100 Challenges To Spark Change in 2016

Want to manifest a change in your life? 

As cows freely roam past me on the downtown streets of Rishikesh India, I observe a family living happily in what a westerner might consider a lakeside lean-to, worth visiting for that rare summertime campfire. This setting inspires me, it says, “Wake up! There are infinite ways to live your life!”

But to spark change, one doesn’t need to 180 to the other side of the planet. Igniting change could be as simple as brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. Little things (or bigger challenges) we might partake in can remind us to think differently. That's where it begins when you're looking for change: it's a reminder to shift, to stretch your brain in new ways, to explore your own creativity. It doesn't need to be epic right away, it's about new ways to get yourself inspired.

As I play out my own adventures in going 180, I invite you to step into your own. I've come up with 100 challenges to try, from massive globe-trotting adventures to the adjustments you could make daily. 180 doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a progression as you move with grace toward your highest creative potential and truest expression of self.

Read on, have a laugh and try something new! Share in the comments what you’re committing to! 2016: Here you are!

1. Sit at a communal table at a restaurant, don't use your phone or laptop for distraction. Focus on your meal and engage with at least one stranger.

2. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand for 21 days

3. Swipe right (on Tinder) 50 times in a row. Plan and go on a date with at least one of these matches.

4. Go bra-less for one week.

5. Go on vacation, pack only 2 outfits. Make do with that or find yourself some fancy new flair.

6. Eat nothing with more than 4 ingredients on the label for one month.

7. Use the "health" app on your iPhone (it's already there on iOS 8+) and see how many miles you walk each day. Increase the mileage by 50% and keep it up for three weeks.

8. Say yes to a party that's typically "past your bedtime" in the next week

9. Go to a dance class

I had improv on my "180 challenges list" to try for awhile, my friend Leah on the other hand, did not. Somehow she got over her fear (within minutes) and trusted enough to come along and...participate! That's the thing about a small improv class, you can't hide. In improv they have a term called "the grey space" - this is the space in which you speak from without allowing thought to enter your mind and over analyze in your head before you spit out the words. It's the impetus to some funny stuff, if you've got the guts to let go into that. Imagine if we could practice letting go to saying what we really feel, without overthinking it in our daily lives? That, along with the pure silly play that is getting on stage with random strangers, was a fun muscle to flex.

I had improv on my "180 challenges list" to try for awhile, my friend Leah on the other hand, did not. Somehow she got over her fear (within minutes) and trusted enough to come along and...participate! That's the thing about a small improv class, you can't hide. In improv they have a term called "the grey space" - this is the space in which you speak from without allowing thought to enter your mind and over analyze in your head before you spit out the words. It's the impetus to some funny stuff, if you've got the guts to let go into that. Imagine if we could practice letting go to saying what we really feel, without overthinking it in our daily lives? That, along with the pure silly play that is getting on stage with random strangers, was a fun muscle to flex.

10. Try an improv class

11. Create art: spend 20 minutes a day drawing for one month.

12. Get your greens: eat something naturally green at every meal for one month.

13. Acknowledge 5 people in your life every day for a week. Even if it's someone you're just meeting or interacting with for the first time, let them know, beyond a thank you, what they or the interactions means to you. "Wow, I can see you've put a lot of work into maintaining this store and curating these products- thank you for doing that, it means a lot that I can come here and always find the perfect pick me up."

14. Pick a bright color and dress in all that color for a day.

15. Wake yourself up to a dance party (try Dybrkr if there's one in your city) or just start your own. Here’s a :15 from my last “daybreak” party.

16. Next time you go out, pick a restaurant in a different area of town or another town altogether.

17. Read a children's book to yourself.

18. Take the bus instead of the train or the train instead of the bus. If you don’t take public transportation, try it, just once. Be open to who you meet (don’t wear headphones).

19. Learn how to say "thank you" in three new languages. Practicing saying all three when thanking people daily.

20. Set your alarm 10 minutes early and don’t hit snooze. Do this for a week minimum.

21. Instead of watching a movie, watch people or the ocean for an hour.

21. Instead of watching a movie, watch people or the ocean for an hour.

22. Sing every day for a month. Even if it's to the radio in your car: belt out the words on the freeway. Laugh when you can't hit the high notes.

23. Take a Krav Maga or martial arts intro class.

24. Go to bed before 10pm every day for 5 days.

25. Eliminate meat and milk from your diet for one month.

26. Invite friends over to your place and host them for tea or a meal versus meeting out at a coffee shop.

27. Three times today: call when you planned to text.

28. Don't shave anything for two weeks.

29. Talk to someone who looks different to you. Ask them about their background and what they loved the most about their childhood.

29. Talk to someone who looks different to you. Ask them about their background and what they loved the most about their childhood.

30. Offer to babysit a friend or family member’s children, even if just for an hour.

31. Get a library card. Use it.

32. Go to a health food store. Pick a kind of guilty pleasure food you've never tried before. For me, it’s chocolate. Try my favorite kind, RAW for only 30 calories a piece. It’s so mmm mmm satisfying! Like that moment from When Harry Met Sally.

33. Make a list of ten things that would be part of your "best day ever" then plan a best day ever ASAP! If you don't get to them all in your best day ever, do them all week! Check off as many as you can do every day.

34. Spend 5-10 minutes every morning journaling whatever is on your mind.

35. Pick a language to learn, label items around your house in that language.

36. Write down something you love about yourself every day on a post it note. Put it up in your home.

37. Find an alternative to your morning coffee for one week. Try tea or dandy blend instead!

38. Try every kind of tea at your local coffee shop. Ask questions to learn about the antioxidant properties in each type.

39. Listen to something different on your daily commute. If you typically listen to the radio, try a podcast, try classical music or try silence.

40. Go out without makeup on.

41. Eat dinner for breakfast. Eat breakfast for dinner.

42. Asking for support shows strength! Ask for support on at least one thing daily, no matter how small. "Can you bring me a bottle of water?"

43. Text-free Tuesday. No texting next Tuesday. Use another form of communication.

44. Be a tourist in your home town. Wander about for an afternoon as if you were seeing the sights for the first time. 

45. Adorn yourself in jewelry. Four pieces minimum for one week. 

46. Walk backwards for one minute every day for a month.

47. Next time you go to a "fast" food service type of restaurant, clean up the trash from a neighboring table before the counter staff gets to it.

48. Volunteer a Saturday morning at a homeless shelter.

49. Spend an entire day not interrupting anyone. Not for positive or negative, let each person finish their train of thought before you speak.

50. Drink one liter of water as soon as you wake up.

51. Go camping solo.

52. Skydive.

53. Rent out your house for two weeks and stay with friends in your city. Check out my adventure trying this out for 6 weeks

54. Learn how to drive stick shift.

55. Find a tree you can climb, sit in it for 5 minutes.

56. Go barefoot for a day.

57. Go to India. Dive into the Ganges in the north. 

58. Buy seeds, plant them and nurture it.

59. Eliminate the words "I" "Me" and "Mine" for an entire day.

60. Go skinny dipping.

61. Try acro-yoga (partner based yoga).

Koya Webb demonstrates Acro can be done anywhere!

Koya Webb demonstrates Acro can be done anywhere!

62. Spend an afternoon with an elderly person. Ask them about their life.

63. Go to a bar, don't leave until you have three dates set up.

64. Go on a date with someone younger than you, below your "age bracket."

65. Go on a date with someone 15 years older than you.

66. Go to a bead store, create your masterpiece.

67. Spend a day on a motorcycle. Explore areas you haven't been to.

68. Hire a fung shui specialist and have them fung shui your home and office.

69. Go to a bar or nightclub, don't drink alcohol.

70. Look up "sound bath" (try facebooking it) then go to one.

71. Spend an hour a week learning an instrument.

72. Spend an entire day in silence.

73. Take it a step further and sign up for vipassana, a 10 day silent meditation retreat.

74. Get in touch with a spiritual practice, even for a day--visit a synagogue, church, mosque or temple.

75. Go barefoot for a day. 

76. Keep the TV off for one month. Read or talk with someone instead.

77. Find a new "selfie" face. Make it silly. Use it every time you take a selfie for one month. Did you know 90% of selfies are taken from the same angle with the same facial expression? Change it up! Have fun with it.

78. Say a prayer before every meal for one week.

79. Take a break from sex. You decide for how long. Make it a challenge for you.

80. Next time you make love, keep eye contact while you climax.

81. Leave your phone in another room every meal for a week.

82. Practice looking at the negative space for one day. For example, instead of looking at tree branches, notice the shapes that form in between the branches.

83. Dye your hair another color, the color you've always thought was "too crazy"

84. Invite your best friends over for a sleepover. Play truth or dare.

85. Get out in nature and scream as loud and as primal as possible. Keep going for two minutes, then shake your body until you feel your muscles loosen, for at least 90 seconds.

86. Bake something and share it with friends, neighbors or coworkers.

87. Try a juice cleanse, even for a day, to give your digestion a rest. I love going to Pressed Juicery where they let you sample the juices and create your own cleanse.

88. If you don't have any contraindications, get your pipes cleaned: colonic hydrotherapy is a way to empty toxins from the colon. Or try something gentler, a water or hot oil enema.

89. Sweat it out: visit an infrared sauna and feel the benefits including increasing your metabolic rate and giving you the effects of a moderate cardiovascular workout without the need to move. It's excellent for those with mobility issues.

90. Do something that taps into your sensuality: take a tantra class or Orgasmic Meditation workshop.

91. Send letters in the mail! This week, let five people know what they mean to you by writing it out and sending it in the mail.

92. Build a fort in your bedroom and play like a kid all day. Make a trail of pillows to the kitchen and play the "hot lava, don't touch the ground" game.

93. Try guided meditation. It takes 21 days to form a habit. I've found Deepak Chopra and Oprahs Meditation Challenge app to be accessible and addicting, in the best way possible.

94. Find a tickle buddy and get giggling: tickle each other until someone cries mercy.

95. Tune into astrology: try a reading from a Vedic astrologer.

96. Start an audio diary, record a message for yourself every day for a week.

97.  Turn a holiday party into a costume party. Then turn up the music and dance!

98. Choose more than one of these to do.

99. Choose 7 of these to do this month.

100. Do all of these. Share in our facebook group!