Personal Challenge: 21 Days To A Better You

My birthday is on March 16th. (Don’t worry, I’ll wait while you put it in your calendars…….)

I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet, but I thought leading up to it I’d take this personal challenge I saw on Le Musings of Moi. It is such a cute blog, and I love the idea. Hey, what better way to start a new year of life than to be a better person by the time you start it?

And for a little perspective:

I really liked a lot of the challenge days, but switched out a few that I couldn’t do from work and added in some of my own ideas. Ahh, I’m starting to feel pretty good about this right now actually. Happy Birthday to me 🙂

Day 1
Think of something you are willing to give up for 21 days,
and commit to it. Write it down.
Tell someone so they can help to hold you accountable.
and remember, it’s just for 21 days.
You can do anything for 21 days.

Day 2
Focus on going out of your way to show love and kindness to the people around you.
Whether that means sending a card,
writing a thoughtful note, doing a chore for someone,
or spending extra intentional time with a friend or family member…
Whatever it may be, just find as many ways as you can throughout the day and do them.
And do them with a heart full of love.

Day 3
Today’s focus is on the blessings in your life.
So grab a notebook and keep track of each and every blessing that comes your way.
When you’re looking for them, you’ll be sure to find them.
Day 4
Often times we can get caught up in negative self talk.
We tend to speak to ourselves more horribly than we would ever imagine speaking to someone we love.
So today, that stops.
Immediately stop every negative thought that comes into your mind.
Then replace that thought with what is TRUE and positive.
Along with the truth, you could find a bible verse or quote that further encourages you in that area.
Notice what a difference you feel about yourself and about life at the end of the day.
Day 5
Imagine all the things we could get done if we didn’t have social media.
for example:  Facebook & Twitter.
Try it out and see just what happens when you take a break for 24 hours.
Take notes on what you accomplish in the time not wasted.
Day 6
Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to stop and rest in God’s presence.
At the end of the day, as we’re drifting off to sleep, we give him what’s left.
Today, begin AND ended our day with intentional time with Him.
Wake up a few minutes early and set aside time again at the end of the day.
Make it personal. Make it intentional.
And see how it may just be the sweetest time you’ve had all day.

Day 7
Today’s challenge is simple.
Find a way to help a stranger.
Be creative!

Day 8
Doing something fun today.
Dance in the living room.
Have a picnic in the park.
Go shopping.

Day 9
Start getting things DONE!
You know that To-Do List that you’ve been staring at or thinking of for FOREVER?
Today, tackle one of those tasks that has just not been attended to for quite some time.
You will feel SUCH a sense of relief when it’s finally crossed off the list.

Day 10
We’re almost half way there!
And with 11 more days to go, we definitely need to be working on patience.
Let today’s focus be on just that.
Breathe. Patience.

Day 11
Try something creative and different.
Wear an outfit you’ve never worn.
Try a new workout class. Cook a new recipe.
Spice up your routine!

Day 12
We all make mistakes.
We all need another chance.
Today you get that opportunity in regards to these challenges.
It’s Do Over Day.
Pick a challenge that wasn’t a success and try for it again. Practice makes perfect.

Day 13
Spend time with people you care about!
Socialize outside of work, invest in other people, build relationships.

Day 14
Ahhhh, Friday.
Time to unwind and relax.
I am ordering you to do just that today.
Your challenge is to find a way to relax and DO IT!

Day 15
Today might be a real challenge for you, because it’s uncomfortable.
I want you to do something that you wouldn’t normally do alone.
Go for a walk without your ipod.
Go see a movie.
Get some lunch at a coffee shop and bring a book.
I think it’s important to be comfortable being out and about with just ourselves.
So give it a shot, see what happens.

Day 16
Memorize a quote or scripture that brings you peace.
And when you find just the one, write it down on an index card and carry it around with you all day.
Hopefully by the end of the day,
not only will you have it in your head…
but most importantly,
it will permanently be in your heart.

Day 17
Write a goodbye letter to someone or something that needs to go from your life.
It’s not necessarily a letter to be shared or sent,
but written only to release your heart from the pain and hold it has on you.
Maybe even find a symbolic way to destroy the letter after it’s been written.
Find a way to let it go.

Day 18
Try something new.
It can be ANYTHING.
Just mix it up today,
go wild and crazy.

Day 19
Ask someone who is really close to you,
that loves you a whole bunch, what one of your weaknesses are.
{Ask them to to tell you in a LOVING & GENTLE way}
Take that information and pray over it…
and ask God to show you how to work on it.
Do not ask someone who does not have your best interests at heart.
We’re trying to GROW here.

Day 20
Make a list of all the things you loved about this challenge.
Make another list of all the things you HATED.
And then ponder why…
You’ll understand why tomorrow.

Day 21
Last Day! Journal what you learned.
Celebrate the success and write the goals for yourself the challenge has inspired.


5 thoughts on “Personal Challenge: 21 Days To A Better You

  1. I think the best part of your blog is that I can literally hear you saying these things. It captures your voice perfectly, and I always laugh multiple times while reading. Thanks for writing such a fun and genuine blog!

    1. That’s my favorite compliment ever 🙂 I’m so glad it captures my voice – that’s the goal! Excited to start the challenge, I’ll be writing updates every once in awhile so keep an eye out!

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