Quarantine has put a lot of people deep into their thoughts. What am I doing with my life? Am I where I want to be? Am I living my best life? With little else to do nowadays, the ever popular 30-day challenges have gotten even bigger. These challenges push you to do hard things - things for you, for your family, your finances, your happiness.
And now that we've rolled into a new year, this idea of challenging myself to doing something hard has been on my mind a lot. Chatting with the eldest, we were discussing doing hard things. She made a comment that really sent me into my feels.
"Doing hard things is easier for you because you're grown up." That got me thinking...am I? Am I grown-up? I mean, yes I pay a mortgage and taxes. I work and raise kids. But I know plenty of 'grown-ups' that have a lot of growing up left to do. And is it easier to do hard things when you're grown? I'd honestly never considered it so I can't actually say.
But I'm going to try to find out. I'm going to do hard things. Several of them. Thirty to be exact. Over the course of the next 120 I'm going to attempt to complete thirty 30-Day Challenges.
I've broken them up into six areas I feel I could improve to live my best life.
Health, Habits, Self-Care, Enrichment, Courage, Social
I'll track my progress on TikTok and Insta and at the close of every 30 day window, I'll update here.
Here's a full list of all the challenges I aim to complete and the time frame they are scheduled for:
Jan 11-Feb 10
Drink 8 oz of water first thing in the morning.
Climb Mount Everet in steps. (85,238 steps)
Make my bed.
15 minutes of "reading" a day (Audiobooks count.)
Do a make-up look.
Give each member of my household an on-purpose hug.
Feb 11- Mar 13
8 oz of water 8 times a day (64oz/day)
10 minutes on my stationary bike
Practice a new language using Rosetta Stone (I'm choosing German.)
Perform a nightly tea ritual to end the day.
Follow Jame's Altucher's advice and become an idea machine - write down 10 ideas a day.
Handwrite letters to 30 people.
Mar 14- Apr 13
Drink 1 gallon of water
20 minutes of yoga
Sleep 7 or more hours per night
Write for 30 minutes.
Read one Wikipedia entry per day.
Listen to music for 1 hour.
Film and post affirmations for others on social media.
Meet 30 new people either in person or online.
April 14 - May 14
Eat one serving of fish
Eat a serving of vegetables with every meal.
Get up by 6am
Cut off caffeine by noon
Take my daily vitamins
Write 30 short stories.
Try one things I've never tried before every day.
Post 30 selfies with each of the short stories.
Some of these are very personal challenges. Some might seem easy to some and impossible to others. And honestly, there are quite of a few of these I wouldn't mind carrying on for more than 30 days. But I'm going to try not to overload my own expectations.
Are you going to join me for any of these? Let me know in the comments. And be sure you follow me on Instagram and TikTok for regular updates.