13 Fun Challenges To Start The New Year Strong

13 new year challenges to bring joy, peace and strength in 2024, for your body and mind, your home and family 🙂

The perfect time to take on a challenge and build momentum in areas of your life that might benefit from some loving care and attention.

And so, to celebrate the new year, a quick rundown of some of my favourite new year challenges. Some officially kick off on the 1st January, but most of them, you can start any time. Jump in right where you are, go at your own pace and take advantage of an extra burst of motivation 🙂

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First up, taking care of your body.

Be Your Best

A month long fitness challenge. Free daily workouts in the comfort of your own home, with the lovely Lucy to cheer you on. 

Start a Yoga Journey

Yoga has so many benefits, strengthening the body, boosting the immune system, relaxing the mind and releasing anxiety. Check out the wonderful Wandering Alice’s yoga playlist here.


Another month long challenge. But with this one, not only do you get to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, but living plant-based is probably the single biggest personal impact you can have on the health of the world.

And taking care of your mind.

An Annual Reading Challenge

This year will be my eleventh annual reading challenge. We’re big fans of Goodreads here and use it most days. But if you’re not familiar with the reading challenge or Goodreads in general, you can find out more here and here.

A Read-Aloud Challenge

If you’re looking to nurture warm family relationships while also raising kids who love to read, Sarah has many wonderful resources. She also presents one of my favourite podcasts 🙂 

Looking for some read-aloud inspiration? 

Home Ed Resources : Read-aloud Round Up 😍

17 Epic Read-alouds you’ll love as much as your children 🥰

Try a Gratitude Challenge

It’s not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.

David Steindl-Rast, as featured in this 5 day gratitude challenge. Or how about a 30 day gratitude challenge 🙂

Taking care of your home.

Make 2024 Your Most Organized Year Ever!

Kallie has rounded up her best storage and organization hacks to help you clear some clutter and bring more peace into your home. 

12 Month Plan to Declutter your Entire Home in 2024

Maybe you want to dive a bit deeper with cleaning and decluttering?

Check out Taylor’s year long challenge and download the printable checklists.


And taking care of your family

Bring on the fun and games

We love a good board game, especially at Christmas. And Cait’s Gameschooling challenges are a fab reminder to keep playing all year round.

These challenges are perfect to help you build more play and more joy everyday. Usually they run for 30 days, but there’s also a bumper Gameschool 365 challenge if you want the fun to last all year.

It’s the perfect time to look back at the last twelve months with an end of year review, just one of the fabulous challenges in Sue Elvis’s latest book, The Unschool Challenge.  

And while you’re at it, why not start planning your joy lists for the upcoming year. Find out more about those here

Adventure lists

We just can’t get enough of lists here on taking a kinder path. Inspired by this video on planning your best year ever, adventure lists (referred to as experience lists in the vid) are a great way to liven up your days and create a life you love. 

Good intentions will only get you so far. Making an adventure list – literally a list of adventures you’d love in the year ahead – and getting them on the calendar, that’s the key. This is going to make it much more likely those intentions become reality, and you get the year you deserve.

Meal planning

We’ve all got to eat, right? And meal planning is one of the best time management hacks ever. Not to mention the positive impact it has on our household budget. So this month I’ll be spending some time revisiting some of my favourite meal planning tips.

So, which of these challenges do you fancy? I’d love to know if you’re following along with any of these, or any other challenges this new year.

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Wishing you all the best year yet x

This post was originally published in 2021, updated in 2022 and again in 2024 🙂

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