30 Day Trials: 30 ideas for change!


The other day I blogged about 30 Day Trials and some ideas to introduce change your life!

Here are some ideas, big and small. So for the next 30 days you might like to experiment with one of these trials, or make up your own. Here’s some ideas to get you thinking and more importantly, testing the waters:

Every day for the next 30 days:

  1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and do something different with your mornings – like make a fresh juice, journal, write a gratitude list, meditate or take a walk.
  2. Write down 3 things you are grateful for every evening. Gala Darling writes “Things I love” every Thursday. It’s amazing what you start to notice about your life when you are consciously seeking out the good stuff!
  3. Eat a piece of fruit every day. Or eat a raw vegetable. Check out Food Matters for more information about adding raw food to your diet.
  4. Take on a 30 day fitness challenge, like planking or crunches. Get your work team on board, or a group of friends.
  5. Make a different person a cup of tea/coffee/milo each day
  6. Write 100 words of your dream novel, or a poem each day.
  7. Learn a new word in a different language, or learn a new symbol (for example Japanese Kanji ) each day
  8. Walk! Try walking around the city block at lunchtime, or 10 minutes take your dog for a walk, or even walk up and down your stairs 5 times. Just start!
  9. Read a page of a book each morning over breakfast
  10. Eat one meal that is 51 % raw. Check out Food Matters for ideas.
  11. Buy a juicer and drink a fresh juice (vegetable or fruit) Or walk to the juice bar and treat your taste buds and cells to a mini health spa in a cup!
  12. Meditate. Attend a class, buy a CD, or check out free instructions on Google or Youtube.
  13. Be brave and give up chocolate
  14. Be even braver and give up processed sugar
  15. Actively speak with someone new every day
  16. Go to bed an hour early, turn off the light and sleep. Make up your bed with fresh sheets, buy a beautiful blanket and new pillows and spend some time creating a bedroom that feels like your sanctuary, or boudoir! You might want to hit the sack earlier!
  17. Sing along to your favourite songs in the shower at the top of your voice – try a new song every day.
  18.  Aim to connect with a member of your family every day. It could be as simple as a text, a phone call, a visit or a meal. If getting this close to your family seems like cliff diving, try it with friends instead.
  19. Take a photo of yourself every day. Take a photo of your outfits, or your hair styles, or you with a different friend, or your shoes. I have a friend who posts a photo of her shoes on the tram every morning. I love seeing what quirky footwear she has pulled out of her wardrobe each day!
  20. Give up drinking alcohol. One of my friends saved her 6 week all expenses paid trip to India when she gave up alcohol – not to mention all of the extra time she seemed to have when she wasn’t recovering from a big night out! (her observation, not mine)
  21. Cook a recipe from your favourite cook book – or find a chef/cook that you love and cook a different meal from their cook book or website each day.
  22. Turn off the news and go news free!
  23. Stop eating fast food! Give fast food a miss for 30 days! If you can give up fast food, perhaps go the next step and give up some of the processed food that has snuck into your diet. (cereal, ready made sauces, pasta etc)
  24. Join a dance class or teach yourself to dance, one step at a time!
  25. Look at your reflection in the mirror every day and tell yourself “I love you! You are imperfect but you are worthy!” Just try it for 30 days and see what a difference it makes. Check out Louise Hay’s little book ‘You Can Do It’ Or her CD of the same name. Awesome stuff!
  26. Pay It Forward! Do something selfless every day. Donate a coin, help lift that pram onto the bus or tram, buy a copy of the Big Issue and leave a tip, help your little sister clean her room, or your mum or dad wash the dishes. Give someone a ride home even if you weren’t headed that way!
  27. Learn a new word every day – check out the dictionary…the English language is pretty amazing. Count how many times you use your new word in a sentence, appropriately, then at the end of 30 days load all of the words you have learnt as many times you have used them into Wordle. Soooo much fun!
  28. Buy a cheap money box and donate your loose change at the end of the day, every day. You can save up for a special dinner, a new pair of shoes, or give the money to a local charity.
  29. Give your partner a ‘Valentine” every day…this could be a kiss, a cuddle, a cuppa, tell them you love them, or that they are beautiful, make a card, leave some hand picked flowers, from your garden or buy something little but cute (spiderman socks), make breakfast in bed…even if its Vegemite toast, write a little love poem, or a love letter, give a foot massage, or a hand massage or load up their favourite movie and watch it together on a ‘school night’. The list is endless!
  30. Here’s the last idea. Write down your dream. And do one small thing every day that brings you closer to making it a reality. So for example. I want to go to Ireland more than anything. I have thought about this amazing trip since I was 15 years old, but I always allowed other things to get in the way. This is the year though. So I have written down my goal and pasted it on my wardrobe door so I see it every day when I wake up, and every night before I go to sleep. Then each day I do something small that is a step towards making my goal a reality. First I cut out some beautiful pictures of Ireland and put them up next to my goal. The next day I looked up airfares. The next day I bought a money-box and opened a savings account with my bank, and I started saving for the airfare. Everyday I do something and my trip to Ireland is in my thoughts every day and will be, initially for the next 30 days.  What’s your dream?

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go!


3 thoughts on “30 Day Trials: 30 ideas for change!

  1. Pingback: Much excite, many joy | Dead Before Midnight

  2. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave
    it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely
    off topic but I had to tell someone!

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