With the exception of challenge no. 7 (which is very much in the works and something I'm extremely excited about), I think I'll be able to successfully cross all challenges off the list. Here is approximately where I stand with thirty-ish days left:
The challenges in blue are the ones I'm actively working on. The challenges in green are the ones that are completed.
- Do yoga three days a week.
- Give a stranger $100. Film it and post it on YouTube.
- Eat 29 cupcakes in 29 days and write a review of each.
- Research and identify 10 procedural reforms that would help move congress and the executive office back to being a government of the people and for the people. Print these 10 reforms on handout cards and distribute to anyone and everyone you know. Post them on your Facebook page and website.
- Travel overseas, ride trains only, and put together a collection of photos titled "Window Seat."
- Sit in silence and stillness each morning for 15 minutes before you start your day.
- Write and direct your own short film and submit it to a film festival.
- Spend one night in a women's shelter, make a connection and offer to take family portraits.
- Make and bottle your own wine. Save it for a future birthday.
- Lie down on your back in a NYC street and pretend to be a dead bug.
- Write a sad story about a girl who gets the things she always wanted -- on your typewriter.
- Make a conceptual photo series, preferably a book.
- Your 27th and 28th years were characterized by massive life changes that included a move and job change; my challenge is make one more life change. I'm not going to define it, but some suggestions would be: take another step with Austin, get a friend for Dagmar, get involved with something you care about in an incredibly inconvenient capacity.
- Take flying lessons.
- Do 200 crunches and
three 1-minute planks every other day. And assist your scared,
almost-grad cousin in finding a job in
- End every day by writing down one positive thing that happened in the previous 24 hours.
- Learn how to perform an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.
- Get a photo (or photos) into a gallery/showing AND/OR sell one of your photos.
- A year-long water challenge: Drink 1 liter of water per day, wade across a stream, swim across a pool, row across a lake or pond, and fly across an ocean.
- Make and bring your lunch 2 out of 5 days a week.
- Manifest yourself in an act of humanitarianism that permanently and positively enriches the life of a child. The act may not be accomplished with direct financial, but must involve sacrifice of your time and attention.
- Research your Jewish heritage going back at least four generations.
- Pay one compliment to a different person every day.
- Raise a basil plant and name it Kyle.
- Take an art class and create an original painting.
- Keep a Smash Book (scrapbook) for the year.
- Write words (the grouping of letters that hints of story and promise), even if it's only one line or thought or idea, in a momentary embrace of lapse of reason, everyday, and incorporate these words into a future novel.
- Learn to sew, design an outfit, make it, do a self-portrait in it.
- Attend 10 religious services. Record your impression of each.
- Write the first chapter of your first novel and the outline. Submit to a publisher.