A Year of being Grateful: Day 149
I have just signed up for a ‘30 Day Drawing Challenge’. The challenge is to draw for at least 20 minutes a day and comes with daily drawing projects. What was I thinking? I am still trying to keep up my daily journal for ‘The Year of Being Grateful’, the ‘30 Day Forgiveness Challenge’ and my own ‘lose 5kg’ and ‘daily bike ride’ challenges!
30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 2
Draw your first hot drink of the day.
It seems like the ‘30 Day Challenge’ is the latest ‘in thing’ to do and some of the intense, motivational hype can be overwhelming. It’s easy to be negative about being positive, but the reality is I am always being ‘challenged’ with things in my day-to-day life that have to change and be dealt with. And, I love positive real life stories and am continually being inspired by people who have managed to ‘turn their life around’ and actualised “be the change you want to see in the world.’
For the past 6 months I have been writing a daily gratefulness journal [that equals six, ‘30 Day Challenges’!!] so…. all this being grateful…. has it had a positive impact in my life?
Reading over my daily entries I can see that I have become more aware of what I have and am surprised at the joy and appreciation found in the seemingly simple things: a comfortable bed, food, friends, laughter, family, health, roads, a washing machine, work, music, a kind word, thoughtful act, wood chopped, fire burning, a flower, bird song, sunset.
An unexpected habit changer has been that I now slow down and live in the moment more, I stop and reflect on my day, think, pray. Also, I consciously make more of an effort to show appreciation and say thank you. These are new, positive habits, that have not been as hard or time-consuming as I thought they would be.
Now back to the 30 Day Challenge – according to ‘My 30 Day Challenge’ website you can “Change your life in 30 days by creating new habits or by getting rid of bad ones,” “take a small step everyday to create a new habit.”
“Do you want to be in good health? Do you want to be more successful? Do you want more love? Now you can! Start today with 1 challenge for the next 30 days and stick to it! Keep a log and stay inspired!”
Below is a list of 30 ‘30 Day Challenges’ by Martijn Schirp. Interesting suggestions, I am not sure about the ‘having a cold shower every day’ challenge, even if it is supposed to make my skin beautiful!
Today I will enjoy my bike ride along the foreshore, turn off the news and draw an animal, say no to chocolate and be grateful for bike paths, the warm winter sun and left-over casserole for dinner.
After 30 days of drawing maybe I will be able to draw a decent cup of tea!