DID YOU KNOW?
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.
ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
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!
LETS TALK ABOUT FLOW
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.
LETS GET STARTED
- Drawing or painting everyday (popular in October aka Inktober)
- Reading (I found an app called Blinkist where you can learn something new in 15 min)
- Do one selfless act everyday (random acts of kindness)
- Sing a song
- Write a poem
- No fast food
- Go for a walk every day
- Only drink water
- No sugar for a month
- Give up alcohol for a month
- No television for a month
- Exercise a few minutes everyday
- Send a message to an old friend or acquaintance
- Learn something new
- Learn a language
- Leave social media for 30 days
- Read a new blog
- Do a puzzle
- Make a budget and keep it
- Hand lettering/ calligraphy
- Take a picture
- Create a new hairstyle/makeup look
- Write down something you’re grateful for
- Write in a diary
- Do something that scares you
- Try a new recipe
- Come up with a meal plan
- Take an online course
- Do brain training activities
- Listen to TED talks
- Home brew
- Learn about investing and start doing it
- Eat something new
- Read inspirational quotes
- Read your horoscope
- Try out a new app
- Listen to music
- Take at least an hour of “me time” every day
- Write down one goal for yourself every day
- Begin your day by making a prioritized to-do list every day
- Read one chapter of your (old) study books every day
- Send a letter or a card every day
- Create a vision board, pin something to it every day (use Pinterest or a regular pin board)
- Give a compliment a day
- Spend five minutes focusing on your breath every day
- Be honest (no lying)
- Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that made you really laugh hard
- Do 50 sit ups
- Drink green tea (high in antioxidants) every morning
- Experiment wearing a new outfit every day
- Bring your own lunch to work.
- Read about a different period of history every day
- Do one thing that makes you feel inspired
- Learn a new word every day
- Cut out caffeine for a month
- Go internet free for a month
- Visit a new website
- Read the Bible
- Feel beautiful in your own skin every day
- Create a bucket list of 30 items in 30 days
- Write down something you love about your partner every day and give them the list after your month is up
- Make the bed each morning first thing
- Get up 20 minutes earlier than your regular time
- Spend 15 minutes each day organizing a space in your home
- Give yourself a daily facial
- Eat an apple/banana/orange/piece of fruit each day
- Take a bubble bath
- Watch funny YouTube videos
- Skype or Facetime a friend or family member (even for a few minutes)
- Write yourself a note for the next day
- Donate one thing from your home every day for a month
- Paint and hide positivity rocks
- Go a month without makeup
- Drive somewhere new
- Visit a new coffee shop/store/area of your town
- Go to a park
- Visit the library
- Make time each day to do absolutely nothing
- Turn off all electronics after 7 pm
- Switch to all-natural organic products
- Eat something green with each meal
- Log what you eat each day
- Pack your lunch the night before
- Make a wish
- Clean the house for 15 minutes a day
- Spend 30 min in nature
- 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)
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
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 🙂