Thirty Day Challenge

06.03.2019

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Have you ever created a New Year’s resolution and were not able to fulfill it? You know, when you hype yourself up during the last week of December, and then plan out your goals, and your morning and evening routines; then life gets in the way? I know I have. I failed when the goal was much larger than I expected it to be. I didn’t take my goals step by step, but tried to accomplish them in leaps and bounds. It took a bit of time and discipline, but I’ve learned to break down my goals into small daily habits that I could adapt to.

My blog does talk about Life Hacks but this is more of a personal life hack. If you’ve ever set up goals for yourself and wondered why you failed halfway through there might be a good chance you’re biting off more than you can chew.

There are a lot of YouTube channels that talk about 30-Day Challenges that may vary from health challenges, to emotional and environmental challenges. Some of the challenges might be, decluttering, getting in shape, going to bed early and even drinking more water on a daily basis.ย 

I follow Matt D’Avella, who was the director of the documentary Minimalism, and he has been taking on his own 30-Day Challenges for 2019. It was really fun and amazing to see how the challenges helped shaped his habits and helped him push his limits. It was inspiring.

If one of your goals was to workout in the morning, but you’re finding it hard to wake up early and still have enough energy to workout, maybe the first challenge to overcome, is simply waking up early. Instead of your goal encompassing waking up early, going jogging, making breakfast, and then going to work, maybe the goal should just be – to wake up early. You don’t have to pile everything on at once. Perhaps the next 30-Day challenge might be to wake up early and then go for a short walk; just a short walk. Nothing crazy, nothing over the top, but a simple walk.

I wanted to set up 30-Day goals through the rest of 2019, so I could see what habits stuck and which did not. They were only a 30-Day commitments, so the dedication didn’t feel overwhelming. I only had to commit 30 days, out of 365 days in the year, to see how I would adapt.

The idea here is to develop keystone habits, that will help you set up healthy habits, which will help contribute to your larger goal.

A lot of people tend to set goals and are passionate about accomplishing them, but we’re a society that is conditioned to expect immediate results. Developing patience is a skill, no matter what stage you are at in life. The habits may not be easy, but persistence is key.

I tested out my own daily challenges, and when I broke down my goals into smaller habits that I could develop over time, they were easier to accomplish and my habits stuck with me.

If you’ve had a goal in mind, and you still want to accomplish it, perhaps breaking down the goal into 30-Day habit challenges, might help. If you have a partner or friend or internet support group that can do a challenge with you- all the better! It’s only a 30-day commitment, so why not? You can find a lot of 30-Day challenges on the internet, but I thought I would make a list of 50 challenges, that I thought were interesting, down below.

Here is a list of fifty 30-Day Challenges:

  1. Drink more water
  2. Plan all of your meals in advance
  3. Practice good posture
  4. Make a green juice or smoothie every morning
  5. Eat 7-9 cups of veggies every day
  6. Keep a food journal
  7. Bring your lunch to work 
  8. Detox your house of harsh chemicals
  9. Cook a new recipe every week
  10. Eat vegan or vegetarian for a month 
  11. Take a cold shower 
  12. Eat local
  13. Take a 30 minute walk each day
  14. Walk 10,000 steps every day
  15. Take the stairs each day
  16. Go to the gym
  17. Yoga
  18. Run
  19. Set priorities for your day 
  20. Clean up your clutter
  21. Clean up your digital clutter
  22. Bullet Journal 
  23. Follow a morning routine
  24. Follow a bedtime routine
  25. Make your bed 
  26. Wake up early 
  27. Check email once or twice a day 
  28. No alcohol 
  29. No credit cards, pay only with cash 
  30. No fast food
  31. No social media 
  32. No shopping 
  33. No sugar 
  34. No soda
  35. No snacking
  36. No caffeine 
  37. Listen to audio books or podcasts instead of music 
  38. Say affirmations 
  39. Practice gratitude 
  40. Write down three positive things about your day 
  41. Draw something
  42. Meditate 
  43. Spend time in nature or at least outdoors 
  44. Take a photo every day 
  45. Take a video clip every day
  46. Read 20 pages every day 
  47. Learn a language 
  48. Learn a new word 
  49. Learn a skill 
  50. Learn to cook 

TAKE THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE! AND GOOD LUCK!

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Blogger Recognition Award

11.14.2017

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I am very happy to announce that Design Life Hacks has been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! After many topics and posts that I’ve covered, I’m glad that I still can create interesting content.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating posts. Itโ€™s an opportunity for bloggers to recognize one another for each of our contributions. A big thanks to Emilia Cantero Dieguez fromย The Green Choiceย for the nomination!

How my blog started?

Living in the Bay Area in California, located in the United States of America, life can be pretty stressful. Nationally, a middle class yearly income for a household of three people is considered to be between $42,000 and $125,000, according to the Pew Research Center. Low-income would be anything under $42,000 and upper-income is above $125,000. Here in the Bay Area, an income of $100,000 is now considered low income.

I believe that if I can share a design hack to make life more simplistic and easier to manage, I should. Transitioning into a zero waste lifestyle started this momentum for my blog. Living a zero waste lifestyle made life simple, cleaning became quick and easy, I even saved money and minimized the errands I had to run during my free time. My daily routine improved and I enjoyed going to work each day as well as coming home and relaxing.ย You can read more aboutย my story here.

Two pieces of advice if you just startย with your blog:

  • Schedule out what topic you want to talk about and how to correlate them with your social media. Also, stay on top of your social media.

  • Network, network, network… find bloggers who blog about similar topics as you and collaborate with them. Whatever the purpose of your blog , finding a community to share your ideas and posts with will greatly help expand your viewing statistics and increase visitors to your website.

My nominees!

When you are nominated, there are a few simple steps that you need to take to accept the award nomination. These are the guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your award

  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to her blog

  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started

  4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers

  5. Select up to 15ย other bloggers to nominate

  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Congratulations to all nominees! You are an inspiration to me!ย Once again, many thanks to Emilia, from The Green Choice, for nominatingย Design Life Hacks.

With Love Always,

Yen-Van Tran

 

My Mom

 

05.12.2016

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So this is blog post isย going toย be slightly different from my normal posts. In this post, I want to take some time to celebrate my mom.

My mom is a versatile woman, a woman of many strengths and many stories. She grew up in the in the 50’s and lived through the Vietnam War. By the time she had reached the young age of 23, she hadย established a well respected career as a flight attendant with Air Vietnam. During her young adult life, she also met my father (that story will be for another time). As a flight attendant, she got to travel around southeast asia and experience different cultures and met many people. She made her own money and enjoyed life tremendously.

I do give credit to my parents for being role models who always told me to grow up to make money. They never told me to grow up, get married and have kids. Perhaps they worried about my financial security, perhaps they simply didn’t want me to live paycheck to paycheck, but regardless, I did just that.

After my parents split, it was her strength that guided and paved the path of the following ย years. She managed to balance being a single mom, staying sane and still taking care ofย two kids. I admire her strength and I hope that when I reach her age, I will still be as strong as her. To this day, when we sit and talk, I still enjoy hearing the stories of her childhood. As an adult, my relationship with her has become even closer and for that, I will forever be thankful. She has blessed me with my life and I’m so grateful that I get to spend one more day with her.

As children, we understand our parents are our leaders and rule makers. In adolescence, we test those rules to see where the boundaries lie. And as tenagers, we’re trying to figure out where we stand among theย population of adults andย our peers, yet we still test the boundaries between being deemed a child or an adult. As young adults, we’re still trying to get to that comfortable place to call ourselves an “official adult”, butย we still seek guidance from our parents. Now as official adults, we can see the flaws in our decisions- and also theirs. Lastly, as adults, we can look at our parents as friendsย andย maybe even peers. We can sit down and have a cordial conversation, with the understanding that where we sit now, is how our own children will view us as their leaders and their rule makers.

Forย a relationship between a parent and child to come full circle, is quite special to watch and be a part of. I value those conversations with my mom over dinner or in aย phone call, because Iย know she still has many more stories to tell me, and I hope to hear each one of them.

SO HERE’S TO YOU MOM- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May all your wishes come true, and know that when you look back on your life- you’ve accomplished so much and lived through so much more. I’m proud to call you my mom, and also my friend.

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Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

01.19.2016

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So I found this article of “Those Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old”, (here’s the linkย Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old) and I thought I would audit the list. I separated the items I haven’t done fromย the items that I have done.

Items that DO NOT apply to meย : (because I’ve already done it or I’m currently taking care of the issue)ย 

2. Not learning another language
  • Youโ€™ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.ย ===>ย I speak 3
3. Staying in a bad relationship.
  • No one who ever gets out of a bad relationship looks back without wishing they made the move sooner.ย ===>ย Get out when the first red flag goes upย 
4. Forgoing sunscreen.
  • Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself.ย ===>ย Wear it everyday
5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.
  • โ€œNah, dude, Iโ€™ll catch Nirvana next time they come through town.โ€ ==>ย So far so good
8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.
  • Few things are as sad as an old person saying, โ€œWell, it just wasnโ€™t done back then.โ€ ===>ย Grew upย a tomboy butย now Iย love being aย woman
9. Not quitting a terrible job.
  • Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you donโ€™t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell. ===>ย Get out while you can- or you’ll hate yourself later
10. Not trying harder in school.
  • Itโ€™s not just that your grades play a role in determining where you end up in life. Eventually youโ€™ll realize how neat it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish youโ€™d paid more attention. ===>ย I’ve achieved my education goals I set out
11. Not realizing how beautiful you were.
  • Too many of us spend our youth unhappy with the way we look, but the reality is, thatโ€™s when weโ€™re our most beautiful. ===>ย I think I’m alright
12. Being afraid to say โ€œI love you.โ€
  • When youโ€™re old, you wonโ€™t care if your love wasnโ€™t returned โ€” only that you made it known how you felt. ===>ย Yep I’ve said this tooย 
13. Not listening to your parentsโ€™ advice.
  • You donโ€™t want to hear it when youโ€™re young, but the infuriating truth is that most of what your parents say about life is true. ===>ย I still go to them for advice
14. Spending your youth self-absorbed.
  • Youโ€™ll be embarrassed about it, frankly. ===>ย I always sawย myself as the “funny” friend
15. Caring too much about what other people think.
  • In 20 years you wonโ€™t give a darn about any of those people you once worried so much about. ===>ย Never cared much of what people thought
16. Supporting othersโ€™ dreams over your own.
  • Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine. ===>ย I think everyone deserves a fan
17. Not moving on fast enough.
  • Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time. ===>ย My personality bodes to constantly be working on projectsย ย 
18. Holding grudges, especially with those you love.
  • Whatโ€™s the point of re-living the anger over and over? ===>ย You just have to accept people as they are, or you don’t deal with them at all.ย 
19. Not standing up for yourself.
  • Old people donโ€™t take sh*t from anyone. Neither should you. ===>ย I’m solid on this one
22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.
  • Most of us realize too late what an awesome resource grandparents are. They can explain everything youโ€™ll ever wonder about where you came from, but only if you ask them in time. ===>ย They died before I was born so this was defaulted
23. Working too much.
  • No one looks back from their deathbed and wishes they spent more time at the office, but they do wish they spent more time with family, friends, and hobbies. ===>ย I’m too young to say that
25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.
  • Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing. ===>ย Do this every morning when I have my coffee
26. Failing to finish what you start.
  • Failing to finish what you start.โ€œI had big dreams of becoming a nurse. I even signed up for the classes, but thenโ€ฆโ€ ===>ย I’ve finished everything I set out to do, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have more future projects in mind
27. Never mastering one awesome party trick.
  • You will go to hundreds, if not thousands, of parties in your life. Wouldnโ€™t it be cool to be the life of them all? ===>ย I can make a shot disappearย 
28. Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.
  • Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.Donโ€™t let them tell you, โ€œWe donโ€™t do that.โ€ ===>ย Iย never have
29. Refusing to let friendships run their course.
  • People grow apart. Clinging to what was, instead of acknowledging that things have changed, can be a source of ongoing agitation and sadness. ===>ย People grow up, they change and evolve
31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love).
  • Knowing that you took a leap of faith at least once โ€” even if you fell flat on your face โ€” will be a great comfort when youโ€™re old. ===>ย If you’ve had your heart broken, you can check this off
32. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network.
  • Networking may seem like a bunch of crap when youโ€™re young, but later on it becomes clear that itโ€™s how so many jobs are won. ===>ย I have a great network
33. Worrying too much.
  • As Tom Petty sang, โ€œMost things I worry about never happen anyway.โ€ ===>ย Iย let go of what I cannot control
34. Getting caught up in needless drama.
  • Who needs it? ===>ย I’m too old for this one, and it’s a waste of time
36. Never performing in front of others.
  • This isnโ€™t a regret for everyone, but many elderly people wish they knew โ€” just once โ€” what it was like to stand in front of a crowd and show off their talents. ===>ย Performed in choir from 10 years old to 18 years old
37. Not being grateful sooner.
  • It can be hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth โ€” from the mundane to the amazing โ€” is a gift that weโ€™re all so incredibly lucky to share. ===>ย I thankful that I’m able to wake up each day

Here is the list ofย Items that I HAVEN’T DONE and that I AM regretting> and I plan to change :

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.
  • Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself. ===>ย Need to do this more
6. Being scared to do things.
  • Looking back youโ€™ll think, What was I so afraid of? ===>ย Takingย steps right now to do so
7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.
  • Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, youโ€™ll dream of what you could have done. ===>ย Doing this now
20. Not volunteering enough.
  • OK, so you probably wonโ€™t regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of oneโ€™s life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many. ===>ย Need to volunteer more with the organizations I support
21. Neglecting your teeth.
  • Neglecting your teeth.Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures. ===>ย Need to go to the dentist too
24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal.
  • Knowing one drool-worthy meal will make all those dinner parties and celebrations that much more special. ===>ย I want to make more than a few awesome meals
30. Not playing with your kids enough.
  • When youโ€™re old, youโ€™ll realize your kid went from wanting to play with you to wanting you out of their room in the blink of an eye. ===>ย Don’t have any… yet
35. Not spending enough time with loved ones.
  • Not spending enough time with loved ones.Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count. ===>ย Time with family/friendsย can never be enough

So I left some answers as to what I plan to accomplish soon. They’re basic answers, nothing written in stone or planned out clearly. These items are nothing new to my TO DO list and I plan to do them. The underlined items will be done sooner than later. The rest of the items will be done eventually ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ok, ttyl!