10 Minutes More (and a Chance to Win a Prize!)

New Year 1950

After swimming a couple of months ago, I was showering next to two people (don’t worry, this post isn’t going in THAT sort of direction, I’m just setting the scene). The guy was in his 60s I guess, and he was chatting to a woman.

(I’ll get to the prize thing in a minute, stay with me).

She asked him if he still swam for an hour every day, and he replied that he now swims for an hour and 10 minutes every day. He went on to tell her that he had made a decision in his life a while back to give everything an extra 10 minutes. “If I can swim for an hour, I can swim for an hour and 10 minutes right?” he said, “If I can work in my garden for two hours then I can do it for two hours and 10 minutes. If I can do my paperwork for half an hour then I can do it for 40 minutes, see?” He explained that giving everything just that little bit more time, pushing himself just that little bit more, made him feel generally more satisfied with himself and with what he was achieving.

As we head towards the end of 2015, many people will be thinking of new year’s resolutions. We all know that most new year’s resolutions are likely to be abandoned before January is out, but that doesn’t stop many of us setting some anyway. What that man in the shower said has stayed with me, and my resolution therefore is going to be to give things 10 minutes more. It doesn’t always have to be a literal 10 minutes of course, it’s about giving things just a little bit more effort, a little bit more focus, a little bit more time. Generally when we think we’re done, we could probably give it just a little bit more. All those little bits should add up to a lot right?

So that’s my sensible, but not very exciting resolution. My other resolution is to do more silly frivolous fun things, just because. So here is where the prize thing comes in. I’m giving away a £10 (or your equivalent, e.g. $15 US), Amazon gift certificate. All you have to do is suggest something fun or silly I can do, if it’s challenging then so much the better. It does need to be something that I can practically do and that I can evidence having done with a photo or video on the blog. Anyone who suggests something in the comments will go into the random drawing for the prize, your suggestion doesn’t have to be a good one to be in with a chance of winning. Additionally I will aim to do as many of the suggestions as I can over the year.

You have until 15 January to enter. I’m giving quite a long time because some people are away from the blogs until the new year, so I’ll post a reminder at some point. And Happy New Year to you all!

photo credit: 78/100: Drink via photopin (license)


68 responses to “10 Minutes More (and a Chance to Win a Prize!)

  1. Dress up like Professor McGonagal (spelling?) from Harry Potter and ride the subway (is that what you call it in jolly old England?). You could even brush your teeth in costume, although if you’re like me, people might think you’re rabid and foaming at the mouth.

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  2. Film a remake of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”–you know you want to channel that 80s girl inside…

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  3. I’m more about the motivation behind the fellow’s statement. I think it’s a wonderful outlook.

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  4. Country line dancing! It would be a more challenge for me, though probably not for you. Either way, I’d love to see a video of you doing it! That old man’s advice is terrific. Thank you for sharing that with all of us.

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  5. I love Charissa’s idea!! that would be so much fun. 🙂

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  6. I’m going to strive to dance with someone at least once per day. I don’t dance particularly well, nor am I surrounded by music, so this could be interesting.

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  7. I love that concept of giving ten minutes more, whether literal or figurative. And I also love the idea of you doing something silly and recording it for your blog. Of course, that means I have to think of something. Hmm, maybe you should record yourself counting down the last ten seconds to New Year’s wearing a ridiculous hat, then do a celebratory tuck jump when the clock strikes midnight. I think all your blog followers would enjoy seeing that!

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  8. You have inspired me greatly (or the fellow in the shower has) regarding going for 10 minutes more in all we do. I am adding that to my new year’s resolution. Since I don’t have any other New Year’s resolutions yet, it may be my only one. :-0 Hmmm, what should you do? Get your joy up. I do that by either meditating (and I’ll add 10 min to that each day), or dancing. Usually I follow my NIA teacher, but sometimes I just dance my joy out – alone. That’s what I propose for you. Dance to a great tune (my suggestion?Brick House by the Commodores -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5EmnQp3V48). Ohhh, this will be GREAT!!! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  9. Vanessa I love this post! I think I recall you saying you had a place you could try Flyboarding near where you live. It was one of the things we did this year as you know and made me feel like a teenager. That’s my suggestion and I have a hundred more if you like. 🙂


  10. What a great idea. Something that should be really easy to do and so not too daunting for a lazy git like me 🙂

    I was thinking you could vlog a Victoria Wood style skit on the importance of recycling or maybe apply to be on the Great British Bake Off.

    Either way, have a great 2016 🙂

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    • Oh I like the Victoria Wood style skit idea, I used to be a big fan of hers! Ok, I’ll work on that one. I did actually apply to the last series of the Great British Bake Off, the application form was very long and comprehensive, I got through the first round (the form!), and got a telephone interview (I’m not sure how many get picked for a phone interview, but I’m guessing not that many because it was a long phone interview), but then I didn’t get further than that so obviously I wasn’t entertaining or knowledgeable enough on the phone. My baking skills aren’t really up to that level though, plus I don’t like people watching me cooking so that’s a bit of a flaw in the plan! So I won’t be applying again this year. I won’t say never again though, depends how long it carries on for and how much I can improve my baking skills and confidence!


      • Well done for applying and getting as far as a second round. I downloaded the form once before realising that I don’t have the wide knowledge of well baking required. I make a mean Millionaires slice but that wears thin during bread week! “So for bread week you’ve made Millionaires slice, again.”


        • Yes, that’s what it’s like for me, I have a few things that I can make well but I can’t do the range of things required, I can’t do fancy piping for instance. And it’s ok with the things that can be practiced ahead of time but I think I’d be really stuck on the challenge bit where it’s something they’ve generally never made before!


  11. To combine your interests in writing and connecting with people I suggest that you compose a letter to a famous person. It should be interesting enough for you to receive an answer.

    Then mail it!

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  12. Now this is a great thing to do! Even I can add 10 minutes to what I’m doing. Well, except for sitting around. I do way too much of that! LOL
    As for what you can do? Oh man, you really made me think! I thought about you doing a skit, then saw that was taken. So I had to think of something else for you to do.

    How about a question and answer video? But with a twist! Every question you answer has to be done in mime form. You can read the question, then answer in mime. Sort of an off the wall charades! I know, I’m bad. 😉


  13. What a great idea! Hmmm, what can I suggest you do? Of course it would have to be something I am WAY to chicken to do myself.

    How about pretend you’re living in a musical and give all of your answers in dramatic song, with the occasional dance step thrown in? I would allow you to just do it for a small amount of time when hanging out with friends, if that would help.

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  15. Last year you ran a contest and the prize was a poem you wrote for the winner. More of that, please! I thought it was great fun. And I’d take a poem over a gift card any day.

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    • Yeah, I agree a gift card is a bit of an unimaginative prize, and as soon as I’d posted it I thought of a better more fun prize, but it was too late once I’d published it, but I’ll save that idea for a future contest!


      • That went horribly wrong. I wasn’t disparaging your prize and I’m sorry it came off that way. I just love the poem idea more. You’re generous to offer anything at all!


        • Oh no, don’t worry, I didn’t take it badly! It’s just as I had already thought of a more fun prize after posting, you reinforced that thought in my mind without realising it!. Sorry if I made it seem like I thought you were being disparaging…this is confusing now! All’s fine anyway!


  16. Write me a poem for my birthday, then make a video of you reading it to me with your best imitation Queen Elizabeth (including dress).

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  17. Ooh, I dig this!

    Film an ebullient travelogue showing off all the exotic tourist attractions that can be found on your street. Bonus points for interviewing unsuspecting passersby.

    A colander hat is optional.

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  18. If you don’t have a dog of your own, borrow one from a friend and position yourself in a busy park. Proceed to have a very serious and lengthy conversation with the dog. Bring other people into it and just behave as if you understand everything the dog is saying.

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