The calendar flips over to 2016 on Friday and I’m so excited! Are you?! The new year is so much fun and provides us with a beautiful blank slate. 2015 has been incredible for me — and I hope it was for you too — but I have this feeling that 2016 is going to surpass all our expectations. I’m practically jumping out of my skin with anticipation!
Let’s start January off with a big, delicious bang, shall we? Je te presente… #radicalselflovejanuary, an Instagram challenge!
Here’s how it works. Save the graphic below to your phone — so you have a record of it — and upload it to Instagram. Be sure to add #radicalselflovejanuary to the caption, so everyone else who participates can find you! Then, every day, post something that relates to the theme. You can take it literally or be abstract: it’s totally up to you. Just remember to use the hashtag, and to browse it often! You never know who you’ll discover!
Here’s a breakdown of each prompt in case you need extra inspiration!
JANUARY 1: #RADICALSELFIELOVE
It’s always nice to start out with a selfie so we can see everyone who’s participating! Plus, I am totally pro selfie culture. As Frida Kahlo said, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
JANUARY 2: MY BIG DREAM
Sometimes people say, “If you could do anything, what would it be?” I want to flip the script on that. You can do anything, so what’s on your list? Tell us what you dream about all day long. And who knows, maybe someone who sees your post can help turn your dream into a reality!
JANUARY 3: TAROT CARD
Pull a tarot card today and share it on your Instagram account! (If you don’t have a deck, try the Tarot! app on your phone.) Use Biddy Tarot to research the meaning of your card, and then tell us how it relates to your life right now.
JANUARY 4: MY IDOL
Who do you really admire and why? Share a photo of the person who you’d most like to resemble in your daily life. Then ask yourself, what attributes do they possess that you’d like to blessed with too? How can you embody some of those qualities today?
JANUARY 5: GRATITUDE
What are you thankful for? One of my favourite ways to use Instagram is to write lists of the things I’m happy about in the moment: it serves as a kind of love diary that I can look back on later and always smile over. Tell us what you love!
JANUARY 6: I WANT TO GO TO…
Where’s your dream location? What’s your favourite place in the whole world? Show us a picture and tell us why it’s so inspiring to you. Is it the colour, the atmosphere, the people? Let us know.
JANUARY 7: FAVOURITE FLOWER
You might find it challenging to narrow this down to one if you’re a flower pervert like I am… I can never get close enough to flowers. To me, they are beautiful little individual miracles. But do your best! Hunt out your favourite flower and show us what makes them so special to me.
JANUARY 8: ADORN YOURSELF
It’s dress up day! Wear something that makes you feel amazing today and let us know all about it. Alternatively, you can share a photo of yourself when you felt your best. What was it that made you feel so good on that day and why?
JANUARY 9: JUMP!
Action shot time! Get some air and show us your best jumping photo. This can take some practice, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get it on the first try… But at least it’s fun to attempt!
JANUARY 10: MY JOURNAL
What does your journal look like? Where do you write your most secret thoughts? If you don’t have a journal, share your Radical Self Love Bible, art journal, or a screenshot of the Evernote file where you write down all your flashes of genius!
JANUARY 11: BOOK STACK
If I know you — and I think I do! — you love to read. What books are you working your way through right now? What are your favourite books of all time, and why? It’s always great to get book recommendations, and this is a great opportunity to share with others.
JANUARY 12: RAINBOW
Go in search of a rainbow and share what you find. ROYGBIV it up!
JANUARY 13: FAVOURITE ARTIST
Who’s your favourite artist and what is your favourite piece of their work? Show us and be sure to tag the artist in the photo (it’s good online etiquette, after all). Tell us what you like about what they do: is it the colour, the subject matter, the texture?
JANUARY 14: #TBT
Throw it way back and share an old photo for Throwback Thursday. Bonus points if it’s a photo from halloween or your first day of school!
JANUARY 15: LIFE MOTTO
What do you believe? What thought keeps you going every single day? Write it on a piece of paper and take a photo. We want to know what your life motto is.
JANUARY 16: MAKES ME LAUGH
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen? Hunt out that video clip or ridiculous meme and share it with us.
JANUARY 17: #RADICALSELFLOVEDATE
It’s a beautiful day to take yourself out and treat yourself right. Get dressed up and go and do something you really want to do. Take photos of the experience and at the end of it, let us know how it felt for you. (It can be a little uncomfortable to spend time alone sometimes. That’s okay, and it’s all part of the process.)
JANUARY 18: MY BFF
Who’s your favourite person in the whole wide world? Show a photo and tell us how you met, what your greatest adventure together has been, and why you love them so much. Be sure to tag them too, to share the love!
JANUARY 19: VISION BOARD
Do you have a vision board of images to keep you motivated? If so, show us what you got! If not, maybe this prompt will inspire you to make one to keep you on track for the rest of the year!
JANUARY 20: BEST DAY EVER
What was the best day of your life? People often think this should be a “milestone” day, but sometimes it’s the quiet day you spent by yourself swimming in the sea that brought you the greatest sense of joy and peace. So, tell us about it!
JANUARY 21: FAVOURITE POEM
Words words words. Share your favourite poem with us — again, be sure to tag the poet if they’re on Instagram — and if you have a few, it’s okay to post more than once!
JANUARY 22: TEENAGE SELF
Oh boy. Let’s take a look back at our teenage selves and try our best to be compassionate! What was going on for you and what did it look like?
JANUARY 23: MY BEST FEATURE
What’s your favourite thing about yourself? This could be a physical feature but it could just as easily be a personality trait, habit or characteristic that makes you proud. Why do you love that about yourself?
JANUARY 24: LIP SYNC
This is one of my favourite things to see on Instagram: lip sync videos! Pick your favourite song, press play and record your best lip sync! (Alternatively, you can use Dubsmash to make this really easy.) Give it everything you’ve got!
JANUARY 25: PAY IT FORWARD
Do something nice for someone else today. Maybe you offer to look after their dog, you buy their coffee or you simply give someone a compliment. If you find this hard to capture in a picture, you can always write what you did and then take a photo of the piece of paper!
JANUARY 26: ANTICIPATION
What are you looking forward to at the moment, and why? Research has shown that often, anticipation is the most pleasurable part of an activity, so today I want to encourage you to indulge that impulse!
JANUARY 27: STYLE INSPIRATION
Who is your ultimate style icon? Who do you like to channel when you’re getting dressed in the mornings, or whose wardrobe do you wish you could raid? Show us your favourite look of theirs.
JANUARY 28: RADICAL SELF LOVE LETTER
Time to bring it in and write yourself a radical self love letter. It’s just like a love letter, but it’s addressed to you. What advice do you really need to hear? What do you wish someone else would tell you? We’d love to see the whole thing but just a portion is good too.
JANUARY 29: MY TEENAGE HERO
Who was most inspiring to you as a teenager? Who lit up your cells, excited you and gave you hope for a brighter future? Show us a photo of them and tell us what it was about them that was so aspirational to you.
JANUARY 30: LOVE IS…
What does love look like to you? Show us your interpretation of l-o-v-e.
JANUARY 31: DANCE!
Dance your ass off! Bonus points if you film a video of yourself doing it, and even more bonus points if it involves your best friends, family members, or pets. This is definitely the right way to end January on a high note!
I can’t wait to see your images! Don’t forget to tag them with #radicalselflovejanuary… And I’ll meet you on Instagram!
Photo by Made U Look Photography.