I did half of it! Which I will take as proof that everything takes twice as long as I think it will.
As a reminder, for my 40th birthday challenge I set lots of mini challenges to do 40 of various things. There were 17 different headings, meaning a total of 680 things. At the time of writing, I have managed 340. I’ve decided to give myself until my actual birthday (in three months). Here’s the list which I’ll continue to update.
It was always a long shot and I’m fine with that, not least because the thing that set it off in the first place was the idea of having 40 days of holidays – and that’s the only one I have finished. There were two reasons why this was important: I hadn’t really been on holiday properly for ages, and I had not been very good at taking my annual leave in recent years. I didn’t quite use all my leave in 2018 but I gave it a good go, and not only did I go holiday, I went twice, both times solo and once abroad. This seemed impossible to me a few years ago so I’m very pleased.
I also went from being someone who didn’t dare cycle to work to someone who did – I’ve got a long way to go but I’m looking forward to picking this up again in 2019.
The book-related challenges weren’t realistic at all, although I just about managed my 52-book Goodreads challenge in time; my neck today is not thanking me for spending nearly all of 31 December reading frantically. My target for 2019 is 80 books…and to do some daily stretches aimed at looking after my spine!
If I’m not getting very far with the remaining items by the end of January I am considering auctioning some of them off – let me know if you need that extra push to do something brave and you can do one of mine!
One regret is that I set things up in a way that wasn’t conducive to blogging so I haven’t been doing much of this. I’m not out for a massive audience (so thank you if you are reading this) but was enjoying the writing itself, so I hope to do more of this in 2019.
Back on the ‘new things’ game, I haven’t really got any particular projects for 2019 but I’m setting the little challenge below for anyone who is interested in joining me! 19 is a more realistic number than 680. It feels like a kind of new things scavenger hunt.
19 new things to do in 2019:
1. Read a book from a new country (could be the setting of the book or where the author is from).
2. Draw a picture of someone new (family, friend, colleague, stranger, famous person).
3. Make a new recipe.
4. Try a new type of food or drink.
5. Do something new in your community (parkrun, creative workshop, fete, talk, volunteering).
6. Go to a new village, town or city.
7. Do a new out-of-your-comfort-zone thing.
8. Spend a week noting down a random or bonkers new thing you have witnessed each day.
9. Help someone else do a new thing.
10. Play a new game.
11. Try out a new tool (physical machinery, app, method of doing something etc).
12. Try a new type of writing (format e.g. blog post, postcard to a stranger or haiku, or style e.g. calligraphy).
13. Try on a type of clothing you’ve never worn before.
14. Do a new music-related thing (go to a new venue, pick a band you think you might like and listen to all of their albums, read a new music magazine, try a new radio station).
15. Do a boring but useful new thing.
16. Learn to identify/recognise a new thing (tree, insect, musical instrument, greeting in a new language, car)
17. Plant a new thing – in someone else’s garden, if necessary!
18. Do something new that starts with the first letter of your name.
19. Do a spontaneous new thing!
I hope 2019 goes well for you.