There’s a young lady I know who had somewhat of a revelation after turning 30 last year. She realised that life is all about actually living it, and so decided to set herself challenges of doing 30 various things she hadn’t really done before. Things like watching 30 movies – one from every year of her life, tasting 30 delicacies from around the world, or giving 30 hugs to 30 different people. It’s a really good idea, and many others have become involved.
An activity that one person announced that she would be attempting was to write down one good thing that happens every day, for 30 days. Hmm, thought Wendi, this is something I think I also need to attempt. This year so far (excluding being in the Ghana sunshine) has been… kinda crap if I’m honest, and it could be very easy for me to slip into lack of motivation mode, and not be arsed with anything. But we don’t want that, do we?! So here’s my list:
Jan 24: My cousin came over for the night with a bottle of wine. It was a nice, unexpected girls night in.
Jan 25: I woke up. Sounds silly, but really there have been so many horrible stories in the news regarding death recently, so I’m just thankful.
Jan 26: I received a belated birthday present. Another of my cousins came over, bearing more gifts!
Jan 27: A friend did the chivalrous thing of waiting for my bus with me. He didn’t have to, so it was a nice, unexpected gesture.
Jan 28: A fax that I sent was successfully received. A step closer to resolving an ongoing issue.
Jan 29: I received an email inviting me for a job interview. Fingers crossed!
Jan 30: I attended a nightclub launch party. It got me out of the house for the evening.
Jan 31: Had a lovely day out with my mum. She’d never visited the Westfield Shopping Centre before, so we went shopping for shoes for her. We ate at Nandos, and even though we had ordered two glasses of sangria, we were given two jugs and two glasses! You can imagine the merry giggles that followed for the rest of the day. Winning!
Feb 1: A bus driver let me on for free. The whole time I had been waiting at the bus stop, I completely forgot to go and top up my Oyster!
Feb 2: I found £5.50 in my coat pocket! Nuff said.
Feb 3: I received information I was waiting for, for a post on It’s All Lurve. Have you been visiting my site?
Feb 4: I participated in a live Google Hangout web discussion. It was for I’mPossible’s monthly discussion ‘Talking Tuesday’s, and it was fun.
Feb 5: I caught up with a couple of friends on the phone. They were guys. My ego was fed.
Feb 6: I was able to keep my physio appointment despite being late. I’ve been having problems with my lower back for months.
Feb 7: I learned how to make jollof rice like my mum! I’ve made it before and I didn’t like it, but this time it was mmm mmm goood.
Feb 8: I gave myself the most relaxing and pampering bubble bath. Complete with a glass of something.
Feb 9: Spoke to my nephew in Ghana. My lil Hurricane has moved to Ghana to be with my brother and go to school, and I’ve missed him since I left to come back.
Feb 10: My brother and I treated ourselves to a takeaway pizza. ‘Cos we felt like it, dammit.
Feb 11: (I won’t lie, I’ve completely forgotten what happened)
Feb 12: I finally cleared my suitcases in my room. I’m one of those “in denial” people who take ages to unpack after a holiday.
Feb 13: Had a group video call with my girls. It was great! One of my girls has moved to the U.S and it was her birthday, so the five of us Sistas had a lovely catch up.
Feb 14: The post I published on It’s All Lurve became the most viewed on the Facebook page so far
Feb 15: I went for a great night out and only spent £2 from beginning to end. That’s what I’m talking about!
Feb 16: Met my friend’s gorgeous newborn son. I’m an “aunty” again.
Feb 17: I started a 30-day challenge to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. If you know me, you’ll know that this is truly a challenge.
Feb 18: I made myself a gorgeous big breakfast and had another fabulous bubble bath. If only this could be life every day.
Feb 19: I was asked to write a biography for someone. One of the things I do.
Feb 20: I was a listening ear and advisor for two of my friends. It was nice a feeling.
Feb 21: I found my new hairstyle. I change my hairstyle frequently and it’s one of the things I enjoy the most.
Feb 22: I came up with an idea for more blog posts here! Watch this space.
If you’re looking for some challenge ideas, check out the ThirtyAfterThirty blog.