Thirteen 30 Day Challenges That Will Change Your Life

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I’m a big fan of challenges. I think a lot of positive change can happen in a short amount of time which is why I especially love 30 day challenges. It’s always fun to push myself and see what I’m able to accomplish. If you’re reading this, I’m thinking you might be a fan too?

My love for challenges inspired the idea for today’s post. I wanted to share some of the best thirty day challenges out there!

I’m not the only one who loves 30 day challenges, Matt Cutts (former head of spam team at Google) does too:

I tried to find a variety of challenges that can and will change your life. There are some related to fitness, yoga, gratefulness, affirmations and more. I hope you find at least one that you’d like to try and I encourage you to give it a whirl!

A lot can happen in 30 days.

Thirteen 30 Day Challenges That Will Change Your Life

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  • 30 Day Water Challenge

I used to struggle with drinking water, period. I found that having a water bottle with me during the day really, really helps. Some days I still struggle to get all those ounces in but having a water bottle nearby with ice cold water is so helpful to me. If you struggle to drink plain water, you could try those flavor  packets. My kids are loving those right now.

30 Day Water Challenge

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  • 30 Day Affirmation Challenge by Brian Tracy

Affirmations are huge. It might sound tacky to say things to yourself repeatedly out loud but there’s a reason it’s recommended: it works. One of the very first homework assignments I received when I started therapy as a teenager was writing “I love me” 100 times. I remember feeling super silly at the time but it’s always a great reminder to focus on the positive and remember that we need to love and care for ourselves! It’s so easy for us to get caught up in believing negative thoughts, it’s up to us to keep up with the positive messages too.

I love that this infographic provides examples for 30 days. I can’t wait to try this one!

Repeat Positive Affirmations for a Healthy, Happy Life [INFOGRAPHIC]

30 Day Affirmation Challenge

  • 30 Day Yoga Challenge for Beginners

I’ll admit that I used to find the idea of yoga so boring. Back in the day I thought it was for hippies and celebrities. gasp! As I get older I’m really learning to appreciate yoga and I have more interest in it now than ever before. I find it to be so calming and it does wonders for flexibility and strength.

February 2016 Challenge: 30-Day Yoga Challenge for Beginners with Do You Yoga!

30 Day Yoga Challenge for Beginners

  • 30 Days of Reflection

Reflecting is something that gets lost in translation a lot these days. With the crazy hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it’s so easy to forget to reflect on ourselves and the lives we’re living. I thought this challenge was an amazing idea to be in the moment and really think about life and what we want for ourselves.

30 Days of Reflection

  • 30 Days of Prayer Journaling

Prayer journaling is a newer hobby I’ve discovered but haven’t yet tried. It’s insane what people do in their Bibles to help them learn God’s word. There are many different ways to do prayer journaling and I think this challenge will help me get started and I thought it could help others too.

Prayer Journaling

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  • 30 Day Marriage Challenge (or significant other!)

I love this challenge. This isn’t just for married people, it’s for anyone in a relationship!

Number 13 might be hard. Heehee!

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*You can download this as a free printable here.

  • 30 Days of Random Acts of Kindness

I love RAKs! One of my favorites is paying for the order behind me in a drive thru line. It feels good to do nice things for other people and there are so many different ways to do it.

Lol @ number 27!

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  • Whole 30 Challenge

I actually own the book for this challenge and I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been brave enough to work through it yet but I hope to which is why I’ve added this one to the list!

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever—and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset.

It Starts With Food: Whole 30 Challenge


  • 30 Days of Meditation

This 30 Day Meditation Challenge by Faith Hunter is FREE and it’s the perfect challenge to help you get into the meditation habit. Once you sign up, you’ll receive one email per day for 30 days with a daily meditation challenge for you. Each day’s meditation can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Awesome! Interested? You can sign up or read more here.

  • The Miracle Morning 30 Day Life Transformation Challenge

This is a book I don’t yet have but it’s on my wishlist for sure. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I hope to read it sooner rather than later.

“Hal Elrod is a genius and his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life. What Hal has done is taken the ‘best practices’—developed over centuries of human consciousness development—and condensed the ‘best of the best; into a daily morning ritual. A ritual that is now part of my day.” —ROBERT KIYOSAKI, #1 bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

The Miracle Morning


  • 30 Days and 30 Stretches to Splits

I thought this was fun! I’ve always wanted to be able to do the splits and thanks to Cassey Ho of Blogilates, there’s a guide to follow!

30 Days & 30 Stretches to Splits! #JourneytoSplits

30 Days and 30 Stretches to Splits

  • 30 Days to Better Sleep

I know a lot of people with sleep issues. Some rely on sleep aids for sleep, others just experience trouble sleeping or falling asleep. I didn’t think this post would be complete without a sleep challenge.

I tried to find a good one but I found that all the ones I found pretty much all had one tip in common: try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier for 30 days.

If you’re used to staying up until midnight it’s not really reasonable to expect that you could fall asleep much earlier than 30 minutes prior to midnight. A realistic challenge would be to aim for going to bed 30 minutes earlier for 30 days. And then you can try to increase your sleep time by another 30 minutes the following month.

Other tips to help you sleep:

  • Room darkening curtains/blinds/shades
  • Cool bedroom temperature
  • Turn off electronics (cell phones, tablets, etc.) at least one hour prior to bedtime
  • Lavender essential oil (therapeutic grade) or spray– I swear by this stuff!


  • #Money30 Challenge

This challenge is probably more for beginners or those new to personal finance and money management. If you have a good grip on your finances this may not be for you but I know it will help some people because it helped me!

This isn’t your typical savings challenge, this is a “money” challenge. Each day provides you with a prompt to cut bills, get in the habit of saving money and just providing a general overview for tips on how to manage your money.

For example:

Day 1: Declare your intention to do #Money30

Day 2: Check your free credit report

Day 3+: See the entire list here.



I think this is probably more than enough to keep you busy for awhile! I hope you find a challenge that resonates with you.

Pick one and go for it!

You got this.

xo Mindi

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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  1. Thank you for including my prayer journaling 30 day challenge in this post. Great post!

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