Challenge #12: 30 Days of No TV

When I added this challenge to my list, I thought this might be one of the more difficult challenges because I’m a serious Netflix binger. However, I’ve discovered that over the past several months my TV consumption had already dwindled naturally. Plus it also helps that I’ve joined a book club and more of my free time is spent reading than watching TV.

Still, this challenge is one that I might repeat again in future because the great benefit of it is that it makes you more intentional about your free time.

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.

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Challenge #16: Read a Biography About Someone Who Made a Difference in Their Thirties

IMG_5966A friend suggested that I make this one of my challenges and I’m so glad I did. I was hoping to read the biography of JK Rowling, but since there isn’t an official biography out there, I decided to go with Queen Elizabeth 🙂 I took a bit of licence with the specific age though because she wasn’t 30 when she was crowned, she was 27.

All that aside, I think everyone knows how much I love the Queen and I couldn’t resist learning a bit more about her. I chose the specific book I read rather carefully. I wanted to know what made Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth. So, I chose “Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen” by Kate Williams.

Kate Williams has previously written books in a similar fashion about various historical figures, so I knew it was going to be a good read. The book starts well before the Queen was born and sets the political, cultural, and monarchical climate of the time. Then it follows the Queen’s life right up to her coronation and includes some interesting flashbacks.  

It amazed me how, even in her younger years, she seemed born for the role of Queen, a role that wasn’t her birthright yet she took it on at a young age and made it her own. Needless to say, she’s still one of my favorite people, even more now after reading this book!

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 #8: Write My Children’s Book

IMG_5925 (1)When I added this challenge to my list I had a pretty clear idea of where I was headed. I had one story in mind and I had already began outlining it. However, several months after starting this year of challenges the idea for a new story came to me and I was so captivated by it that I finished it instead.

The story I wrote is called “Bayallard The Brave” and it’s about a young boy who seeks adventure, encounters a few mishaps along the way, and journeys on the most amazing adventure of his life.

I’m still working on my original story and I hope to finish it soon. It’s a Christmas story so my goal is to have it done for this Christmas!

 

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 #7: Complete The Daniel Plan

I’m going to go ahead and admit that I did not do enough research about The Daniel Plan before I started it. I read the book, which was interesting, but not necessarily the best of help. Through this 40-day experience I did learn two things though.

First, I already eat pretty healthy. I don’t buy a lot of processed foods at the supermarket, I only eat fast food when it’s unavoidable (and even then I try to make healthier choices, if that’s possible!), and I try to eat sweets in moderation.

Second, I could NEVER be a vegan!!! I started out The Daniel Plan with The Daniel Detox. In The Daniel Detox I was not allowed to eat gluten, dairy, and even natural sugars (fruit) had to be kept to a minimum. Living without cheese nearly killed me! Not really, but it was a struggle!

Another thing I didn’t realize about The Daniel Plan was that it involved so much more than just eating well. There’s a Faith component, Fitness component, Friends component, and Focus component. All of which add up to one overall healthy lifestyle.

I think that this plan was designed more for people who maybe need to make somewhat drastic changes to their lifestyle choices. But nevertheless, I’m really glad I completed this challenge, I’m also really glad that I get to eat ice cream again! 🙂

 

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 #14: Take a Cake Decorating Class

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So, this was an interesting challenge. I had high hopes for it but, as it turns out, I could have taught the class! I’m kind of ashamed to attach the picture simply because I’ve made cakes that were so much better than this one! As you can see from the picture expectations did not meet reality.

To top it off, I was on The Daniel Plan at the time so I didn’t even get the consolation of eating it.

I guess I really do just have to save up to take my dream cake decorating class at Fair Cake in London 🙂

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.

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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!