30 Day New Years Resolution Challenge

by brandiann


It takes just about 30 days to form healthy habits. Why not start the new year with a challenge – 30 day challenge to be exact.

Have you rang in the new year, year after year starting out with gusto and driven to make changes in your life (whether they be a new diet or exercise regime) and valentine’s rolls around and the idea of change seems lack luster?!

Well I’m here to tell you – YOU CAN DO IT. This CAN and WILL be your year! The key to accomplishing a goal is to set some expectations. If you set those expectations low, you have no where to go but up!

30 days, simple enough right? I have a list of 30-day challenges that you could easily pick and choose from each month. We all know how fast the year blows by, why not fill it with something you could end up being passionate, instead of sitting on the couch eating chips and watching Netflix every night [ Hey, don’t get me wrong I love a good veg night, but when you become complacent – that’s certainly no way to live! ]

You might just be impressed with yourself on what you can accomplish – taking one day at a time and 30 days seems less daunting than a full year goal.


Below I will list lots of ideas for you to begin your challenge journey! Just do one or do 12 to complete the year. The challenge is yours to choose and your choice alone!

If you start and halfway through you don’t like it, then stop! Starting is winning in my book and there’s no race to the finish line. How else will you know if you like something unless you give it a try!

Can we all agree on something?

We’re all in search of something in this life. That something just so happens to be happiness. Many find happiness in hobbies. Others in food. Others in exercise. Whatever your passions are in life, they drive you and sustain you spiritually. It’s what makes us feel.

Well what if you’re stuck in a rut. You don’t really know what makes you happy anymore. You’re grown up, you set your alarm each night and get up and work each day. You long for the weekends and that much needed break. You don’t make time for yourself.

All that needs to stop. No I don’t mean quit your job! I mean stop putting yourself on the back burner and step up to the plate. We’re only given one life. Make it count and have fun doing it!


I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard the expression. Just go with the flow. But have you ever stopped to think about what that means exactly. What exactly is flow?

Imagine for a moment that you are running a race. Your attention is focused on the activity you’re immersed in, you feel the street beneath your sneakers as they rhythmically pound the surface, the movements of your body and lungs as it feels with air. You are living in the moment and absorbed in the present activity.

According to positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, what you are experiencing in that moment is known as flow, a state of complete immersion in an activity. When you start to feel discouraged, just go with the flow.



  1. Drawing or painting everyday (popular in October aka Inktober)
  2. Reading (I found an app called Blinkist where you can learn something new in 15 min)
  3. Do one selfless act everyday (random acts of kindness)
  4. Sing a song
  5. Write a poem
  6. No fast food
  7. Go for a walk every day
  8. Only drink water
  9. No sugar for a month
  10. Give up alcohol for a month
  11. No television for a month
  12. Exercise a few minutes everyday
  13. Send a message to an old friend or acquaintance
  14. Learn something new
  15. Sewing
  16. Knitting
  17. Yoga
  18. Learn a language
  19. Leave social media for 30 days
  20. Pray
  21. Read a new blog
  22. Do a puzzle
  23. Make a budget and keep it
  24. Hand lettering/ calligraphy
  25. Take a picture
  26. Create a new hairstyle/makeup look
  27. Write down something you’re grateful for
  28. Write in a diary
  29. Scrapbook
  30. Do something that scares you
  31. Try a new recipe
  32. Come up with a meal plan
  33. Take an online course
  34. Do brain training activities
  35. Garden
  36. Listen to TED talks
  37. Color
  38. Home brew
  39. Learn about investing and start doing it
  40. Eat something new
  41. Read inspirational quotes
  42. Read your horoscope
  43. Recycle
  44. Try out a new app
  45. Listen to music
  46. Take at least an hour of “me time” every day
  47. Write down one goal for yourself every day
  48. Begin your day by making a prioritized to-do list every day
  49. Read one chapter of your (old) study books every day
  50. Send a letter or a card every day
  51. Create a vision board, pin something to it every day (use Pinterest or a regular pin board)
  52. Give a compliment a day
  53. Spend five minutes focusing on your breath every day
  54. Be honest (no lying)
  55. Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that made you really laugh hard
  56. Do 50 sit ups
  57. Drink green tea (high in antioxidants) every morning
  58. Experiment wearing a new outfit every day
  59. Bring your own lunch to work.
  60. Read about a different period of history every day
  61. Do one thing that makes you feel inspired
  62. Learn a new word every day
  63. Cut out caffeine for a month
  64. Go internet free for a month
  65. Visit a new website
  66. Read the Bible
  67. Feel beautiful in your own skin every day
  68. Create a bucket list of 30 items in 30 days
  69. Write down something you love about your partner every day and give them the list after your month is up
  70. Make the bed each morning first thing
  71. Get up 20 minutes earlier than your regular time
  72. Spend 15 minutes each day organizing a space in your home
  73. Give yourself a daily facial
  74. Eat an apple/banana/orange/piece of fruit each day
  75. Take a bubble bath
  76. Watch funny YouTube videos
  77. Skype or Facetime a friend or family member (even for a few minutes)
  78. Write yourself a note for the next day
  79. Donate one thing from your home every day for a month
  80. Paint and hide positivity rocks
  81. Go a month without makeup
  82. Drive somewhere new
  83. Visit a new coffee shop/store/area of your town
  84. Go to a park
  85. Visit the library
  86. Make time each day to do absolutely nothing
  87. Turn off all electronics after 7 pm
  88. Switch to all-natural organic products
  89. Eat something green with each meal
  90. Log what you eat each day
  91. Pack your lunch the night before
  92. Make a wish
  93. Clean the house for 15 minutes a day
  94. Spend 30 min in nature
  95. Write a letter to your future self using FutureMe.org (imagine how fun it will be to read 30 days of letters to yourself later on)



So, here’s a lot of ideas for you! I hope you can find a few things that interest you and you’re able to complete at least one 30-day challenge.

I would love to hear your stories and how your challenge is going so please leave a comment or send me a message! I would love to share your stories 🙂



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1 comment

jay January 21, 2018 - 4:13 pm

I love this idea! I may be kind of late to te game but it’s never too late to start right ? I deff want to read more tis year, I have so many books I have purchased just waiting for me to crack them open so I am gonna try and read everyday for 30 mins 🙂


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