These were the challenges I picked from the list. I’ve chosen a few different ones and grouped them together into things I need to work on. And I also didn’t choose anything too extreme because I know my limits and what I can do.
In no particular order:
- Take a photo a day on your way to work.
This one is a bit of a cheat as I am already doing a 366 photography challenge, but sometimes there are lots of photos that I want to share so having another place to do that can’t hurt. Also I don’t work but I do walk everywhere. As the weather improves (hopefully) I’ll have lots more opportunities to take more photos.
- Keep a thought journal.
- Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that made you really laugh hard.
- Write down a positive thought a day
- Keep a gratitude list for 30 days
- Before you go to sleep, think about the best thing that happened to you that day for five minutes.
- Write a book in a month with help fromNational Novel Writing Month
- Read a poem a day.
- Write a poem a day.
I’ve put these together because writing is something that I was doing a lot of up until a couple of months ago. I took part in Nano 2016, I didn’t hit the 50,000 but I did manage to get my part-written novel into a comprehensive order, I just need to get back to writing regularly. I’ve been keeping a journal for over a year now but I’ve gotten very bad at writing in it since I started blogging.
- Draw or paint a picture a day.
- Create a postcard sized piece of art each day and have a work of art to display at the end of the month.
These two belong together. Something else I haven’t done for a while is painting or drawing. I also like the idea of creating a small piece of art, I need to get my creativity flowing again.
- Knit a scarf in a month doing a few lines a day.
I won’t be knitting – I crochet, but I have so many half-finished projects – I am going to finish something!
- Learn to love yourself just a little bit more each day. You deserve it.
- Feel beautiful in your own skin every day.
This is something I’ve been working on, but I still need reminding about.
- Drink eight glasses of water a day.
- Cook or bake something new each day.
- Drink green tea (high in antioxidants) every morning.
- Take a photograph of your food every day — it might force you to prepare nicer looking meals.
- Cut out the caffeine for a month
- Do an hour of exercise a day.
- Spend 30 days being a vegetarian or vegan
- Eat something you’ve never tried before every day.
- Spend 30 days eating (healthy) raw food meals.
I’ve grouped all of these together because I shall be doing a combination of these. Eating better, more fruit and veg, cooking more meals from scratch and definitely doing a lot more baking. I also need to cut down on my tea drinking – drink more water or herbal tea. And walk more.
- Experiment wearing a new outfit every day.
I doubt I’ll be wearing a completely new outfit each day but I do want to change, not my look, but the combination of things I wear. The weather always seems to mean I end up wearing the same sort of things. That and just being comfortable. I have quite a few things that I don’t wear – time to get them out or ditch them.
- Plant a flower a day — in your garden or just in random places.
Not so much planting a flower a day as getting my garden sorted out once and for all – it’s been on my list for the last five years.
- Learn a new instrument in a month — the ukulele, cello, flute — whatever takes your fancy.
When I was at school I learnt to play piano, violin and flute. I’d like to start playing something again, piano was easiest, but I would also like to learn to play the guitar, but I remember how much my fingers hurt with the violin.
- Make a patchwork quilt in a month with 30 squares.
I have so much fabric I could probably make a quilt a month, it something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, like everything else! I have a sewing machine, I bought a rotary cutter and cutting mat and I still haven’t gotten around to it.
- Revamp your house in a month and learn one upcycling trick a day.
This, as with the garden is more a case of just actually getting around to doing the work! Bits and pieces have been done, I just need to get down and finish the job.
- Ditch social media sites for 30 days, or limit yourself to a few minutes a day.
This is the first challenge which will hopefully lead to my getting stuck into the other challenges. I spend way too much time online. Backwards and forwards between email, Twitter, blogs. I won’t be giving it up completely but once I’ve finished checking things I’ll be logging off and doing other things!
So, there you have it, my list of challenges. Some, like sorting out the garden will have to wait for better weather and the quilt making I’ll keep for Autumn. Others, such as the getting offline and the diet will be starting on February 1st and will be ongoing. Fingers crossed I’ll get to the end of the year having completed most of these😀
In the mean time I’ll leave you with a photograph.