Back in the day – that day being December 21st 2018…
I had the wizard idea to select a few items from my Kettle/Bucket/Bristol List and focus on getting them completed. With 13 outstanding items on the 40 x 40, and pretty much ALL of them from the Kettle List, it seemed like a plan was in order. I was trying to concentrate on too many things.
So I thought I would give you a bit of an update.
The plan had been…
My reasoning was, that if I had only a few items to choose from, rather than an extensive list, I would be more likely to organise myself. I am not a fan of too much choice; it makes me frightfully indecisive.
An obvious problem then occurred – I started seeing opportunities to complete items that were not on the Focus list. This was not really an unexpected circumstance, as I had half suspected it would happen and was happy to mitigate. It is like when you are forced to make a ‘heads or tails’ decision and you don’t get the answer you want – it demonstrates that you have actually formed a choice in the your head, and as the long term goal is to complete the tasks on the lists, if this is the only way I can get things done, so be it.
What was on the list?
I have put a link above, to a fairly interesting read, if I do say so myself, but if you are reading on anyway, here is a reminder of what I intended focusing on this year:
From the 40 x 40 List:
*Go on a Spa Day
*Drive a car – I have done this one and my driving lessons appear to be going well.
*Visit every county – or at least a few new ones.
*Lose a stone (14lbs, don’t ask about kilograms, they are for food not people!)
*Go into the sea – up to my waist
*Crochet a top
From the Kettle List:
*Visit a European Capital
*Go on the USA trip
*Make 1000 Cranes – not all of them! Just make a dent!
*Pass your driving Test – again, baby steps – lessons are a good starting place.
From the Bristol List:
*Finally go in the Arnolfini
*Find a great independent coffee shop
*Go to ‘Wild place’- and try that barefoot trail
*Try indoor climbing
So what has been happening?
We are only 2 months in, therefore much of my ‘work’ has been of the planning and saving variety.
I have 2 potential spa day’s coming up, one with my Mum, and one with Rin, so I will finally get that one ticked off. I have also booked myself a mini pamper session for my birthday, which isn’t on the list, but if I don’t spoil myself now and then, who will?
Driving is going well, although I have only just started reversing into parking spaces, and going backwards is throwing me off somewhat!
The healthy eating is working, I am just 6lbs away from my 2nd target weight – I shall explain:
I initially set myself a goal to go down from 10 stone to 9 stone. It was going well, particularly as I had lost around 3 stone the year before. Sadly my weight crept back up, so now the plan is to get back to 10,and then onward to 9. I am taking it slowly, 1lb a week, and progress is… Progressive?!?
As I predicted, other things have popped up to ‘throw off’ my focus, but I am all about flexibility (that will be the Pilates!).
I am also cognisant that 49 things, are not 50 things. This is because I am saving the very last space for an ‘ultimate adventure’ and I don’t know what it will be quite yet.
But, all on all, things are going well, albeit mainly in the background – you would believe the number of unfinished draft posts I have for this site!
I am also in the process of building a kitchen, so if I am not about, it is because I am elbow deep in paint and IKEA instructions.