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Try Something New for 30 Days

Try Something New for 30 Days

The other day I listened to this podcast and was inspired by Matt Cutt's idea to try something new for 30 days.  His idea isn't just to try something new for 30 days once, but every 30 days to try something new. 

It doesn't have to be something big or hard. It can be as simple as telling your spouse one thing you love about them everyday (that's the example he used in the podcast). It can be as easy or hard as you make it. Basically every good habit I'd like to implement seems kind of daunting, but when I think of doing something for only 30 days for some reason it seems 100x easier. And I don't usually think implementing good habits sounds super fun, but trying something new every 30 days just sounds like fun. 

I loved hearing the things he had tried for a month. Become a vegan, write a compliment for his wife each day, have fewer meetings, play the ukulele every day, eat more slowly and mindfully. Those are just a few.

After listening to this I immediately thought of tons of things I would love to try. So many things that I was overwhelmed for a minute at the thought of choosing which new thing to try. And then I was like, WAIT. I get to choose a new thing to try next month. And we all know how fast a month goes by. Once I realized that, it was pretty easy to figure out that the thing I am most excited to try is reading a book everyday. Not a kids book, either. Maybe that's surprising, because I post a lot of books on my Instagram and write about books a bit here. (And I'd like to write about them more here). But this year I haven't been reading as much as normal, and I'm missing it. So that's my new thing. I'm shooting for at least 10 minutes every day, and I'm excited to (finally) make some headway on my massive to-read list, starting with How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen. And I'm excited to get lost in a good book, which has literally been my favorite past-time for my whole entire life. 

Here are some of the other ideas I'd like to try for 30 days:

  • write daily
  • journal daily
  • no sugar for a month
  • no processed foods for a month
  • go ice skating once a week
  • go out to eat once a week
  • wake up at 6 every day
  • run 3 times a week
  • 10 minutes of yoga daily
  • daily meditation
  • do something educational with my kids every weekday
  • eat dinner outside on weekends
  • catch up with a friend or family member weekly
  • hire a babysitter for two hours a week every week just to get some me time

I'll keep you posted on what I'm doing on Instagram, but I'd love to hear- what are some things you'd like to try for 30 days?

P.S. Matt Cutt's full Ted talk and do you do New Year's Resolutions? (I'm not 100% on my 2017 ones, but I have made progress so that's....progress). 

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