March Challenge: the first 12 days

Can you believe how quickly this month of March is going by? I’m quite convinced the days are racing by faster than ever. Given that we’ve already arrived at the twelfth day of the month, I think it’s about time for me to do a status update on my March challenge to ‘Do Something Different Every Day’ … by the way, it’s never too late to join in if you’re so inclined.

March Challenge - the first four days.

  • Day 1: Made Vegan Jam Slice – This is actually the first thing I’ve made from the ‘Rose Bakery: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea’ cookbook (it won’t be the last).
  • Day 2: Took photos with my Holga – The Mr gifted me with this camera for Christmas, so it was about time I loaded some film and started taking photos.
  • Day 3: Watched Jane Eyre – I’d been wanting to see this for ages, but was waiting for the right time. I was struggling with sickness and the weather was rainy, so it seemed perfect. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a very big fan of Michael Fassbender either.
  • Day 4: Planted cat grass for Jones – Sometimes I feel bad for Jones being an indoors cat, so I made him a little indoor garden of cat grass. He really loves chewing on this.

March Challenge: Day 5 to 8

  • Day 5: Shopped somewhere else - These shops are quite close to us, so I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to visit. I bought some lunch supplies which were fine, but the place was like the living dead, so I doubt I’ll go back.
  • Day 6: Wore my gumboots in the rain – These babies have been waiting for rainy weather to make their grand entrance into the world. Finally the rains returned, and these boots were pulled on.
  • Day 7: Breakfast with a friend at a new cafe – Pourboy Espresso has actually been open for quite some time, but it was my first visit here with a dear friend. We both went with the ‘House Made Granola with Earl Grey Prunes and Granny Smith Apple’ (and coffee of course). So delicious!
  • Day 8: Tried ‘Morning Red’ tea – I’m very loyal to English Breakfast tea, so it was hard for me to step outside my comfort zone. However, I’m very happy to say that this tea is absolutely wonderful. Similar to how I drink English Breakfast at any time of the day, I don’t just drink this in the mornings. Tea rebel!

March Challenge: Day 9 to 12.

  • Day 9: Chose reading over online – It’s been way too long since I’ve just downed tools and stepped away from the computer. Getting sick made me think about how I rarely take time out for myself. So today was all about magazines and books.
  • Day 10: New ‘coffee bean’ yoghurt flavour – I’m a very big fan of the ‘five:am’ yoghurt range, and they recently introduced this very tasty flavour. The only trouble is that it sells out really quickly. Hello coffee!
  • Day 11: Visited a local bakery for a spinach pastry – When it comes to lunch I am very much a creature of habit, so it was nice to finally drop into this bakery and try something different. This spinach and feta filo pastry was divine!
  • Day 12: Went to a gymstick class – This is a new group fitness class that’s started recently at my gym. It unfortunately bumped a favourite class of mine off the schedule, but I’m willing to forgive it.

I’ve been really enjoying the flexibility of this challenge. As you can see, some of my ‘different’ things are just little changes … but it’s been wonderful to have an excellent reason to do all those things I’ve been meaning to do for ages. I hate creative restrictions for the most part, and will always do my best to rebel against them … so a loosely structured challenge like this is just perfect. How about you? Have you been enjoying anything ‘different’ so far this March?

PS. After resisting for so long, I’ve finally joined instagram (you’ll find me on there as tracey_sargent). I use it to chart my daily progress on the March challenge (amongst lots of photos of my cat and dog).

45 thoughts on “March Challenge: the first 12 days

    • Hi Kylie – This yoghurt is so delicious … but my local shop is constantly out of stock. Whenever I see it’s available, I make sure I stock up … sorry everyone else! Haha! ;)

  1. I didn’t think anything could beat February in terms of flying by but March is definitely proving to be a worthy contender! EEP!

    This is such a great challenge. It’s funny how we probably end up doing something new everyday but we don’t really stop to notice. Looking forward to seeing your Holga shots!

    • Hi Teresa – I know right … March is being a serious speed demon. It has me wondering just how quickly the rest of the year will go by.

      I think the really great thing about this challenge has definitely been that it makes me notice all the little things I do each day that are different. It also gives me a reminder to do all those things that I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

      PS. I’m looking forward to what my Holga produces too. Hopefully something comes out. xx

    • Hi again – Haha … yes the header does indeed change on each load, and I’ll tell you another little secret they’re all images of animals that I drew myself. :)

  2. This is a fabulous challenge Tracey! I love taking some little steps outside the routine at time, nice to sample the word around in a different angle :)I have not done it for a while now (however I still feel most things are new where we moved :))
    Hmm maybe I should join in for the rest of March :)
    Will have to search you on instagram I am under histoiredesoie there :)
    x

    • Hi Sandrine – I’m glad you like the challenge too … and yes, it’s definitely nice to push yourself to do something different, even if it’s only something small. I bet you’d be surprised at how many ‘new’ things you do each and every day without even trying. :)

      You should definitely join in with the challenge … and I’m happy to have found you on instagram. xx

  3. it’s worked out well for you! the pastry looks good, that combo is very big over these parts.

    this sounds like the perfect challenge for you. only reason i’m not joining is because i need the exact opposite! lol i’m always trying new things… i’ve been working on focus instead.

    • Hi Monica – Yes indeed, this is a perfect challenge for me … I’m not a fan of too much structure. Oh my, and that pastry was delicious indeed. In fact I’m starting to realise just how many of my ‘different things’ involve food. Haha! ;)

      I’m expecting that April will be a month of focus for me after all this randomness … I hope it’s working well for you this month.

  4. Teresa – I just noticed the banner-changes, too! So adorable!
    Tracey – I meant to join this challenge, but then March hit and I’ve been on fast-forward ever since! Trying to look back to see if I’ve done anything new; pretty sure I’ve stuck to the status quo, though. oops!
    I’ve not heard of Morning Red tea – I’m an English Breakfast snob, too. In fact, I’m known at my local breakfast joint as the English Breakfast girl. Pretty sure I’m the only one who orders it there.
    Can’t wait to see what you shot with your Holga! I love mine; it’s my go to analog camera :)
    Also, I squealed a little when I saw The Elegance of the Hedgehog – I’ve got that on my bedside table right now! But I’ve got about 3 other books to get through before I an pick it up. I’ve a backlog of books to read, and am trying quite earnestly to step away from the laptop & pick up a book instead.
    One last thing – “gymstick” sounds awful painful. ;)

    • Hi Caren – I’m happy that you like the changing banner friends. :)
      Oh I know that ‘fast forward’ button well … it’s crazy how time can go by so very quickly and we have to keep pace along with it. I’m sure you’ve done plenty of new things without realising it (I’m finding one of the bonuses of this challenge is that it allows me to focus on exactly what I do each day).

      Hello fellow English Breakfast lover … it’s my favourite too. I think you’d like ‘Morning Red’ – it’s a black tea but has a deep mellow taste … it’s become my current brew of choice.

      I’m looking forward to seeing what my Holga produces too … I’m keeping fingers crossed that my first film won’t be a complete disaster. I’ve only just started reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but I’m really enjoying it … great minds think alike with their book selections! ;)

      Haha … gymstick does sound rather brutal, but it’s actually pretty low impact and only uses body weight to complete exercises.
      xx

  5. yes, march is going by really fast, and the weather is finally warming up!!
    I would like to join your challenge, but right now I am so full of project I can’t really find time to do anything else. It would be a lot of fun though! Maybe some other time?

    • Hi Bobbi – It’s crazy how quickly this month is going! I bet you’re so very happy that the weather is getting warm though … and yes, there’s always another time to do the ‘different’ challenge. It sounds like you are more than busy enough at the moment. xx

  6. Ooh I love this! I love all the shots! At first I was not too sure about instagram. I love my old skool lofi film holga and was skeptical about iphone apps making new photos look old. Buuuut as per usual I came around eventually and have also jumped on the instagram wagon. My abandoned holga is gathering dust…
    I am struggling to take photos of things other than my (obviously adorable to me) son. It’s hard being a stay at home mum, we spend 24 hours a day together, what else can I take photos of?!

    • Hi Sara – I’m so glad you liked this post … and it was lots of fun pulling all of the images together. instagram is lots of fun to play around with, and for me it’s been a nice reminder to take more photos. I was reluctant to join yet another online network, but I’m really enjoying the engagement on there.

      Haha … you struggle to take photos of things other than your son – I face the same battle with pictures of my dog and cat. ;)

      I say take photos of whatever you want and whatever brings you joy! :)

  7. Oh, oh, I love Morning Red Tea! What a great idea for a challenge. My days seem to be zipping by so fast and I’m so busy lately I have no idea which day it is half the time. But, they’re all filled with the same stuff (namely work at the moment). It’d be nice to squeeze in some new things!

    Linda. xox

    • Hi Linda – Morning Red tea is so delicious … I’m glad that you’re a fellow fan of it. I know what you mean about the days zipping by … after a while they all start merging together and you have no idea how you cram everything into each day. I hope you get more of a breather down the track … or at least take some more time out with a lovely cup of tea. xx

  8. What a challenge, to do something different every day! I love that you have big and little different things on that list. It must be a really good way to get out of your comfort zone!

    • Hi Camila – It’s such a fun challenge, and has made me to think about what I do each day that is part of a routine, and what I do that sits outside that structure. It’s all very interesting, and yes it’s a great way to do little things outside my comfort zone. :)

  9. Impressive! Even the tiny changes mean something remarkable in the frame of a day. I would’ve been overwhelmed by the premise of the challenge (Different? Everyday??) but these little adventures are so doable.

    • Hi Sarah – I totally agree … sometimes it just takes a really minor shift to completely change the complexion of a day. On the surface, the idea of doing something different ever day felt like it would be all too hard … but I’ve been so enjoying these little differences, it’s been such a pleasure to do. :)

    • Hi PIxelHazard – Haha … I know, the cat is really loving the Cat Grass – actually he loves it a little too much (I had to take it off him for a while because he got a little too enthusiastic with his chewing).

      I just thought daily photos would be an easy way for me to track progress on the challenge. It’s awesome that you’ve been doing the challenge too – I love reading everyone’s updates. :)

  10. Aww, I bet Jones appreciates that, he’s so adorable! What did you think of Jane Eyre? I admit, during my first viewing of it I was slightly distracted by Fassbender.

    • Hi Hila – Jones definitely loves his indoor garden … though I think he’s one very spoiled cat! (though I just can’t resist).

      I enjoyed Jane Eyre, I really loved the ‘look’ of the film and I enjoyed Mia Wasikowska’s performance … but I was sick when I first watched it, so I kind of want to watch it again (and read the book, yet again) … haha, mainly because of that ‘Fassbender’ effect. ;)

  11. Hi Tracey,

    I love your march challenge updates, which are truly fantastic. My favourite has to be choosing reading over online. Disconnecting, avoiding the social networks etc is required daily or regularly at least I feel.

    Trying the new tea is awesome as well. I used to be a huge english breakfast fan. You might want to try Irish breakfast, traditional afternoon, russian caravan or assam. All are heavier than english breakfast, but if you like english breakfast you might like those.

    I’ve got to research vegan jam slice!!!

    I was very tempted to join this challenge, and in my own way I have sort of, but alas not daily.

    Looking forward to your next update.

    All the best

    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew – I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying my ‘different March’ updates … it’s been a great and very fun challenge to be a part of. I agree with you on the offline thing – it’s so important to focus on disconnecting from the digital world every once in a while. After all, there are so many wonderful things to do in this world that need a bit more of our attention. I’ve got to take more time out to read – I haven’t been doing enough of that lately.

      Thanks for the tea recommendations – I have tried afternoon (which I like), but I haven’t tried any of the others … I shall let you know how I go with them.

      The vegan slice was really tasty … and it was so easy to make. There are probably lots of different versions around the place.

      I think you probably do plenty of different things in your day Andrew, and you strike me as someone who really appreciates them. :)

    • Hi Laura – Thanks so much (and thanks again for the challenge, it’s lots of fun). I’m looking forward to catching up with your own project update – it’s been great to see the different ways we all approach it. :)

  12. Where on earth has March gone? Seriously, it’s nearly April…I think I might cry…

    Anyway, this is such a great challenge! If you do another one later in the year (when I feel a bit less like crying) I would love to join in – please make sure you wave it loudly in my face (can one wave loudly? Hmmmm…). Not sold on the idea of coffee yoghurt but love the piece of green you’ve created for your indoor kitty. Looking forward to finding out what the rest of the month brings!

    And thanks to Teresa for pointing out the header thing, it’s so great!

    • Hi Emily – Gosh, and look April is literally just around the corner now … scary stuff how quickly this year is going by. I wish it would slow down at least a little!

      Haha … I think the great thing about the challenge is that it can be done at any time you like. Seriously the coffee yoghurt is AMAZING, but perhaps if you’re not normally a coffee drinker you might not like it.

      Jones has been loving his indoor garden, but he did nibble a little too viciously on the plants, so I’ve moved them temporarily outside.

      PS. I’m glad you like the header … it’s a little bit of randomness! :)

    • Hi Emily – Haha … Jones is good at having a grumpy / angry expression on his face while he’s eating … he is most inelegant when it comes to food! :)

  13. love this! your vegan jam slices look so cute! too bad it’s already half-way into march. i think i shall attempt the march challenge once wedding stuff dies down…

    • Hi Connie – I’m so glad you like the challenge … it’s been lots of fun to commit to. I think waiting until your wedding stuff quietens down until you do a similar challenge is a very good idea. After all, weddings can be stressful enough … been there, done that! ;)

  14. I love this idea…I feel as though I am sort of doing this via the photo a day challenge on instagram…its making me look at each day and find a new way to think about words/pictures in my life.
    Not sure about coffee yoghurt…although I’ll give it a go…I want to think I’ll like it…

    • Hi Ally – It is great to look differently at each day and appreciate the little moments within them. I think that’s perhaps the greatest part of any daily challenge like this – it gives you time to pause and reflect.

      The coffee yoghurt is honestly delicious, it has a wonderful flavour and great consistency … it’s a winner in my house! :)

  15. i haven’t been able to watch jane eyre, because for some mysterious reason she simply isn’t on our digital, while she’s being announced no less! it is a mystery, but she’ll get here. one day. for sure. is it a fassbender? no kidding!

    your gum boots look stunning! want!!

    i love little challenges like these. they make us frown upon our habits indeed, which are dear, but they open up doors to new frontiers, which is a must…
    enjoy your further exploring, tracey!
    n♥

    • Hi Woolf – Oh how frustrating that you haven’t been able to catch up with Jane Eyre yet … although that Mr Fassbender is worth the wait! :)

      Haha, I thought you might like those gumboots of mine … I was so glad to finally get myself a pair (we’ve had so much rain in recent seasons).

      I agree, these little challenges are wonderful to shake us up a little and find different, simple joys in our days. I am a very big fan of opening up new doors and exploring new horizons. :)

    • Hi Selma – Jones really loves his new indoor garden (so much so that he almost killed one of the plants!). I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying hearing about my little challenges, it’s been a lot of fun to do! :)

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