The Everygirl’s 30 Day Challenge: 30 Days of Journaling

Now that we’ve finally escaped the grasp of Polar Vortexes that force us to dress like an abominable snowladies, we’re more than excited to embrace warm weather with open arms. (i.e., Dance in circles singing ala Dame Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music). But after the spring cleaning is done, and the taxes are filed, we’re pretty much in a holding pattern of work and leisure—mix in some tulips and pastel colored everything—and voila, you have Spring! But this year at The Everygirl, we want to take the energy and sense of renewal that arrives with this season, to the next level.

A short while back, a TEDTalk of Matt Cutts aired where he decided to try something new for 30 days. It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution, more-so a personal dare; nothing outrageous, just a practical activity that he could incorporate into his life. 30 days—just enough to gain a full experience and judge whether the new activity would become a personal ritual or a pleasant pastime. Those 30 days changed his life. We admired this foray into personal growth, so we’ve taken on the challenge too.

Our first challenge: 30 days of journaling, starts on April 1st, which gives you one week to find a journal! Seems simple enough, right? Dear Diary, Today I met someone special… Okay, let’s aim for a bit more substance. Most of our days are guided by a routine: Wake up, scan Twitter, avoid puddles and go to work; lather, rinse, repeat. Toss in a sprinkle of the occasional birthday dinner with a dash of the gym and life can seem monotonous. But journaling regularly can be therapeutic and bring some perspective into the repetition of life, especially after 30 days; how did you actually feel about your time spent? Are there ways you can better focus your energy? When you look back on your month, did you live it to the fullest?

30 days in the season of revival isn’t forever, and who knows? It could just change your life. Will you join us on April 1? Instagram photos of your journals with the tag #TEG30DayChallenge. We’ll regram a few of your photos throughout the month!

Do you ever mix up your routine? Have you done a similar personal dare? What did you discover about yourself and setting goals?

  • Yes, I need to do this! A great way to learn more about myself and get the creative juices flowing.

  • Any suggestions for cute notebooks?

    • Ronisha

      Try Target, they have a great selection.

    • Lindsay

      Barnes & noble, Tj Maxx, Marshalls

    • TheGivingBride

      Target or J. Crew-I have a gold glitter one from there I love!

    • I love the suggestions below! I also love Kate Spade, Brown Ink Paper Goods & Mara Mi (which is carried at Target)! Xo

  • Looking forward to joining in on this!

  • I will definitely be doing this! I have a journal that I write in every now and then usually when I am frustrated and need to vent. Maybe if I do it more often there will be some happy entries in there too! Count me in 🙂

    Ashley
    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

    • That’s what my journal looks like too! I used to practice writing down 3 things I was grateful for everyday, though. Maybe I’ll add that to my journal entries for good measure 😉

  • Steph

    I recently purchased the Q&A 5 Year Journal, I know its not technically a diary as such, but seeing as I haven’t yet started it I might use the 30 day challenge as a starting point, hopefully that counts?!

  • Kathryn Coffman

    I would love to see some idea prompts from you gals giving us some inspiration of what we could journal about! That’d be so fun!

  • aarushi

    I am in !

  • I’ve been doing something similar in the month of March. There is a blog called Two Writing Teachers, written by, you guessed it, 2 writing teachers. Every Tuesday they do something called a Slice of Life, where participants (and these are largely educators) write a slice of their life and link back to the blog. The month of March is the Slice of Life Challenge. It originally started as an individual challenge, but last year they began a classroom challenge as well. Though my student teaching ended last Friday, I am continuing with the challenge alongside my students. It has been a great way to experiment with my own writing, and to see my 5th graders explore themselves and their own writing in a truly authentic way!

  • TheGivingBride

    I think this is a really awesome idea, I’ll give it a try!

  • Treading Art

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately! Thanks for the encouragement…ML

  • Bree Smith

    How appropriate… April 1st is my 23rd birthday… Symbolic for me because this will be the first year I am no longer a student and finally in the “real-world,” after a crazy, dramatic, and stressful 2013. I do indeed like this idea!

    • I think that will be such a great time in your life to document! I know when I graduated it was such a whirlwind, that looking back on it now it’s just a blur, it’d be great to have that to look back on for perspective in a stressful time!

  • I think this is a really great idea! I’ve never been able to journal consistently, but I’d really like to give this a try. That’s why it’s called a challenge, right?! 🙂

  • I’m most definitely in!

  • Yes, i am joining in on this challenge all the way from Nairobi.

    have a look at the post i did about it on my blog.

    http://jjaneffer.blogspot.com/2014/03/do-something-new-like-30-day.html

  • Chelsea Monet

    Can’t wait to join in on the challenge. Such a great idea 🙂 Now off to buy a journal!

  • Katherine

    This sounds like a great idea 🙂 I’m going to try it out 🙂
    katattack2000.wordpress.com

  • I’m in! I’ve had “writing” time penciled into my calendar for a few weeks now–time to make it happen! Besides, I have a really cute journal ready to be dusted off 🙂

  • Rebecca Ann

    Can’t wait to start! Just tagged my journal photo and this week’s To Do list!

  • i have been doing a 365 days of journaling this year and loving it!

  • Vanessa Wieler

    I know I’m late but I really would love to join this challenge!
    How can I join?

    • Willow Rose

      I would say just start! The hashtag will always lead back to all the other hashtags. 🙂 So you’ll still be included. Plus I’ve found about 4 challenges that I haven’t done but would like to still do!

  • Kelly

    Ahhh I just saw this article so guess I better get that journal! I already have one but using it for my twins “Saturday Journal”. I write down each Saturday’s activities. They were born on a Saturday:-). also, I suck at journaling so ONE day seemed doable!

  • Katie

    I’ve kept a journal since I was 14 (over 10 years now!) and it really helps center me! I journal right before bed