Challenge #28: 30 Days of Morning Quiet Times

I know from the beginning that this was going to be a challenging challenge for me. I am not a morning person in the slightest so having my quiet time in the morning has always been a challenge.

This challenge has really been rewarding for me though because it has helped me to be more intentional about my time with God. Having my quiet time in the morning is now something I look forward to. It may just be a short time but it’s been such a valuable time too!

 

Here’s the full list of all my 30 Challenges.

Don’t forget, I’m still trying to raise money for Fisher House Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Please donate if you can!

Challenge #17: Take a Painting Class at ARTini’s

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I am not a naturally artistic person, far from it actually. I’ve never been able to draw well or paint with any talent. But I have always loved the idea of painting. ARTini’s in Athens was the perfect solution. Plus I was able to paint the cutest little barn owl.

As you can tell from the picture on the bottom right, I got pretty serious but I also had a lot of fun. Now, I’d really like try another painting!

 

Here’s the full list of all my 30 Challenges.

Don’t forget, I’m still trying to raise money for Fisher House Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Please donate if you can!

 

Challenge #18: Volunteer

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I spent a lot of time considering where and how I wanted to volunteer my free time.

Not long ago I started going to Athens Church and I completely love it. One of the things that has always impressed me is how welcoming everyone at the church is. A large part of that is because of the Guest Services team.

So, I decided to join the guest services team. Now I get to be one of the smiling faces that welcomes everyone to church. It is so rewarding to be part of this team and it makes me look forward to Sundays even more!

Here’s the full list of all my 30 Challenges.

Don’t forget, I’m still trying to raise money for Fisher House Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Please donate if you can!

Challenge #10: Learn To Make Cocktails

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I think it’s fair to say that learning to make cocktails was one of the challenges I was most looking forward to. Mainly because I had the expert tutelage of my Uncle William! He spent a lot of time and effort preparing to teach me and to pass on his wisdom.

I’ve never been much of a cocktail drinker, except for Pimm’s of course 😉 So, this opportunity to expand my horizons was exciting for me. I, with the guidance of my uncle, made a vodka based drink call Down Under Fizz and a rum based drink called Florida Skies. Both came out great and tasted so good!

I was also honored by being able to wear my late grandmother’s apron. She would have loved to have been right there in the mix testing out her granddaughter’s cocktail concoctions.

Big thanks to my family for letting me turn them into my cocktail guinea pigs!

Here’s the full list of all my 30 Challenges.

Don’t forget, I’m still trying to raise money for Fisher House Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Please donate if you can!

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Challenge #20: Go Indoor Rock Climbing

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I cannot emphasize enough how much fun rock climbing was. I was a tiny bit intimidated by it at first simply because I had never belayed before. However, I had a couple of the best ladies with me and we all learned together and had the greatest time.

We went to Active Climbing Gym on Barber in Athens. They got us suited up and taught us the basics and then we were free to climb. We had the whole room to ourselves so we cheered each other on like crazy and took a million silly photos and videos.

Big shout out goes to Whitney for overcoming her fear of heights and putting her trust in us. Here’s to many more adventures!

If you’d like to try rock climbing here’s a link to Active Climbing Gym.

 

Here’s the full list of all my 30 Challenges.

Don’t forget, I’m still trying to raise money for Fisher House Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Please donate if you can!

Challenge #27: Take Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

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Thanks to the very generous hearts of two very dear friends I was able to attend Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University completely free!

If you haven’t done FPU yet, I highly recommend it. It’s an enlightening class that offers practical advice for making wise financial decisions and finally living out financial peace.

I took the class at my church, Athens Church, where the class is offered three times a year. It’s seven weeks long, which seems like a lot but it goes by so quickly!

I’m so glad that this challenge was on my list, it’s definitely going to stick with me in future.

 

Here’s the full list of all my 30 Challenges.

Don’t forget, I’m still trying to raise money for Fisher House Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Please donate if you can!

Challenge #13: Learn Calligraphy

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I was taught to write in cursive while I was in primary school in the UK and I’ve always loved that I have that skill, but I’ve also wanted to develop it more.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take a calligraphy class at the K. A. Artist Shop in downtown Athens and it was so much fun!

Ink pots, nibs and oblique pens were just words to me before, but now they are such cool tools for making this beautiful and artful writing.

I have a great respect for the people who have mastered this art form and I hope that one day I might master it as well!

Click here to see my full 30 for 30 list.

Also, check out the K. A. Artist Shop if you are interested in taking classes or stocking up on supplies.