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!
The first monthly challenge is “Dry January,” so no alcohol during the month. Taking a month to detox helps you sleep better, clear your skin and even saves money.
This month’s challenge is to only eat real food. This means no processed or fake foods. You’ll benefit from clearer skin, increased energy and better sleep.
Challenge yourself to declutter your home in March. Donate at least 30 items to a local organization or person in need. With less clutter, you will feel less stressed. Plus, you will make a positive impact on others.
This month’s challenge is all about kindness. Each day, sincerely compliment someone – a stranger, colleague, friend, family member and/or spouse. At the end of the month, you will have positively impacted 30 people.
This month’s challenge is to participate in a “Capsule Closet.” Here’s how it works: Choose 30 pieces of clothing and accessories to wear for the 31 days of May. You can only wear these items – everything else in your closet is off limits. The benefit? Less stress, positive financial impact, less consumption.
June’s monthly challenge is a ban on plastic. Instead, choose reusable cloth bags, water bottles and glass containers. You can do this! Less plastic (especially single-use plastic items) improves our environment and contributes to less waste. You can do this!
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. 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.