This Blog Will Change Your Life: Taking the Benrik Challenge

There comes a time in every girl’s life, (usually after a third or fourth martini), when she realizes “Damn, I need to do something… travel to Europe, take up Chinese, get married…someeeething! I need to change my life.” Finding myself in one such rut and without the cash-flow for a capricious jet-set to France, I decided to live by the book, take the plunge, and tackle the Benrik challenge.
If you have never heard of Benrik’s This Book Will Change Your Life, crawl out from under the rock you have been living under, wipe the tired crust from your eyes, and listen up. Benrik, or less commonly known as Ben & Rick, wrote a cure-all daily planner to help people manifest real change in their lives. Considered to be “part-instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, [and] part cheer anarchy,” this book simply demands one utterly outrageous task per day. From ordering an impossible pizza to generating a public protest, This Book Will Change Your Life promises to do just that — change. your. life.
When interviewing with the authors, they gave the following eloquent script as their inspiration for the book: “We feel that Western civilization is in a rut, dominated mostly by passive entertainment or money-making pursuits. There is a lack of poetry and anarchy, of things being done just for the pure hell of it. We liked combining this anarchy within the very rational format of a daily planner. It’s a vision of a more enchanted world, presented as a concrete plan.” This sounded like that exact remedy I needed for the I-need-to-do-something-blues.  They continue, “Your life will definitely change, although not necessarily for the better. You can expect awkward moments, strange encounters, randomness and serendipity. Elation too. As life-change becomes a daily routine, you will develop a new perspective on everyday life – the only kind of life we have.”
Although Benrik’s challenge is for the 365 days of the year, I plan to tackle 50 – 5 a week for 10 weeks for the 50 days of summer.  To keep the thrill of being put out of my comfort zone, I plan to randomize the pages and pick one of two.  Although this quickie version may not have the exact same effects as the year-long-one, I hope that it will still bring about enough change to get my out of my routinely habits and spice up my summer.
Check back every Monday to hear about my progress. Feel free to take up the challenges yourself, re-blog them here, and ultimately change your life as well. I’m excited and I hope you are too!

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