So I'm in to the final third of the my second 30-Day Challenge. So far, I've failed to meet two challenges and a third is looking daunting. But I'm still glad I tried.
Here's the update:
1. Under Budget. I blasted through the last of my budget this week buying ingredients for a fantastic Mexican spread for the family--homemade salsa, and guacamole, fajitas, tacos with all the fixing, Spanish rice, and enchiladas. Now granted, I have some extra money because of the refund of our airline tickets when our flight was cancelled, so I now have a source from which to replenish my budget. But to me that doesn't count as staying under budget.
2. Read. I have purchased the book The Goldfinch and began reading this week. It's a lot bigger than I imagined, and at least so far the time to read has been less than I thought. If Donna Tartt is as good as I remember the reading should go quickly. Then again one of the blurbs on the back praised the book as Dickensian, which would not imply a quick read. We will see.
3. Write. I missed two days--this past Sunday, when we ended up driving all afternoon and all night to get to Florida, and again this past Thursday when the time just got away from me. The truth is I missed a day during the November 30-Day writing challenge--also due to travel--but because I had specific writing prompts, I just "caught up" later. Without the prompts, a day missed is a day missed. I'm finding this month's 30 days more difficult though. The prompts made it easy. Without them, I tend to forget until just before bedtime that I'm "supposed to write." Many days I don't "feel like" writing. But I still value the discipline, and even though I missed a day, I still feel successful because writing is now a regular part of my life.
4. Rest. My phone and laptop free Sabbaths have been good. I've gone four Sabbaths now without social media and e-mail and it's been nice. I have found, at least the past two Sabbaths that I've gotten "busy" with other things and haven't noticed the restfulness of the break from the internet as much. I think this challenge will become a regular practice in my life after the 30 days are over.
5. Push-ups. I'm at day 21 today and have one day left to go. Monday was really the only day where I struggled to finish, due a new stance I tried. I definitely want to continue doing push-ups once this challenge is over.