Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The end of 2013 Challenge

a Boxing Day walk on the west coast
It's fair to say that as my life got busier towards the end of the year, the Challenge was pushed to the wayside a bit.  There were a few more that I completed that I never got round to blogging about - here's a bit of a list below...

Have an early night with a good book - I know I did this in the winter months near the beginning but I intended to repeat the process a few more times.  Life got in the way of reading a bit too often last year and I'm feeling the need to change that this year.

Write a letter to your past self -  I wrote this pretty easily - once I started the past just came pouring out - but it turned into a depressing, almost warning letter to my past self not to become the person I am now, so I ripped it up and never started again...

Try a food you hated as a child - As a child I hated most food, so even my present fussy self is a dream compared to how I was as a pre-teen!  I tried and failed to make myself like bananas (the texture and smell is just gross to me) and I tried a bunch of new foods, some good some bad.

Spend a day in your pyjamas - Yeah... I do this far too often.  I'm actually surprised I got dressed as much as I did last year...

Send an anonymous gift -  Sarah received a bag full of pompoms in the post a few months ago so I did a terrible job of making myself anonymous ;)

Create something (anything!) - I created lots this year!  My biggest challenge was making my brother and his girlfriend a massive quilt for Christmas in only three weeks - I did it but man it was a stressful time!  Good thing I work well under pressure...  I also managed the board game, friendship braceletscushion covers and some robot clothing, as well as all my knitted goodies.  I definitely developed my love for knitting more last year so expect to see more of it around these parts.

Have a movie day - Pretty much every day is a movie day at my house...  Last year I watched 365, my personal best, and completed a personal challenge.

Give an abandoned hobby another go - I tried my hand at some drawing in the summer - I was one of the arty kids at school and into college but I've hardly picked up a pencil since then, so it was fun giving it another go.  I definitely need to keep practising though.

Try a new exercise I took up 30 Day Shred, which I loved but I got thrown off when I went on holiday and never quite went back to it.  I started again the other day and I'm determined to transform my fitness regime soon.

Discover new music - I came across Birdy, Gabrielle Aplin and Bastille, and obsessed over the Les Miserables and Sunshine on Leith soundtracks.  Tam and I are still singing all those Proclaimers songs months later!

Get rid of five things you no longer loveI was actually aiming for 365 things for this one but after a final clear out last week I made it to 306 I think.  Still good!

Of the ones I didn't do, I'll carry a few over to next years list.  I'm not doing another Challenge as such but I've made a list of fun things I want to try this year.  I don't really do resolutions any more and there's SO MANY posts going around on them right now so I don't want to add to the clutter, but I'll give the list a look over in the near future and maybe share some things on here.

Did anyone else do our Challenge list?  How did it go?



  1. 306 things got rid of, wow! I might make a similar goal for this year, my house is in desperate need of a clear-out.

    1. I still feel like there's more I could let go of...but that's good for now! :)

  2. The challenge feel by the wayside for me too, but I managed a few. I probably should have done a final update aswell actually! Well done on getting so many done though, definitely looking forward to seeing some more of your knitting projects :)

    1. Yay definitely do an update! My knitting lately has mostly consisted of the hexies, must get my finger out!


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