One of the ways I am learning to stay on track with my resolutions, goals, commitments – call them what you will – is to follow the 30 Day Challenge concept.
Sometime last year I watched a wonderful TED video Matt Cutts talking about trying something new for 30 days. By the way check out the TED talks, if you haven’t already – there are so many amazing, inspirational videos & the beauty is that you can download most of them, which is perfect for me with my inconsistent internet access. Love it!!
I began my own 30 Day Challenge in July and read a selection of the ebooks I had downloaded from the internet, which had been stored on my computer for that ‘when I get around to it’ day! So it was time to get around to it & I managed to get through at least 4 of them. Yay!
In August I worked through a Travel Writing Course which I had purchased some time ago and once again I hadn’t yet completed! But now I have
Believe me, it does feel great to just commit and DO it!
In September I spent every day listening to some of the amazing interviews from the online Hay House World Summit that I had attended in June*. I didn’t have much time to listen at that time as I was back in UK visiting my mum for her birthday, so I decided to purchase the course for a later date. I’m SO glad I did, as those daily Hay House interviews through September were the perfect way to start my day! I also shared a number of them with a dear friend on another yacht who I had met earlier in the year in St. Croix and who was now anchored right by us in Grenada!
My October challenge went by the wayside when that dear friend and her partner were viciously attacked at anchor by some youths in one of the stunning Grenadine islands of St. Vincent, just north of Grenada. What I did learn in October however was just how incredible a woman’s spirit can be. After Tina’s attack, she rallied the yachting community and set up a forum (attended by close to 200 people) to discuss ways to improve our safety onboard.
In November I came across the NaNoWriMo challenge, which was to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! Well, I did manage to spew out 50,000 words in the time frame, although I wouldn’t exactly call it a novel, but the point is that I DID it! One of my challenges this year will be to coordinate those words into a set of children’s books – stay tuned….
In December I set myself a couple of challenges, one was the Planking challenge. I did follow the challenge, however I didn’t manage the full number of seconds once I got past the 2 minute mark, but rather than give up I just did the best I could (my best being 177 seconds!). My second December challenge was to work through a daily Tapping exercise to de-clutter my life – and more to the point, my mind! In case you haven’t come across EFT Tapping – I hadn’t until a year ago – it is a technique which uses acupressure points to improve your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Apart from producing phenomenal results for day-to-day issues, it has been used successfully by The Tapping Solution team to work with survivors and family of the Sandy Hook Primary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 and also survivors of the Rwanda genocide, in Africa.
So, there you have it, my last 6 months of 30 Day Challenges and can you guess what my January 2014 challenge is? Yes, more blog posts – just DO it!
I hope you are finding some inspiration from my website, this one and our more travel oriented blog www.amarulasail.com and I look forward to meeting you online or via my Facebook pages Lynne Dorning Sands and Amarula Sail.
*Just a note to let you know that Hay House has another FREE online webinar coming up VERY SOON! Just click the link or the banner below to take you to the Hay House website, where you will see the ‘Start the New You Now’ Ultimate Webinar January 11th – 17th. Please join me & register now for a fantastic start to 2014