Why a monthly challenge?
A 30 day monthly challenge is a fun way to try something new while also easing your way into forming new habits. Together, we will feel healthier (both mentally and physically), expand our knowledge, help others in need, improve the environment and increase our wealth (aka save some cash money to travel and experience more).
I am not saying we’re going to solve world hunger or become mega-millionaires (a girl can dream, right?), but I do know this: small, consistent activities can make a big impact over time.
Do your best. That’s what matters. Challenge yourself, but don’t be too hard on yourself. So if you’re at a dinner party with only filthy delicious but unhealthy food, just eat the dang food (in moderation, of course)! And then get back on track the next day. Let’s do this!
30-Day Challenges: July – December
This month’s 30-day challenge is to take a 30-minute walk each day. Be alone with your thoughts (or listen to a good podcast). It’s therapeutic, keeps you active and helps you sleep better. Time to get moving!
Read a book for at least 30 minutes each day. Need book suggestions? Check out the books from challenges below (from the first half of the year). Bonus points if you read outside – we all need more vitamin D!
Time to sleep like a baby! Set a bedtime and stick to it. Your goal is to sleep for eight hours each night. If you need help falling asleep, put your phone (or any electronic device) away at least two hours before bed.
Listen to one educational, historical and/or inspiration podcast each day. I recommend TED Talks Daily (which is usually under 20 minutes) and TED Radio Hour.
Write down one thing (in a journal) each day that you are thankful for. I recommend purchasing a “One Line a Day” journal. You can keep the challenge going for the next five years!
With New Years around the corner, it’s time to create a bucket or wish list. Each day, write down one thing you want to accomplish in your life.
You may have noticed I opted not to recommend a related book for the challenges in the second half of the year. If I am being honest, it was really difficult to focus on a challenge AND keep up with the reading. However, please comment below if there are any books you recommend!
Looking for more ideas for a monthly challenge? Check out the challenges from January – June.