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December 21st – A Life Review

Dec 21st

There is a plan… kind of

While you would be forgiven for not actually noticing, there is a theme running through my blog -and I don’t mean Christmas, that is a December thing! The whole point of my starting the blog, and then not bothering with it, and then starting it back up again in September was to document my having moved past my ‘mid-life crisis’ phase, where I returned to college, developed a K-pop addiction and got into learning Japanese, and to make me focus on where I am now aiming; mainly towards Japan, but there are a number of steps before I can do that.

As today is the last day before I get into proper holiday mode – what with a weekend, a ‘barely there’ day on Christmas eve and then two days off, I thought I would get a bit serious… And possibly not particularly Christmassy.

Back in the day, the day being a Wednesday – 13th January 2016 if you want to be pedantic – I received, via the wonders of Amazon, my Midori Travellers Notebook, having previously joined lots of groups to find out more about Bullet Journals and the layouts that can be used in them and deciding it was the planner for me . One of the ideas that was bandied about was a ’30 things to do by thirty’ – I was too old for this and fast approaching 40, so decided to try and do 40 things by 40. One of the things on the list was to make a YouTube video, which I did- and have continued to do every Monday since. Other things were on the list, including visit Japan, and learn Japanese. Having done both of these things I made a decision that I wanted to live there – even if it was for just a year, to try it. I have been pottering away, slowly ticking things off, here and there, but I am now at a point that I realise that I will need to be more focused and actually plan out what it is I need to do – in my handy planner, of course.

I have recently watched a video in which someone discussed Warren Buffet and how he had advised someone to list the 25 things they wanted to achieve in life, and then put them in order. He then said to cross out all but the top five – you can only concentrate on so many things at one time, and once those were achieved you could work on the next thing on the list. I think I have to do this too; I need to pick a few things from my Bucket Lists that I am going to get done next year and concentrate on those. That means employing a bit of discernment, and going back over the list to make some major decisions.

What I want in 2019:

I have decided to take a few items from each of my lists ( the Kettle, the 40×40 and the Bristol List) and aim to get them done by this time next year.

Kettle List:

*Visit another European Capital
*Visit the USA
*Go on a Spa Day
*Continue to make Cranes for the 1000 Crane Task
*Start driving Lessons

40 x 40 List:

*Drive a car – will do this one by default if I am taking lessons!
*Visit some more English Counties
*Lose a stone
*Go waist deep into the sea
*Crochet a top

Crocheting my quilt

2019 – the year my top will finally get finished!

Bristol List:

*Actually go in the Arnolfini
*Find an amazing independent coffee shop
*Visit the Wild Place
*Go indoor climbing

Now that I have better defined ‘to-do’ borders, I may be able to get more things done…while also getting my house decluttered, and also continuing my Japanese learning and also upping my blog game and improving my writing, so still quite busy, just now a more focused busy. . By only trying to do a few of the things on the lists I am hoping to actually improve my chances of getting things done.

Or “二兎を追う者は一兎をも得ず”

Are you already making plans for next year? What are you hoping to achieve in 2019? How you going to get things done?



Mature (technically) graduate, vlogger, blogger, dreaming of travelling, mum of 4, K-pop addict, Japanese culture fan, and wannabe minimalist. And that is what this is all about... I am clearing, decluttering and "minimalising" with the long term aim of travelling and completing the adventures on my #kettlelist (Bucket list seems a bit final!) Come visit me on twitter and instagram @Pollyplaits , or on Youtube for my Polly put the kettle on (#PPTKO) weekly vlog that is DEFINITELY #NOTa50x50

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