Working toward Challenge #6: Raise $1,000 for Alzheimer’s Association

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my donation page then you might not know the story of why I’m trying to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, so I thought I’d share that with you.

Sadly, my family, like many families out there, has been touched too many times by the horrible disease of Alzheimer’s. We’ve lost many loved ones, but we live with hope that one day there will be a cure for this miserable disease.

Alzheimer’s Association not only funds research into this disease but they also offer care and support to those who are currently suffering and their families. I would like to raise $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, but I need your help! We really need a world without Alzheimer’s so I hope you will donate to the cause just like I did!

Here is a link to my donation page. Thank you!

Working toward Challenge #4: Raise $1,000 for Fisher House Foundation

As you know I am trying to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation as part of my 30 for 30 so I thought I’d provide a little back story as to why I’m doing this.

I am an Army Brat, so of course there is a big and special place in my heart for our veterans and their families. Fisher House Foundation is an organization that actively tries to better the lives of our wounded veterans. They provide free lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

Thankfully, my family never had need of a Fisher House, but so many families do! Since its inception, Fisher House Foundation has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $360 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

My goal is to raise $1,000 for the Foundation, I’ve already donated and I hope you will to! Every donation is truly appreciated, not just by me, but by countless military families!

Here is a link to my donation page. Thank you!

Challenge #11: 30 Days of No Social Media

Aaaand she’s back! After 30 days without my facebooking, instagramming, snapchatting, wordpressing friends I am back to the world of social media.

This challenge was an interesting one for me. I never really saw myself as an excessive user of social media, however, over the past several months, I’ve been more and more inclined to check these outlets on a more frequent basis.

So, the challenge at first was quite difficult. Not being able to sneak a quick look at Facebook or scroll through the pretty pictures on Instagram was quite annoying. But, after a short amount of time I was surprised how easy it was to live life without social media.

I also became hyper-aware of just how many conversations start with or contain the words: “I saw this thing on Facebook…” It was rather fascinating for me to see just how much our lives revolve around these outlets nowadays.

I’m not hankering for the days of old when the newspaper, radio, or gossip was our only source of information. When phone calls cost almost the same as a weekly wage. When lettering writing was the only form of long distance communication (although I do still find letter writing fun!).

I’m sure that I could not live without today’s convenient forms of communication! Missing out on seeing a video of my best friend’s baby giggle, just because she’s 16 time zones away would be a great loss to me!

I’m glad I tried this challenge, but I’m also really glad to be back!

 

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

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

Challenge #21: Check Something Off My Bucket List

IMG_5725.JPGThis challenge wasn’t so much a challenge as it was a pure delight! I can’t believe that in the eight years I lived in England I never once made it up to London for the Trooping the Colour. As a result, it’s been on my bucket list for quite some time. Not just to see the event, but to be there while Queen Elizabeth still reigns.

My mum came along with me on this trip and we had the most wonderful time. Our hotel was across the road from Buckingham Palace and we walked all over London!

I wasn’t able to get us tickets unfortunately, however, we got a great spot along the Mall and we were able to watch the entire procession and the flypast. It was such a fun trip and I can’t wait for another one!

For more photos, check out the full album here.

 

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

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

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!