Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your LifeBook Details: 


Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Author: Clare Hudson

Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation

Publishing Date: December 19, 2016

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services


My Thoughts: 

30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just via blog posts but also on YouTube, which has sparked my interest in the subject over the last few months. However, there seems to be a lack of creativity with most of the ones presented, and I was looking for a more personalized challenge, than “The Plank Challenge” or the “Cold Shower Challenge”. 

That is how I ran into “The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life” by Clare Hudson 

The more and more I dug into this book, the more and more I wanted to start one of the challenges right away. Okay, I have been a part of a reading challenge on Twitter for a while now – with moderate, somewhat un-inspired results, but I wanted to take it to the next level, something that is more unique, more exciting, and something that I would stick with consistently, not just every once in a while. 

And in The 30 Day Challenge Book, there is so much to inspire the reader, for sure!

I loved the fact that the author did not just dump a list on-page, but thoroughly worked through well thought out categories, that inspire even the most uninspired to take some kind of action, or create some kind of self-imposed challenge. Each category left me with favorites, some of which I want to share with you:

My Favorite Challenges

Challenge 34Think good thoughts when you eat. I never paid much attention to the thoughts I think, while eating, so this one was interesting to me – other than the usual gratitude prayer before a meal, that is. It would be intriguing to try this out, for sure.

Challenge 79Write down nagging thoughts on paper and throw them away. I love this! I am someone who believes in the power of small rituals, and this would be one, that I think would be quite powerful. I would, however, modify it, but putting these thoughts into a little (non-seethrough) container throughout the day, and then make releasing them i.e. ripping them to shreds, or throwing them into a shredder a part of a nightly routine.

Challenge 168 Try object meditation. For someone who has a hard time focusing on my breath during meditation (I have breathing issues, and tend to hyperventilate, or focus on the fact that I am unable to take the deep breaths that there are asking me to take, instead of the meditation, lol) , so any other form of meditation is something I am willing to try out. Object meditation is something I have not tried yet, because I tend to close my eyes, during my meditative practice. I have a feeling this could work well incorporating a candle, or a painting. 

Challenge 212: Write down things that make you laugh. What a beautiful and positive challenge is that! Simple yet effective!

Challenge 230: Record your own guided meditations. I have actually contemplated this before, but not as a part of a 30 Day Challenge. I am intrigued by the idea!

The bonus questions at the end where a lot of fun, and some quite unexpected, for example, “What lies behind the mind?”, which is deep, yet, I am not sure how to answer – if you do, leave your answer in the comment below, I am curious!


Here is a list of the Chapters and categories that are a part of The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life: 


Quick Tips For Starting Your Own Challenge

  • Love the Process
  • Trust your Intuition
  • Be resourceful

List of Categories of the 30 Day Challenges presented in this book


  • Health, food, and fitness


    • exercise and fitness
    • Food and drink
    • Beauty, pampering and body image
    • sleep
  • self-improvement, inner life, and meditation
    • Misc. self-improvement
    • Law of attraction and manifestation
    • stuff to give up challenges
    • themed mood challenges
    • meditation and inner life
  • recreational, art and creative
    • art practical (drawing, painting…)
    • writing
    • Photography, music and media art
    • up-cycling, crafts, and textiles
    • recreation, and fun
  • home life, professional life, and finance
    • Homelife
    • Productivity at work
    • career-boosting and work
    • money and finance
  • intellectual and educational
    • Art theory, languages, and humanities
    • science, technology, and mathematics
    • logic and memory
    • misc. education and learning
  • social, relationships and kindness
  • social and relationship
  • everyday kindness to yourself, and others

Book also contains an A to Z list of the challenges presented, so you have two options to navigate them

The book also contains two bonus sections:

30 thought-provoking questions

Original 30 Day challenge list of 100 Ideas


The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life is on a mission to inspire, and that it does plenty, in a very positive and gentle way, that makes me want to take action, and start my own challenge right away! Not all of the challenges are small or take a lot of effort, but will leave us with something to contemplate or even bring forth a lifestyle change, that will last beyond the 30 days! I really liked this book – which was unexpected.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

You don’t always need to make drastic life changes, go on costly worldwide adventures or wait until the time is ‘right’. Big changes can come from small actions, and if you have no idea where to start, how about a 30-day challenge?


Why do a 30-day challenge?


  1. Discover something new that you never knew you liked
  2. Enjoy blissful moments in the present and spend less time on autopilot
  3. Accelerate your productivity in your current projects or at work
  4. Improve your physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing
  5. Kickstart your creativity and become more resourceful


Some of these 30-day challenges you’ll love and some you may find strange, but others could transform your life in ways that might be hard to imagine without starting. 


Most of these 30-day challenges can be done anywhere — some for as little as five minutes a day, without spending lots of your money, taking up loads of your time, or buying pricey equipment. The idea is to use the resources you already have, and pick the ideas that speak to your heart.

What you will get in this book

500 30 day challenges to transform your whole life

Challenges have been divided into the following categories, so there’s something for everyone.

Health, food and fitness, self-improvement, inner life and meditation, recreation, art and creativity, home life, professional life and finance, intellectual and educational, and social, relationships and kindness.

An A-Z of all 30-day challenges

The A-Z at the back of the book includes all 500 30 day challenges and will help you easily find the right ones for you. 

A free 30-day challenge planner chart

This will help you to stay motivated, record your thoughts, and track results. It comes with this book as a downloadable PDF which you can print out and use as many times as you like.

It’s my hope that you will find something in this book that will make you feel excited. And through the act of doing and playing by your own rules, I hope you get the chance to find enthusiasm for everyday life, reignite some old passions and develop a love for trying new things.

The point of this book isn’t to tell you how to live or give you ideas only I like — it’s to get you to start and do something today that will take you out of autopilot and bring more variety, enjoyment and moments of bliss to your life right now.



  1. This looks like my type of book, but 500 challenges look like a lot. Do you get to choose which ideas suit you best, or are they set out into set challenges?

    Judging by some of the ideas that you have given, these challenges look interesting and fun. Something different from the normal mindset books that one sees.

    I am going to sit now and write down things that make me laugh just for a fun experiment.

  2. Hello!  Excellent review, thank you! 

    I’m an avid reader myself and have an old book blog that is gathering dust.  I might have to revamp and revive it!  I loved doing it too.  Nice to see another fellow reader!  Are you on Goodreads by any chance?  I’d be interested in following you there as that’s where I follow most of my bookie people.  ^_^

    Anyway, I usually avoid these 30-day challenges because they’re so faddish right now.  I dislike fads.  I don’t even know why.  It took physical pushing to get me to read the Harry Potter series because I was so turned off by how popular it was.  But even I can see the value of a ‘challenge’ as a way to stay motivated to chances you wish to do in your life, which is what this book is about.  I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

  3. Thank you for this book review. I will keep the page for future reference if I decide to get the book. 30 day challenges have a lot of appeal to people in the self-help world. I think that anyone who is really into self-help books will appreciate this book. 500 inspirational ideas is a very generous amount. It also sounds like a great book for anyone who is creative. Or engaging in Creative endeavors. Thank you very much.

  4. Hmm! “Big changes can come from small actions” this is definitely my getaway quote from this article. The 30days challenge book : 500 ideas to inspire your life is definitely must get for me and I love some of the challenges listed in the book that you have written up here and I must sat, I would be more than willing to try every bit of the challenge out. Since little actions is all that is needed to change the world. Thanks

  5. Hello Claudia. This 30 day challenge book looks like a book to inspire one’s life for good. Honestly, I’ve not really tried out all those challenges I see around. Being segmented into different parts, I feel one can decide what to deal with specifically and go for it. I really like thought provoking questions even though they might take a while to be able to give answers to them like the one you asked in the write up. I feel I need to sit back and think some more to see what exactly is behind my mind. This is a great book and I will snap one up.

  6. Wow, this is indeed a book worth reading over and over. Most people especially the youth find difficulties in their lives alot. These challenges from the name alone dares you, I’d love to have a copy of this book for my family. I actually love challenge 212 so much. I tend to get mood swings alot, trying this particular challenge would certainly get me back in the mood. Thanks so much Claudia for this wonderful post. 

  7. The 30 day Challenge Book:500 Ideas to Inspire you life seems just the thing I am after.  How can I get the book please?  I love how you have challenges to do.  I am currently in the UK can this book be shipped to the UK please? I want to start the challenge now.  Thanks for the heads up.

  8. Thanks for this informative post, It’s a really helpful book that you can flip through and instantly find inspiring things to do. It’s one that I will keep coming back to, the author’s friendly writing and fun, colorful illustrations make it easy for anyone, even people who aren’t into challenges, to give them a shot and succeed. I’m definitely going to share this with friends as well. Good one! 

  9. Wow, what an optimistic and positive book. I would like to read it. The challenges it concludes can inspire every person to begin something new, a new motive in their life. I like the point that it gives 30 questions for meditation and interiority. It looks special. Thanks for the opportunity to have in our collection such a great book. Your article was really amazing.

  10. Awesome! I think I finally found the perfect strategy that would not just create an awesome chapter in my life but also effect the changes I have always wanted to achieve. This review has made me fall in love with this book which I will be jumping on pretty soon and the most amazing fact about this insightful post is that the list of categories of the 30day challenge book 500 ideas to inspire you  matches all my interest and I can’t wait to begin to read already. Thanks a lot for this fantastic review, I feel blessed with it.

  11. Hi, Claudia,

    What a thorough review of the 30-day challenge book!! 
    I liked your article because without even having this book in hand, I have already learned a lot about this book.

     I am really inspired by your article and it makes me want to buy it. I am a full-time worker, and I have a critical lack of time. I would like to know if I can order the book on audible by Amazon(I mean an audio book)? 

    Thank you!!!

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