What Challenge Will You Take on This Year?

Unbeknownst to me, my theme for the year was established when I drew a slip of paper at a New Year’s Eve party. It contained my challenge: to say “Fandabidozi!” when asked, “How are you?” In case you don’t know, the word is “a corruption of the English fantastic (i.e., great, smashing, super) by Wee Jimmy Krankie of the Scottish comedy duo The Krankies” (Wiktionary).

What I’ve discovered is that it never fails to make people laugh or at least look quizzically at me. A brilliant start to the year! It is impossible not to smile if you say it. 

Of course, seeing my friends getting much stiffer challenges on New Year’s Eve (i.e., walking a marathon, running a 5K), I opted to take on an additional challenge. The extra challenge I got was the Burgh Island Swim. I’ve been dipping in the icy sea since lockdown for about 10 minutes. So an hour and half open water swim will be a big step up from that. Game on!

When I was working on my goals, I noticed a theme for the new year—the Year of Challenges! After being stuck in lockdown, I realized I’ve become a bit reclusive and life has gotten a bit stale. Time to shake things up! And this being the year of the Tiger—requiring bravery and courage—seems to bode well. 

My next challenge arrived while I was getting a Bowen treatment from my therapist in Exeter. She told me about the incredible result her friend had doing the 90 Day WildFit Challenge. At the very last minute, I threw myself into the ring and signed up. I’ve now been on the challenge since January 10. While I thought I had a pretty healthy diet, I now know I was sadly mistaken. The goal is food freedom and optimal health. I have a feeling that I’ll be healthier than I’ve been in years after the 90 days, especially since I’m eating about 10 fruits and vegetables each day before lunch! 

Then I saw a 30-Day Clutter Clearing Challenge from the Minimalists. The goal is to get rid of one item on Day 1, two items on Day 2, three items on Day 3…simple right? By the end of the month, you’ll have gotten rid of (donated I hope!) about 500 things. Now I’m wondering if that is actually enough given the average American household contains 300,000 things. Starting small and easy is a very good strategy. I’ve booked that in for April when I’m done with the WildFit Challenge and can shift my focus. No sense overdoing things!

Those are the current challenges I’ve lined up. I’ll use April through July to train for the Burgh Island swim as that will require some effort. I might do the NaNoWriMo challenge in November or see what else crops up as the year progresses. Given my family nickname was “Tally Tiger” (we all have animal names), it seems this is my year to really roar. 

For the record, I’m not usually one to join challenges, especially physical ones. I tend to prefer to do things on my own schedule. However, after two years of pandemic enforced isolation, I’m ready to start mixing and mingling. There is power in groups, especially when you are doing something challenging. I like having a little team of people so that I know I’m not in this alone. I’ve already rounded up a few friends who are going to do the swim with me. We keep each other motivated and help each other out with tips and suggestions when the going gets tough. 

And of course, if you are up for a life-changing year, you could join my video course, Coach Yourself to Success online.

What challenges will you take on this year?

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