The Challenge: Take on a new skill or hobby every month and learn or do as much as you can within thirty days. This is the story of one girl's quest to find what she loves to do, and finds herself along the way.
Oh, how I love me some crafts! Christmas is right around the corner and I want to make something special for Mr. Adventure. Something that is unique and thoughtful and fits his personality. I want to encourage his mountain climbing and adventurous (redundant) spirit. I decide to give him the world.
I bought a world map wall decal from Target for $20. Took the measurements to the Rebuilding Center and found a perfect old window for $2. Cleaned it up and installed the decal. It was pretty tough to get it on straight; it’s a huge sticker. I attempted to get most of the bubbles out but some are there for good. Then I found some different stickers to go along with the map – a heart for Oregon, green triangles for the mountains he’s climbed, silver triangles for the peaks he wants to climb. It turned out so cool, I want to make another one for myself!
I know I just had Cider Month in October, but my favorite artisan ice creamery Salt and Straw has a Bushwhacker Spiced Cider Sorbet. As I’m sure you all remember, I visited the Bushwhacker tasting room for Ciderfest and it was fantastic! The sorbet was just as incredible. How could it not be? Mixing ice cream and booze is always a good combination.
Running Month was more like 2. Marpril of 2011. When I went from being winded after running 30 seconds to being able to run a very slow, extremely arduous 5k. Win! In October of that same year, I ran the Portland Half Marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes. Running has never been easy for me. Shin splints and allergies kept me and running at arms length for most of my life. It was something I loathed. Why would I need to run when there will be hover chairs in a few short years?? Eventually a daily allergy pill and specially fitted running shoes would eliminate all my excuses. Except for laziness. That will *always* be a valid excuse.
So I started the Couch to 5k training program and eventually began to love it. The quiet street with soggy leaves under my feet. The treadmill at 11pm with only me and the cleaning lady. The bridges and streets up ahead and far behind. The focused calm of my mind. It was something I craved. My legs would get restless and my mind would wander and I knew I needed to run. I’m still not good at it. A 10 minute mile is my personal best. I’ll go months without running and then, all of a sudden, feel this urge that won’t dissipate. So, for Best Of Month, I wanted to run a whole 5k without walking. It took me 4 tries, but I finally did it in 35 minutes. My new goal for 2014 is to run another half in under 2 hours
I watched a few food documentaries and freaked the fuck out. Animal cruelty, Monsanto corporate greed and brainwashery, genetically modified science experiments, barely distinguishable nutrients, semi-food food… It’s pretty disgusting. And as a person that occasionally struggles with sickness, I had to wonder how this crap is effecting my immune system. I decided to take a food challenge. 50% or more of my daily food intake was fruits and vegetables and as much raw as possible. Smoothies, salads, soups and sautéed veggies filled my day. It was a real eye-opener. A really delicious eye opener. I had more energy and felt generally healthier.
At the time, I lived in SE Portland. I was ordering weekly fruit and veggie deliveries from Organics To You. They have a huge box of fruits and veggies delivered right to your door for $27. I wound up moving outside the delivery area and cancelled it, but now I’m back! So, for Best Of Month, I started it up again. And with the help of a borrowed juicer, enjoyed a new way of getting nutrient rich, healthy food. Now that I’ve had access to a juicer, I can’t imagine life without it. It’s so easy and tasty and good for you. I see a juicing month in my future…
Happy Birthday to you! Well, I guess me. It’s been three years since I started this little adventure. Three years since I decided to start doing things for myself. Three years since I made a list of all the things I wanted to do and started crossing them off, one month at a time.
So this month, as I celebrate my actual 31st birthday, I am going to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this adventure. Take my favorite things from the last few years and do them again. Re-reading the adventures and sharing my favorite moments along the way.