On to the home stretch. Without further ado…

  1. Stop Swearing for 100 Days

Wtf. This will probably be the hardest of all of the challenges to actually stick to. I get very sweary sometimes, especially at work (and at home… and amongst friends… and when I’m alone…) so I am destined to fail on an almost daily basis. Lucy and I have reached a compromise and set me a penalty to encourage me along the right path – 50p to charity for every f/s/c-bomb to pass my lips. Some lucky charity is going to make a f*king mint this spring.

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A triple bill of family challenges to kick off the final 10.

  1. Enter a Photography Competition

This whole 30x30x30 challenge seemed to throw my Mum into a bit of a stress. She sent me numerous messages bemoaning the fact that she had thought of too many options and couldn’t choose between them. For a while I was worried she was going to challenge me to start going to church again (hello, lapsed Catholicism) but luckily for me she’s come up with a corker. I have to take a photograph (any genre is acceptable) and enter it into a photography competition before the end of the year. And in true Mum-style she’ll then get it framed so I have ‘something to remember the year by’. Brilliant. Thanks Mum!

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  1. Write a Children’s Story

I really love that a lot of the people who’ve set me challenges have said that they’d like to be involved in the carrying-out of them. The truly brilliant Ben, one of my nearest and dearest, is one such. His challenge is for me to write two short stories for children, to which he will contribute a third and some illustrations. What a really, really lovely way to collaborate with friends.

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I have all 30 challenges! It’s been 3 months of pestering and prodding a bunch of extremely busy people and I am oddly chuffed to have got this far. I’d like to say that the hard part is over but…

  1. Create a Graphic Novel

I’m really excited about this one. Hannah, my wonderful zoo-lady and best Manchester pal, has set me this challenge. It’s something I don’t know much about, I’ve only ever read a couple of graphic novels in my life and I can’t draw for toffee but I’m excited to delve in, explore a new art form and get creative. And I know a couple of Manchester guys who will definitely point me in the direction of some research material. Ol and Al, I’m looking at you.

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  1. Stand up on a Surfboard

Can you surf in contact lenses? Can you surf with zero upper body strength? Can you surf when you have basically no sense of balance and bruise like a peach? All important questions that will be answered this year thanks to a challenge from Richard. With the promise of his expertise and a loan of surfing equipment, I think I’ll be spending a couple of weekends in Abersoch this year, and will eventually become a surfing pro.

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The First Five

first fiveYesterday was my birthday, and I am SO CLOSE to having all of my challenges in place. I have 29 on the table, just waiting for that elusive 30th to land. Here are the first five I received way back in January.

  1. Make Your Own Dress

My first challenge was from the brilliant Copenhagenite and member of the inner circle, Tamara. Pretty self-explanatory, hopefully not too tricky to accomplish and ends up with me having a brand new dress, excellent. My big sis did a dressmaking course a couple of years ago so I will probably solicit her advice as a first port of call. I doubt I’ll manage the dress of dreams but we live in hope.

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