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I poked my head in here thinking "Hymnusal's threads are never this quiet, what happened" and then was reminded that you're on a Mission! Of course. 

 

I hope you're having a great time and helping lots of people and expanding your worldview! And all the kids you're chaperoning are doing the same, of course. ;)

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On 2017-07-25 at 3:09 PM, Wobbegong said:

I poked my head in here thinking "Hymnusal's threads are never this quiet, what happened" and then was reminded that you're on a Mission! Of course. 

 

I hope you're having a great time and helping lots of people and expanding your worldview! And all the kids you're chaperoning are doing the same, of course. ;)

 

Thanks for poking in on me. There was no way I was going to have been able to pop on here while I was away. I was fighting for bandwidth on a highspeed light connection with 8 other girls who wanted to see what was going on on Instagram/Youtube/Twitter/Snapchat/etc. I was lucky to send my husband emails and check maps for the next day's travel. I also had 5% cell phone signal on the trip. In towns I found a few places with signal, but the rest of the time nothing.

It became super obvious once the trip started that 4 things needed to happen for the trip to be a success.

 

1. I could be a little picky about portions, but I had to eat everything our hosts offered or the kids wouldn't touch it. The exception was chocolate, since I now know for certain that it causes hormonal imbalances that create incredibly painful period cramps I could plead "allergy" on that one. Besides, convincing kids to eat chocolate isn't hard.
2. Constant vigilance/sleep is for the weak. One of the youth was very high maintenance and ended up deciding to get her mother to come get her mid week. While she was there I struggled to sleep because I needed to be alert in case she did something to herself. After she left, sleep was much easier.

3. Exercise can be found in helping. Weeding gardens, carrying food, cleaning and cooking were my main exercises. But I also swam with the kids and played on the beach with them and goofed off at camp during our free days.

4. Move day by day. The hired help was not helpful, and that one high maintenance youth was very draining. I accepted a Day by Day policy for myself and it helped me to remain calm, I barely thought about the next day's schedule until the night before when I would fight for wifi to look up maps.

 

So what did we do?
We helped in a nursing home on the Nova Scotia south shore. While there we organized a craft for the residents. We helped them do some baking, ice cream making, and pizza preparations. We sang with them and helped to run their church service. We operated the pin setup and ball recovery for a bowling day. We weeded their gardens and we helped those who lacked hand control or memory to still participate in bingo. We preformed dances for them, and helped the residents host a teddy bear picnic for children (including scavenger hunts, snacks, more dances, face painting - I painted one kid as Rarity from My Little Pony, and games).

Outside of the home we did a roadside cleanup, we cleared out a log that had fallen behind someone's house to become firewood, and we participated in a food drive. All of the different groups that participated in the food drive collected over 25000 Lbs of food for the Nova Scotia south shore and Halifax/Dartmouth areas.

 

There was drama (these are middle and high schoolers after all), but there was also some good bonding and growth from the youth. The hired help became mostly just a nuisance, but my kids impressed me over and over again. I know they made that week at the nursing home a bright memory for the residents and I believe they learned a great deal about how to love others who are at a point in their lives where they need special care.

 

We had fun free times too with time at a beach, a lake, a camp, and nightly rallies. We did silly things (like tie popcicle sticks in our hair, or decide that we were all characters in Moana (not sure why I was the boat, but okay). Overall, I'm exhausted. I survived, I handled the struggles as they came, and I did all I could to make sure that the kids were still

having fun in spite of the drama. I call that a win, no matter how hard I threw the NF challenge out of the window for it I won buy surviving it and even coming out the other side sane (thank the Lord for that).

 

I'm going to resume the challenge today, but I think I'm a winner no matter whether I meet the goals or not. :) Also GISHWHES is coming! Got to meet @J3NN and some of the other team members last night, pretty excited! Time to let the madness ensue! :D

 

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 ^ Me at a rally with popcicle sticks tied into my hair

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Wow! That sounds like so much fun! Dealing with teenage drama is always a mess but it's great that you were able to push through and it sounds like you did end up having a great (if exhausting) time. I always feel so restored too after working really hard to help other people, even if it does tire you out. It's good for your soul, I'm sure of it ;)

 

Regarding your #3 discovery, any chance you'll put that to work in your regular day-to-day life now that you've returned home? Up your daily activity by working around the house, playing, and just staying on top of life in general? It can definitely be a fun way to go about integrating more activity into your day, and it's great too because when you're done you feel like you've accomplished something (instead of just "I went to the gym"). 

 

Congrats on your successful mission and welcome home!

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Strength and Stretching with Fanzagale (my Monk toon)
Return goal. Continue the BBWW 3 times a week, do one longer yoga session a week. - 75% in both categories needed for a Pass
 
A rainbow of vegetation with Aquaineil (my Druid toon)
Return goal. Follow the "Foodist Plate" suggestion with 1/2 of lunch and supper being vegetables 5 days a week. Photograph all food eaten and post on NF challenge thread.
 
Obliterate Sugar with Zoeshen (my Demon Hunter toon)
This one is going to hurt. One treat permitted a week. Otherwise: no sweetened chocolate, no cookies, no cake, no pie, no ice cream, etc. Use peppermint tea and ginger peach tea as blockers if it is just craving. Keep chewing gum on hand if it is for fidgeting. Use green tea and black teas for caffeine needs. Other suggestions of craving busters welcome! 75% streak needed to pass.
 
Tidy spaces with Bellabarque (my Mage toon)
I get overwhelmed by all of my stuff sometimes and it is worse when it is everywhere. I need to devote time at least once a week to cleaning up the spaces around me to help keep my head clear. 75% needed to pass.
 
Bonus: Mind and Soul with Clawdiya (my Priest toon)
Return goal. Meditation and Bible reading every day. No grading here, just keeping it on my hud.
 

Recap:

I did this as a 5 week challenge.

Strength and Stretching with Fanzagale (my Monk toon)

In weeks 1 & 2 I followed this, then in weeks 3 & 5 I just did yoga 5 days a week. I think I need to blend these next challenge, while I really liked both formats the yoga seemed like less of a chore.

I broke the criteria, but I will call it a pass regardless because I learned something.

 

A rainbow of vegetation with Aquaineil (my Druid toon)

Weeks 1-3 I did photograph and shared my food most days (the end of week 3 is missing...) Week 4 was survival mode and eat what you are given mode. Week 5 I just didn't do.

3/5 = 60% (since my pass is 75% this is a fail. I think I will repeat this, but change the format. The food posting was time consuming.)

Obliterate Sugar with Zoeshen (my Demon Hunter toon)

I didn't realize until well into the challenge that the pass criteria here was very badly designed. After weeks 4 & 5 I would have failed anyway, but I actually failed week 3. Streak criteria can result in failures far too easily (and once you've failed, why bother), I need to repeat this one but with better criteria for pass/fail in place.

 

Tidy spaces with Bellabarque (my Mage toon)

With the exception of week 4 (where I suppose I cleaned up after 11 kids all week... so maybe that counts?) I did this every week. Pass.

 

Bonus: Mind and Soul with Clawdiya (my Priest toon)

This did get better, but could still stand to improve more.

 

So 2 points means I won't quite make level 4, but that's okay. I've learned things and it's time to move forward again.

The success I had in doing yoga this challenge, and the mental shift from my week of GISHWHES has led me to believe that it is time to specialize for a while. I'll be moving into the Druid forums for the next challenge. :)

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