One Month Down, Eleven Months To Go…

January 2022 is in the books. And to recap, my challenges for the month have come and gone. How’d they come and how’d they go?

Dry January

This challenge was, by far, the most successful. I made the comment earlier that it’s easier to not do something then to do something new, and that held true for the month. I was successful in keeping dry for the month, and it was a great experience. I’m hopeful that it will lead to me approaching alcohol in a healthy way in the future, knowing that I could go for 31 days without it.

30 Days to Financial Health

This challenge also went well. The website I used was easy to access, and provided easy but important daily challenges. I feel like I’ve got a better handle on my finances after this month than I had before.


I have to admit, this challenge didn’t keep my attention. I was mindful for a few days, but then became less interested in being mindful. Considering that I’ve planned to have a spiritual challenge each month, I think I’ll have to consider how to make sure that it’s a relevant challenge, something that will keep me going for 30ish days.


I completely dropped this, and I think I know why. When I started the challenge, I was happily sketching each day, and posting my sketches. This was my error. Posting my sketches became too stressful, especially when I saw the sketches of people who are actual artists. Lesson learned for creative challenges… keep them to myself until the month is over.

This leads me to February, and my new challenges.

And by the way, note that I’m adding a menu for each month, so if you want some ideas for your own February challenge, take a look. Also, let me know if you know of some good challenges for the month that I don’t have listed.

The Love Dare

The Love Dare is a forty day challenge that came from a really bad Christian movie (Fireproof). But, the challenges are designed to benefit a marriage, and that seem appropriate for the month of Valentine’s Day.

One Second Every Day

I love this concept. I’ll shoot one second of video each day of the month and then at the end of the month, I’ll post the stitched together video. Here’s an example of a one second every day video. I have to say, I’m most excited about this one, because I look forward to looking for small moments to capture on video. And there’s something really appealing about looking for small moments each day. But anyway, I won’t be posting anything about this until the end of the month, so I think I will enjoy the delayed gratification of this challenge.

30 Day Plank Challenge

Admittedly, I feel like I might be setting myself up for disappointment with this one, but at the end of the day, I’m talking about sitting still for a few moments each day, so maybe it can happen. Besides, I have to have a health-related challenge. So this is it.

The Side-Hustle Challenge

A challenge that might give me some extra cash? Why not give it a shot?

And so, I’m off for my second month of challenges. I feel like I should add that an added challenge is to make sure I update how these challenges are going along the way. January was tough, what with my family finally getting COVID and all. So, hopefully February will go better.