30 Day Challenge

feel vibrant

I recently made a big realization which led to a big change. As I mentioned last week, one of my goals this year is to feel more vibrant. My personal definition of feeling vibrant, FYI, is to be healthy, energetic, beautiful, and happy. I’ve started making decisions differently and have noticed things changing at a rapid pace.

I put together a 30 day challenge for you, me, and whoever wants to join. It’s easy and casual but packs a bigger punch than you may think. No one will be checking in on you except for you. Because of that, it’s helpful to have a checklist which is what I’ve created below. If you forget something or miss something one day, don’t beat yourself up. This is a gentle and loving activity, not something that is meant to stress you out. Remember that these activities are what work for me. You might have to change it around to fit your schedule, your life, and your needs.

– Start every morning (BEFORE checking my phone) by thinking of one thing that I am excited for in my day. Appreciate and feel grateful that it’s happening.
– Take probiotics and drink a mug of hot water with lemon to aid in digestion for the whole day.
– Dress myself in clothes that I feel great wearing, not an outfit to impress anyone else.
– Listen to upbeat, uplifting music as I get ready for work (aka Beyonce on repeat)

– Chew my food well and eat my meals slowly.
– Drink 1/2 of my body weight in ounces of water every day.
– Eat until I am not hungry, not until I am full.
– Take fish oil, spirulina, and a multi-vitamin every single day.
– Work out and sweat a minimum of 3 times/week.
– Say no to events and activities that I’m not interested in.
– Check Instagram less than 10 times/day (this will def be the hardest).
– Buy myself something sweet and special this month. It doesn’t have to be expensive! I’m having a 15% off sale at the Lemon Stripes Store through Valentine’s Day which is the perfect place to start!

At Work:
– Take a step back and don’t get emotionally invested in final decisions that I don’t agree with.
– Focus on completing my to-do lists every single day.
– Leave work at work. Every day. At night, I won’t check my work email unless I am specifically asked to.

– Drink only 2 nights/week. When I do drink alcohol, do not have more than 2. It makes me feel terrible the next day and is not worth it.
– Before I fall asleep, think of one thing that I am grateful for and soak up that feeling.
– Don’t watch TV just to watch TV!
– Read something that feeds my soul (not a blog or book about work) for at least 30 minutes before bed.
– Ship orders from my shop 2x/week instead of 5x/week. Hello free time!
– Don’t skip date night. Make sure to schedule one week-night dinner date with my husband each week.

– Schedule at least one thing that I will look forward to all week.
– Call one good friend or extended family member each weekend and catch up on life.
– Do a face mask every Sunday night.
– Schedule one “me” activity each weekend this month: A massage, facial, mani/pedi, yoga class, etc.

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  1. Marinaspark.blogspot.com said:

    I love it!!!! Can’t wait to try!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this… I think we all need a little reminder on where to cut down and in certain areas to make ourselves happier in the end 🙂 The TV and Instagram challenges can be tricky, but I’m going to give them a try!

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  3. I love this– and need to make one for myself too!

    P.S. Do you make your own face mask? Have you shared it before or can you? Have been looking for a good one!

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    • I use the hibiscus mask from SW Basics of Brooklyn. It’s the best!

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  4. This is needed! I should make this a yearly change.. not just a 30 day challenge. 🙂

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  5. Hilary Biggart said:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love the actions you want to take to make yourself better. Thank you for a little bit of inspiration on a Thursday.

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    • So glad to hear that it inspired you!!! Made my day 🙂

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  6. Nikki said:

    Great ideas!! I want to feel more vibrant in 2014 too. These are awesome to incorporate into my every day life.


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  7. Jen McLaughlin said:

    Great ideas! I’m guilty of watching TV just to watch TV…terrible habit. My new goal is to read one book every month. January’s book was “The Husband’s Secret” and I thought it was pretty good.

    We should start a blogger book club 🙂


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    • Ohh I’ll have to try that one! Next on my list is The Goldfinch.

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  8. Nikki P said:

    Love this- just one thing missing: where can I get that jumpsuit you’re wearing in the photo!! Will definitely help with the keeping vibrant I think, especially on weekends 🙂

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  9. Shira said:

    Heck yessss- love this. I need to practice some of this as well…ha!

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  10. Lizzie said:

    I was JUST thinking about this same thing last night in yoga class, love that you mapped this out! Any recommended reads from dear Julia?

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  11. Meredith said:

    I love this list! This was so wonderful to read because I’ve started something similar this year as well. I’ve started yoga, drinking more water, focusing on positivity, etc. – so this is very helpful. It’s great to see it in list form, and you’ve got some wonderful additions listed here than I plan to incorporate into my routine. Thank you!

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  12. Anna R said:

    This is such a great list. I’m feeling the same way this year. I’ve committed to working out 3x per week and was doing well until last week with the snow and I had a cold. But I’m back on track for the upcoming week (hopefully!).

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  13. Helen said:

    I love this list! This is really inspirational. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I participated in the “30 Days of Thanks”, where I wrote something I was thankful for, every day, on my blog.




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