2016: 30 Day Challenges

2016 ~ 30 Day Challenges ~ Our Cozy Den

Nobody can do it all. Any mom can tell you that it is exhausting to even try. We wear so many hats: mother. wife. friend. teacher. cook. maid. nurse. daughter. child of the King. dreamer. How can we excel in every area of our lives?

The answer is you can’t. At least not all at the same time.

This is the time of year when everyone is thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. They are thinking “What would I change in my life? How can I be a better person?” These resolutions are made with good intentions but they fade out after a couple of weeks because our lives are too busy and we are too tired to maintain what little motivation we started with.

This year I’m doing something a little different. I’m doing twelve 30-day challenges, one for each month of the year. Each one is focused on an area of my life I’d like to improve. I came up with this idea because of an experiment I did two years ago. It wasn’t quite the same thing — that one was 7 months of fasts (religiously based), designed to get us out of our 1st world tendencies to overindulge in excess. But I not only successfully completed the entire 7 months, I flourished. With a little introspection, I came to realize that I did so well because I had a definite end date to each challenge. I could see the finish line. At that dreaded 3-week point when most goals are ‘make or break’, I was sprinting to the finish line.

At the end, I had made it through a vigorous life change, and went back to life as normal — but with positive residual effects. After my diet month, I was eating a little healthier. After my month of cleaning, my house was… well, cleaner. After my month of prayer, I kept talking to God, a LOT.

I decided to take that idea and adapt it to New Year’s Resolutions to create this challenge for myself. Each month I will fully focus on one area of my life. It will get full attention, each and every day. I will still do other things, but not with the same amount of concentration. I have hopes that at the end of each month, the residual effects will remain in my life as a new habit. At the end of the year, I will have seen {albeit small} improvement in every area of my life, and strengthened my relationships and my family!

 

My Twelve.

I spent several weeks praying and considering what I wanted my 12 areas to be. These are the ones I decided upon, and what I plan to do each day during my 30 day challenges:

  • Exercise – work out every day for 30 days
  • Prayer – 30 days of dedicated prayer walks and meditation
  • Homeschooling – 30 days of planning & executing a successful school year
  • Housework – deep clean 30 areas (rooms/closets) in my home
  • Blogging – 30 days of growing/improving the blog
  • Wife – 30 days of little acts of kindness, along with 30 days of… you know.
  • Mother – 30 days of dedicated quality time with each child
  • Reading – 30 books in 30 days
  • Serving – 30 random acts of kindness
  • Friendship – connect personally (not on Facebook) with 30 friends
  • Adventure – 30 days of fun
  • Financial – 30 day spending freeze

Once I had my twelve, I looked at my calendar for the year, wrote down significant events happening in each month, and shuffled around my challenges. There were some I wanted to do in the warmer months (like exercise and prayer walks), and some I had to do when my husband was available (wife month), and other considerations (can’t do a spending freeze at Christmas time!)

 

So tomorrow, being January 1st, I begin month 1. This month I’m doing homeschooling. It seems fitting, since we start our brand new school year next week. I’m working hard on being the best teacher I can be, to start our school year off on the right foot!

 

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