November Challenge Roundup

January 18, 2013, In: personal experiments

I know it’s really late, but here’s how my November no swearing challenge finished. The final count on the swear jar ended with $18.50. Yikes! It was only $2.50 after the first week. I attribute that to spending that week with family. When I’m at home, I have a much harder time reigning it in.

As one of my friends pointed out – we are around people that swear a lot. Our daily lives are spent with people who are building businesses and are passionate about what they are doing. Creating something (like a thriving business) is REALLY HARD WORK and I see where it does some good to let off steam every once in a while.

Of course, I know there are more constructive ways to let off this steam, but sometimes it’s not that easy. However, I did this challenge knowing that I was pregnant. When the little one gets here, I really do not want to have a potty mouth!

This challenge helped me see where some of my weaknesses and triggers are – driving can definitely make me a little crazy sometimes! That awareness will help me reel it in when I need to.

In the meantime, I will be donating the $18.50 to the University of Iowa Foundation. My family raises money every year for melanoma research in honor of my late father-in-law. For more information about what we are doing, you can visit our website –

It’s exciting to see all of the progress being made through the University of Iowa Foundation and the new Midwest Melanoma Partnership. Steve’s doctor, Dr. Mohammed Milhem, was instrumental in forming this partnership so that doctors across the Midwest can share research in order to collectively fight melanoma faster. We are hopeful there will be better medicinal solutions soon and someday maybe even a cure for this dreadful disease.

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