Well, 28 actually!
My start to ’31 Days of July’ got screwed around due to lack of sleep. But never-the-less, I am here now. So let’s get on with it!
31 days, in the middle of the year, is such a gift. Without the pressure of other agendas (Christmas, etc), July is a great month to set some daily goals and just GO FOR IT!
Last year I did so well, and although I am off to a stilted start, I intend to surpass last year’s effort.
31 Days Of July is about setting 31 goals, one for each day. Each goal was written as an opportunity to enrich or improve my life. (See number 15)
Here’s last year’s list so can get an idea.
In July 2011, I finally followed through with my desire to create a blog. I thought my idea for a blog was dumb, as there are already so many craft blogs ‘out there’ and noone would want to read mine. Then I realised . . . . . . . . . . . . a blog isn’t necessarily for reading, mostly it for for writing.
So to kick start my motivation and commitment, I started with the 31 Days of July challenge:A project that would force me to blog about something every day.
It worked! I now love the opportunity to think, create & write.
This month I am going to attempt an action that will make a difference to every day. My list (in no particular order) is
1. Go for a walk @ sunset
2. Put a “gold” coin in every charity tin I see on one day
3. Put a fresh flower on the dashboard of my car
4. Clean my bathroom mirror
5. Send an estranged/old friend a card or msg to say “I just thought of you”
6. Change a photo in a frame
7. Make a stranger smile with a compliment
8. Go to bed 2 hours earlier than normal
9. Put I.C.E. in my phones, address books, etc
10. Drop some (homemade) cakes to a local hospice/aged-care facility/hospital
11. Paint something – a wall, painting, paper, toenails, gate . . . .
12. Sweep the front or back door-step
13. Sit for 30 minutes doing no more than sipping a drink and daydreaming
14. Give a single flower to a friend, just because!
15. Sweep under & behind the fridge
16. Donate 3 old towels to an animal refuge
17. Spend $20 in a small retail shop, that I know is probably struggling in the current economic climate
18. Have a ‘swing’ – yes a swing ON a swing 🙂
19. Write my Christmas card list
20. Go for @ walk at sunrise
21. Write an old-fashioned handwritten letter (& post it)
22. Deliver a care package to a local Crisis charity (Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc)
23. Wipe the fingerprints off the kitchen light switch
24. Put a funny quote on my 31 Days of July board
25. Read a book
26. Deliver a morning ‘cuppa’ to someone without any fanfare
27. Get online to register to donate my organs after I die (Aussies can do it here)
28. Make some art and hang it somewhere prominent in my home
29. Decorate 6 clear jars with white paint (on the inside)
30. Put some fresh flowers in my bedroom
31. Send a note to all my loved ones, letting them know that I am an organ donor
So that was the list in 2011. Here is the list for 2012
1. Write THE letter to Boof
2. Enlist another person to sign up on the Organ Register
3. Set up a DD for 10% of my income into a Rainy Day account as per ‘Bare Foot Investor’
4. Prune the feral rose bush with my chainsaw
5. Give the apple tree it’s first prune in 20 years
6. Write out/address ALL the envelopes for my Christmas cards
7. Write to a short list of girlfriends to explain my absence for the last few years
8. Go for a walk on the beach at sunset with my boys
9. Send a postcard to each of my nephews
10. Go see a movie at the cinema
11. Walk to the end of the Busselton Jetty
12. ‘Do’ my hair and makeup
13. Go for a walk
14. Go for a walk
15. Go for a walk
16. Make a princess bed
17. Set up a faux fireplace
18. Buy a bathroom sink
19. Sew a new bag for the Autistic Bus
20. Give myself a manicure
21. Set up the treadmill
22. Move the tv
23. Buy an iPhone cover
24. Sit and read a magazine for over an hour without getting up
25. Set up a new craft desk for myself
26. Buy some new reg grundies
27. Make a chocolate cake, cut it up into eighths and freeze – for later consumption
28. Plant some seedlings
29. Plant some Everlasting seeds
30. Plant a tree
31. Say ‘no’ to something/one
Today I begin with . . .