The last Instagram challenge we did, #radicalselflovejuly, was a massive success, with well over 14,000 entries and plenty of new friendships formed! What could be better than that?
I have the answer: doing it AGAIN, calling it #lovetober, and throwing prizes into the mix!
Oooooooh babe. #lovetober is going to rock your socks off! Below is all the information you need to take part…
October 1: Flower power
Let’s kick it off with a photo of your favourite flowers. Roses, peonies, ranunculus? Show us what you love, and tell us why!
October 2: Nostalgia
What are you nostalgic for? What do you miss? Show us one of the best times of your life.
October 3: Photobooth Friday
Taking photobooth pictures on a Friday is an underrated tradition. Squeeze into a booth today and share the results, or just go through some of your old favourites!
October 4: Made me laugh
This could be anything, from street art to your favourite comedian. The only criteria is that it has to make you laugh.
October 5: Daily mantra
How do you keep yourself going every day? What words do you tell yourself, and what quotes keep you feeling inspired? You never know, your daily mantra could be exactly what another #lovetober babe needs to see right now.
October 6: Your bookshelf
There’s nothing more revelatory than looking at someone’s bookcase, so show us: what’s on yours? And if your bookshelf is huge, give us a glimpse of the stack you’re working on!
October 7: Thankfulness
Time to get grateful. Your photo can be anything, but this is one prompt where your caption will really count. Make us a list of at least 10 things you’re glad to have in your life!
October 8: Street art
Spend some time hunting out the coolest, most colourful and surreal street art your city has to offer. Stickers, posters, and random graffiti are all fair game! (Tag the artist if you know it!)
October 9: Favourite colour
What’s your power colour? What colour makes you feel like you’re “on” when you wear it? What is it about that colour that makes you feel so damn good?
October 10: Your inspiration
Who or what inspires you? There are no wrong answers here, and feel free to get weird!
October 11: Jump!
…Yep, just like Van Halen says! Take a photo of you in flight!
October 12: Perfect weekend
What would your perfect weekend look and feel like? This is your opportunity to create a beautiful weekend for yourself, then share the results. How sublime.
October 13: I’m obsessed!
Ever get something stuck in your head that you just cannot stop thinking about? Me too! So, what are you really obsessed with right now?
October 14: A beautiful place
What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen? Share a photo of you standing right in the middle of it, or simply your favourite view of all time.
October 15: Pay it forward
Do something good for someone else today — pay for a stranger’s coffee, give your time to a cause, or help out a friend — and then tell us all about it.
October 16: Big dream
What’s your big desire? Tell us about that thing that burns inside of you, that terrifies and exhilarates you in equal amounts. Who knows: maybe one of us can help you make it a reality!
October 17: Favourite artist
Whose art really speaks to you? Is there one specific artist whose work lights you up inside? Share one of your favourite pieces, and be sure to tag and attribute the artist so we can explore their work, too!
October 18: In the morning
What do you do every morning? Show us that quiet moment before you start your day: a cup of tea, a stroll with your dog, a moment on the yoga mat.
October 19: Your bucket list
What’s on your list of things to do before you die? Bonus points if you scribble it down so that we can see your handwriting!
October 20: Favourite city
Do you have a favourite city? Show us a photo and tell us why it is so special to you. And no worries if you’ve never been there: my favourite city was New York, even before I had ever set foot in it!
October 21: Your babes
It’s time for your best friends to get their moment in the sun. Who are your best babes, and what makes your friendship so remarkable?
October 22: Seasonal love
The seasons are changing all over the world, so show us, what is your favourite part of the changing seasons? (My vote is firm: hot chocolate, all the way!)
October 23: Throwback Thursday
Takin’ it way back! Share your silly old photos, and bonus points if it’s a picture of you as a child.
October 24: Spirituality
How do you define spirituality? What is your connection to God, universal energy, love? What does the word “spirituality” mean to you?
October 25: Before and after
Find a picture of yourself from ten years ago, and use an app like PictureFrames to place it alongside a photo of yourself today. How have you changed, grown, and transformed in that time?
October 26: Self-care routine
How do you take care of yourself? Epsom salt baths, massages, non-negotiable nap-time?
October 27: Wonder
What fills you with a sense of wonder every time you see it? Trees, stars, your dog’s nose? (My dog’s nose definitely fills me with a sense of wonder. It’s amazing!)
October 28: Biggest challenge
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever experienced, and what did you learn from it? How did it change you and make you a stronger person? Don’t be shy or ashamed: this is all part of your story, and it’s what makes you so magical today.
October 29: Beside your bed
What do you keep next to your bed? Yes, this one is pretty intimate, but says a lot about a person, I think!
October 30: Advice
Give advice to your fellow #lovetober participants. What do you wish you could tell everyone?
October 31: Halloween!
How are you celebrating halloween? Will you decorate your house, dress up like a vampire, or commune with spirits? Let us in on your spooky world!
How do I play?
It’s easy-peasy. Either save the image above — or like it on Instagram — so you have a reminder of the prompts on-hand! Then, use the prompts to spark your creativity. Take photos, upload them to Instagram, and be sure to tag them with #lovetober! I’ll be sharing my favourites over the month, too.
Wait, what about the PRIZES?!
Oh, you! I’ll be revealing our awesome sponsors soon. Prize winners will be chosen at random, and eligibility is worldwide. The more photos you post, the more chances you have of winning a prize!
How do I get the most out of this experience?
Take some of your photos ahead of time if you can — that will guarantee you’re never stumped for a particular day of the challenge! Reach out to other #lovetober babes: comment on their pictures, add them as friends, and give them feedback on their photos! And finally, write something meaningful as your caption. This will help you to look back on #lovetober as a kind of diary!
What if I miss a day?
That’s okay! Just catch up whenever you can.
Can I post the challenge graphic on my Instagram?
Yes, of course! That’s probably the best thing to do, because then you’ll always have it to refer back to. Just remember to use the hashtag!
OMG, I am so excited. I can’t wait to get cracking!
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