A Beautifully Uncertain 31-Day Challenge: Week One
By now you’ve probably made out your long list of New Year’s resolutions…a list you might even be staring at in dread, wondering what you were thinking when you set the bar so high. And while those these great, big, giant goals are great…they might start to feel a little daunting after the glow of the shiny new year wears off. Because I’ve literally only kept like one resolution in my entire life (to write more, when I started this blog almost six years ago)…I decided to do things a little differently this year. THIS year, I want to invite you to ditch the resolutions and instead start a New Year’s REVOLUTION with me, in the form of achieving one very simple, attainable goal each day. Since so many of us are in seasons of waiting (waiting for love, waiting for marriage, waiting for babies, waiting for an answer to a prayer, waiting for a cure or a phone call or a diploma or even a miracle)…this challenge is designed to help you learn to wait with purpose and embrace the beautiful uncertainty of your unique journey. (Which, coincidentally, just so happen to be BIG themes of my new book Beautiful Uncertainty.)
Whether you’re in a season of Singleness, Surrender, or Stepping Out on Faith…I hope these next 31 days serve as a launchpad for the next chapter of your life. Don’t feel like you have to stay in order if you need to switch up any of the exercises and do them on different days than I have listed here. I’ll be posting a week at a time so it doesn’t start to feel overwhelming. And I’ll be taking the challenge with you, so here’s to the next 31 days of growing, learning, letting go, and having fun! If you want to blog along with me as we go or post about your experiences taking the challenge on social media, please use the hashtag #BeautifulUncertainty so the rest of us can follow along with your progress!
Day 1: Quiet Reflection
Spend some time in solitude and
silence today, whether it’s the whole day or 15 minutes over a cup of coffee. Get still before God and reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you hope to go. Try and repeat this step every day for the next 31 days.
Day 2: The Great Purge!
It’s hard to be happy, to have a sense of peace, or to hear from God when we’re surrounded by chaos. Go through your house today and clear the clutter. Things you no longer need, use, or wear: Toss ‘em! Things that no longer serve a purpose: To the left, to the left! Things that no longer make you happy: Let them go!
“Ridding your life of clutter and baggage will teach you this: It’s amazing what you can let go of and not even miss.”
Day 3: The Great Purge (continued)
Dig even deeper: closets, drawers, your makeup bag, your purse…leave no stone unturned! Shine the light of order and clarity on any area where clutter is king and disarray is ruling the day.
“Whether it’s negative people or clutter or stress or bad habits or mindsets, remove unnecessary and toxic things from your life.”
Day 4: One Year. One Goal.
You’ve had a few days to settle into the new year…now set your gaze on your one big goal for 2016. You can have more than one, but try and focus in on what you want the year 2016 to be about for you. What do you hope to achieve? Where do you want to be this time next year? What is your biggest dream or hope or wish or prayer for this new year?
“Don’t be a slave to yesterday’s dreams. A new year calls for NEW vision, ambition, and goals!”
Preorder Beautiful Uncertainty (from the homepage) and download the first two chapters free. In Chapter Two I lay out exactly how to create your own vision board. Once you’ve created your board, hang it somewhere where you can see it every day.
“You’ll be surprised at how being bold enough to lay out your dreams in black and white has a way of bringing them to life.” ~Beautiful Uncertainty
Day 6: A Date With God
Plan something special for you and God to do today outside of your usual quiet time. Maybe it’s taking a walk, or sitting and having a cup of coffee and imagining Him there with you, or going for a drive in the country. Whatever it is, honor the date and your time together the same way you would if you were meeting a friend. (And while you’re at it, talk to Him like He’s a friend. Because He is.)
“That’s the God that we serve. A deeply personal God who wants to be a part of our most ordinary moments.” ~Beautiful Uncertainty
Sometimes you have to close a few doors before you can open new ones.
Today I want you to narrate a conversation between you and someone in your life who you never had closure with (a friend, an ex, a family member, etc.) Write it down or actually sit a chair in front of you and pretend they’re there with you and you’re finally getting to say everything you need to say. Once that conversation is over, stand up and move on with the rest of your life.
I’d love to hear from YOU about your experiences each day with the challenge! Comment below with your feedback. And stay tuned for Week 2 coming soon!