If I wanted to do something I just got on and did it, but during my 40's my attitude seems to have shifted to 'ah manyana' tomorrow is soon enough for me. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, more tired or a just a bit jaded, but whatever it is, it's been holding me back, making me unsure about things and denting my confidence so I've been dithering rather than just getting on with it. I feel like I need to kick start myself back into being the confident person I was, getting out there and enjoying life, trying new things and just being me!
Okay so how am I going to kick start myself, chatting away to my daughter on a lovely long walk yesterday I pondered what I needed to do to change things, knowing it had to be something different, and before I could think too much about it, or find an excuse not to do it, I said to her "right I'm going to think of 50 things to do before I get to 50". Her response was "go for it Mam"! - okay now it's too late to take that back! so now I've just got to get on with it.
Last night I sat down, pondered, dithered, and blunted my pencil creating a list of 50 things I wanted to do in the next 12 months so I when I reach the big 50 I've got there, living for the moment, with no what if''s, no but's and definitely no regrets.
My list is a mixture of long and short term goals, some need planning and some are just get on and do it! some are just everyday things, some are exciting and some just plain scary, but this time next year I will be doing both number 1 and number 50 on my list at the same time, celebrating my 50th Birthday in Cornwall having completed all the other's in between.
You'll notice that number 4 on my list is to keep a blog of how I'm doing over the next year, soI'll be posting updates on how I get on regularly.
|1. Visit Cornwall|
|2. Paint something big at least A3|
|3. Lose 25lbs|
|4. Keep up my blog with progress on my list|
|5. Reach 700 followers on Twitter|
|6. Reach 500 likers on Facebook|
|7. Reach 300 sales on Folksy|
|8. Try a new art style|
|9. Have my hair cut short|
|10. Learn a new craft|
|11. Learn to use my camera properly|
|12. De-junk my wardrobe|
|13. Make our New York scrapbook|
|14. Make our Wedding Album|
|15. Make our Egypt scrapbook|
|16. Learn to ride a bike|
|17. Eat lobster|
|18. Go to an opera|
|19. Go to a ballet|
|20. Go to an art workshop|
|21. Get a manicure|
|22. Write a short story|
|23. Enter a competition|
|24. Sort out our photos|
|25. Walk up the Garth