but he HATED bitching and gossiping, so I thought this would be a great way to remember him. I’m sure he’ll be looking down on me and laughing hysterically, but hopefully for a month the world will be a more positive place for it and hey, I may even learn something about tolerance and respect.

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Come round for a cuppa, but leave the bitching behind

Here are a few things you can do to support me:

1. DONATE via the JustGiving page! It’s for a fricking AMAZING cause, Sam Beare saved us at the worst time of our lives, there are no words to describe what they do for terminally ill patients.

2. Refrain from contacting me between those dates with any juicy gossip or complaints. Write it down and save it for later or tell somebody else.

3. Join in and start your own JustGiving page! If we’re in it together it might not be the longest month of my life.

Like I said, all donations are welcome here! Thank you so much for your support and wish me luck, if anyone wants to catch me for a bitch I’ll be getting it all out of my system before the 15th of April! 

2 Comments on My one-month no bitching challenge for charity

  1. Maddy
    April 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm (5 years ago)

    What a fantastic idea Sara! Very inspirational. I’m supporting you all the way! <3

  2. Sarah
    April 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Ooohhh INTERESTING!! I’ll bung you a few quid ;)


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