Is it bad that I had to go back to the page to remind myself of my targets? Yeah so as you can tell things are going really well…..To give you all fair warning, this is going to be a text-heavy, picture-sparse post containing a lot of rambling about life in general. If that’s not your thing, I’m not at all offended if you move right along.
1. Buy a house
2. Visit Angkor Wat
Done! See posts here. This trip comes in at one of my top two trips of all time, tied with the time S and visited Australia, got engaged, drove a camper van up the coast of WA and an itty bitty hire car across the wilds of Tassie.
3. Get promoted to Senior Consultant
4. Master gluten free doughnuts
5. Join an orchestra/ensemble with Ned
I’m absolutely terrified of this, therefore have only made small attempts to find an orchestra at about my level, which is middling-to-fair. But I really do want to do this, not least because I know it would have made my Dad really happy. Oh, and Ned is my cello in case you were wondering.
6. Earn my professional development qualification level 4
7. Travel to the USA, specifically NYC, Seattle and/or Chicago
8. Master gluten free eclairs
See above re: doughnuts… Although I have had a passable first attempt. This picture is slightly misleading – this half of the eclair looks fine, but the other half (subtly cropped out of the picture) is all sunken and sad.
9. Get our first pet, which will most likely be a rescue cat (this depends on numero uno up there)
10. Quit Facebook properly
11. Tell my friends about my blog (eeek)
12. Make new friends in our new town
13. Go for a month with no technology after 8pm
14. Sort out my dang shoulder
15. Read (or listen to) 52 books in 52 weeks
(Taken from last month’s book roundup)
I’ve read 21 books in 24 weeks, so I have some catching up to do but it’s not unobtainable. I’m really enjoying this challenge, and discovering a great book reading community via Steph and Jana’s link up.
16. Encourage someone new to donate blood
17. Complete a photo-a-day challenge for a month
18. Start a memory jar
19. Go to the V&A Museum
20. Find an exercise regime that works for me, and then stick to it
Big fat no. Quite literally. I could make excuses about being away a lot but I think that would be fairly transparent. I need to focus on this.
21. Have S and my pictures taken professionally, for no particular reason
I haven’t done this, and have some significant work to do on convincing S this is a good idea. He is currently sceptical, to put it mildly.
22. Join a book club with strangers
No; again I’m not around very much during the week which is when these things tend to occur. I’ll look again in the new year though, just in case.
23. Make our wedding photo album (it’s only been 5 years…)
Oh man. No. This will be an activity for the Christmas holidays I reckon.
24. Get my own camera and learn how to use it competently, instead of half-assing around with S’s posh camera
25. Learn how to edit video clips into nice short films, and then use my new skills to make memento videos for trips, travel etc
26. Get contact lenses and learn how to use them properly without freaking out
27. Transcribe FPM’s travel diaries and try to recreate his photos in the present day
28. Get a suit made for me
29. Take a hands on course, like floristry, hairdressing, or upholstery
30. Finally, the biggie. Figure out whether to go and live in Australia or not. And then do it.
I’m making inroads with this one, you guys. It’s pretty huge.
So all in all I’ve done 7 out of 30. Or 8, if you go and donate blood….! There are two that I reckon I’ll just cross off, and 3 in progress. That’s pretty bad, isn’t it?
Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for the next 6 months.
Have you done a X before X challenge? How did you find it?