Book Review: 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
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 34 – Think 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 79 – Write 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
- 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…)
- Photography, music and media art
- up-cycling, crafts, and textiles
- recreation, and fun
- home life, professional life, and finance
- 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.
5 out of 5 Stars
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?
- Discover something new that you never knew you liked
- Enjoy blissful moments in the present and spend less time on autopilot
- Accelerate your productivity in your current projects or at work
- Improve your physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing
- 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.