Wednesday, June 30, 2010

50 Challenges

So over at Blog This there is a 50 things challenge. It can be any 50 things you like, such as 50 things you don’t know about me, 50 places I want to visit etc... Since my blog is a challenge for myself, I thought I would write down my personal challenges. I’ve grouped them to make it easier to read.


1.) Obviously there is my million dollar challenge. I mean, that is what this blog is about; my aim to be a millionaire by the time I am 30.
2.) Sell 10,000 copies of my book 26 Ingredients. If I sold that many copies, after tax, charitable contributions and things it would be a nice deposit for a house.  I lost interest in doing this because I had some other big projects come up which were more deserving of my time and will reap a higher reward.
3.) Be financially free. This is my ultimate aim. It surpasses the million dollar challenge, but the million dollar idea was my first step to believing in myself and that I can do this.
4.) Make a will. I am one of those people who still doesn’t have one, despite meaning too for a LONG time. Yes, I will do it within the next 2 months. I MUST do it.
5.) Own 4 rental properties with reduced rent to help people save money for their own home. One of the big drives behind my million dollar challenge is being able to provide affordable rent for people. House prices and rent are just ridiculous in Aus and I would love to be able to help people save money and get their own place.
6.) Live debt free. As in no mortgages, no credit cards nothing. I want to own my home and rental properties outright and just live in the knowledge I have provided for myself.
7.) Raise $10,000 to donate to charity. I would really love to donate to cancer research as my mum died from cancer in 2000. I am leaning towards ACRF, as all money donated to them is used for the research.


8.) Travel Australia in a caravan with my family. I want to show my daughters our beautiful country and have them experience things I still have not seen or done. I have relatives who have done it and they say it was the best thing they did.
9.) Learn to love being a mum. I do love my kids and I love being a mum in one sense but in another I find it so hard. I need to learn to enjoy the little things about being a mum more.
10.) Have an annual family holiday. As a kid we went away every Easter camping to the same spot with another family and every Christmas/New Year, somewhere near there we would go for a week with the same family. It was awesome and I looked forward to it every year. I want that for my kids. A tradition. An annual event they know will happen and can look forward to. It doesn’t have to be a big overseas event. We loved staying in tents, cooking on a fire, fishing etc...
11.) Create a recipe book for each of my girls. My mum died at 37 and there are many of her recipes I wish I had. Some I have, some I have recreated from memory, others are lost forever. I don’t want that for my daughters. I will be writing down our favourite meals and putting them in folders for them when they are older.
12.) Give my daughters the best life I can. I want a stable home where they feel safe and know they are loved. I want to travel with them so they can experience the world and live in different cultures. I want them to have fun as kids and not be too hung up on academics, but to still culture a love for learning and reading. I guess everyone wants the best for their kids. It’s only natural.


13.) Learn to love myself. This may surprise you, but I am not very confident and can be pretty negative towards myself. I have a lot of hang ups which I am trying desperately to overcome. I really want to be happy with me and love myself for who I am.
14.) Learn my life purpose. This is a big one and one I am really focussing on. I have read lots about how people have worked out their life purpose and done various exercises, but nothing seems quite right yet. I am sure it will come to me eventually. I think it might be coming to me, but will have to sit on it for a bit before I share what it is.
15.) Become more eco friendly. Switch to all natural products around the home, grow my own food, have chickens, solar power, water tanks etc... I am doing this slowly because I also don’t want to replace things unnecessarily, as I see that as being just as un-environmentally friendly. What I am doing though, is saving so when things break or run out I can replace them with the eco friendly options.
16.) Read the Bible the whole way through. I am in the process of doing this. If anyone has done this, you’ll understand how hard the Old Testament is. In the process
17.) Write a letter for myself to open in 5 years. I have done this a few times in my life and it has been so interesting. Considering I am aiming for quite a few things for when I am 30, I could write an interesting letter. DONE
18.) Create a life motto to live by. I have little quotes and sayings, but I want a motto for myself. Presumably this will be decided once I have worked out my life purpose.
19.) Identify 100 things that make me happy. I want to write it out and make it into a nice big poster to put up in my house to remind me every day.
20.) Answer the 50 questions that will free your mind Lambchop has done it in 4 parts on her blog. Here’s part 1.

Things to learn
21.) Learn to surf. I have wanted to do this for about 8 years now and still have not got around to it. I don’t know what my fascination with it is. I just love the idea of it. I love the ocean and grew up body boarding in the freezing waters of Tasmania. Learning to surf would be so much fun.
22.) Learn a second language, either French or possibly Tongan. I used to know French in high school. I was actually in the advanced French class. Do you think I can remember any of it now? I want to learn Tongan depending on my mood any given day. Some days I do, some days I don’t. My husband doesn’t really speak it, but it is something we would like our kids to know.
23.) Learn the guitar. I dabbled a bit previously but haven’t picked it up in a few years. I use to be able to play a few songs, but don’t think I could even play them now. I have a book and a husband who can play really well. It’s pure laziness as to why I haven’t started it up again. In the process
24.) Learn at least 1 form of dance. I am not a good dancer. My aim is to at least 10 classes of some form of dance. Started 16/08/10
25.) Learn how to shoot a gun. This is something else I have wanted to do for years. I have decided I will be doing it before Christmas. There is a shooting range no too far from me and I am going to go there soon and have a look around.

26.) Be a healthy size 10 – 12. I am a 12 – 14 at the moment. Clothing sizes vary from store to store. Ideally I would like to be 65kg but a healthy 65kg, not just I ate less so got skinny. I want to be toned and really should exercise more!
27.) Do a proper 10 day detox. I have wanted to for some time. I plan on starting next week when I get back from Sydney. I have had a book I want to do it from for some time, but have never found the right time. No more excuses. DONE

Experiences and Travel

28.) Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This has been on my list for almost 10 years! How scary is that. I never had the money or the time, then I was pregnant, then I moved. I am determined to do this within 12 months though!
29.) Live overseas at some point for at least a year. I would really like to live in the States for a year, travelling around, but my husband is not so sure. Funny, coz he is from Hawaii. My 2 main choices are USA or England.
30.) Climb Mount Kosciusko. This one I am aiming to do in the next year. It is not too far from me. I could drive there, climb it and drive home in a day. I just haven’t. I will, this spring or summer though.
31.) Go on a road trip with no specific destination. This sounds idyllic to me. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I would love to jump in the car with my kids and just go somewhere, anywhere, make it an adventure.
32.) Climb the Great Wall of China.
33.) Go on a cruise. I would like to do either the South Pacific or the Greek Islands.
34.) Ride an elephant. I have wanted to ride an elephant in Thailand for years. My husband won’t go to Thailand, and won’t let me take our girls there, nor does he want me travelling there, so I might have to compromise and do it somewhere else.
35.) Be an extra in a movie or TV show or in a TV audience. It shouldn’t be too hard; I have just never done it.
36.) Ride in a hot air balloon. It sounds so dreamy. I actually have a voucher for like $80 off I think it was, somewhere... I must find it. I know it is valid until next year. So I will be doing this one in the next 12 months as well.
37.) Hike the Grand Canyon. I have flown over it, but I would really love to go into it and experience it properly. It’s gorgeous.
38.) Visit the Eiffel Tower. Oh, who could resist Paris? Not me. I so badly want to go. We have a pic somewhere of me in Vegas and the angle it was taken at it looks like I am standing near the Eiffel Tower. It has fooled many people, though I always tell the truth! I would love to have a REAL pic and see it, not the one on a Vegas casino.
39.) Try a different recipe from a different country every week for a year. That’s 52 countries where I will pretend to be for one evening each week. It will be a culinary round the world trip in my dining room.

Things I want to own or do

40.) Do project 365 – Take a photo every day for 365 days. I will be starting this one as soon as I get my desired camera, either a Nikon D5000 or D90, depending on how much I want to part with. Just bought a Nikon d5000. Can't wait to start playing with it!
41.) Create a room I love when I own a house. I will eventually do all the house, but because I plan on letting my kids decorate as they wish I am pretty sure I won’t love their rooms. I want one room that is just for me, decorated how I want for me to do what I want in there. I can dream.
42.) Throw a massive party. I really want a HUGE Halloween party one year, when I have a house. It is not really celebrated here in Aus, but I think it would be SOOOO much fun and have wanted to do one for years. When I finally buy here it will be at the top of my list.
43.) Own a classic wardrobe. I am part way there. I have it written down and have a few items. Mind you, as I lose weight, those items will probably not fit and I will have to start again. As such, until I get to my desired weight, this will be nothing more than a list.
44.) Donate blood. Every time I go to donate, something happens or there is some reason I cannot do it. I have been quite a few times. I will be donating by the end of July! I WILL. (I did it at the start of August 2010.)
45.) Be the host of a meme or blog hop. I love all those little blog hops and things you see around the place and want to host one. Not sure how I will do it yet, but stay tuned. I did it, but wouldn't do it all the time.
46.) Sew a skirt for myself. I can sew and I have fabric I want to make a skirt for myself out of. I have a style in mind but am not the weight I want to be for it.
47.) Go into a shop; buy something I love without worrying about the price. Buy it because I love it. I have a HUGE problem parting with my money, which is a good thing, but sometimes I just wish I could go in, get something and not feel guilty. When I have a house, I will be buying something I want for it, because I love it and will not be worrying about the price.
48.) Own an awesome DSLR like a Nikon D90. They are not cheap, but I will have it in the next few months (thanks tax return!) DONE
49.) Write an eBook. I have been in the process forever. I just need to sit down and do it.
50.) Switch my blog from Blogger to my own domain. I keep meaning to do it, but have just been lazy in it. I plan on doing this in the next few months though, because I know of a few people who have lost their blogs completely being hosted on Blogger and things. DONE

So there you have it. Did I surprise you at all? Is there anything on there you are thinking of doing/owning etc...?


  1. Awesome list. Some of those I need to do too. okay I totally agree with quite a few of your 50. 4,13,14,19,21,23,28,31,32,33,36,37,38,40,41,42,44,45,46,47. I must make one of these like you. :P

    I'm glad you popped over to my blog and let me know about your start on your weight loss journey. I am glad I am inspiring someone. Remember keep your goals in focus and you will get there. Every little step is one step closer to the new you!

  2. We did Kosciusko years ago. It was really good but wish I had been fitter. J was slowed down by me lol. Very worth doing!!

  3. Oh wow, great list. I might do something like this. I'd like to learn to dance too. Does Zumba count?

    Tuesday following you back. Glad I found you site.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

  4. Great list!

    There's a couple that stood out to me, especially.
    No.9. Love being a mother. Sometimes I need to shut out everything else, and just be in the space...I live too much in my head.

    No. 14. I think I may have recently found mine. :-) Hope you find yours soon. The first step is to start looking. It's only a matter of time..!

    No. 27. Detox. I really want to do this one, too. Self-discipline!

    No. 47. Go into a shop and buy something I love. Yep! I hear you! 100% percent. :-)

  5. Adalita, glad you liked them. Interesting to see our similarities! lol.

    Miggles, I didn't know you did it, or did I and I forgot? I want ot get a bit fitter before I attempt it.

    Katiegirl, I am so glad you found your life purpose. It's one of the reasons I am looking it find mine. It's very inspiring seeing the energy and passion you have for something.

    Ma, Zumba totally counts! I have been meaning to try that.

  6. Ambitious blog and ambitious list! New follower from FYoB!

  7. Great list! inspires me to set more goals for myself!

  8. Nice to meet you (from Blog This) I too would LOVE to host a HUGE Halloween party one year. I think people get too caught up in it being "American" and therefore not wanting to celebrate it, they don't mind all the American movies or tv shows do they? ;)

  9. Thanks guys.

    I know Anita, movies, Tv, food, products, all that is ok, just not Halloween! lol. Unreal. My parents are very anti halloween. Me, I love it!

  10. I just know that by writing all this down that now you will progress forward and tick off items at an incredible rate. I am enjoying going along with you on your 1 million dollar challenge.

    And i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes your way.


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