30 Days from Today

What can you accomplish in 30 days?

30 days from today, you could be quite a different individual if you put your mind to it. You could learn a new skill, develop a talent, or just get a better understanding of yourself and your goals. Today more than ever, there are resources available that can help you to make significant progress toward your goals without having to spend a fortune. I love to learn new things, and I’ve found that one month is a pretty good amount of time for figuring out whether or not I find something interesting enough to pursue for the long term. Below you will find some helpful resources for making your own 30 day plan for self improvement.

Learn to Draw in 30 Days

I always liked drawing as a child, but I stopped doing it as much some time around middle school. I fell into the trap of believing that you either have “talent” for things like drawing, or you don’t. This past summer I decided to start challenging myself to learn new things. As part of this new approach to life, I picked up a book called You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less. I LOVE this book. It got me feeling confident about my own ability from the very first day I started reading it and working along with the lessons. I’ve since gone on to buy some other, more advanced books, but I honestly don’t think I’d be getting as much out of them without this first book. If you have ever wished that you could draw something that would impress your family, friends, or yourself, get this book. Mark Kistler does an amazing job of teaching you how to see things and then put them on paper and he does it in a way that is very engaging for both adults and children.  I’m using affiliate links here to keep the blog running, but I really like this book.

 You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less

How to Draw 3D with Mark Kistler

Here is a video of Mark Kistler teaching a simple drawing lesson. The book is written a lot like the video. It also includes a lot of essential information about how and why you should do certain things when you draw. The book (see above) is one of my favorite “how to” books of all time. Really.

Simplify Your Life

30 Days to a Simpler Life
There are a lot of people today who are making a switch to a simpler lifestyle. Some people are doing it out of necessity. They find that they simply cannot afford all of the modern “conveniences” like cell phone and cable bills that cost a couple of hundred dollars. Others have just grown tired of the rat race and want to get back in touch with what is truly important in their lives. I suppose the reasons for simplifying are different for every person.

I’m certainly not a hard core “simplifier”, but I was amazed at how much “stuff” I could get rid of without missing. I had a realization one day that my cluttered desk and cluttered garage were a pretty good representation of how my mind felt a lot of the time. Taking some steps to simplify doesn’t take very long, and you might find that you’ve taken some unwanted pressure off of yourself. 30 Days to a Simpler Life is a good guide for starting to simplify your life.

Constant Self Improvement

Getting better every day!
30 days from today Sometime during my thirties it hit me that if I wanted anything to change in my life, it was going to be entirely up to me. Looking around, I saw so many people (including myself at the time) who were doing the same things over and over again, and then constantly complaining about their lot in life. If you want things to be different, you’ve got to get clear about where you want to be and then start taking some steps in that direction. They might be baby steps at first, but even those little things you do can add up over time.

Even if you are perfectly happy with your current life situation, it can benefit you to push yourself a little bit every now and then. Make yourself grow. Try something new. Look for places where you can make a positive change in yourself or your world. It gives each day a little spark. Moving forward toward a goal prevents stagnation. For me, personally, the thought of not learning or trying something new is quite depressing. It doesn’t have to be a chore. Look for something fun. Sit quietly and try to recall something that you dreamed of doing at some point in your life. It isn’t a race. Take some small steps for just one month and then take stock of where you are. Keep going on that path or try something new. It’s entirely up to you. It’s your life. Start doing something to make it a life you enjoy and truly love.

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