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
So this isn’t happening, and it isn’t going to. We had an offer accepted on a house, but it fell through. Long story short, it wasn’t the right house or choice for us and if you peek ahead to no.30 on the list this may give you a clue as to why.
I’m wondering whether I should get rid of this completely and pick a new thing, seeing as I now don’t plan on completing this before 30…. Thoughts?
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
Work in progress! I should hopefully find out about this in the new year. I’m not going to jinx it by saying anything further…
4. Master gluten free doughnuts
As soon as I’m home for a weekend, this is getting tried again. We don’t speak about attempt one.
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
Uh yeah I haven’t started this yet :/
7. Travel to the USA, specifically NYC, Seattle and/or Chicago
I’m in the process of planning this! Currently aiming to go to NYC in June to celebrate my actual 30th (so this occurs after I turn 30 but I’m bending the rules on this one) and then to Seattle in September for a cruise up to Alaska. I’m pretty darn excited.
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)
Seeing as numero uno isn’t happening, I’m wondering whether to cross this off as well. As much as I’m absolutely dying to get a small fluffy thing, I’m just not home enough and it wouldn’t be fair on the poor thing. Also our landlord says no, so there’s that.
10. Quit Facebook properly
Done, and I couldn’t be happier about it. PSA: in order to delete the account of a deceased person, Facebook requires a copy of their death certificate. That means Facebook will have on file exactly when, where, how and why you died. If you’re not comfortable with a large corporation knowing that about you (or your friends/family having to submit that information), I’d encourage you to consider how much you really need that account.
11. Tell my friends about my blog (eeek)
Er no. Still not done. I’m not sure why I’m finding this so hard, but I like having a space that’s just mine that I don’t have to worry about who is reading and what they might think.
12. Make new friends in our new town
By which I mean the kind of friends you can call up and say hey, what are you doing this evening, I’m bored, fancy hanging out? And I think I’m getting there! I feel like these things can’t be rushed, but I think there’s a few people who I could do this with.
13. Go for a month with no technology after 8pm
Ha nope. Maybe when life settles down a bit after Christmas and if I’m not on a project for a while.
14. Sort out my dang shoulder
Another big nope. I tried, but the NHS is being it’s usual dysfunctional self and I appear to have fallen off a list somewhere.
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
I already have everyone in my family who can donate blood all signed up, so maybe I can put this one over to you dear reader? To save you the sob story; donated blood saved my life but unfortunately, having had a transfusion or two I’m now unable to donate myself. So if you are able, please would you consider donating blood?
17. Complete a photo-a-day challenge for a month
I’ve tried an insta challenge or two and I always crash out around day 13. I’m going to do this one day, I swear!
18. Start a memory jar
No and I’d completely forgotten this was on here. What a great idea. I might just do this!
19. Go to the V&A Museum
Nope! But I think it would be a fantastic place to visit over the Christmas hols.
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
Basically yes, although the competent part is debatable.
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
Basically no. But I’m still keen. I just need that free weekend that I keep going on about…
26. Get contact lenses and learn how to use them properly without freaking out
Argh no. Eyeballs yuck.
27. Transcribe FPM’s travel diaries and try to recreate his photos in the present day
28. Get a suit made for me
Yes! To be honest it was kind of a weird experience. I’m not sure I loved it.
29. Take a hands on course, like floristry, hairdressing, or upholstery
No, but I’ve found the list from my local college and am now trying to fit one around my travels etc.
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?