I did it.
Not only did I survive 2012, I survived the end of the world.
If that doesn’t make this year the best year ever, then I don’t know what does.
I also survived the 12 Challenges of 2012.
You know how there’s always those end of the year “best of” lists?
Let’s do that.
Gangnam blog style.
The Top 12 Challenges of 2012.
I know there were only 12 challenges to begin with.
They’re all tops.
1. January: The Vegan Challenge
Challenge: Eat a Vegan diet for an entire month.
Result: Still Plant Powered
2. February: Random Acts of Kindness
Challenge: Complete Four Random Acts of Kindness
Result: Dozens of people got RAK’D this year!
3. March: “Clean Eating”
Challenge: Use up as many items as possible in the freezer and pantry.
Result: Freezer burned vegetables suck 50% less than you would expect them to.
4. April: Get Your Garden On
Challenge: Get the garden ready for spring planting.
Result: I have more creepy gnomes in my yard than in a Disney fairy tale.
5. May: Get Those Greens In
Challenge: Get greens in the ground and in the body.
Result: I drank green juice. It wasn’t awful.
6. June: The Hydration Challenge
Challenge: Drink water. Eat hydrating foods. Stay hydrated while enjoying summer cocktails.
Result: I still hate drinking water.
7. July: Peach Trials
Challenge: Create a recipe for the annual peach recipe contest.
Result: I still didn’t come up with a winning recipe. Next year, blue haired, old ladies, next year.
8. August: The Gratitude Challenge
Challenge: Write down at least three things I am grateful for every day.
Result: This one actually changed my mood and my spirit for the better!
9. September: Amish Country Bike Tour
Challenge: Complete 25 miles of the Amish Country Bike Tour
Result: I got lost and peed in a stranger’s bathroom.
10. October: Recruit A Vegetarian
Challenge: Encourage at least one person to try a vegetarian diet.
Result: My friend Kristin is the bestest!
11. November: Operation Gobble Gobble
Challenge: Raise enough money to feed a family in need for Thanksgiving.
Result: I couldn’t have completed this challenge without the generosity of my coworkers. Thanks peeps!
12. December: Adopt a Senior Citizen
Challenge: Sponsor a senior citizen for Christmas.
Result: I got to do some extra shopping and a nice gentleman in a nursing home got some extra presents under the tree. We both win!
ANOTHER COMPLETELY USELESS SURVEY!
1. Favorite Challenge: The vegan challenge because a one month challenge turned into twelve! It completely transformed the way I eat and I love making vegan treats.
2. Least Favorite Challenge: The hydration challenge because I hate drinking plain water. It didn’t make me feel better, less bloated, or more, um, regular. It basically sucked.
3. Toughest Challenge: Thinking of new challenges every month.
4. What I’ve learned: I can do cool things.
If I feel like it.
4. Shameless Plug: Don’t forget to check out my RECIPAGE to find all the recipes from 2012.
5. The next challenge: I already survived the end of the world. I’m pretty sure that’s enough awesome for a while.
See you in 2013!