This is the first day of the 31 Day blogging challenge hosted by The Nester. Go check it out if you are not familiar with it. Basically, you choose one topic to write about for 31 days (the whole month of October).
It took me awhile to decide on a topic. At first I thought about doing pumpkin recipes. Because it is fall and I’m pretty obsessed with it. But I didn’t want to ruin a good thing and 31 days straight of eating pumpkin?? That might be enough to even do me in.
Then I thought about all my non-food recipes. Like what I use as cleaners. Or facial masks. Or even for kids crafts.
But then I thought it would be nice to do something that could be interactive. And maybe something that no one else is doing. After all, last year there were over 1200 participants so it would be hard to find your very own niche.
I have always been a sucker to do every personality test I can find. And I have a entire shelf of my many bookcases dedicated to self-help books. So, I’m going to share some of one of those books with you.
From now on, I’ll just post the topic and to keep it short and sweet, I’ll make the limit the list to my top five. Feel free to join in and either list your answers in comments or if you want to write a post, just let me know because I love to see how everyone else answers!! Hopefully this will be fun. And sometimes challenging. And at least, a little insightful.
Scroll to bottom of this post to get links to individual days.
List what you would do if you weren’t so afraid.
1. Learn to swim. I know, I know…..People cannot believe that I can’t swim. It’s not that I can’t swim. I panic. I used to swim when I was young. And then one summer, I saw my sister almost drown. We were going down the river in inner-tubes and a strong current just sucked her under. Ever since then, whenever I put my face under water, I see that happening again. I know it’s important. In fact, I’ve even made my kids take lessons.
2. Go skydiving. I think it would be beautiful. I love the window seat when I’m in an airplane so I can see everything. And I think if you were in control of it, that free falling would actually feel kind of peaceful. You know, as long as you knew your parachute worked. But I’m somewhat scared of heights sooo…..
3. Ride Sheekra. (Busch Gardens, Tampa) Despite my fear of heights, I do ride roller coasters. Except wooden ones. I don’t like getting whiplash. I think my logic is that if I’m going to do from that height, it will be going so fast that death would be extremely quick. Not so on Sheekra. See that 90 degree drop? Well, the ride stops there. Yes. Stops. At a complete stand still. Just hanging on the edge. For what seems like an eternity but realistically at least 10 seconds or more. And if you open your eyes (c’mon, I can’t be the only one that rides coasters with my eyes closed!) you see a face forward drop. So even if it were a ride that I would ride with my eyes closed, I would still know when the ride stopped. And just know that I was about to drop 90 degrees. My stomach drops just thinking about it.
4. Write a book. I have a topic in mind. Even a title. But it’s one of those bear your soul type of books that would probably really help others. But in the process, would hurt people that I care about. So until I can figure a way to protect those involved…it’s on the back burner.
Now I’m really having to think. Not that there’s nothing else that I’m afraid of. It’s just all the little critters that I’m afraid of is not a fear that I feel is holding me back from anything and I don’t really care to get over it.
5. Lose weight. I know that might sound silly. And I’m not talking about 10 pounds or so. I really would like to lose all of my excess weight. But I know I was much bolder and more confident before I gained weight. And I’m anxious about how much I would allow my life to change. Remember my book? Well, I can’t go into any more detail but I use my weight as an excuse, as a safety net. And sometimes I think it’s a good thing but then I wonder what choices I would make if I couldn’t hide behind my weight? Would they be for the better or worse? Also, someone very, very close to me suffered from an eating disorder for many years. Whenever I would start to lose weight, it would set her in a downhill spiral. I know others blamed me when she got worse because I was “only thinking of myself”. After all, at that time, 20 pounds of “baby fat” wouldn’t kill me but we knew she was already in a very dangerous place. I did lose 54 pounds two years ago. She was supportive. I hope that means she is better. I still wonder if it is just a front. I don’t know if you can overcome something that you battled for years just be sheer will?
Wow. Okay. I thought this would be fun. This has felt more like therapy now. The first posts I figure will be focusing on getting to know yourself but other topics include daily life, business, change, culture, men and women, greater truths, health, growing up and suddenly (which I guess is just everything else). If I haven’t scared you off that I’m a total nut case :), I hope you join in and also come back and visit daily.
Day 1- What if you weren’t afraid?
Day 2- What makes you cry?
Day 4- Are you loyal to any brands?
Day 6- What were your first jobs?
Day10 – What accidents have you been in?
Day 11 – What states have you lived in?
Day 13 – What makes a perfect vacation?
Day 20 – What fads have you followed?
Day 22 – Ways to treat a cold
Day 23 – Getting thru the day
Day 24 – List your last supper menu
Day 25 – List parts of my favorite outfits
Day 26 – YIKES!!! How did I forget this?? okay….let’s look at My Favorite Fonts list and consider that Day 26….mkay?
Day 28 – List your migraine triggers/helps
Day 30 – List reoccurring nightmares
Day 31 – What’s your epitaph?