I am very pleased with myself for having finished my Challenge, despite some things not going to plan, and others having to be substituted at the last minute!
Things that worked well seemed to be 'trying things out' - making the corset, trying tablet weaving, bookbinding and so on.
What didn't seem to work so well was anything which required a major investment of time (and willpower!) longer term... the money diet didn't really happen, neither did the actual diet. Surprisingly, neither did watching 5 must-see movies; we're apparently useless at sitting down to watch a film!
One thing I have learned about myself from doing this Challenge is that I love trying things out, even if I then don't feel inclined to pursue them any further. For instance, rock-climbing and tablet weaving are things I'm glad I've tried, but won't continue. Corset making however, I will do again, and I'll probably try spinning again at some point. I'll definitely go on another tour of the Victoria Tunnel, and I might even become a tour guide for it!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my Challenge, and in particular, I have enjoyed the variety that the 'scatter-gun' approach has given to it. Therefore, I will be doing a new Challenge, starting after my birthday. Since 40 things was rather a lot, I intend to try 20 new things in my 40th year, so the new Challenge is going to be called 20in40!
This means that I will continue to try new crafts like woodworking, blacksmithing and stained-glass making, as well as hopefully doing some of the things which I could not manage this year (horseriding on the beach, side-saddle riding, and so on).
The final round-up of what I achieved:
1 Thames river cruise (18th April 2012)
2 Visit Stonehenge (17th April 2012)
3 See the Northern Lights (2nd March 2012)
4 Visit Thackray museum in Leeds (12th November 2011)
5 Have a Belly dancing lesson (8th January 2012)
6 Do a day of Falconry (24th April 2012)
7 Handbell ringing (16th December 2011)
8 1:1 Barre class (3rd November 2011)
9 Hold a tarantula (25 February12)
10 Try at least 5 new foods (Finished March 2012)
11 Do something completely spontaneous (Shoeshine) (26th October 2011)
12 Rode the Brighton Wheel (26th October 2011)
13 Visit Mother Shipton's Cave (5th June)
14 Visited parts of Yorkshire Sculpture Park I hadn't been to before. (4th June)
15 Tried Lavender & Lemon Scones (5th June)
16 Visit Lindisfarne (7th June 2012)
17 Go to the Hoppings (26th June 2012)
18 Thai Food (11th June 2012)
19 Read at least 3 classics (20th July 2012)
20 Make a corset (Finished 3rd July 2012)
21 Hold a tortoise (6th July 2012)
22 Wear more colours (ongoing!)
23 Visit the Lit & Phil (23rd July 2012)
24 Try at least 3 new bands (26th July 2012)
25 Rock climbing (2nd August 2012)
26 Learn to use a Spinning Wheel (7th August 2012)
27 Money-diet for a month (July 2012)
28 Tour the Victoria Tunnel (23rd August 2012)
29 Have a 4-hand massage (17th August)
30 Colourful plants in garden (September)
31 Settle Down cafe & Sugar Down bakery (August sometime!)
32 Mariner 9 exhibition (18th August)
33 Make a leather masquerade mask (3rd September 2012)
34 Bind a book (4th September 2012)
35 Tablet weaving (3rd September 2012)
36 See a film I wouldn't normally watch (Verhängnis) (8th March 2012)
37 Drop casting silver (June/July 2012)
38 Face Painted. (21st September 2012)39 Take a tour of St Mary's Close (22nd September 2012)
40 Spend a night in the Library room at the Witchery (22nd September 2012)