If 30 Days Are Going to Pass Anyway, Why Not Try Something New?

If 30 Days Are Going to Pass Anyway, Why Not Try Something New?

Last month, I took a minimalism challenge. Recap: it was awesome! Now that the challenge has come and gone, it’s made me yearn for another one. As I was searching for inspiration, I came across Matt Curtis’s TED Talk. In Curtis’s talk, he asks a really brilliant question: If 30 days are going to pass anyway, why not try something you’ve always wanted to try? 

And boy does he have a point, doesn’t he? I’ve complied a list of ideas for you to springboard your 30 day challenge. But before you get started, please watch his TED Talk, it’s awesome and so worth the three minutes of your time.

So glad you watched that, aren’t you? OK, and onwards for some ideas!

  • Take a photo everyday
  • Each day, give one stranger a compliment
  • Speak to someone new everyday
  • Keep a g, write in it each morning
  • Give up alcohol for one month
  • Give up TV for a month.
  • Spend ten minutes each morning meditating
  • No lying for 30 days
  • Draw a picture a day
  • What’s your absolute worst habit? Give it up for 30 days
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Read for 30 minutes each day
  • Cook / bake something new each day
  • Do 50 sit-ups a day (Alex does this every morning, I’m so envious of his discipline!)
  • Send a postcard to old friends and distant family members, 1 per day
  • Bike to work
  • Write down one positive thought per day
  • Learn to knit
  • Swap your morning coffee with morning Read
  • No talking behind peoples back for 30 days!
  • Write a book in a month with help from National Novel Writing Month
  • Put yourself on a strict budget for a month
  • For selflove and selfcare, write down one thing you love about yourself each day
  • Learn magic! Watch a YouTube video everyday for new tricks
  • Watch one movie per day
  • Take a photo of your food everyday
  • Take up a new hobby like tennis, painting, guitar lessons, etc.
  • Text or email one person you haven’t spoken to in a while, just to say hello (aka the Mr. Nice Guy Challenge)
  • Bring your salad to work for 30 days
  • Be a Yes Man for 30 days
  • Clean out a closet, drawer, or cabinet each day (hello, KonMari)
  • Learn a new word everyday
  • Spend 30 minutes a day learning a new language
  • Spend every day in nature
  • Commit to working out for at least 30 minutes every day
  • Cut the caffeine
  • Deactivate your FB, IG, and Twitter for 30 days
  • Try being a vegetarian or vegan for 30 days
  • Do a random act of kindness each day
  • Donate a small amount of charity each day
  • If possible, don’t drive your car for a month
  • Try a puzzle a day, ex. sudoku or a crossword
  • Create a bucket list, adding items everyday
  • Read the news everyday (try theSkimm, you can thank me later)
  • Don’t buy anything you don’t need for a month
  • Donate 30 things you don’t need anymore

Tell me, dear readers, which 30 day challenge are you up for? If you’re curious, I’m going to start with taking 1 photo everyday! Let’s touch base in 30 days and see how it goes?


  • Hi Dara! Love this SO, SO much!! I’m going to try a few challenges:

    Read the news everyday
    For selflove and selfcare, write down one thing you love about yourself each day
    And a new one – Stop reaching out to people who are undeserving of my time! (for 30 days)

    Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to make positive and sustainable life changes! 😀


    • Ohhh! I like that new one, ‘stop reaching out to people who are undeserving of my time’ I will definetly pick that one up, because there is nothing more draining than that. Thank you for the inspiration, Lisa!

  • This is such a great idea Dara. I should really be a yes man for 30 days because I’m always ducking out of things!

    pumps and push-ups

    • Hi Brooke! Oh I know, there are definetly weeks where I turn down everything that comes my way, but I think its really liberating to push yourself. Have you read the book Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes ?You totally should 🙂

  • I love this concept SO MUCH, Dara. I’ve really got to incorporate this practice into my life. If you did something new every 30 days, by the end of the year you’d have 12 new habits built! Thank you for sharing, have a wonderful weekend!

    • That is so so true! I never thought of it like that, but I so appreciate your perspective! What are you trying this month?