My Journey in Trading in New Year’s Resolutions for 30 Day Challenges

We’re probably not thinking about or sticking to our New Year’s Resolutions by mid-March, but I am.

This year instead of making that infamous New Year’s resolution list, I decided to break down my goals and made 30 day challenges. Here’s what I’m on track for this year. [Will be updated each month]:

January: Work the Brain.

Practiced French lessons via Duolingo and trained my brain with Elevate app. Along this journey I was also introduced to NPR’s Invisabilia and National Geographic’s Brain Games, both are fascinating and have kinda changed my life.

February: Photography. Take a photo a day and share it on Instagram.

I love this challenge because it reminded me of when I did the 100 Happy Days Project last year and countless of Project 365 Challenges I used to do in college. It makes me excited to find something new or unique or something that makes me happy in the everyday.

Potluck Brunch with friends
Potluck Brunch with friends
Art Inside 1 World Trade Center
Art Inside 1 World Trade Center
Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum

 

Made My First Acai Bowl
Made My First Acai Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March: Talk to Strangers.

This 30 day task was especially hard. Who actually wants to talk to strangers in NYC?  However one encounter with a stranger I met at an event really stuck with me. I was in the process of moving, a major change and next chapter in my life. This woman gave me a great analogy for life. (I know, that escalated quickly!) She had said life is like driving from the East coast to the West coast at night. You know you’re going to get to your destination, but with the headlights at night you can only see 20 feet at a time, that’s life. You’re going to get there but can only see or do so much at a time.

April: Cook More, Try New Recipes, Eat Healthy (No Junk, Less Sugar)!

Here are some of my favorite new recipes I tried from April’s challenge:

Blueberry Banana Bread
Blueberry Banana Bread
Brown Butter Spaetzle
Brown Butter Spaetzle
Banana Bread
Banana Bread
Skinny fettuccine Alfredo
Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo
Hazelnut Crusted Salmon
Hazelnut Crusted Salmon

May: Catch up with friends, family, and acquaintances.

Caught up with a bunch of old friends. I was most surprise when I tried to reach out to acquaintances from NYC. Everyone seems “too busy” with lots of loaded excuses and “let’s try in a few weeks to get together”, which never happened. Nothing short of a surprise with New Yorkers though. :-/

June: Yoga / More Mindfulness

July: Learn a new skill. Coding, calligraphy, or storytelling are on my list.

August: Read everyday for an hour.

  • Books read: Big Little Lies

September: Write/Journal every day for an hour.

October: Practice happiness and start a gratitude journal.

November: Finances & Savings. $$$

  • Have already started a 401K!

December: Random acts of kindness and giving. Donate blood, volunteer, make someone smile.

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