I don’t want to talk too much today, because I have 30 jewelry to show you, but I’d like to share a few thoughts about 30 day challenges that might help to start (and finish) yours if you decide to give it a try.
What is a 30 day challenge?
I guess it’s pretty obvious. 🙂 You decide to do something every day for 30 days.
There are many kinds of challenges. As I see, the most popular ones are related to fitness and weight loss, decluttering and minimalism, hobbies and art.
Why do we do it?
The reasons why we start them are to get rid of bad habits, start building new ones, or improve some of our skills faster.
These things are hard to achieve, we have to work on them daily, and challenges can help a lot.
Why it is worth doing it?
- It’s a game, so it’s less stressful than just to set yourself rules.
- Deciding to do it only for 30 days lowers stress too.
- If you complete it, you can have a reward! Be careful about it though. If you want to loose weight, don’t reward yourself with a huge chocolate cake. 🙂 Buy yourself a new dress instead.
- If you do something for 30 days, you’ll probably won’t quit after that.
- If you do it to learn or practice a skill, you’ll see a huge improvement by the end of the challenge.
I’ve done several 30 day challenges in the last 4 years, mostly art and jewelry related ones.
I’m a Sagittarius, so I love challenging myself, I cannot help it. 🙂
Though these challenges are great, they can be really tough, so I have some tips that can help you not only to start, but also to finish them.
1. Have a clear vision of why you do it
These challenges are not easy to complete. I usually start hating the one I’ve started (and myself for starting it) around day 15-17. If you don’t know why you do it, you’ll most likely quit.
2. Have a theme or use prompts
When you have to produce a new thing every day, it’s hard to come up with new ideas.
3. Give yourself a reward when you finish it
4. It’s ok to have 1-2 cheat-days, you’re not a robot 🙂
When I do an Etsy listing challenge, I usually create at least 5 new pieces the month before. I don’t want to list bad quality things, so I want to make sure that I have enough time to remake those jewelry I’m not happy with.
5. Plan ahead, don’t overcommit yourself
If you don’t have too much free time, do it only for 30 minutes a day.
Last October I’ve spent 8-10 hours on painting my drawlloween pieces every day (after finishing my jewelry orders), and though I completed the challenge, I did not want to see paint and pencils for almost 3 months after that.
6. Do it for yourself only, not to impress others
They won’t really care, and you’ll feel disappointed. Been there, done that. It sucks.
7. Enjoy the process 🙂
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What I created in April
And now here are all the jewelry I’ve created for my Etsy listing challenge last month – in five six-piece mini galleries. Several of these are already sold, but I still have plenty of them available in my Etsy shop.
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After my challenge
This month I’m spending more time creating art (this is my reward for finishing the challenge), and I use this time not only to create new works, but also to experiment and learn new things.
Next week I’ll share with you some of my fav youtubers who create art tutorials. I hope you’ll find it useful.
I’ll also have a gift for you: my first free coloring page. 🙂
We have found that Saturday might not be the best time for the new posts. My boyfriend works a lot on editing my posts and photos, but he has a full time job, and also his own hobbies. I’m also working a lot during the week, and to be honest I’m usually too tired to work on the posts on the evenings.
So from next week on, the new posts are coming on Sundays, and hopefully they’ll work better. 🙂