The Monthful Challenge

Posted in Bucket List
on September 11, 2016

The Monthful Challenge is a concept I stumbled upon on a fellow bloggers page, and absolutely fell in love with the idea.  If you have a Bucket List as long as mine, and have a hard time finding time to reach your goals, then you’ll really appreciate this challenge.

As many of you know already, I’m a reality tv junkie.  And, one night after watching Bachelor in Paradise (don’t judge me, it’s very entertaining), I was doing what any other Bachelor Nation fan would do….I was looking up the cast on social media, cause why not?!

Monthful Challenge

I love Caila on the show, and was feeling really bad for her after she left Paradise in tears.  But, was elated when Jared jumped in the van with her…what a knight in shining armor, right?!  I was trying to check up on Caila and get the inside scoop if this new Bachelor couple had made it past Paradise….and, then it happened….I stumbled across Caila’s blog.

Monthful Challenge

After reading through some off her articles, I knew we would probably be besties in real life. Hey, anybody who’s as passionate as I am about embracing life and conquering challenges, I’m down with!  Plus, she could probably teach me a few style tips and give me insider tips on how she gets my hair so shiny and beautiful even in the Mexico humidity (I totally have Caila hair envy!).

Monthful Challenge

Her blog, Monthful Caila, explains her monthly bucket list busting challenge like this,

Definition of Monthful:
1. showing consideration for oneself

2. committing to a goal, something on your bucket list, or aspiration

3. characterized by month

I fell in love with this monthly bucket list concept.  I wish I had thought of it myself.  ?

Do you have goals that you’ve been putting off?  I think most of us are in that boat.  This year, more than any year in my life, I’ve felt the gravity of how fast life goes.  We really don’t have any time to lose.  Why not tackle one thing at time each month?  Brilliant?!

Why Monthful?

1. Very fortunate – even with a good job, loving family, and happy home – I felt unfulfilled… like something was missing in my life.

2. Reflecting, I found myself wanting to work on who I was, but didn’t know where to start…

3. Dedicating one month felt attainable – while still leaving enough time to fully accomplish something fully.

 Do you feel like this is a doable challenge for you?  Have you been feeling like you’re at a standstill in life?!  Me too!  It’s so easy to fall into that rut, isn’t it?! Life still happens around us, and often times we continue in our normal routine, and next thing we know months have passed with no purposeful attempt at making our lives better.  I’m tired of living that way, aren’t you?! I think, make that….I know I can do better! Can you?!

Some questions I asked myself before starting…
Do I feel fulfilled?

What do I think is missing in my life?

Who do I want to make a change for?

Am I ready to commit to making time for myself?

What feeling do I hope to walk away with at the end of my monthful journey?

And honestly… it’s ok if the answer is “I don’t know”… it’s about listening to your heart and being authentic & at peace with the truth of how you are feeling.

Whether you’re trying to make a change for you, your family, your husband, etc, any change is good.

As I read about the challenge, the ideas for change in my own life started pouring into my mind. There are so many things that I could work on.  Yikes!

The key, I guess, is not to get overwhelmed, and focus on one challenge at a time.

My Monthly Challenge list includes…Learn To Enjoy Smoothies; Conquer the CycleBar; Take a Trapeze Class; Clean Eat for a Month; Chalk Paint the Piano; Try Accupuncture; Organize Our Dressers with the KonMari Method; Take a Photography Class; Write an Ebook; Take Swim Lessons/Scuba Certification; Complete a MudRun; Ride in a Hot Air Balloon; Take Snowboarding Lessons; Be a Ballerina & Try Pure Barre Classes; Go Green; Take a Self Defense Class; Complete a Heritage Photobook with Gramma; Plant an Herb Garden; Teach CPR Classes; Learn How to Make & Can Strawberry Jam; Complete a Photogallery Wall in Our Home; Take a Cooking Class; Learn How to Kayak; Go On a Medical Mission Trip; Take Certification Exam in Mother Baby Nursing; Try Rock Climbing; and much much more!

What would be on your list?

3 Tips to help you reach your Monthful goal:
1. Begin the month with a clear definition of what success looks like to you. What goal precisely needs to be reached that is attainable within your capacity? Setting unrealistic expectations will only set you up for failure and that makes me want to text you a sad faced emoji… we want you to be successful!

(That we includes both me and you!)

2. Let’s keep this goal personal. It isn’t about what you are doing that is important… what is pertinent is why you want to commit to being monthful.

Make a change for you.

You can keep your goal personal by staying humble and sharing your journey only with those who would be an emotional support.

The attention that comes with oversharing your personal journey can sometimes hinder reflection, as you start to care more about what people think than listening to your heart.

3. Be forgiving of yourself. Some monthful goals are about daily practice (Like… flossing or writing a letter everyday) and some are about the final outcome at the end of the month (Possibly… running a 1/2 marathon or saving enough money to take a beach weekend trip).

Everyone has a different and personal journey – including you.

Possibly you forget or skip one day in your daily practice…. or you get halfway through the month and an injury causes you not to be able to finish your ultimate goal.

If you made a conscious effort then you should be proud, because you were that much closer than before.

Negative feelings are never the solution… it is important to acknowledge disappointment and then move on… there is always next month after all 🙂

So, are you all in with this Monthful Challenge?!  It’s exciting right? I always feel empowered when I start something new.  And, let’s be honest, the days and months go by so quickly these days.  It will be nice to focus on one goal at a time, and feel live I’ve accomplished something as the month ends.

Since September is still in its beginning stages, I’m going to make my September Monthly Goal: Start Living Cleaner.  Stay tuned to the blog for more updates on how I’m doing.

Are you going to join me on this journey?  What goal on your Bucket List are you going to tackle this month? Comment below with your Monthful Challenge goal.  Let’s share ideas, successes, and failures with each other, and build each other up in this process.

Let’s get started!  See you at the finish line!

{Photos in the article borrowed from Caila’s blog Monthful Caila.  Shop her closet on her blog, as well.  And read the inside scoop on her time in Bachelor in Paradise}

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