An update

Everyone keeps asking me how I am getting on with my 30 things.  And the truth is that I haven’t done anything specifically towards them for ages now.  But I’m a “the journey is more important than the destination” kind of girl, and the reason I’ve not been doing these  things is that I’ve been busy with other challenges.  Sometimes I think life would be a whole lot easier if I stopped giving myself all these challenges and projects, but I can’t see it happening any time soon.

From the original list, I’ve completed 15 of the 30 things, which isn’t bad going.  But I’ve also taken on other challenges.  So, not only did I run in a 10k race, but I did it in fancy dress. And then signed up to a half marathon.  I’m growing my hair long (not exactly challenging, I’ll admit!) but have also quit using shampoo (nine months now and my hair has never been better!).  I had a go at writing a little poem and children’s book, but also wrote a short story.  I was really pleasantly surprised at my writing, though I don’t imagine I’ll do anything more with it.  Giving blood was a really good thing that needed a nudge to do, but will now do as often as I can.  Eating on a budget and as a vegan have both made me look at my diet and make some positive changes.

But for my biggest challenge, I have decided to go and spend a week in November volunteering at the refugee camps in Calais.  I’ve never done anything like it before, and I know that I will only make the tiniest of differences, but my job at Volunteering in Health (and parenting!) has shown me that TIME is worth so much more than money or things.  An hour spent having a chat with someone who’s lonely can make SO much difference to that person’s day and week.  It shows them that someone cares, gives them a chance to share things they need to talk about, and just generally cheers them up.  My plan is to go over and help wherever I’m needed, whether that’s picking up rubbish, sorting donations, distributing food, or building shelters (not sure how helpful I’d be on that front!).  (And don’t worry, I’ve done my research and will be doing it properly, not just rocking up with a van-load of stuff and causing chaos.)  If you’d like to come with me, or help in any way, or if you’ve been and have any advice for me, please get in touch!

Back to my 30 things – out in Calais I hope I might even manage to cross off a couple more items from my list – start a fire, sleep under the stars, don’t use electricity for a whole day, buy dinner for someone less fortunate.

That will leave me with knit/crochet a hat for myself (I might manage that one), draw something I’m proud off, go out rowing, get a tattoo (I know what I want, roughly).  Then there are some that I know I won’t get around to this year, but that’s ok!  I’ve had some fantastic experiences and done some great things this year that I probably wouldn’t have done without having set myself this challenge from the beginning.

Thank you to my lovely friend Jen for giving me a push of inspiration to come back to this blog and review how I’m getting on (better than I thought!) for the first time in ages.  What a year!

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My Fancy Run

So yesterday was the big day of my 10k race. I was super nervous in my ridiculous nemo outfit – exactly zero other people were in fancy dress for the race and everyone seemed to be taking it very seriously! It really made me appreciate just how hard Eve’s challenge to wear nothing but fancy dress for year has been.  (www.myfancyyear.com) Despite my plan to take it fairly easy for the first 5k and ramp it up for the second, I made the predictable rookie mistake of doing my fastest km to date in the first km. Then my shoelace came undone (I am unbelievably bad at tying laces and really hope Steve takes on the job of teaching this skill to the boys!) which was probably a blessing in disguise as it got me out of the too fast crowd! But I was absolutely convinced that I was at the back of the race which was a bit disheartening. Later on, Steve told me that when he saw me at the back he also thought I was right at the back, but of course there were loads of people behind me really.

Anyway, I think I finished in about 1 hour 2 minutes, but the official times should come out tomorrow. I’m sure I didn’t reach my target of under an hour, but that’s ok – it was much hotter than any weather I have run in before.

But that wasn’t the end of my efforts for the day! On Saturday night, whilst doing their 21st 10k in as many days, Eve (of My Fancy Year) and her husband got into a scuffle with some teenagers, resulting in Eve’s husband being bottled and having to be stitched up! Determined not to let this put a downer on all their hard work, they invited all of Teignmouth to join them for last night’s 10k. There was an incredible turnout of people in fancy dress and they raised around £650 on the night. I ran 7.3k, half of which with Oscar, who was amazing!

My legs are aching today but I’m really pleased with myself and the sponsor money is starting to flood in – so far I’ve collected £112 but I hope to reach £200.

And now I’ve got an official PB I just want to race again to try and beat it. I think I might be officially hooked!

My Fancy Run

There is a girl from Teignmouth called Eve who, last summer, gave all of her clothes to charity. She is wearing fancy dress every single day for a full year. She’s done 265 days already and raised an amazing £10000 for breast cancer charity, coppafeel! For her last 100 days she is not only wearing fancy dress but also running 10k EVERY DAY. What an amazing lady! 

I have followed her journey with interest, there have been lots of ups and downs – some days you just don’t want to dress as a parrot to go to the supermarket! In an effort to support her I have decided to run my 10k race on 12th April in fancy dress. She is going to lend me a costume (watch this space to see what I’ll be!). If you would like to sponsor me please get in touch, every penny counts!  www.myfancyyear.com