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Vlog Link : Driving and Writing (not at the same time, obviously!)

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Ticked off the List

As mentioned in my last post, I have ticked ‘Drive a car’ off of the 40×40, which is now an upgraded item on the Kettlelist (I have lots of lists, if you find yourself getting confused, and I know I do, just go here) Basically I have set myself the challenge of passing my driving test.

In the Vlog I chat about how I feel it went, and time scales for getting #3 on the list finished

Writing my book

Last week, I missed my pondering. That is not to say I didn’t write one; I wrote extensively, so much so in fact that I went over my hour and still hadn’t finished, so decided to extend it and will put it out this Thursday instead. Somewhat ironically, I was so busy writing I didn’t have time to write a blog post…

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The Kettle List – Working on my fitness

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What’s on the list?

There are a number of fitness goals on the list – interestingly enough very few have been selected for my ‘focus list’, apart from ‘lose weight’ – which is a task from my 40 x 40 that I have been working on in a rather lack lustre manner!

So here are the fitness and health based goals that appear on the various lists…

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The Kettle List – Remember the little wins.

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Have you noticed the change around here? I have discovered colours taken from my favourite photo and based the blog around it – Canva is literally the best thing my friend Rin has ever introduced me to (I am still waiting for her to introduce me to a rich and eligible K-pop star who has a thing for older women, but I am willing to wait for that one).  Think of it as a ‘New year, New me’ thing.  One other blog based task I have intended doing was a Saturday post purely about the Kettle List – as distinct from my 40 x 40 or all the other Bucket List’s I seem to continuously compile!

Today I want to look at the cumulative things on the list – and how having them can encourage you get more of your list completed.

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December 21st – A Life Review

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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?

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December 3rd -Vlog Link : A Blogmas Christmas


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As I now have a blog, it would be a bit remiss not to plug my Vlog  so from now on, once a week, this will be my Monday Thing: A rundown on the week that has passed, and what I have vlogged about. This week is my first Christmassy video:


I discuss my plans for Christmas, chat about a few of my presents and my intentions for the rest of the month with regard the Vlog.  I may also mention the blog a few times… once or twice, and I have also come up with a great Blogmas idea that I will need to get working on this week.

What are your plans for the first week of December? Are you all organised or are you one of those ‘last minute’ sorts? Let me know in the comments.



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Vlog Link – Sustainable Living.

Back in January 2016, I made a video; an introduction to my 40×40 Bucket List. since then I have made one every week. It has since evolved into a Kettle List vlog, what with me turning 40 and getting a new list and all, but the basic premise remains the same – I chat about Bucket List stuff, albeit sometimes tenuouSustainablesly.

As I now have a blog, it would be a bit remiss not to plug my Vlog and try and accomplish my dream of 50 subscribers, so from now on, once a week, this will be my Monday Thing: A rundown on the week that has passed, and what I have vlogged about. This week? Sustainable living – is it on the kettle list? No, but being alive is a prerequisite to completing my list, so it is tenuously linked by default…

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Fun fact: I studied Global Development and Sustainability at University. I was a total green-based hippy sort; into recycling, making my own things and reducing my footprint in terms of plastic, carbon and water use.

Second Fun Fact : I have accidentally been a vegetarian for a whole week. Ruined my streak by eating a chicken burger today, but I certainly intend eating less processed food and meat products going forward. So this week we are chatting about getting back to my sustainable roots…


We first got a TV during that period when Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall were doing the rounds about free range chicken and eating better food ( I want to say it was around 2008, because Ethan would have been quite small and I remember him chasing the chickens we had up and down the garden) At no point during my experiment with ‘simple living ‘ did I think about going meat free. However my week of accidental vegetarianism has made me reconsider my goals with regard to how I want to progress both my health and my lifestyle.

I remember at that time that I got a copy of the classic John Seymour book on setting up self-sufficient farmstead on a small bit of land; the plan was to grow veg, make my own bread, generally live the ‘good life’.I am currently sat on my settee, on my lap-top, surrounding by tat wondering where it all went wrong. Although I don’t feel as passionate towards the whole eco living life as I once did, I certainly want to return to something less complicated and natural.

My home feels a lot greener now I have introduced so many plants, and this past week, where I have accidentally been a vegetarian has made me realise that I am in control – to a point- of what comes into our house, what I buy and what I eat.

It seems somewhat ironic as Christmas approaches – a time that is notorious for over consumption and temporary throw away tat – that I want to pick-up the green gauntlet, as it were, but I feel 2019 is going to be a year where I have to make a lot of decisions about what I am keeping, and what I am getting rid of, and how I intend living going forward. As part of this, I will be having a mass pre-Christmas clear out, and will be setting up that promised giveaway by the end of the week – Keep an eye on Twitter for info on how to enter.

What little steps are you taking this week that will make your life easier?