A different kind of monthly challenge

WOW when I started this a year ago I had a list of challenges to do and hope that I would think of a few more along the way.  Which I did and that is where loving kindness meditation came in.

This is my last monthly challenge and I’m sort of sad. I enjoyed my podcasts, snail mail, meditation, crafts and more.  But first I’ll do a recap of last month’s challenge of three random acts of kindness.

I noticed that I do somethings automatically, like holding the door open for people. I did let people ahead of me in line and I made a point to stop and ask people if they needed help when they looked lost, confused or taking a picture. I find people don’t like to ask for help – even when they are taking a picture of their friend in a tourist place. So I just offer point-blank and it is usually accepted. I also told people they were important to me and special for no reason. This I have to say was an easy monthly challenge wise.

For my last challenge I want to be a bit selfish.  Since it is the end of the year I want to set aside some time for brainstorming and writing down goals for 2018.  I want to be realistic so I am picking three goals from my brainstorming session. Maybe invite a friend to help you brainstorm.

After I get my three goals I am going to break them down into manageable parts.  I am (hoping) to treat each part as its own project. Basically take baby steps towards my goals. Make the goals realistic and break them down into parts where you can celebrate your successes along the way.

I would love to hear in the comment your goals for the new year or how you go about accomplishing them. I guess I want to hear your game plan!

Thank you for following me along on these challenges and if you are just stopping by for the first time the following list is what I have been doing this year.

November random acts of kindness

October three random words

September vision board

August – craft using napkins

July somewhere new

June creative prompts

May Snail Mail

April loving kindness meditation

March – Sharpie craft

February – gratitude journal

January – podcasts


You can always start now!



36 thoughts on “A different kind of monthly challenge

  1. Great idea setting these monthly goals… I always have good intentions, but I don’t set a date by which I want it to accomplished, so a lot of things never get done!!!

  2. I have one goal for the year. I’ve been poor at setting time aside for my novel the last few months. Next year, I’m going to be better at making time for my writing

    1. I did NaNo in November and having a deadline works for me. Also if I sign up for a class I am committed. So I’m thinking of treating writing as if I am taking a class and set aside specific days and times to write and see if that makes me more accountable/productive. Let me know if you come up with a game plan.

  3. Why have I not seen these challenges before? Such a simple and yet rewarding way to be kind to yourself and others. And as another commenter said, blogging about it can serve to not only keep it on track, but as a reminder when writing the post that you have acted very positively rather than skipping that part and worrying about less important things instead. A very good way to promote self-esteem too and work in tandem with anyone that is in therapy for low mood.

    I tend to look at things on too wide a scheme and end up not doing what I need to. Chunking a large project into smaller achievable goals is definitely something I need to do too.

    Great post 🙂

    1. I enjoyed coming up with the challenges and tried to have a wide variety. Knowing I was going to report back the next month definitely kept me on track. I work well with a deadline so monthly challenges worked. Yes to breaking down a larger project and celebrating wins along the way. Maybe we should have a blogger monthly challenge of podcasts? Pictures? Places? Not sure. Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for stopping by and commenting you always get me thinking!!

  4. Hi! I’ve been thinking about my intentions for the next year. I think of five or six things I want to practice. One from last year was, “live right here, not out there.” It was a way of reminding myself to stay in the present, and focus on the “real” connections I have with people rather than worry about “likes” on a post.
    I try and strike the balance in setting my intentions so that they aren’t specific tasks but have application in many aspects of my life–like banks in the river of my year. Another from last year was a picture of a butterfly landing on an open palm. This was a reminder to stay open, be careful of forming judgments and attachments to my own opinion or ego.
    I can tell you that one of my intentions for next year will be on seeking diversity of thought. I want to expand my empathy and understanding of others, particularly those in maginalized communities. But I’m not sure what form that will take yet.
    Good luck with your planning for next year–and congrats on a year of meaningful blogging!

    1. Yes to being present. Love the idea of the butterfly landing on the open palm as a reminder. Thinking it could also apply to being more gentle with myself. I work at not jumping to assumptions (easier said than done some days). You now have me thinking of pictures to go with my intentions! Keep me posted on intention of seeking diversity of thought as that is something I am interesting in. Always enjoy diverse conversations and opinions as we all bring our own life experiences to the table and seeing where others are coming from can be life changing. Thanks for commenting you always push me a little and I love it!!

  5. I think we all need to be a little selfish from time to time, as learning to love yourself is the key to love others better too 😊 Thank you for sharing, these challenges are awesome !

    1. I want to meditate more in 2018 also. Yes to writing it down and maybe having it where you can see it. I use a bullet journal and write down weekly items so know I have that box to check i.e. meditation every week. It has been working for me. Now I just have to add a few more boxes to check.

  6. I LOVE the idea of setting these challenges, and you set some good ones! I try to adopt new habits each month, (but dont always succeed). A few I set this year is to be kinder to myself, always try to find a positive, and dont buy things without purpose. Its been great. I may set little challenges next year. Thanks for sharing x

    1. I worked at setting challenges that were achievable. Maybe not perfectly but could say I tried. Next is brainstorming for next year. I think I will head to a coffee shop and start there.

  7. I love how you set aside one month for each goal. I wish I had that kind of discipline. My goals usually end up forgotten, or I really have no clue how to follow up on a goal so I just do what I can now in hope it results in new steps to follow up.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe your goals are too big? What about breaking them down into smaller more manageable goals? Setting a deadline? Just tossing out ideas. Breaking stuff down and a deadline usually works for me.

Would love to hear your ideas and thoughts!