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I like 30-day challenges.  I like trying habits and routines on for size.  Sometimes life changes can feel overwhelming but when I think about doing something for just a month, it’s short enough I’m willing to give it a try.  The month of May is almost over and while June is peppered with graduations, Father’s Day, kids getting out of school and the start of summertime traveling and activities, I think it’s a great month to test out a new habit.

Since adopting a new habit takes a lot of energy, I’m only going to pick one brand new on that I haven’t tried.  I’m going to create a mini-fitness routine to do in the mornings.  It’s going to be easy, short and I’m going to do it every single day.

Mini Fitness Routine:

  • 60 seconds of planking
  • 30 squats
  • 30 kettlebell swings
  • 30 pushups
  • 60 seconds of planking

It’s all very straight forward.  It won’t take a lot of time.  It’s not even a full workout routine.  But lately, I’ve been doing nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  And I want to find some exercises that I can do every single day of the year.  I think this mini routine will be just right.

I’m going to do it in the morning before I go downstairs.  If my kids are up, I’ll do it in front of them.  I’m going to do it every single day for the month of June in hopes of turning it into one of my daily habits that I do for the whole year.

I’m also going to fill out a calendar on my wall and put huge X’s on each day after I’m done and each week I’ll take a picture and post it on Instagram.  Nothing like a little social pressure to keep you motivated, right?

Proverbs Pings

I’m going to add back in another habit that I’ve been floating in and out of doing and that is reading Proverbs every single day.  I read them often but usually when I’m having a bad day.  Instead, I want to be proactive.  I want to read Proverbs in the morning before the tone of my day has been set.  I want to soak up God’s wisdom in the morning and let His words guide me.

It’s all right there for you.  PING! Jesus wants to speak to you today and give you some great wisdom.  Let Him in.  Let Him guide you today.  If you would like to follow along with me and receive the Proverbs for the day in your email box with a short reflection from me, fill out the form at the end of this post!

If creating a mini fitness routine or reading the Proverbs every day isn’t what you need right now, I would encourage you to pick something else.  Find something that Jesus has put on your heart.  Pray about it and let Him guide you to one area of your life that you could work on this month.

Here are some idea for other 30 day challenges you can take:

  • Read to your kids for 30 minutes every day
  • Find one thing in your house to get rid of every day
  • Write a letter every day to someone in your life
  • Spend 20 minutes outside every day
  • Create a 30-day meal plan and stick to it!
  • Spend 15 minutes of kissing/snuggling time with your husband every day
  • Read the gospel for 15 minutes every day

I hope you do this with me.  I hope you pick something you want to try out for 30 days and you share your journey with me either in the comments below or by emailing me.

Changing and adding in small habits can make a huge impact on your life.  Pick something simple that you’ve never done or something you’ve done before that you know has a positive effect on your life.

I want to always be learning and always be growing.  I want to challenge myself not to accept the status quo and just because I’ve failed before, doesn’t mean I’m going to this time.

Ladies, have you told your husband about The Catholic Commute podcast yet?  You absolutely should!  They are all steeped in Catholic theology and each episode challenges men to step up in their faith and step up in taking care of their family. Each week features two related episodes. Here are the titles of the latest episodes:

  • 7 Steps to Improving Your Family Prayer Life
  • 6 Steps to Improving Your Prayer Life
  • Tips to Making Your Camping Trip Amazing
  • 7 Steps to Prepare for Camping Success
  • Outside Travel Basics
  • Go Outside
  • 6 Steps to Properly Use Alcohol
  • 5 Truths About Sex to Unlock Its Potential

ANNOUNCEMENT:  I’m going to be taking July and August off of Coffee & Pearls and then I will resume with Season Two starting in September!  In the meantime, I’ll be posting some book reviews, interviews, and worksheets that you all can do with me over the summer! I’ll be doing more Periscope videos so you can catch me there and now all of those episodes are being saved so you don’t have to worry about catching me live or within 24 hours!

Lastly, if you enjoy listening to the Coffee & Pearls podcast, I would greatly appreciate it if you’d take the time to write a review on iTunes.  You have to receive a certain number of reviews before they rate your podcast.  I’d love to be a five star rated Catholic podcast and so I’ll need your help to do that!  Thank you so much for your kind words, your emails, your comments and your shares.  It means the world to me and I love sharing this journey with you!