March Challenge: day 13 to 24

Oops … so it’s been a little while since my last ‘March Challenge’ update, but perhaps that reveals just how much I’ve been enjoying these little daily differences. While I’ll be sad when the challenge is finished, it’s definitely inspired me to continue making small positive changes in my day … I say YAY to more fun and randomness.

March Challenge: Day 13 to 16

  • Day 13: Bought myself some flowers – It’s been ages since I did this, but I love having fresh flowers in the home. Carnations are my favourite (as you saw in the previous post).
  • Day 14: Completed my longest run (so far) on the treadmillΒ – I am really loving becoming a runner again. This was my longest run to date without a break, reaching 28 minutes. Honestly, I cannot recommend the ‘Couch-to-5k’ program enough.
  • Day 15: Bought lunch instead of making my own – When it comes to lunch normally I’m a creature of habit, making a salad and cheese sandwich each and every day. But on this day, I treated myself to a mixed salad of lentils and felafel.
  • Day 16: Finally picked up ‘The Big Issue’ – I’ve read this magazine before, but seemed incapable of remembering to buy a copy for myself. I laughed when I saw the feature for this month – on none other than Ewan McGregor (I’m a big fan).

March Challenge: Day 17 to 20

  • Day 17: Went out for a coffee date – The Mr and I normally stay quite close to home on weekends, but we went out to a local bakery cafe and enjoyed a coffee and a sweet treat.
  • Day 18: Read instead of wrote – Writing is a part of each and every one of my days, but today I took a breather from it and started reading ‘If You Want to Write’. I’m getting a lot from it and will tell you more about another time.
  • Day 19: Sorted out my wardrobe – It’s taken me a long time to get my wardrobe streamlined, so today was all about making sure it was organised. Now I can find everything I own straight away.
  • Day 20: Browsed through a new secondhand store – I’d been meaning to visit this store for ages, but today was the day I actually stopped for a browse. I was happy to discover it’s an op shop with genuine bargain prices. I’ll definitely be back.

March Challenge: Day 21 to 24

  • Day 21: Trimmed an annoying tree – There is a bottlebrush tree that grows across my driveway and it’s been annoying me for months. Every time I got into or out of the car the low hanging branches would get in my way. Not any more though!
  • Day 22: Replaced the smoke detectors – I’mΒ embarrassedΒ to admit just how long it’s been since we’ve had functional smoke detectors in our house. This task is perhaps a little boring, but oh so important. Even Jones was excited!
  • Day 23: Started re-teaching myself crochet – I haven’t crocheted in years, but it’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while now. I’m slowly re-learning stitches and will hopefully get myself to a place where I can crochet a blanket for winter.
  • Day 24: Planned the autumn vege garden plantings – I’m so looking forward to growing some veges this year, and now is the time to get planting. I haven’t got too carried away with what I’ll be growing, I’ve just stuck to things that we currently eat.

So that leaves me with just the final update to come, where I’ll be letting you know what I got up to during the rest of March. I hope the month has been a good one for you. I actually thought March would be an ‘active’ month for me, but getting sick a couple of times slowed me down and gave me the opportunity to really think through a lot of things I’ve needed to get straight in my head for a while. So it looks like March will be remembered as a month of ‘different things’ and lots of thinking, while April will be a month of putting all that thought into action. Excitement awaits! What have you been up to? Let’s inspire each other! πŸ™‚


  1. Teresa

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell during March but it sounds like it’s been helping you in other ways. April sounds very exciting! I’m so impressed with your running efforts! The most I can muster is short jogging spurts during my walks.

    Oh, and hooray for new local op shops that aren’t too expensive! Happy thrifting!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello Teresa – I thought I was doing so well avoiding all the summer colds and sniffles … but then March happened! πŸ™

      Thankfully (while it’s taken me ages to feel better again), I’m feeling almost back to 100% this week. I could not be happier about that! πŸ™‚

      Well surely you don’t have to worry about running / jogging now? I bet all those stairs in HK keep you fit and healthy enough! πŸ™‚

      I was so excited to see the awesome prices of the new op shops. There are a few out our way that are seriously overpriced, so the others are so very welcome (but probably bad for my aim of less stuff!). πŸ˜‰

  2. Sandrine

    Loving all your “new” things Tracey! Looking forward to April excitement πŸ™‚
    I am back to running more regularly, hoping for 10 km challenge…I struggled with few health issues a very hilly surrounding and motivation decline… I hope I will stick to it now :)Hope you feel much better this week!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this ‘different march’ challenge, it’s been lots of fun to be involved in. And ‘go you’ with your running efforts – a 10km challenge sounds great (that will be my next goal too). I’m sure you’ll stick with it and be running laps around the rest of us before you know it!! πŸ˜‰

  3. Sara

    you have been so productive! this is amazing! I have been thinking about that couch to 5k, maybe I will have to do less thinking and just get on with it?! And you will remaster the crochet in no time for sure, it’s just like a bicycle. Gorgeous yellow yarn, what are you making?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sara – Yay for productivity and little challenges. It’s been great to focus on all those little things that we do each day, and also remind myself to just ‘do it now’ rather than ‘one day’.

      I’m sure you’ll get on to the couch to 5km program soon. I honestly can’t recommend it enough – and it starts nice and easily too.

      As for the crochet, you’re right – once I got over the initial awkwardness, I felt like it all came back to me. I was thinking eventually I’d like to make a blanket (but it won’t be for a while yet) – so maybe just a granny square or two for now. πŸ™‚

  4. ally

    What a great journey
    And you’ve had time to process it all too
    I love the crochet shot…its on my list too

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ally – Thanks so much. It’s been a really love challenge to be a part of, and it’s been great to be more mindful of what I do each and every day. I’m finding that I’m remembering my crochet skills which surprises me, as I haven’t done it in years. I look forward to seeing what you crochet when you get around to it on your ‘to do’ list. πŸ™‚

  5. Monica

    ooh, you’ve restarted with very fine yarn, that IS harder! good luck.
    well done on the running. i can’t stand running, but love walking, short bursts of jogging perhaps. i do miss my old treadmill.
    great month!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Monica – Oh, that was the only yarn I had on hand the other day when the mood struck me … I picked up a thicker yarn the next day to make it a little easier on myself.

      Thanks for the running encouragement … I’ve been really enjoying it, and it’s nice to see progress being made. Walking is an equally wonderful activity though. πŸ™‚

  6. woolf

    how sweet, your month of march…. the diversity is really present! i think i was nailed to one of the rooms downstairs, aiming at finishing it so i can lay the floor down… we’re slowly getting there, so i feel rather chuffed. this month of march!

    yes, look forward to your end-of-march round-up! lovely to read you like so, like a magazine, you know?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – When I look back on the month through these little photos, I’m reminded of all the loveliness I got myself up to.

      Gosh, those renovations are keeping you so busy (and I’m sure more than a little tired). How exciting it will be to get that floor down though). Well done!!

      Yes indeed, just one more end-of-month catch up to go and this little challenge will be complete. I’m so glad to have you follow me on this journey. πŸ™‚

  7. Trudy Florence

    I like reading all these little moments πŸ™‚ The Op Shop looks great and the bottlebrush! So pretty!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Trudy – So glad you’ve liked following along with me … what a great challenge it has been! The op shop was wonderful … filled with so many bargains and such lovely ladies who look after the store.

      I love the bottlebrush, but sometimes wish all the birds didn’t visit the flowers outside my bedroom and scream so loudly at 6am. I like my sleep-ins! πŸ˜‰

  8. Camila Faria

    Great job on that 28 minutes run! I always get bored and tired after 20 minutes… I need to know more about that β€˜Couch-to-5k’ program. And coffee dates are the best!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – Thanks so much! I’ve never been much of a treadmill runner at all, so I was so proud of myself to make it to 28 minutes straight. I think I have a longer run on my schedule for next week, so fingers crossed that goes well too. I shall indeed get around to blogging about the ‘couch to 5k’ program one of these days … it’s on my list! πŸ™‚

      PS. Yes indeed, coffee dates are wonderful.

  9. Christine

    wauw! πŸ™‚ I just love all these things you are doing and reading and treating yourself to. What a cool idea:-D And thanks for sharing your adventure πŸ™‚ Yay!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – It’s been a really great month, and I feel so lucky to be able to share my little adventures with you. It’s been lots and lots of fun and has given me a lovely little push in a lot of different ways! πŸ™‚

  10. Caz

    What a great job you’ve done ticking things off. I feel quite inspired! I particularly like the fact that you noted just ONE thing for each day. I think I sometimes overwhelm myself with things to do on my days off and often feel slightly unsatisfied by days end. Roll on April…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Thanks so much. Like yourself I have a tendency to overwhelm myself with doing too much all at once, and then just feel disheartened by it all. Just having the one thing to focus on each day really helped me with that … and has definitely helped me feel like I tick off little achievements. πŸ™‚

  11. Andrew


    Where do I start? What do I comment on? So many cool daily activities.

    It is awesome sauce you are going to be growing vegetables. Looking forward to read about that, if you feel like sharing further. The coffee date sounds like a grand idea, as does many other daily activities you’ve mentioned.

    Cheers for sharing.

    All the best


    p.s. now I want to eat a cheese and salad sandwich!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Oh you are too kind … I’m so happy to read that you’ve enjoyed hearing about my little daily activities. It’s kind of fun putting these posts together because I can see everything gathered together and really appreciate all the things that I did.

      I’m super excited about my little vege garden, and will definitely be sharing more about it as things develop.

      The Mr and I very much enjoyed our coffee date … while we love being at home together, sometimes it’s nice to get out and about and treat ourselves. πŸ™‚

      Haha … I hope you gave into that cheese and salad sandwich craving! πŸ˜‰

  12. Selma

    You’ve been so busy. I love carnations too. The felafel and lentil salad sounds delish. Sounds like March has been a fun month for you!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – It’s funny to me that once I took a break from my day job, my days now seem busier than ever. How does that work?

      Oh my, the felafel and lentil salad was so tasty (they’re two of my favourite things to eat). And yes, March has been busy and yet so very fun. I feel like the challenge will continue to inspire me long after it’s finished. πŸ™‚

  13. sarah.goodtogether

    Wonderful. Congrats on Day 14, especially! Changing the smoke detectors is quite a feat too. Your last March Challenge update inspired me to keep my own list of tiny, creative goals for a week, and it was such a satisfying week!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sarah – Thank you! Sorting out our smoke detectors was something I’d been meaning to do for ages … thank goodness this challenge gave me the push I needed to make that finally happen.

      YAY! I’m so happy to hear that you were inspired to keep your own list of creative goals – isn’t it amazing how great you feel by just being more mindful of your little achievements!?!?!

  14. PixelHazard

    Oh i need to rearrange my wardrobe. Tomorrow is the last day. got anything big planned?

    | Bright Green Laces |

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi PixelHazard – It felt amazingly good to rearrange all my clothes … and it has me excited about breaking out more of my ‘cool weather’ outfits too! πŸ™‚

      PS. As for the last day of the challenge, I expect I’ll be doing lots of little different things, but as far as I know there won’t be any big grand finale … but who knows what tomorrow will bring? πŸ™‚

  15. Carol Andrade

    I just love these kind of challenge, like the 365 days n Flickr, but after a while I get soooo lazy! lol
    Crochet is one of the thing my aunt tried to teach me, I’m terrible! Show us what you did πŸ™‚


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Carol – These kinds of challenges are so great, aren’t they? So simple, but really effective (provided with stick with them … haha! … I can’t believe I’ve made it through the entire month). πŸ™‚

      I haven’t made much crocheting progress yet, but I will definitely share when there is something worth showing. πŸ™‚

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