Day 1

I’m not sure how often I’ll be updating, if I have a challenge to do in 30 days obviously I’ll update daily. But this first month is more about setting the groundwork.

I managed to get up on time this morning, score one for me😀 Due to Storm Henry I decided that we’d stay home today which meant I wasn’t able to do the things I’d planned, such as visit my GP, so they are on the list for tomorrow.

As for spending less time online? I did get a few things done around the house – cleaning windows, washing curtains etc. so that’s another positive.

Diet wise – still drank tea all day but we are having a healthy dinner – chicken and pasta. Another plus point.

And this evening I took some photos of another fabulous sky😀

My Challenges

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:

  1. 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.

  1. Keep a thought journal.
  2. Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that made you really laugh hard.
  3. Write down a positive thought a day
  4. Keep a gratitude list for 30 days
  5. Before you go to sleep, think about the best thing that happened to you that day for five minutes.
  6. Write a book in a month with help fromNational Novel Writing Month
  7. Read a poem a day.
  8. 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.

  1. Draw or paint a picture a day.
  2. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. Learn to love yourself just a little bit more each day. You deserve it.
  2. Feel beautiful in your own skin every day.

This is something I’ve been working on, but I still need reminding about.

  1. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
  2. Cook or bake something new each day.
  3. Drink green tea (high in antioxidants) every morning.
  4. Take a photograph of your food every day — it might force you to prepare nicer looking meals.
  5. Cut out the caffeine for a month
  6. Do an hour of exercise a day.
  7. Spend 30 days being a vegetarian or vegan
  8. Eat something you’ve never tried before every day.
  9. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

More Steps

Shaking Up My Life

I needed to make some changes so I’m going to do some 30 day challenges this year. They won’t fit in with my other projects so this is blog #3 for me. And the hardest thing is always finding a theme I like😀

I found this list of 100 30 day challenges and there are a few I like the look of. I’m planning to start on February 1st so over the next couple of weeks I’ll pick my challenges and write a little bit about why I picked them.

  1. Take a photo a day on your way to work.
  2. Give a compliment a day.
  3. Speak to someone new every day.
  4. Keep a thought journal.
  5. Write your dreams down every morning for 30 days.
  6. Give up alcohol for a month.
  7. Give up TV for a month.
  8. Listen to a new song every day.
  9. Spend five minutes focusing on your breath every day.
  10. Take time out each day to watch your thoughts play out like a film — observing without judgement.
  11. Be totally honest — so no lying for 30 days (harder than you think).
  12. Draw or paint a picture a day.
  13. Learn something new every day.
  14. Teach others something new every day.
  15. Think of your worst habit, you’ve been meaning to ditch and give it up for 30 days.
  16. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
  17. Try hot yoga every day — many studios offer an intro discount!
  18. Ditch the news for a month and instead seek out an interesting article to read every day.
  19. Cook or bake something new each day.
  20. Spend five minutes a day repeating a positive affirmation you’ve set yourself.
  21. Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that made you really laugh hard.
  22. Go for a 15 minute run every day
  23. Do 50 sit-ups a day.
  24. Write a handwritten letter or send a postcard a day to old friends.
  25. Learn a dance routine as part of a group
  26. Cycle to work
  27. Write down a positive thought a day
  28. Keep a gratitude list for 30 days
  29. Before you go to sleep, think about the best thing that happened to you that day for five minutes.
  30. What have you always wanted to do but never have? Spend 30 days writing down ideas for accomplishing your goal.
  31. Spend at least five minutes doing laughter yoga every day.
  32. Knit a scarf in a month doing a few lines a day.
  33. Drink green tea (high in antioxidants) every morning.
  34. Give up bitching for a month or saying anything negative about people.
  35. Write a book in a month with help fromNational Novel Writing Month
  36. Go money free or live on a strict budget for a month then splash out at the end.
  37. Wake up at 6am to meditate every morning
  38. Play devils advocate with yourself each day and really examine your own beliefs.
  39. Face a new fear a day — talk to a stranger, pick up a spider… push yourself put of your comfort zone
  40. Learn to love yourself just a little bit more each day. You deserve it.
  41. Become a master of magic and learn a trick a day — just watch some youtube videos.
  42. Watch a film a day
  43. Take a photograph of your food every day — it might force you to prepare nicer looking meals.
  44. Experiment wearing a new outfit every day.
  45. Plant a flower a day — in your garden or just in random places.
  46. Do karma yoga (selfless service) for at least 15 mins a day.
  47. Take up a new interesting hobby — tai chi, free running, pottery…
  48. Write loads of cool ideas for things to do in a hat and pull out a different thing each day.
  49. Tell someone you love them each day.
  50. Text, write, message…people you care about and tell them why they’re important to you.
  51. Learn to draw the human face — record your progress in a sketchbook and be amazed at the results.
  52. Take up life drawing.
  53. Learn a new instrument in a month — the ukulele, cello, flute — whatever takes your fancy.
  54. Bring your own lunch to work.
  55. Be the Yes man for a month and start saying yes to stuff.
  56. Stop smoking for 30 days.
  57. Create a postcard sized piece of art each day and have a work of art to display at the end of the month.
  58. Make a patchwork quilt in a month with 30 squares.
  59. Research a different religion or philosophy every day for a month.
  60. Read about a different period of history every day.
  61. Get knowledgeable about art and pick an art movement a day to inspire you.
  62. Do one thing each day that makes you feel inspired.
  63. Live in an ashram for a month or visit a temple every day.
  64. Revamp your house in a month and learn one upcycling trick a day.
  65. Learn a new word every day.
  66. Spend 30-60 mins practising a new language.
  67. If you live in a city, try to spend some time each day in nature whether it’s your garden, a park or the countryside.
  68. Do an hour of exercise a day.
  69. Go on a date with yourself or partner doing something new each day.
  70. Make an item of jewellery a day
  71. Cut out the caffeine for a month
  72. Learn to lucid dream in 30 days
  73. Ditch social media sites for 30 days, or limit yourself to a few minutes a day.
  74. Spend 30 days being a vegetarian or vegan
  75. Eat something you’ve never tried before every day.
  76. Do an act of kindness a day.
  77. Go without talking for a month or visit a silent retreat.
  78. Visit a new website a day.
  79. Go internet free for a month.
  80. Donate a bit of money to charity every day.
  81. Read a chapter of a book idea
  82. Spend a month reading the Bible.
  83. Research a different Hindu God each day.
  84. Make a 30 page hand drawn comic book in a month
  85. Ditch your car for a month.
  86. Be positive for 30 days — even when things go wrong, look only for the postives.
  87. Try out polyphasic sleep (sleeping multiple times within 24 hours).
  88. Spend 30 days fundraising for a charity or cause of your choice.
  89. Go on a 30 day bike ride and see how far you get .
  90. Spend 30 days eating (healthy) raw food meals.
  91. Do a brain training puzzle a day like sudoku, crosswords or anything on lumosity.
  92. Feel beautiful in your own skin every day.
  93. Create a bucket list of 30 items in 30 days.
  94. Write down something you love about your partner every day and give them the list after your month is up.
  95. Read a poem a day.
  96. Write a poem a day.
  97. Dance every day — whether you’re good at it or not.
  98. Don’t buy anything new for a month.
  99. Sell 30 things you don’t need, use or wear anymore and see how much money you make at the end of the month.
  100. Spend each day being as ‘present’ as possible and making the most of simple acts and routine tasks. Life will feel brighter and you will hopefully feel more fulfilled. It’s not often what we’ve got or where we are, but our attitude to what life throws our way.