Challenge yourself!

Challenge yourself

Spring is almost upon us. Hooray!

As the days get longer and the warmer gets warmer, you might feel like it’s a great time to shake off winter habits and action something in your life that needs attention, and a great way to do this is to join a challenge. It might be a health, fitness or home makeover challenge that will inspire you make the changes in your life you’ve been dreaming about while cosied up on the couch in winter hibernation mode.

Types of challenges

There are plenty of challenges you can join online, many for free. Some challenges start on a particular day and run for a set duration while others can be started anytime.

One of the great things about online challenges is that you can find motivation from a group of like-minded people. It might help you to see the challenge through knowing that others are going through the same things as you. You can share your story and problems with others and find support from the online community. You can encourage friends or family to join in, share your progress and updates on social media, create better habits and learn something new.

Find a challenge to join

Health and fitness challenges

There are LOADS of fitness challenges to choose from: 30 Day Ab Challenge, 30 Day Plank challenge, 30 Day Arm Challenge and a billion others.

There are plenty of health challenges too – you might like to do a sugar-free month challenge or join me on the Simple Green Smoothies 30 Day Challenge starting 1 October to get more green veggies into your diet.

I’ve challenged myself to walk every day for at least 30 minutes for the month of September. Walking is something I love, so it’s not much of a challenge, really. But getting out every day, regardless of the weather or what’s going on in my life is the challenging part. I’m not doing it as part of an ‘official’ challenge, just me and my own accountability.

Home and lifestyle challenges

Whether it’s decluttering or doing a DIY or small renovation project, joining an online challenge could be a great way to kickstart your progress towards a happier home and ticking off your ‘to do’ list.

Recycled Interiors, a blog I follow, is running a 30 Days to a Happy Healthy Home challenge. The idea is to make one small change each day, to create a happy healthy home and life you can love more.

Have you ever been intrigued by the minimalist movement and wanted to see if it’s a good fit for you? If so try the 21 day minimalist challenge. The guys from The Minimalist website have a holistic approach to happiness, balancing work, relationships, responsibilities and the things you enjoy. It’s something that intrigues me and one that I’d like to explore further so I’ll be taking their 21-day challenge. 

Relationships, finance and other challenges

There are so many other challenges you could take on, from looking at your finances to working on your relationship to manifesting luck in your life.

Denise Duffield-Thomas manifested an all-expenses paid six-month travel adventure, winning a competition ahead of 30,000 other entrants with this as the prize. Many people will say she was just lucky, but take on her manifestation challenge on her Lucky Bitch website and you’ll find that her win was more than just pure luck. You’ll find ways to help manifest wonderful things in your life. 

Maybe it’s time for a money challenge? There’s the popular 52 week money challenge where you start the first week by putting $1 into a jar and then the next week $2, increasing the amount you put in the jar by a dollar each week. At the end of the year, you’ll have saved $1378. You could buy something quite lovely with that, or squirrel it away. There are plenty of other money challenges online to help you regain control your budget or to become mindful of your spending habits.

A relationship challenge such as Gretchen Rubin’s 21 Day Relationship Challenge might be a great way to inject some intimacy and vibrancy into your relationship.

How about you? Are you keen to take on a challenge this spring?

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