The Popping Bottle Challenge is my version of a weekly gratitude journal. Many self-improvement books that I have read in the past have challenged its readers to start a gratitude journal of some sort to document what they were thankful for in their life. Well I thought I would spruce of this idea up a bit and pop a bottle of champagne in honor of being thankful for something in my life on a weekly basis. I chose champagne for two reasons, one I am a budding wine enthusiast so this is a way to explore wine, specifically sparkling wine. Secondly, I associate champagne with fun and special occasions. I figured that toasting to the good things in my life should be a special occasion. This challenge has given me something else to look forward to during the week and has given me a great exercise in being thankful, for both the big and small things that happen in my life. At the end of the year, I would have tried at least 52 different types of champagne and have a journal of 52 things/situations that I was grateful for in 2014. I challenge everyone to start his or her own gratitude journal of some sort; it really is a life changing experience.