#GetGoodSummer Week 10 – all over!

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!

A disappointing success

It doesn’t look great…and it tasted worse than it looked!

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!

Proof of me skipping

It’s all about the concentration

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!

Look at the stress as I desperately try to return Jess's killer shot


A massive thanks to Claire for organising this challenge. And well done to everyone who achieved any of their summer goals. Roll on Christmas!


  1. Well done. Some great things ticked off your list and fun in the process. Haven’t been on a skipping rope for years! I’m not a good cook and wouldn’t know where to start with food from Singapore but at least you gave it a go – maybe best to stick to takeaways!?

    • Joe

      September 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Absolutely! We’ve got the coolest Chinese takeaway just down the road with the best delivery guy ever. Think I’ll just keep going there.

  2. Ok so I stopped at number 1 and was left with my mouth hanging open in awe! I struggle to even remember 1 bible verse, let alone a whole book – that’s amazing! Sounds like you made great progress on all of your goals – well done 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #loudnproud – definitely things to be proud of.

    • Joe

      September 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks for your encouragement :). Don’t quite know what I’m going to do without these goals to push me on. Maybe my school class will get some attention now!

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