Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Have you followed through with it? If so, great! But if you’re like most people, you’ll be tempted to give out before January is even over. Instead, try challenging yourself a little at a time, rather than becoming daunted by the year-long struggle of resolutions. Here are some fresh new ideas to help you try something new.
This website is full of helpful how-to’s, dieting options, exercises, and plans to help you choose your workout options. If you’re looking to get a new body this new year, this is the place to start. Whether you want to work your way into that little black dress or get your perfect beach body, this website will help you challenge yourself and begin to earn your dream body. The best part? You can take challenges 30 days at a time. It’s much easier to stick to a diet and exercise plan for a month, instead of becoming disillusioned as you face a whole year.
Creative, but not that creative? Spend march creating refrigerator poetry and posting it to your blog. A sonnet about love, a haiku about life, or maybe a freestyle poem about avoiding responsibility. The possibilities aren’t actually that endless- that’s the point of guided creativity.
Not a fan of email? This February, join The Month of Letters Challenge and send 23 letters throughout the month. That’s one letter each mailing day– there are four Sundays and one U.S. holiday in February. If you miss a loved one, send them something special in the mail. It could be a postcard, a thank-you note, or a letter; it just has to be sent in old fashioned snail-mail. This is the perfect opportunity to rekindle long-distance friendships. (Or just tell your mother you love her.)
Challenge yourself to make 28 “things” this February. Park bench? Sure. Homemade sweater? Yep. Refrigerator art? Absoutely. Get in touch with your creative side and get your hands covered in glue, paint, grease, or glitter this next month.
This challenge is a little more famous and a lot more daunting. Since 1999, courageous writers have participated in the month-long race to 50,000 words. If you’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Not only does it put a time limit on your creative juices, there are also thousands of groups worldwide that hold write-ins and meetups. You’ll have a support group nearby, as well as the opportunity to meet new people!
National Novel Editing Month You spent November writing a novel. Now you should probably edit it.
The Solo Photo Book Month challenges you to take 31 days to create a photo eBook with a minimum of 35 photos. It takes place in a “fuzzy month” of 31 contiguous days of the participant’s choice between July 1 and August 31. If you’re itching to try your hand at photography (or are already an avid photographer) this is the challenge for you.
This blog lists 31 cute, cheap ideas to help you organize your clutter. With each daily challenge having a step-by-step dedicated blog post, you won’t have any excuses to ignore the mess you’ve been creating. There’s no time like the present, especially with spring cleaning around the corner!
This might be cheating, since you don’t have an entire month, but with the 48 Hour Film Project, you can pay to sign up in a city near you and meet people who are as passionate about creativity as you are. You’ll even have the opportunity to win an award for your film work. It’s an opportunity to try a new medium, take some chances, lose a little bit of sleep, and possibly come out with accolades in the end. Plus, when those 48 hours are done, you’re not going to want to participate anymore challenges for the rest of the month.
This one is simple. Drink only water. Every day. For the month of October. That’s it. Just detoxing your body from the junk (i.e. sugar, caffeine) that you put in it every other day of the year.
Even though gas is steadily decreasing in price, everyone can still afford to save a few pennies. Take this challenge and spend an entire month…not spending. You can work to spend only on the necessities and come out with a solid emergency fund at the end of the month. This challenge comes with a step-by-step daily blog of someone who has been-there-done-that, so don’t feel like you’re going into this alone. Embrace the frugality.
For those of you who have already given up hope on your pipe-dream of a New Year’s resolution, consider taking one of these challenges. Or, if you’re feeling inspired, start one of your own. The possibilities are endless, and the year has only just begun!
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