Welcome back to the final installment of 31 Days of Everyday Adventure!
So as you all know, every days in November I completed (or tried) to complete a challenge given to me by Shelly from The Goal List. They were small, easily done challenges designed to enhance my every day. I wasn’t always able to do them due to my current situation of travelling around Europe, but I have loved every minute of it! And I can’t wait to finish the challenges that I put off until we got back!
So with December 1 comes the closing of this challenge. While I’m sad it’s over, I’m also currently enjoying reflecting on everything and remembering how things went. Let’s take a look at the final few days, shall we?
Check out Shelly’s recap post from week four to see what she and everyone else has been up to! She’s recruited some fellow bloggers (Randi at Life’s Simple Adventures and Lara from Lara Krupicka) who are also having fun completing these challenges. Check out their blogs to read more, and then stay because they’re fab bloggers!
Sunday, November 27 – Send a note (a real one, not an email) to someone you haven’t talked with in a while.
YOU GUYS. THIS IS MY MOMENT.
This is the challenge I’ve been waiting for, because I am a BOSS at sending notes. It’s true, right now they’re mostly just postcards, but I still send them faithfully every city we stop in (ask Ryan, it’s become a game for him to point out the first postcard place we find).
I’ve been sending postcards faithfully to one of my closest friends in Seattle since we left, hopefully she doesn’t tire of them soon. I’ve even started sending them pretty faithfully to myself (by way of addressing them to my dog, not weird, right? RIGHT?). To round out my postcards, I have a rotating cast of people that I like to send them to, if only to let them know I’m thinking of them. Because everyone loves to know you’re thinking of them.
So on Sunday, we arrived in Venice after the coolest overnight train journey. Finding some postcards and sending them on their way was the top priority, which was accomplished with as much joy as each and every other time. This time I made sure to send postcards to people I haven’t talked to in a while, which made me feel like a million bucks.
Monday, November 28 – Enter a contest for something you like doing.
I absolutely love photography, and one of the things I’m most excited about is showcasing some of my favorite photos from this trip once we get back. I already have a wall completely planned out in my head! Now I just need all the tools to complete it.
For this challenge, I entered a contest to win a Canon photo printer through a popular home and lifestyle blog. I don’t really follow the blog, but it came up on my Feedly and I had to enter. I can imagine printing all of my favorite photos now, getting all kinds of crafty. Everyone will be getting Christmas presents with my face on it next year. YAS.
Tuesday, November 29 – Learn to do a magic trick, then show it to someone you don’t know.
I’m about as good with magic as well, no one, so I didn’t even try to do this. I can barely wrap my head around tricks when the magician lets us in on all of his secrets at the end of the show. Is being magically-challenged a thing?
Don’t tell Hogwarts though, I’m still waiting on my letter.
Wednesday, November 30 – Offer to teach someone something that you know how to do.
So I’m going to table this until we get home. With all of our travelling this just isn’t really that doable.
Thursday, December 1 – Give away something you own to someone who will appreciate it.
It’s starting to get reeeeally, really cold in Italy where are currently. We just left Venice, and there were quite a few people who were less fortunate that us. I had a large knit sweater that never really fit into my backpack, so I needed to get rid of it. I ended up giving it to an elderly lady who seemed to appreciate it; she took it with a smile and some Italian words. She gently laid it across her lap as we walked away.
We both are winners; she has another layer for the cold coming up and I have more room in my bag for necessities.
Some final thoughts.
So when Shelly first asked me to participate in this challenge, I was so super excited, but also a bit worried. We would be travelling full time the entire month, would I be able to complete these challenges? Would I have the ability and time? Would Shelly end up regretting asking me to participate?? My anxiety reared it’s ugly head. Looking back now, I have to laugh about my initial worries.
I’m so happy with how things turned out! I was able to do most of the challenges, and those I wasn’t I can do as soon as we get home. I was able to change some of the challenges around so they fit our lifestyle better, which made them extra special, in a way. Not only are we travelling, but we’re also celebrating the little things. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in making sure we see all the BIG things, when it’s just as important to see and appreciate the little things.
I’m so glad I completed this challenge; I feel like I got so much out of it. I pushed myself to complete many challenges that made me uncomfortable, and I had so much fun doing some of the challenges that seemed like they were made for me. The best part? I have a list of all of them so I can do it again next year!
Can you guys believe it’s already December??
I always have a hard time wrapping my head around how fast the year has flown by when December 1 hits. This year has been so, so, so good to us and I kind of don’t want it to end. But I have a feeling that 2017 will be just as epic; I have some pretty amazing trips and ideas in store! But I’m SO excited for the rest of December; my birthday, Christmas, meeting new friends in Germany, heading to Prague and just really enjoying the holiday spirit.
Let’s make a promise right now to keep challenging ourselves every day. I loved doing this challenge, and I feel like I can continue the spirit behind it easily. Maybe not every single day, but I can definitely challenge myself when life starts to feel a little too easy and boring. I solemnly swear to not let life get boring.