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Challenging a complacent lifestyle...

Challenges are always welcome in my life. Not big challenges. I don't want to bungy jump. Or go to London. Or ride the Superman ride at Movieworld. But tonight we have a challenge and a half, for its 'ick' value. You may - or may not, considering there are not a lot of sport fans on this dear flist ;-) well, anyway, you may be aware it is the Rugby Sevens in Wellington this weekend. This momentous event, the dress-up event of the year here, I swear (although they have banned toy guns for obvious reasons, and Borat mankinis for probably equally obvious reasons LOL), is held at the Cake Tin, our stadium. I've shown pics of it before. Well, as a fundraiser for World Youth Day, Christy and her team have to clean a section of this stadium. At midnight. I said she's not going alone, she is one of the youngest in the team. So. Yeah, I am going too. I am going to wear my gumboots. My Principal helped out at one last year, fundraising for the trip to France. She said it was a double glove job, gumboots, that it was a gross illustration of the worst of Western consumerism and waste. People drop huge amounts of food and drink all over the place. OMG! Add streamers, advertising material, other junk... aaaaaaaaaaaaargh! we should hopefully be done before two in the morning.

Tomorrow I'm going to Trade Aid to see if I can get some Buddhist prayer flags like the ones you saw in my LJ the other day. They have them on the website. I thought it'd brighten the entrance to my classroom and then I'll get the girls to make some of their own inspiring messages to hang from the rafters.

What sort of challenges have you faced this year? Does it make you stronger? Amazed at your own ability? A work challenge, a writing challenge, a lifestyle challenge, a health challenge? I know they've all happened here on the Mighty Flist of NatesMountain. Nate had his own extraordinary challenges. And he came out the other side a new man. I'm proud of Nate. And you actually. I'm proud of you, too. Me, I've gone from part time ESOL teacher to full time Head of Department. I have three children in three schools. We get a new priest this weekend. I am wearing my other glasses. I bought a new bike yesterday. My challenges never stop, even though I'm not climbing Mt Everest.


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Feb. 1st, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)

I'm retired but I've taken on two 'volunteer' jobs - e-zine editing - both as challenging and almost as time consuming as 'real' jobs!

I've also volunteered to beta and proof read novels by three friends (real life, LJ and Yahoo friends) and that's time consuming and challenging too, though I get to read superb writing first!

I've been learning harder and harder line dances but the challenge came up against my eye problem and I can't do what I call the 'twirly' ones - I feel sick and dizzy. I did try. So I've decided togo for quantity rather than difficulty.

I've been persuaded to let someone edit and rearrange some of my work for publication - hard work for me, and for her, too. I know! (See above).

I'm doing a final redraft of a novel with help from my Yahoo group. It appears my characters don't talk to each other enough so I'm having to insert lots of dialogue. LOL!

I'm shopping for baby gear for my imminent first grandchild. Prams and stuff are so different from what I used - it's a whole new learning curve!

I'm reaching the end of incredibly difficult legal work on a close friend's will/estate (she named me as executor). It has been a challenge for the probate office too - they're keeping a full copy of everything I've done in case anyone else ever has similar problems.

The next challenge is to learn how to use our DVD recorder... at the moment I leave it to Colin! And to continue learning to use graphics programs.

That's all I can think of at the moment.

I think challenges keep you alive and mentally active - at any age and in any circumstances. And no, they don't need to be bungy jumping!!!
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, the Moth Challenges. You sure have taken on a huge amount of work and not a bungy in sight. Proofing novels is a BIG job, so good on you. And drafting your own at the same time.

AND a baby coming soon. Imagine you, a grandmother. Grandmamma... Gran... Granny... Nan? Nana? Nana Moth?! *g*
Prams - I had a love affair with prams. If I could have, I would have bought the most amazing prams but they were too expensive back then. Now they're a lot more affordable. Because we had a big dog who pulled on the lead that usually crossed the pram handle, most of our prams got a little warped! I went through five prams with three children. I used to drool over pram catalogues *g* my only maternal feature, perhaps.
The baby coming is so exciting! Whee!!!

I'm so pleased you have so many challenges. That's great. And yeah, keeps your mind working well, for sure.
Feb. 1st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
We're going to be Oma and Opa - the German for Granny and Grandad. We left everything else to Andrew's parents, who already have a grandchild. We didn't want to muscle in on a name already in use! Then Colin's brother suggested the German names - that's what they called their grandparents and it seems nice to carry on the tradition!!
Feb. 2nd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Christy decided my parents would be, much to their horror, Nanny and Gar!!! It stuck, although my mother managed to steer them into Nana. Gar lasted right through!

I like Oma and Opa. I grew up with a Dutch friend who had some of those *g*
Feb. 1st, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
The only major challenge I've been facing recently is the good kind of challenge. I'm finally in a relationship with a fantastic guy who I first fell for 15 years ago (we were at school together). I had all kinds of trust issues to deal with but he's been fantastically patient and helpful about it all.

Now the real challenge is keeping things going well - he's in the army and not based anywhere near Edinburgh so we're stuck doing the long-distance thing for the foreseeable future, which I guess presents its own kind of challenge.

But, ah, he's wonderful and so I'll put in whatever work necessary to make things work with him.

Good luck with your stadium cleaning! Really don't envy you that task at all :)
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ooooh Hannah, you secretive thing, that's brilliant news. I do hope things work out for you, you really do deserve a wonderful time. *smiles at you* I'm so thrilled.

-Good luck with your stadium cleaning! Really don't envy you that task at all :)
I'll have to post about it. It was the most disgusting thing you ever saw in your life.
Feb. 1st, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
*sneaks in a comment*
Saw this when I was replying to another reply - gorgeous news! Happy for you and hope it all works out!
Feb. 1st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
The Au Pair's 2 cents...
Rugby isn't such a big thing here in America. Not like American football of course. The only thing I know about it is short shorts and thighs the size of my torso. One of my graduate teaching professors was in the rugby club here at Virginia Tech. I took a summer Philosophy class under him. He promised the girls good grades in the class if they all came out to his bar and drank with him several times a week. I threatened him with a complaint to the Dean, of sexual harassment, gender bias, and in general corrupting the minds of the youth (just like the Athenians charged against Socrates - ah see the irony?) if he didn't make the same offer to me. He relented and my sense of Justice was fulfilled. I never was the same after that summer...

Kyle's back in full goddess-power force. See my 2nd to last post for my current challenges.

Oh and do respond with your postal address in private. I have a Postcard with the Virginia state flag on it that might go well with your classroom decor. You know us gay visionaries can resist putting our stamp on any decorating scheme.
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: The Au Pair's 2 cents...
-You know us gay visionaries can resist putting our stamp on any decorating scheme.
Heh, my colleague was upset when we both moved classrooms to the other block yesterday because his desks are not all exactly the same. He wanted to steal mine!

-if he didn't make the same offer to me.
I love the way you get things done!

I'm so, so glad you're in full force, I shall go look - although maybe later, when I have slept - I'm keeping your hours, up at three in the morning!

Feb. 1st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Really thoughtful post!
I could write a few novels about what I learned about myself and others in facing challenges.

For the most part of my life I was hiding from challenges and driking alcohol to soften the blows. Three years ago I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired, I did something that took great resolve, I quit drinking and smoking. It was the best thing I ever did, and the most difficult. I had to learn to cope with life's stress, hardship and depression without the cushion of my past euphoric alcohol saviour.

I am living a great life now. Facing my fears was the best thing I ever did for me. I learned how to roll with the punches and to dig deep inside and how to let others help me.
I also saw God's unconditional love. I now see life as a choice, a choice between Love and Fear. I can choose to be vulnerable and open to experience or be closed off and give in to fear. I choose the light and Love of openess. I am afraid at times, but I do not give in. Boy have I rambled on. LOL
Feb. 2nd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
-Boy have I rambled on. LOL
And I loved every word *g* Good on you, my good blue_leaf, you are both honest and delightful. I'm so impressed with you finding the courage, maybe through desperation, to change your life around, and you DID IT! That is great.
-I am living a great life now. Facing my fears was the best thing I ever did for me. I learned how to roll with the punches and to dig deep inside and how to let others help me.
That's so cool. I'd like to bottle that up and send it to a friend or two ;-) I think choosing to see Love and to live in the light, to overcome your fear of openness, it's all so very healthy in the long run, for you, for your family and friends, and of course for your relationship with God. And now I might be accused of rambling on, too!!
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm proud of you for overcoming your challenges.

You know, my life's not that tough. But I don't know. I feel like it's still hard, but in perspective, not that tough. I wish it was easier though, which is dumb, because it's not hard. But it feels like it.

Sorry, it's late and I'm tired, not making much sense!
Feb. 2nd, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
I get you. If we measured our lives against the poor and starving and ill-treated of the world, we are extremely lucky and our lives can't possibly be hard at all, huh. But if you just take your life, and the challenges you personally face on a day-to-day basis in your corner of the world, it may well not be easy at all. And I think it's important to acknowledge that. And appreciate that you're doing good even when it's hard. Because it's okay to say it's hard. And maybe I'm not making too much sense either but I know what you mean *hugs you*
Feb. 2nd, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad we both understood each other, even though neither one of us was making much sense!
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