30 Day Challenges

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.

30 Day Challenge

So I have decided to do a year of 30 day challenges.  Here are the  ideas that I’m seriously considering:

  1. 31 day blog challenge
  2. 30 day photography challenge
  3. 30 day fitness challenge
  4. 30 days of no dessert!  ahhh!
  5. 28 day kindness challenge
  6. Self-love challenge
  7. Art and lettering challenge
  8. 30 days of letter writing
  9. 30 days of gratitude on 5 minute journal app
  10. Drink 90 ounces of water a day
  11. Brush teeth after dinner for a month
  12. 100 carbs or less per day
  13. 10,000 steps a day
  14. Write a novel in a month
  15. Work on my bullet journal each day
  16. 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)

  1. brush up on my blogging skills-I realize that I have forgotten quite a bit in 3 months (could take several days or weeks!)
  2. make a calendar for my wall to cross off day
  3. make a pretty printable
  4. make pages in my bullet journal
  5. take a mini photography course (a week?)
  6. buy a new pair of workout sneakers
  7. buy art and lettering “stuff”
  8. get a new toothbrush!
  9. buy a 90 ounce water bottle (do they make those?!)
  10.  organize my desk
  11. buy Xmas gifts so that I’ll be done with this when my challenges start
  12. 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!