December, the last month of 2014. Just 30 days away from 2015, not counting today.

Remember those New Year’s Resolutions you abandoned back in January, 2014? You have 30 days to complete one or two of them . . . or give yourself a new challenge. Is there something you want to accomplish before the new year?

There’s a man I know who took a 30 day challenge to write 5000 words a day. He wrote a book that he’s now editing that will come out in January, 2015.

I remember reading somewhere that we can change old habits in 30 days. I believe the article went on to say we can change our behavior in 30 days. There does seem to be something magical about 30 days. It seems like such a short period of time, but too often after 15 more or less days we give it up. Either we didn’t really want to do it or it was too difficult to achieve.

I usually don’t do the New Year’s Resolution thing. I guess when you get as old as I am that you know you won’t follow through. I usually don’t have things I feel that committed to changing. I’m far from perfect, but I don’t know what I’d like to change.

With four websites, I would love to add to each one on a daily basis, but I know that won’t happen. I’ve been able to do it for awhile, then one of them is left out. I am disappointed, but there are things that need to get done. I had noticed one of them hadn’t been updated for 5 days. That was unacceptable to me, but it is what it is. I’ve had gaps here and on the other two. I do want to add to them daily, but then I won’t have time for other things . . . like laundry, cleaning the house and running errands. And the Christmas shopping . . .

Do you see what I just did? I have one excuse after another why I can’t do a 30 day challenge with my websites, but is there something I can do? Is there something I want to change? Is there something I want to accomplish?

Are you thinking right along with me?

Thirty days . . . I don’t have a 30 day challenge for you, other than asking you what, if anything you’d like to change or accomplish in your life during the next 30 days.

I’m sure there are 30 new things I can learn in the next 30 days. I can concentrate on one website that I’ll add to daily for the next 30 days. This one would be an excellent choice, then you can see if I did it or not . . . and when I slipped up.

As I see it, it has to be something you want to do and even mark out a time when you’ll work on it. I can see doing that with this website. I don’t know what will transpire from day to day throughout December . . . and December is a busy month. 

Hummm, I don’t know, but I’ll give it a try. 

What are you going to do in the next 30 days? You don’t want to do the challenge? It is possible, since there are no rules to this challenge that you can have a goal you want to accomplish during December. You may achieve that goal before the 30 days. Are there several goals you’d like to accomplish during the 30 day period?

I have plenty of goals I’d like to accomplish during December. Some I don’t really want to tackle during December, maybe in January or some other time. That’s known as “kicking the can down the road.” I’ve done that for what has ended up being a number of years. I’m just not ready to do it . . .

It’s difficult to commit to something. Awhile back, I was thinking of putting 100 cookie recipes on my website. I believe I have 100 cookie recipes I could publish here, but for some reason I haven’t done it. If that would be my challenge, then that would mean I’d have to do 3 daily for the 30 days and then for 10 days have 4 cookie recipes. I guess what I didn’t want to do was focus on cookie recipes for 30 days. This challenge is more difficult than writing something new for 30 days. I can always come up with something . . . And for December, I doubt my family, friends and new visitors would want to have just one topic to look at for 30 days. I like to be unique . . . different from my other websites. 

Back to the 100 cookie recipes, I thought with the cookie exchanges people do, that most of these take place before Christmas . . . This year Christmas is on a Thursday. That would mean this cookie exchange thing has to be done by the preceding Thursday . . . and if you’re using my recipes I should have started already. Gosh, I’m already behind on that goal! That would also mean that I’d have to do 10 cookie recipes for the next ten days. That’s a lot more work than doing one new post here for the next 30 days.

I’m beginning to see that this daily posting isn’t as difficult as some other things I’ve shared.

Are you beginning to think that doing something once a day isn’t all that difficult for 30 days? It could be listening to a motivational or inspirational tape for 30 days. It could be anything, really. I have a friend who listens to a TED tape every morning. He has been doing that for several months. It has become a part of his daily routine. Many watch their soaps . . . except for weekends. With YouTube you can find something that you could do consistently. 

I got my cousin watching craft videos every evening or when she had free time. There were cooking videos, too, that I got her interested in. So YouTube videos is a do-able 30 day challenge. The thing for me is, I can’t usually stop at one. Then for the other days of the challenge I’ve run out of what I was watching, but you don’t need to limit yourself or stick with specific ones. 

I’ve basically talked this one to death. If you’ve read this far I do appreciate it, it makes me think you may give it a try. I wish you all the best in meeting this challenge or whatever goals you have to accomplish during this busy month of December.