It takes just 30 days to form healthy habits or to discover if something that seems like a lot of fun is something that could be your passion. Take on your next 30 day challenge and get one step closer to finding your purpose!
Are you up for it?
In my last blogpost I talked about 30 day challenges and how they’re a great way to try new things. By taking on 30 day challenges, you are taking a step in the right direction to finding your life purpose.
If you are looking for a way to find your passion, you won’t be finding it by sitting on your butt (even though I often feel really passionate about sitting on my couch and watching some Netflix). You have to get out there and actually try the things that seem interesting to you. Because that something you’re choosing not to do to day? That could be it.
I try to do a lot of 30 day challenges. Last October I tried the Miracle Morning, which comes down to getting up at 5:45am and doing Life S.A.V.E.R.S. (Silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading & scribing).
In November I took on the challenge of writing every day. This is how my first blogposts came to be. At first I thought I’d be participating in NaNoWriMo to write my novel, but I felt more strongly about starting this blog. My novel will just have to wait a little longer. 😉
Don’t be afraid to change your plan, even halfway through. Not finishing a challenge is not failing in my book. It’s just very efficient. If you find out you’re dreading your challenge, please stop… This isn’t for you. Do yourself a favor and move on to the next one. As long as you keep in mind that everything has it’s downsides, not everything is fun all the time. Don’t give up too easily.
Making the most of your life
Not all 30 day challenges are about finding your passion. However, they will all help you to create a happy, healthy and just overall awesome life. You need to take care of yourself too, right?
Building the life of your dreams has more components than just finding your passions and purpose. You probably want to be healthy and happy too. 30 Day challenges are excellent for creating healthy habits!
A lot of challenges
Over the past years I’ve tried a lot of challenges; decluttering my home, practicing gratitude, writing, eating healthy, working out, programming, drawing. They all seemed really interesting to me or felt like something I had to be doing. Some turned out to work really well for me, others not so much. I learned that the things I really want to do or implement in my life are the ones that I can stick with. That’s how I know I’m getting closer to finding my passion and to creating my dream life.
When I do them, it doesn’t feel like a chore, it feels like time is going too fast. Like there is nothing else in the world I’d rather do at that moment. That’s how I feel about writing and that is what I want for you.
Have you ever heard of flow? Flow is a phenomenon that was described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (please forgive me if I didn’t get that exactly right). It’s when your skills and the challenge at hand are balanced. It’s the fine line between boredom and feeling overwhelmed and incapable. Flow is the sweet spot you’re aiming for, because it makes you feel good and forget the time because you’re having fun doing what you’re doing.
So, feeling ready yet? ‘Cause I’m gonna hit you with one BIG list of 30 day challenge ideas! Just scroll through and pick the one(s) that you want to try.
Let’s get started!
- The Miracle Morning
- NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
- Reading (I use the app Blinkist to read every day)
- Drawing or painting every day (Inktober)
- Do one selfless thing to help somebody every day (this is a fun one! Also, karma points!)
- Decluttering your home for 15 minutes every day
- Get up an hour earlier than you normally do
- Go vegetarian/vegan
- Go for a walk every day
- Cook a new recipe every day
- No television (yes, that includes Netflix)
- No alcohol
- No sugar
- No fast food
- Only drink water
- Exercise every day
- Learn something new every day (I recommend using Wikihow)
- Making jewelry
- Send one message to an old friend/colleague/acquaintance every day
- Learn to play an instrument
- Video editing
- Say yes to everything (reasonable)
- Learn history
- Learn a new language (Duolingo is a great app for that)
- Leave social media for 30 days
- Read a new blog on a new topic every day
- Be positive, only look for the good in situations and turn the bad stuff around
- Make puzzles
- Sell an item every day
- Learn to dance
- Make a budget and stick with it for 30 days
- Write a poem every day
- Call somebody every day
- Record a voiceover each day (voice acting)
- Try a new sport for 30 days
- Take a picture every day
- Collect something for 30 days
- Give (a new) someone a heartfelt compliment every day
- Try a new game every day
- Work on a Arduino/Raspberry Pi project
- Build a website in 30 days
- Create a new hairstyle/makeup look every day
- Write a review of a product you use every day (and post them)
- Write down something you’re grateful for every day
- Make a scrapbook
- Keep a journal
- Learn to work with a new piece of software (Photoshop, Excel, WordPress…)
- Fix something that’s broken every day
- Do something that scares you every day
- Take up woodworking for 30 days
- Walk someone else’s dog (and maybe make a little extra on the side)
- Bake something every day
- Go on a (speed)date every day
- Start a blog/social media account and post for 30 days
- Prep your meals for 30 days
- Take an online course every day (Udemy, Youtube and Coursera are free)
- Fix something around the house every day
- Volunteer your time every day
- Do brain training exercises
- Pick up acting
- Coloring (Use an old-fashioned coloring book or an app like Recolor)
- Pay for your groceries with coupons
- Stream on Twitch
- Take 10.000 steps per day (Get a Fitbit or download an app to keep track)
- Answer people’s questions on forums
- Play poker or chess (or any other game) every day
- Run 10 miles (work towards the 10 miles if you’re just starting out)
- Listen to a podcast every day
- Start your own podcast
- Design a website in 30 days
- Become an expert on something in 30 days
- Edit Wikipedia articles (but only do so if you know what you’re talking about)
- Watch a documentary every day
- Develop a green thumb (gardening)
- Make time for quality time with your kids or friends/family every day
- Read something about investing every day (and actually start investing)
- Learn a new magic trick every day
- Live by a different inspirational quote each day (may take some preparation time)
- Eat something you’ve never tried before every day
- Do something for your community every day
- Recycle or reuse packages of products you bought instead of throwing them away
- Try to produce as little waste as possible for 30 days
- Come up with one good idea for something every day
- Learn a new song every day
- Try a new app every day
- Take at least an hour of “me time” every day
- Write down one goal for yourself every day
- Begin your day by making a prioritized to do list every day
- Read one chapter of your (old) study books every day
- Send a letter or a card every day
- Create a vision board, pin something to it every day (use Pinterest or a regular pin board)
What are you waiting for?
So, here’s a lot of ideas for you! I hope there were at least a couple of things you’d like to give a go. Now it’s time to get crackin’. I’d love to hear stories about how your challenge is going, so please message me on any of my social media if you’d like to share!
With much love,