And so it finishes.
#GetGoodSummer has been a fantastic challenge set out by Claire at Clarina’s Contemplations who pushed bloggers to achieve five goals over the last ten weeks.
Initially, I was very sceptical about completing them but looking back it’s been a great experience and I’ve managed to succeed at all of them…ish.
Who’d have thought I’d have ended the summer as a skipping, guitar-jamming, Scripture-quoting, racket smashing chef…? Not me that’s for sure. (and I’m not convinced I did…!)
This is how I got on!
1. Learn the book of Philippians
This has been the most enjoyable one. It’s structured my Bible time, given it a real purpose and helped me get really stuck in to meditating on what I’ve learned. I tried to write the whole book of Philippians out on my computer the other day and was 250 words down on what it actually said. Out of 2289 words, that’s not bad although it disappointed me. When I compared the two versions, mine was lacking a few little phrases but the main content was there. I only hope I can remember it and put it into practice now!
2. Cook a Singaporean meal from scratch
Five years on from my own great experience of Singaporean food, I thought I’d try and recreate some of the amazing tastes I had. Unfortunately, my chicken rice was pretty disastrous with disgusting dipping sauces and bland chicken. Should I have played it safer!
3. Learn to skip
Far easier than I thought! I actually really enjoyed this challenge and had it sown up by Week 3. Whilst not quite at the standard of “Skippy John“, I can at least skip continuously. Perhaps I won’t embarrass myself quite as much in front of my class this year!
4. Be able to play Layla on the guitar
This video proves that I can hash together something but Mr Clapton will be shaking his head in disgust. I’ll let you be the judge as to whether or not I am actually able to play it in a passable fashion. (I did learn some chords and bits of the rest of the song but that wasn’t really part of the challenge)
5. Challenge (and beat) three new people at Table Tennis
Technically, it’s been comfortably achieved after playing a number of people on camp. I didn’t manage to organise a bespoke table tennis session (which I was trying to find an excuse to do!) so that will have to wait. Maybe when Sophie’s old enough, I can train her up!
A massive thanks to Claire for organising this challenge. And well done to everyone who achieved any of their summer goals. Roll on Christmas!