The personal development junkie in me loves the idea of challenges, especially smaller ones like 30 days. However, the lazy introvert in me doesn't really love a challenge when I actually have to do it. I think I need to challenge myself more in 2019 and stop falling back into old habits, so I thought trying a new 30 day challenge each month (12 in total) would be a great idea!
I haven't planned out my entire year yet. I thought I would plan a month ahead and write down some ideas of challenges I'd like to try. Then, as the year goes on, I can decide when the month gets a little closer what challenge I'd like to do. For example, I'd like to try 30 days without TV, but think it might be better suited for summer months.
Here are some ideas for 30 day challenges if you are interested in joining me!
1. Dry January or 30 days without alcohol
Many people already do this. It is easy to overindulge during the holidays so after New Year's Eve is the perfect time to take a break from alcohol. I definitely love ordering a fun cocktail while out to dinner with friends or having a drink to relax in the evenings. However, I do notice that I have a harder time getting up the next morning and aren't as productive. There are so many other benefits from taking a break from drinking. I did this challenge about a year ago and I felt great after a few weeks!
2. 30 days without television
I LOVE TV, especially reality tv shows. I can binge Vanderpump Rules, Housewives, Below Deck, or Teen Mom forever. Yet, I know that there are much more productive and healthier activities I could be doing each evening.
3. 30 days of no sugar
Yikes, this will also be a hard one! I love sugar and sweets but I know sometimes it makes me feel sick and it isn't the best for my health. I don't think I will go so far as to avoid EVERYTHING with added sugar, but just avoid sweets for a month to see if I can!
4. 30 days of stretching
I am a freelance writer, so that means I am sitting at my computer all day long. I do sometimes get up to stretch, but not as often as I should. I am also not very flexible. I would like to challenge myself to stretch more often and I think it would also help my back pain.
5. 30 days of exercise
I am not much of an exerciser. I am naturally thin so I don't need to work out hard to lose weight. Yet, I know I feel better when I work out and it is so good for you. I love doing Tone It Up videos on YouTube or taking walks and I know I could do that for 30 days in a row.
6. 30 days of no spending or shopping
I LOVE online shopping. I definitely spend more than I should at times and I need to save more money for my upcoming wedding/honeymoon and paying off vacations. It will definitely do me some good to avoid spending money on myself except necessities for 30 days and perhaps longer.
What other challenges would you add to this list? There are so many different ideas out there! I can't wait for you to follow along on my journey!
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