Take the Plunge: A Reader Lollipop Challenge

16 Sep

It is done.

At 11:40pm last night, I submitted my hopeful entry to Real Simple magazine’s 4th Annual Life Lessons Contest – just 10 minutes shy of the official deadline.

I had a heart attack at 11:00pm, when it occurred to me that I didn’t confirm which time zone the 11:50 cut off was.   I had another when I didn’t get an email confirmation of receipt within 30 seconds of my sending it.  It took 60 seconds instead.

I’m actually kind of surprised.  I mean, I know I said I’d do it.  But seriously?!  I just entered a writing contest because I have a blog where I pressure myself publicly to step outside my comfort zone.  Hey, that’s pretty cool.

So allow me to encourage you all to do something this weekend that you’ve always considered but never done.  Maybe it’s to go in a shop you’ve always wanted to check out or to try eating at a place you don’t know if you’ll like.  There could be a class to take, a part of town to check out, a person you’ve wanted to strike up conversation with… whatever your Lollipop is, give it a try.  And if you don’t have anything on the backburner, check out my “What’s Lollipop Tuesday?” page for loads of suggestions from readers like yourself.

I’m serious.  

The best part of having a blog is my readers.  I’m so interested to see what it is that you’ve never quite gotten around to or what it is that you just wish you had a little more guts for.  Make it happen for yourself this weekend.

Listen – I entered a writing contest.  And pickle went swing dancing.  Swing dancing! They throw you around and make you wear skirts and things!

So do something new.  Just a little something.  Post about it in the comment section as a statement of intent.  

If I can pole dance, reenact the Battle of Bull Run, and enter the World Pinball Championships, you can try something new too.  Believe me.  Just give it a shot and see what happens.  If it ends up a mess, you can come share it with me and we’ll both have a laugh. That’s half the fun.

Go ahead – write a comment and take the plunge. I’m so looking forward to it. 

This is you thinking of a challenge for yourself. Take your time. This post is here all day.


28 Responses to “Take the Plunge: A Reader Lollipop Challenge”

  1. misswhiplash September 16, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    That nearly gave ME heart attack. I looked at your blog, checked with the calendar, Yes, today is Friday……It is not Tuesday
    So i wondered why a Lollipop on a Friday, maybe YOU were the one who was confused!
    Then of course I read it, always a good idea

    I have been thinking of joining a Yoga class. I used to love Yoga but since I have got a lot older I cannot get back up from the floor unless I have something to lean on for support. Also I have put on a lot of weight so that does not help, but I will seriously consider the matter.
    Good post


    • pegoleg September 16, 2011 at 11:36 am #

      It’s never too late to start exercising, as long as your doctor is ok with it. Seriously – the older we get, the more we need to get going. Move it or lose it isn’t just a bumper sticker slogan. You can do it!


      • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

        YEAH! Especially yoga, P! Yoga is for eeeveryone. You just sit and breathe meditatively for the parts that are too taxing or you’re uncomfortable with 🙂 GO P!


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

      Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!

      *cheerleading suit*

      If you talk to the yoga instructor at the beginning of class (or call ahead to explain), they will be able to modify moves for you and make sure you are comfortable. Try it! 🙂


  2. egills September 16, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Um.. er.. Well I tried to watch a horror film last weekend ( I spit on your grave ) and had to turn it off… seriously I wouldn’t watch that film it’s sick.
    I’m thinking of taking up swimming again – will that count?
    Have a good weekend


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

      That will totally count if it’s something you’ve been holding back on because of fear of sucking. Or even a different horror film if you can stomach it and that’s a new experience 😉


  3. Ro September 16, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Well, tonight I’m trying a new restaurant. Authentic German food, straight from the hard working hands of an immigrant. That’s kind of cool, eh? And come tomorrow I hope to be making funnel cakes. (Which, to be fair, I’ve done before. But only in small incriments and supervised. I think I managed to prove myself last year, so I’m hoping I won’t need my hand held this time around.) And on Monday I’ll be celebrating my boyfriend’s 29th birthday. Which, you know, will be a first. He’s never turned 29 before.


    • Lori L September 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Mmmmmm….german food. My fav is the schnitzel – jaeger style. And please try the red cabbage or at the very least their homemade sauerkraut!


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

      well the birthday doesn’t count, Ro. Not at all. But we can take the others. They’ll work.

      Maybe seek something out for next weekend though. These appear to have already been on your to-do list, which takes away the frightening shock I was hoping for 😛


  4. Jules September 16, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I’ve had so many opportunities to ask this girl out but, when the opportunity knocked, I didn’t take advantage of it. This is me sacking up. I’ll do it already.


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      No way. Seriously?! That’s epic, Jules. Good luck 😀


  5. Lian September 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I really want to help you out here, I do, but this weekend it’s gonna me be against furniture stores. Spending crazy amounts of money on a couch, a bed and other stuff of that sort. Never done it before but I guess that doesn’t count for a lollipop Tuesday?


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      hmm… I don’t know if it meets the requirements, but I suppose I’ve never really set any official requirements. Try to think of something tiny you can squeeze in. Or – there’s always next weekend / your whole life 😉


  6. Lori L September 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Man the world is a funny place. I’m running my 1st 5k this weekend! Don’t worry, this wasn’t a spur of the moment decision….i’ve been training. I’m a little nervous cuz I just heard this course has a lot of hills. But, I already knew I’d have to walk a little, and if I walk up a big ole hill I won’t feel so bad.

    I saw that contest in the Real Simple magazine…good luck to you…i’m rooting for ya!


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

      How exciting for you!!! Good luck – please tell me how it goes 🙂

      Also- I LOVE Real Simple. Love it. It’s one of the only magazines out there that isn’t (for the most part) just spewing a bunch of trash.

      Hate the etiquette section. Almost never agree with her.


  7. pickle September 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks for the shoutout Jackie!! 🙂 In the newspaper I saw an announcement for a meditation class at the local Buddhist temple and I totally wanted to do it, but alas I lost the times/address so now I am stuck trying to meditatate without any training…I have always wanted to get a bumper sticker that says “Be kind, rewind.” on it. Bumper sticker Lollipop Weekend? I think so.


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

      Gooooogle it! Or yes, there are lots of little meditation things you can do/look up/find/buy. Or the bumper sticker counts if you don’t have one already and you drive around all day proudly sporting it 😉


  8. Lian September 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I guess I found my something tiny to sqeeze in, getting uo at 5:30 on a saturday to go furniture shopping… I must be completely out of my mind. That, and still half asleep. I better find something great out there!


    • Jackie September 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      Oh holy cow, Lian. When you said furniture shopping all weekend, I didn’t know you meant from the freaking crack of dawn until you die at night from exhaustion. Good luck to you friend – I hope you fall in love instantly with something lovely, affordable, and able to compact into the size of your hand for easy moving 😉


  9. Lian September 17, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Thanks for your support! Time to leave now… I’ll et you when I found something of that sort 😉


  10. Flossie September 17, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    My challenges are always of the physical kind because I hate physical activity so much. I am currently attending boot camp classes, which is pretty awful but I am determined to stick it out!

    Next challenge will be white water rafting, we have the Olympic site just up the road so no excuse!


    • Jackie September 17, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Oh man – boot camp classes. Eek. Grats to you! I did a 3-week P90X stint once because of a Lollipop Tuesday attempt and lemme tell ya – I hated every single second of that crap.

      White water rafting! I should try to fit that in before it gets too cold 😉


  11. egills September 17, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    OK I changed my mind, swimming isn’t enough of a challenge ( finding the time to go between taking various kids everywhere is the challenge ).
    SO… I challenged myself to get up at 5am this morning and tomorrow so I can watch the Rugby World Cup….. 1 day done let’s see if I make it tomorrow – can I go to bed now please?


    • Jackie September 17, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      Very nice. Yes – sleep. 😛


      • egills September 19, 2011 at 4:42 am #

        I did it, 4.30am start yesterday – next weekend it’s 6.30am starts so much more acceptable… just glad my boss is a rugby head too ( Monday mornings are bad enough without feeling so tired! ).


  12. Missjlouise September 20, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I booked my theory test!

    I’m scared to death of driving but I booked my theory and I will pass in 2 months. Then I will re attempt my practical lessons.

    The last lesson I had I was driving down a dual carriage way and heading towards a round about all I heard the instructor say was “right” and “roundabout”. What he actually said was keep right then go round the roundabout….. 😦 I though

    I would take a break after that incident that was 2 years ago.

    But here I go again…


    • Jackie September 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      ooooooh this is exciting. So exciting. Let me know how it goes!!


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