My 2016 bucket list – the title says it all really, here’s my list of everything I am hoping to do and achieve in 2016. A new year is always a little exciting with 365 (or 366 this year!) days of possibilities and chances to have fun.
I won’t bore you with list items such as ‘I will have XXXXX amount of followers on this type of social media by the end of the year’, although obviously being a blogger one of my aims will be to grow my following online ;)
Here goes though, my 2016 bucket list, wish me luck lovely people!
Write something that makes a difference to someone – That sounds so cheesy I know but I have had parents of children who have been diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes in the last year, message me to tell me I have made them feel a bit less alone and lost with it all and that means a lot to me. **I wrote posts in 2016 that people emailed me about again, but I’m especially proud of my 400,000 Steps for Type 1 Diabetes post as it was a challenge where I raised money for Type 1 Diabetes research**
Finish off my blog design tweaks – I have made a few changes to my blog recently, which I love but there are a few bits I need to tweak still especially my very messy sidebar. I am learning more technical and design bits all the time.
Raise more money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) – Fin and Harley started some fundraising last year with our help, and they both did a Beanboozled challenge for charity. We want to do more of these types of challenges and raise more money for a cause that is close to our hearts.
Have a night away overnight child free with Si – We didn’t manage to do that last year unfortunately. **We stayed at the Moorland Garden Hotel just the two of us and it was wonderful**
Watch ballet – Ballet is just beautiful, and I would love to watch some this year. Simon did once surprise me with tickets to see the amazing Guangdong acrobatic troupe, who do acrobatics mixed in with ballet and it was absolutely brilliant. If you ever see their performances advertised, I’d snap the tickets up. I would love to watch some straightforward ballet this year at some point though. **Failed on this one**
Reach my target weight and get in to all my 47 reasons clothes – I feel such a cliché adding weight loss to this list, but fitness and being healthier is one of my big goals this year. **Erm FAIL**
Have a spa day – I have never actually had a single spa treatment, I even very rarely go to the hairdresser, so a treat of a spa day at some point would be amazing. **Fail**
Visit Brown Willy – Stop giggling, it’s a real place in Cornwall on Bodmin Moor and lovely for a long walk across the moors apparently, I’ve never been but Si is really keen to go. It’s the highest point in Cornwall and is actually a hill, so I suspect it’ll be good exercise! **Fail**
Have more date nights and days – Time together as a couple is really important I think, and I love getting Si to myself for a day or evening out sometimes as much as we do love the boys. **Done**
Learn to cook a lot more meals – I am not a natural chef at all and I didn’t learn how to cook much at all before I left home and I have picked up several dishes I am good at over the years but I want to experiment more and get better at cooking. I would love to do some sort of course, but I have no idea how I’d ever find the time. **Fail**
Get more organised in my blogging – I am determined to actually have posts scheduled ready to go, and be able to have more time off for family time.
Swap bedrooms with the boys and redecorate – Si is currently working on building new concrete sheds outside, which he wants to finish before we start doing anything indoors, but we do want to swap rooms with the boys and decorate both rooms. I would love to do that this year, and do the repainting that is needed in some other rooms of the house.
I’m sure eventually we’ll be able to say the house is finished… **The plans changed, but all of the bedrooms are pretty much finished**
Build my camera skills – I live in such a beautiful place, I want to get out with my camera more this year and also get better at the indoor photos for my blog, as I struggle with some aspects of this. I also want to do more YouTubing and learn some editing skills, as I am pretty clueless on that side of it. **My camera work has improved so much**
Build up to running again – Fitness will be a big focus for me this year. I’ve had back and hip issues for almost two years now, which have meant that I haven’t had many days in that time without a bit of pain, and many with a whole lot of pain. I need to firstly strengthen my back, and then build back up to running like I used to.
Grow my hair out – I’m already wondering if I can stand this one, but I have so much old dye in my hair that before I get it coloured to a lighter more natural colour, I think I’m going to have to be brave and let it grow out. I think I’ll be wearing my hair up a lot this year or risking a session with some colour stripper.
Stay in something different – We have stayed in pods before, and a lighthouse keeper’s cottage, but this year I would love to try something a bit different. I don’t even know what yet, but finances depending I’d love to stay in something a bit quirky or different. **A bit late in 2017 but we stayed in a safari tent at Crealy.**
Swear less in the car – My boys have told me I HAVE to add this one, the cheek! **Oops fail**
Tell the boys I love them every day – This one is a bit of a cheat, as I’m pretty sure I have said it to them every day since they were born. **SUCCESS**
Mostly though – laugh and smile a lot, have quality family time with the people that I love and have fun!