So the first one started with tomato juice. And this one starts with…well I guess you could say this one is starting with failure.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Boy, she hasn’t even started the new challenge yet and she’s already talking about failure! This is going to be good!”
Wait – stop right there. Did you just say “new challenge”? Oh dear God.
That’s right, MNM has a brand new challenge that will brighten your day, engage your brain, delight your senses and tickle your funny bone. This could be the most sensational, the most extraordinary…wait, I tried that the last time, and it didn’t do any good.
So my first challenge, Mother Nature’s Maid, proved to be more difficult, more time-consuming, more excruciating, and way greasier than I had envisioned. (Keep in mind that I had envisioned myself cabin-living in the middle of the woods, eating nuts and berries, communing with nature, making my own yarn, taking in stray wildlife and not using soap…) My original plan had been to include makeup in with all the other products I made by hand, but while I was floundering with dog slobber bodywash and dry shampoo, makeup went by the wayside.
Not for long! MNM is back with Maid Up, a new challenge to give up all the products in my makeup bag and exchange them for homemade, natural alternatives. The challenge (theoretically) began March 1 and will run through June 7, a span of 3 months, during which time I will produce viable alternatives for eight makeup products:
- March 1 – March 15: Makeup Remover
- March 16 – March 29: Concealer
- March 30 – April 12: Foundation
- April 13 – April 26: Eye Liner
- April 27 – May 10: Eye Shadow
- May 11 – May 24: Mascara
- May 25 – June 7: Lip Gloss / Lipstick
Naturally I’ve got some questions for myself. (Luckily, I came up with some fairly thoughtful responses.) Do I think I’ll be able to finish all the products this time? Absolutely – notice I gave myself two weeks per product…obviously I learned something from my first challenge. But won’t it be virtually impossible to make alternatives to eye liner and mascara? Probably, but I like to embarrass myself with virtually impossible challenges. And aren’t I worried about contracting some little-known face fungus and doing permanent damage? Well, it can’t be any worse than the face I have now….
But, most importantly…why in the world would I take on a new challenge with all the failures of the first one still so fresh in my brain? I said I wasn’t afraid of a challenge. I never said I wasn’t stupid.