I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project. To be honest, I need a bit more happiness in my life. My life is pretty good as it is: great kids, job I love, sweet boyfriend, enough money to pay my bills, and I don’t want to complain, but well, I want more happiness. For my own benefit, yes, but also for my family. You know the old saying: if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
One of her projects is to write a novel in 30 days. I love 30 day challenges. I think they are fun, and it gives me a confidence boost when I think about what I accomplished.
So I have decided to do a year of 30 day challenges. Here are the ideas that I’m seriously considering:
- 31 day blog challenge
- 30 day photography challenge
- 30 day fitness challenge
- 30 days of no dessert! ahhh!
- 28 day kindness challenge
- Self-love challenge
- Art and lettering challenge
- 30 days of letter writing
- 30 days of gratitude on 5 minute journal app
- Drink 90 ounces of water a day
- Brush teeth after dinner for a month
- 100 carbs or less per day
- 10,000 steps a day
- Write a novel in a month
- Work on my bullet journal each day
- Track my food for a month
When I reread my list, I see that some of these go together. For example, no dessert, drink water, 100 carbs or less, and tracking my food are all about eating healthier. If I combine those to all be a part of one 30 day challenge- 30 days of\ healthy eating- then my list would be whittled down to 12. One for each month. I love numbered, organized lists. (I have 4 separate planners and am trying to not buy a fifth.)
The next step is to assign each one to a specific month.
- December: 30 Day Blog Challenge. I may as well start with this so that I can blog about my experience. Plus, I know that December would not be a good time to start eating healthy.
- January: 30 Day Healthy Eating Challenge. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! It may actually be easier if lots of people I know are choosing this as their New Year’s resolution. Misery loves company.
- February: 28 Day Kindness Challenge. The month of Valentine’s Day seems like a good time for this particular challenge.
- March: 31 Day Fitness Challenge. Get in shape for my bikini! (hahaha. I will never wear a bikini again. ever. ever.)
- April: 30 Day Photography Challenge. Spring sounds like a perfect time to get outside and take some pictures.
- May: 31 Days of Letter Writing. Mother’s Day and several family birthdays are in May. Sounds like a good time!
- June: 30 Days of Bullet Journaling. I love my bullet journal. It’s more of a scrap book for me, but I don’t take time to work on it. With school over for the year, this will be a nice change of pace.
- July: Write a novel in a month. Summer vacation for us teachers means time for this challenge!
- August: 30 Days of Gratitude. Back to school means NO time for challenges and the 5 minute journal sounds do-able.
- September: 10,000 steps a day Challenge. Back to school also means stress, so taking a walk each day could be a great stress reliever.
- October: 30 Day Art and Lettering Challenge. This was the only one left, because I wanted to save November for one about just me.
- November: 30 Day Self-love Challenge. My birthday month! This seems like a great birthday present to myself.
Too bad that today is the 6th of the month. Too late for a nice, clean start to the first challenge, and a ways to go before I get to the next month. Hmmm, decisions, decisions. Perhaps I could use the next 24 days to get organized. Make a nice check off sheet, or accountability calendar. Or a page in my bullet journal. A nice printable to put here on the blog. I like the idea of starting right away. I can be a bit of a procrastinator. Haha, My mom is rolling her eyes and saying, “a bit?!”
But 24 days might be the perfect amount of time to get ready. Since I love lists, let’s try a list of 24 thing that I could do in 24 days to get ready for my 12, 30 day challenges! (so many numbers, must try to not confuse myself)
- brush up on my blogging skills-I realize that I have forgotten quite a bit in 3 months (could take several days or weeks!)
- make a calendar for my wall to cross off day
- make a pretty printable
- make pages in my bullet journal
- take a mini photography course (a week?)
- buy a new pair of workout sneakers
- buy art and lettering “stuff”
- get a new toothbrush!
- buy a 90 ounce water bottle (do they make those?!)
- organize my desk
- buy Xmas gifts so that I’ll be done with this when my challenges start
- research for each theme
So I think that these 12 things could actually take me at least 24 days. Blogging and photography could take 24 days by themselves when you consider that I also work full time.
So wish me luck and check back in to keep me accountable!