Welcome to the 30 Day Self-Challenge!
If you still need a reason WHY to commit to this awesome challenge... well, cuz it'll make your life what you want it to be! It'll make you Happy and fill your life with Positivity and get it on track to pure amazing awesomeness!!
Still need more convincing? Read about the Challenge here:
Remember to read the "Preparation" Notes before starting this challenge! Print them off and stick them on your fridge.
K, Lovelies, here it goes... 30 Days of self-commitment!!!
Day 1. Set Goals and Find an Inspirational Photo: So kinda two parts. And a good one that you can do right at home if you're feeling hungover from the New Year's partying ~_^. I'm not a believer in the "life goals" of planning out your distant future--it takes you away from the present moment and therefor from happiness. But Self-Goals are important. Now is the time to set these for yourself because they are going to be your conscious commitment throughout this challenge. Maybe your goal is simply to Be Happy. Maybe it's to change your life completely. Maybe it's to meet new friends, to be confident, to be Here & Now, to have a Positive Mental Attitude. Maybe it's that you want your life to be f*#king awesome! Whatever your goals are let them be your reminder whenever you're feeling a lack of excitement to the challenge.
Next, find an Inspirational Photo that you can identify yourself with that will inspire you to Postivity and Happiness. Keep this in your wallet, at your desk, your fridge, anywhere you can easily see it. This picture will be your reminder, your answer to life's questions, your encouragement. It can be a slogan, a person, any symbol that will have meaning to you and remind you of your goals.
Day 2. Do a Cleanse: And change your diet! I recommend one of the following (instead of the many other silly cleanses in existence that don't particularly make sense): a Juice Fast, a Raw Diet, or the WildRose Cleanse. Try to do it for at least 3 days to a week (if you're doing the WildRose Cleanse then it's for 15-30 days). Not only will this do your body a world of good (and get rid of that crap you've been eating over the Holiday season ~_^) but it will also teach you self-discipline and persistence--things that you will need to apply to your general mental attitude if you want a true change in your life. When you're done the cleanse, don't go back to your regular eating habits. Change your Diet! Over half the world is allergic to wheat, dairy, and sugar. Cut these out of your diet entirely--I promise you will notice an amazing difference in your energy and your health. While you're at it, cut out coffee, alcohol, refined flours, and if you can, meat. If you need more reasons why read the book "Skinny Bitch". It'll be a good wake-up call. Now don't get whiny, this IS a Challenge. And you want an awesome Positive life don't you? Remember; You Are What You Eat!
Day 3. Step Out of your Comfort Zone: Try experiencing something totally new that intimidates you. We all have our own "comfort zones" where we like to stay. I'm here to tell you to break those walls! Go and do something you wouldn't normally do. Put yourself in a situation that makes you feel a little tense at first, something that makes you uncomfortable. Do it and let go of your mind. Ease into the experience and enjoy it! Be observant and Open. Embrace it and Be with it. And try to do this all the time. Say goodbye to inhibition and just do it. You'll be surprised by the new experiences you could be missing out on all because of your mind.
Day 4. Exercise: Start today and find something that you enjoy doing. There are not a lot of better things you can do for your mental and physical health than exercising at least 3-4 times a week. It's proven to be more effective than silly anti-depressants (which I highly dont' recommend). Use today to find that form of exercise that you enjoy doing, that you can stay committed to. As an extra note; while you're exercising use this time as a sort of "meditation" time. Repeat in your head that you love your life, that you love yourself, that you are a happy awesome kick-ass human being and that you are going to make your life what you want it to be. Give yourself a mantra to repeat. You will be amazed by the power of this!
Day 5. Meet Someone New: Try to meet someone new, and even better, make a new Friend today! I know that it can be tricky, but at least meet someone new and get their name. Try to meet someone new every day! We are incredibly social creatures and human interaction and connection is rewarding and important for our souls and our "Selfs." It helps us to grow, learn more about ourselves, and learn more about others. It enriches our relationships and our lives. So do it! Everyone can use more freinds!
Day 6. Leave Home All Day: Leave bright and early and don't return until you're ready for bed. Don't plan the day out ahead of time, just get up in the morning, grab your bag, maybe a snack or something, and head out the door. See how you entertain your day. And whatever it is that you do, enjoy it! Embrace each second of this day, it will be a great Here & Now teacher.
Day 7. Stick Happy Notes all over! Write out and stick little Happy quotes, messages, smiley faces, or what-have-you all over your home, in your wallet, on your mirror, on your front door, anywhere and everywhere! Surround yourself with Positivity! Next, go around town and post more messages all over the place. Place them where people can see them--just don't litter! Spreading positive energy and joy could change someone's day, and especially yours!
Day 8. Do Something Generous: Whether it's as simple as feeding someone's parking meter, paying for the drive-thru order or person in line behind you, or surprising someone with a little present on their desk, give a little. It's good Karma and we could all use a little more postivity going around. Plus, what goes around comes around. Learn to be giving, kind, and generous to others. Spread the love! Do at least five generous things today!
Day 9. Have a Game Night! Invite family, friends, new acquaintances, anyone and everybody you desire! Have a Potluck (even better, have a Vegan Potluck to force yourself and others to step outside the box and try something new!) and bust out those Board Games! Be a little dorky and childish, you know, learn to live a little! Make it a regular weekly event if you can.
Day 10. Take Photos of Everything: It's a wonderful way to appreciate what's around you and teaches you to be more observant. You know, actually See what's around you and Open those eyes! Take photos of anything and everything; people, objects, nature, anything that draws your attention.
Day 11. Consciously Be Positive: It doesn't matter what it is that you're doing today, but the goal is to be Positive and Optimistic all day! Be very very overly extremely conscious and aware of doing this and put every ounce of your being into being Positive and Smiling. Every second of today. Smile all day long at everyone, whether they smile back or not. Pay particular attention to this today so that you can continue with this attitude throughout this challenge and throughout life. Get out there and spread some joy and love!
Day 12. Take Yourself out on a Date: Yup, that's right, go solo! Today is a day for you and to get to know you. Most people aren't comfortable enough to take themselves out on a date. There's something about "being alone" that frightens and intimidates us. Learn to enjoy it and to embrace it. It's only awkward and uncomfortable if you let yourself feel that way. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the more others will be drawn to you. We also don't do something just for ourselves often enough, so this is a day, or evening, to do just that. Treat yourself to dinner and a movie. A walk in the park perhaps? Whatever your little heart desires!
Day 13. Be Adventurous: Yup, I'm asking you yet again to step out of your comfort zone--there will be a lot of this throughout the challenge ;). Do something a little more adventurous this time though, something epic and big. Just go for it and stop thinking about it. Maybe it's something you deep down want to try but have been too afraid to. Go for it!
Day 14. Go Out Dancing: Or moshing, or head-banging, or whatever it may be that you enjoy. The point is to go out, listen to blaring music, be energetic and jump around and sweat off some energy. Find a local show to go to, a club, a house party, any event you can find. It's a great opportunity to let yourself go, meet new people, and just plain have a blast!
Day 15. Get in Touch with an old Friend: And hangout! Catch up over tea/coffee or lunch. Get back in touch with someone you were once close with; a childhood friend, an ex, anyone you feel like really. And get in touch with as many people as you can. If you can't meet up right away, that's ok, but at least put the effort forward to get in contact, and follow-through with the meet up when it becomes possible.
Day 16. Spend all day at Home: Call in sick if you have to. This is a day for You. Spending the day in your pijamas is even better. Sleep in, watch cartoons, play games. Whatever you do, just don't be productive ;). No work allowed! Read a book, draw, write, sing, dance, jump on your bed! Whatever it may be, be lazy and enjoy a day completely to yourself where you don't have to do your hair or makeup, get dressed, or worry about the day. Just Be and have some fun!
Day 17. Tackle Procrastination: Most of us have things that we keep putting aside, from big projects to minial tasks. Today is a day to finally tackle them all. Don't leave the day with a single procrastination left over. Get a clean slate--and from now on try to never procrastinate again. If something needs to be done, just Do it! Immediately! And then you can get on with things much easier without it nagging the back of your mind.
Day 18. Forgive Someone: Holding grudges for things long past is pointless. Get over it and move on. Forgiveness is rewarding and chances are the person that needs forgiving needs more compassion in their own lives too. Be the bigger person and forgive at least one person, although I encourage you to forgive everyone, even if it is a tough thing to do. Everyone deserves to be forgiven, and it will set your heart free from all that negativity. Remember that everyone makes mistakes in life and you are no exception. Forgive and move on.
Day 19. Be Spontaneous! Do something totally without thinking, that you just feel like doing today. And do something that you've always wanted to do but always second-guess about or make up excuses over doing or keeping putting aside. Whether its big or small, just go for it! Be a little impulsive and selfish--and be conscious to never regret any decisions you make.
Day 20. The Yes Game: Today's challenge is the "Yes Game." And I encourage this one to last throughout the challenge and thereafter. The rule is simply this; you must say yes to everything. Watch the movie "Yes Man" for extra inspiration on this one. You'll be amazed by how many things you don't do because of our resistant minds. Jump in and say yes to every opportunity that presents itself.
Day 21. Give Hugs! Walk the streets and see if you can give as many hugs as you can. Go with a friend. Spread love and joy all around you! Thank Jetta for the inspiration behind this one and watch the video of her own expedition on the streets.
Day 22. Go Out without Alcohol: Yup, I'm telling you to go out again but this time skip the booze (if you haven't already). This may take a lot of will-power and strength for some of you, but do it! Show yourself that you don't need it--because you don't! Become comfortable with yourself, learn to love yourself! You can act however you want without the need for getting tipsy or completely wasted. Trust me, you can have just as much fun without inhebriating yourself, plus you don't get a nasty hang-over and aren't damaging your health. Love and embrace Who you Are and show the world that all you need is You to have a blast!
Day 23. Earth Day: It's always good to teach yourself how to entertain without the use of electicity. Play a boardgame in candlelight. Maybe have a romantic dinner? Build a child-like fort? Whatever you do, turn off all electricity for the evening. And don't turn on the computer or televison all day. Even see if you can go the entire day without any electronics. Do the Earth some good and explore new activities for yourself.
Day 24. Read a Book: You may be weary, but I'm talking about picking up an inspirational or "self-help" book. A book changed my life, maybe one will change yours too. There are hundreds to choose from! Find one that speaks to you or maybe that was recommended to you by a friend or someone you know. I always read books that have been recommended to me. Once you're done with it, pass it on to a friend and tell them to do the same.
Day 25. Volunteer Your Time: Whatever it may be, spend the day doing something for others. Volunteer at your local animal shelter, food bank, an environmental group, contribute to your community. Be giving and selfless. Spread some good karma.
Day 26. Learn Something New: Pick up something that you've always wanted to do. Learn an instrument, a sport, a craft, a job, anything your heart desires. Keep your brain alive and buzzing. Plus creativity is a wonderful way to connect and inspire and grow.
Day 27. Clear out your Closet: Sort through the possessions you have, decide what you need and what you don't need. If it's valuable to you and holds meaning, hang on to it, if it doesn't let it go. Don't have anything in your home that has no value or memory to you. This includes your wardrobe! Don't wear it? Pass it along, donate it, sell it. Remember; things do not bring Happiness!
Day 28. Discover a new Restaurant with a New Friend! By now, with all those people you're supposed to be meeting you should have at least one new friend that you can invite out with you! Get to know them better and explore where you live by going somewhere you've never been. New food and a new friend--lots of newness, plenty new for experiences! Oh, and leave your server a nice tip! ;)
Day 29. Love Love Love! Read this post and then write down a full page of things you love about yourself. Do it with a huge ridiculous smile on your face! :D And then write a full page about everything you love about your life and the people in it. Spread some love. Give all the people you love hugs and tell them how much you appreciate having them in your life. And look in the mirror and do the same with yourself, while you're at it, give yourself a hug too!
Day 30. Get a Happy Diary: Read this article about the negativities of your typical diary and how to have a "Happy Diary" instead. Go out and buy a new one today. Now it's time to re-enforce that Positive Thinking! Write in your new diary every day, whether its one simple line or a mini novel expressing Optimism, Happiness, Love, Joy, Grattitude, or any other Positive Thought. Keep this going now that the challenge is over and let it remind you to live your life full of bliss and to always focus on the Positive!
Good luck! You can juggle some of the days around if you need to, just remember that I will also be writing up posts for some of the days for extra elaboration ;). And remember that these are lessons and things to be doing as often as possible.
This Self Challenge could be your boost to getting what you want! What have you got to lose?
Let's kick-off this New Year with a bang! Get Excited!!! Life is Amazing and Awesome!!!
Remember; You are f*#cking Awesome and you can do Anything you set your mind to do!!!
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Hello New Year!!! Hello New Life!
Peace and Love!
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