Here it is, the #31DayFreshStartChallenge! This is the full calendar, and I am so excited to get started. While we official begin on January 1st, there are a couple of things you will want to do before we actually begin, so I wanted to be sure to put them on the calendar. These things will help you to be more prepared to face this challenge; and as Edna Mode says, “Luck favors the prepared.” For those who have been following my Instagram or Facebook stories, you know that I have come up with a motto for this challenge, and for this year: BOOT UP! Because here we go!
The first thing you will want to do is print out blank calendars for 2020, at least two of each. These will help us plan meals and our exercise/wellness plans. More about that will come with the preparation-week post. These calendars can simply come from your computer or a Google search, and don’t need to be fancy.
The next thing you will want to do is to choose three words that will help to guide you through this year. Once you choose these words, write them on your bathroom mirror, with dry erase marker, so you see them every day.
This is a practice I learned from following Brendon Burchard and reading one of his books. While he chooses three words to help him, and others, focus on their future/aspirational selves, his don’t change. I like to come up with three each year that will help guide me to what I am trying to accomplish each year. I feel by doing this I am able to work on smaller sections of life each year. I am creating lasting habits that will continue to carry me into each year, and then I am able to use those habits and focus on three new areas as well.
My words for 2019 were: Happy, Motivated, Organized.
Often times my depression/anxiety can get in the way of my happiness and motivation, and I wanted a way to remind myself each day that I was capable of still being happy and motivated, even though I have times of struggle. I chose organized for two reasons. One, because I love organizing, and two because I still needed some help in keeping various areas in my life organized.
As we near 2020, I can see that I have accomplished so much this year by staying Happy, Motivated, and Organized. I helped many through my Organize Your House, Organize Your Life Challenge that I did in January 2019. My Book Club also expanded, and we were able to give back to our community through various collections and events. I was also also able to organize more of my family life with some great tasks that I’ll be teaching you through this challenge.
This year my words are: Calm, Focused, Healthy.
These will help me continue to focus on the habits I have already created, while also expanding into new habits through 2020. I chose calm to help me adjust my anxiety a bit more, as well as to help me not overwhelm myself with tasks, projects, etc. I have a tendency to offer help to others even when I have my own long list of tasks to complete, and know that I end up really stressed out (and not feeling very calm) when I overstretch myself.
Focused, well, let’s be honest, we can all get off task at times. I’d like to work on that in 2020, as well as my health. I’m ready to get into a fun workout routine, and start eating more health foods! By staying focused, working out, and eating healthier I can continue to build a great future for myself and my family.
So there you have it! Your two preparation tasks for the challenge! As you work through this with me, I encourage you to use the hashtags: #31DayFreshStartChallenge and #LeopardOnAMission. Feel free to share this with friends and encourage them to dive in with you. Together we are going to make 2020 full of happiness, love and life. I’ll be back in a couple days with a breakdown of days 1-4, then each Sunday the post for that week will go up. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates and explanations as well. I will also be available for questions; pop into the comments here on the website, or on my social media.
Have a Happy New Year and be safe!
And oh yeah, BOOT UP!