It’s spring here in New England and I’m in the mood for a new personal goal, so let’s do a 30-day self-improvement challenge in April together!
Here are some 30-day challenge ideas to get you thinking:
- Walk Every Day
- Self-Portrait Challenge
- Start a new fitness routine
- Minimize your stuff
- Learn to run
- Learn a new hobby like crafting, knitting, or crochet
- Read a book
- Learn photography or photo editing
- Take an online class
- Drink more water
- Family dinners
- Write / Journal for 10 minutes every day
- Scrapbook 1 page every day
Or pick one big goal and break it down into 30 small steps. With just a few minutes every day, and a commitment and some encouragement from this space, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish.
Here are some of my favorite places to learn new things:
- Big Picture Classes is offering 30 days of unlimited classes if you book by MARCH 31st!
- Studio Calico has a fun array of self-paced and upcoming classes (and gorgeous products) for artsy memory keepers
- Craftsy has a great selection of hand crafting classes – like sewing, knitting, and crochet – sure to inspire a new skill or take an existing hobby to the next level
If fitness is your game, here are three places I turn to for inspiration first:
- Nike Training Club app offers scheduled fitness programs based on the fitness level and interest you choose. I’m finishing my 6-week strength training and I’m stronger, healthier, and happier because of that program.
- Run Keeper App also offers training programs and self-paced goals, so whether you want to walk every day or pick up a running program, you can set that goal and track yourself with that app. I’m using it to train for a half-marathon in June.
- The Yoga Studio app has a wide variety of yoga classes that you can take, at home, at your own pace. Use this alone, or develop a schedule that incorporates a local yoga studio with the app to supplement the days in between.
If you are more interested in journaling, 30 Days of Lists is a great resource to check out. For Photography, there is Project 365. And if you’re more interested in a story/hybrid version of the two, Record Life Blog offers a weekly journaling prompt to get you started.
And there is SO much more.
This month, I’m committing to doing 15 minutes of yoga every day. Some days I’ll do more, but setting a minimum goal feels very, very achievable. And it’s something I want for a lot of reasons – partly to help me relax into the work portion of each day (transitions are important when you work from home!), partly because I want to consciously further my yoga practice, and partly because with this added fitness routine and running program, I need to focus on stretching and repairing my body after the stress of a long run.
Yoga is a wonderful compliment to running because it’s meditative, paced, and focuses on breath, just like running. And the stretching and strengthening is a necessary part of training. Without it, you can’t heal as quickly, and it takes longer to get into the training.
I’m still going strong with my self-portrait project, and intend to post about that later this week. I’m also continuing with my walks every day and with my Creative Team work for Project Life, along with some personal business development goals, whatever your 30-day challenge is – I’m sure I can relate!
Or, at least I can certainly cheer you on. 😉
So if you want to take something on in April, tell me about it! Share it here, or on Twitter, or through Instagram. I’ll be using the hashtag #myaprilchallenge. Be sure to use the hashtag and tag me @juliegagen on Twitter or @julieloveg on Instagram. And good luck!
UPDATE | This idea was completely inspired by Rashae Pope – a fellow #fireworkpeople rockstar (I mean, have you seen those chats on Twitter?! #Amazing) – after she watched this TED Talk by Matt Cutts. For more on her challenge (and to see her awesome selfie), check out her blog www.abbigaylerashae.com. You can also find her on Twitter using the hashtag #TryItFor30DaysChallenge.