30 Day Challenge

  • Looking Back on a Year of 30 Day Challenges

    January 3, 2012

    Hard to imagine that I began my 30 day challenge experiment a full year ago--though, not really. If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that time barrels along regardless of how aware you are of its pace. It's our choice to either mark the passing of time and consider those dearly departed moments or stumble forward into the next moments like zombies.

  • 30 Days Without Television: What I Learned

    October 3, 2011

    In short? I don’t need it. My wife and I began our life together without television. After her long days of class, we loved to relax, talk, play cards. Yet somewhere along the line, we got a television, subscribed to cable and got into the habit of eating dinner in front of the television. Looking... Read More

  • August: No Television for 30 Days

    August 1, 2011

    I’ve been attempting these 30 day challenges for over half a year now, with considerable success. August will probably be the most difficult yet rewarding challenge yet: no television for 30 days.

  • 30 Days Without Caffeine: What I Learned

    July 1, 2011

    When I started this month, I knew this challenge was going to be a difficult one. I'm not a rabid coffee drinker, but I do partake of it daily with a steady flow of soda throughout the day. Let's just say it's enough caffeine that I notice when it's gone.

  • May’s 30 Day Failure and a June Without Caffeine?!

    June 3, 2011

    The premise of May’s 30-day challenge was pretty simple: get my finances in order. However, I barely touched them. I’m sure this is just an excuse for my laziness, but non-specific goals don’t fare well on my todo list.  Maybe if I had defined it better, say 30 days to set up individual credit cards... Read More

  • New Things Every Day

    April 4, 2011

    My April 30-day challenge is to do something new every day and I figured it would be a good idea to capture them all in one place. Here’s my list so far: Made eclairs from scratch. Learned to make music with a loop box. Learned how to treat wood with boiled linseed oil. Got on... Read More

  • April: Do Something New Every Day

    April 3, 2011

    Since this is my birthday month, I decided to pick a fun challenge: do something new every day for 30 days. Turns out it’s actually harder than you might think to come up with something new every day. I’m only two days in and coming up dry for ideas. On Friday, I baked some amazing... Read More

  • March’s 30 Day Challenge: Dismal Failure

    April 3, 2011

    A few days ago, a commentator on NPR made the comment that the Internet is like a gated community where we only present our best personas to try to impress people. Well, let me just disprove that right now by telling you that March was a dismal failure. For those of you not following along,... Read More

  • 28 Days of Photos: A Recap

    March 1, 2011

    We just crossed over into March, which means my February photo challenge is done. I’m not sure if it’s because February only has 28 days this year, but the end of this challenge caught me completely by surprise. Here and gone. It was a fun challenge, though not much of a challenge for me since... Read More

  • February’s 30 Day Challenge: A Photo A Day

    February 3, 2011

    Now before you start complaining that there are only 28 days in February—I realize that. I’m using the term “30 Day Challenge” loosely, so settle down. And no, I haven’t forgotten about it. You thought I had, didn’t you? You thought since I didn’t link to photos on the 1st and 2nd from Twitter that... Read More

  • 30 Days Without Facebook and Twitter: What I Learned

    February 1, 2011

    I just finished my first 30 day challenge of 2011: no Facebook and Twitter for the month of January. It’s the first of my year’s worth of monthly challenges, and I have to say that having a realistic goal with a not-so-distant stopping point makes it much easier to stay faithful to that change. There’s... Read More

  • January’s 30 Day Challenge: Digital Purge

    January 3, 2011

    The first of my 2011 challenges is going to be a tough one: no Facebook or Twitter for 30 days. As with each of these challenges, I have to set some parameters for it at the beginning of the month. In other words, what does “no Facebook or Twitter” mean practically? It requires a little... Read More

  • 30 Day Challenges

    December 31, 2010

    My New Year’s resolution? Twelve months of thirty-day changes. I have a tendency to make grand, sweeping resolutions that never seem to pan out. Last year, in the hopes of doing something more manageable, I took the P52 challenge—write one blog post a week for 52 weeks—but only made it to July. Even though 52... Read More