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My “bucket list by 40” update

A year ago, I made a declaration on this blog. I had recently turned 39, and announced that I would start living my bucket list. That by the time I turned 40, I would have done 6 of the items that were on it. So, now that I am 40, the big question is… have I made them happen?

  1. Ride in a hot air balloon

    This was more difficult to get booked on than I anticipated. Partly due to the fact that I wanted to purchase it completely using Nectar points (free balloon flight, hurrah!) and partly because you’re at the mercy of the weather. But I am finally booked on a balloon in early October, so I’m keeping everything firmly crossed that it doesn’t get postponed!

  2. Fit into my new Ted Baker bikini

    The first one on my list that I can proudly say I have achieved. Three months ago, with my summer holiday looming, I started going to the gym twice a week, without fail, with a personal trainer. Who I totally credit with getting me this far. I always hated the gym before. I had joined a couple in the past but never really made it beyond that initial burst of enthusiasm. I couldn’t ever seem to motivate myself, and reluctantly thought that I was just the kind of person who couldn’t build muscle. But my personal trainer has kept me on my toes, pushed me harder than I thought I could go, and I have found myself walking away from sessions and already looking forward to the next one! In the process, I have proved to myself that it was my lack of direction and hard work that caused me to fail in the past. And by having a personal trainer, he has been that for me. I’m definitely not giving up now that I’ve got this far. In fact, I’m realising that it’s more about a lifestyle change than a fix for the summer. It’s not about fitting into a bikini. It’s about having a fit and healthy body and lifestyle for life.

  3. My bucket list - running 5k

    Not the most flattering photograph, but at least I was running! Copyright The Muscle Help Foundation.

    Run a 10k

    I ran a 5k in July, and during my post-run endorphin high, I promptly went online to find a 10k that I could enter. Which is happening at the start of next month. So again, while I have missed the target of my 40th birthday, I have put everything in place to make it happen in a few weeks time. And unlike my 5k, I’ve actually got a training plan for it!

  4. Learn how to make sushi

    I have always loved fish. Not seafood so much, and not particularly raw fish. But cooked fish and rice. Yum. And learning this new skill is bound to be a bit of a wow factor at dinner parties. But it’s been another one of those things where it’s been a bit of a challenge to get the dates to work with my diary. Especially after the first course I wanted to go on then got cancelled. But I have now found another course I’m going to take in the new year, and I’m very much looking forward to this.

  5. Pay off all my debt

    My recent house move was a part of my plan to eliminate all my debt (besides my mortgage). I want to reduce as much stress and unnecessary clutter from my life and a large chunk of this comes from debt reduction. Over the past year, I have worked hard and clearly towards this goal and managed to clear about 85% of it. I plan to pay off the outstanding amount with some hard work and ingenious thinking over the coming 12 months. Even getting this far has been a huge weight off my shoulders.

  6. MonacoVisit Monaco

    Yay! Another one I have achieved. While I was on holiday in the south of France at the end of August, we took a boat trip to the principality and spent the day there people watching and dreaming of our future yacht being moored in the harbour… But we also felt slightly disappointed that we didn’t get to go to Monte Carlo itself. So we have booked ourself a trip back there. Next time, it’s all high class and cocktails!

So, depending on how you look at it, I either failed terribly (I actually only achieved 2 out of the six items that I wanted to before the deadline set) or, the way I prefer to see it, I got up off the sofa and started doing things with my life. It’s surprised me (although perhaps shouldn’t have) how even just simple “adventures” make you feel so much happier, like you’re doing things with your life. Many of my friends are very impressed with me running 5k, or jealous of my trip in a hot air balloon, yet they are both so easy and simple to do that almost anyone could (especially so with Nectar points!) I feel ready to take a look through my bucket list for some slightly more difficult challenges to accomplish during the coming year.

So what things are you going to tick off your bucket list this year? I’d love to hear your ideas (and may just “steal” some of the good ones!)


9 September 2013

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  1. Fenne says:

    At this moment, I don’t have a bucket list, but I do have a list of projects that I want to do before I get 30.
    Some are challenging, some just things for fun, but the main goal is to keep trying new things and let them inspire me.

  2. Keep trying new things and let them inspire me is a great philosophy to live by. I guess ultimately, that’s what mine are too. I hope you’re enjoying them!

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