Friday, 8 January 2016

The List

A new year, and time for some new goals!  I've got a few challenges in mind for 2016, but I also want to update my List.  The List is a a series of things that I decided I'd like to accomplish.  I started writing it a couple of years ago, and it's grown steadily in length since then.  On the list, I stick anything that I think I would like to achieve or experience, plus anything that I think might be fun!  Some of the goals are quick and simple, some a more long term and serious, but I have loved keeping track of my progress, and looking at the list gives me inspiration, whether that's for a rainy Sunday afternoon, or an epic summer holiday adventure.

In 2015, I completed quite a few of the goals: I played Dungeons and Dragons (4), I visited South America (52) and I went to see two shows in one day (10). I built a den with my brother (12), milked a cow (24), and experienced a fabulous screening of Rocky Horror (33).  I dined in a Michelin Star restaurant in Berlin with the man (87), took afternoon tea Christmas-style in Mayfair (99), learned brush scrip (97) and calligraphy (30), and I went skinny dipping (23), because I'm just that classy.  All these things, along with others, meant that I completed 23 things on my list this year.  Pretty good progress!  So here's to the new year and many more new and exciting adventures!

So far I have completed 73 goals on the list leaving me with 28 still to do. Here's the current list, linked up where I can, highlighted items completed.

#1 Make cake pops
#2 Make a multicoloured layer cake
#3 Go on a canal boat
#4 Play Dungeons and Dragons
#5 Play hooky for a day
#6 Get a film projector and screen films in my own little cinema
#7 Go on a sleeper train
#8 Have tea at the Ritz
#9 And Claridges
#10 See 2 London Shows in a day
#11 Make a photo wall display
#12 Build a den.  A really cool one.
#13 Road trip in the USA
#14 New York, New York
#15 Go glamping in a fancy tent with fairy lights
#16 Buy an expensive set of lingerie
#17 Sew something to wear
#18 Get married
#19 Make a set of jam-jar cocktail glasses
#20 Make blueberry gin
#21 Do the take-away double
#22 Learn how design this blog the way I wish it looked
#23 Go skinny dipping
#24 Milk a cow
#25 Learn to make pasta
#26 Get up early to photograph the sunrise 
#27 Ride a motorbike
#28 Have dim sum at Hakkasan
#29 Do an Escape Room
#30 Learn Calligraphy

#31 Have dinner at Dans le Noir
#32 Re-purpose something second-hand
#33 Go to a cult Rocky Horror screening
#34 Go to a burlesque show
#35 Go ape
#36 Go to a Secret Cinema screening
#37 See a play at Cornwall's Minack Theatre
#38 Go on a helicopter
#39 Make my own ice cream (malteaser, peanut butter and caramel flavour?)
#40 Have dinner at Dishoom
#41 Take part in a Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt
#42 Buy a bikini
#43 Have afternoon tea at Cutter and Squidge
#44 Get my eyebrows shaped
#45 Inhale helium
#46 See the Northern Lights
#47 Go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
#48 See New Zealand
#49 Stay in a tree house
#50 Have a bash at karaoke
#51 Go to a roller derby
#52 Travel to South America
#53 Start a family
#54 See a film at a drive-in cinema
#55 Go to a sh*t-faced Shakespeare production
#56 Make a new giant floor cushion
#57 Try making papercuts with a craft knife
#58 Go scuba-diving
#59 Have a go at spinning
#60 Go for Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea
#61 Go to the circus
#62 Learn to knit from a chart
#63 Knit a lace pattern
#64 Start a teacup collection
#65 Go on a Segway
#67 See a midnight matinee at the Globe
#68 Go on a safari
#69 Visit the Cutty Sark
#70 Go to a Casino
#71 Go stargazing
#72 Eat a deep-fried Mars bar
#73 Have dinner at Veeraswamy
#74 Dance on a table in a bar
#75 Ride a camel
#76 Have cocktails at BYOC
#77 Play Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf
#78 See a baseball match
#79 Go to Bounce Below
#80 Visit the Rough Trade Photobooth
#81 Swim in an infinity pool
#82 Ride a tandem
#83 Cook a roast
#84 Make something out of leather
#85 Get my International License with Girlguiding
#86 Go to a Christmas Market in Europe
#87 Dine in a Michelin star restaurant
#88 Go on a photography course
#89 Design a Lace Shawl
#90 Visit a Guiding World Centre outside the UK
#91 Sit in a box at the theatre
#92 Go to Africa
#93 Spend a day at Lyme Park
#94 Try white water rafting
#95 Sleep in a 4-Poster bed
#96 Fly first class on a plane in lying-down beds
#97 Learn Brush Script
#98 Visit Beachy Head
#99 Have a Christmassy afternoon tea
#100 Visit Las Vegas
#101 Skydive

Happy new year to everyone!

Kisses xxx

P.S. And as always, I love finding new things to add to the list and look forward to doing one day.  Suggestions on a postcard!


  1. Why no links or pictures of the lingerie set ? :P Also, I still think my infinity pool counts, just because it's not on 58th floor doesn't make it any less infinite! Ask Robert!

    1. A girl has to have some secrets. And I'm sorry if m infinity pool ambitions are too big, but I would like a little view!

      P.S. I am writing about new year at the moment. I need more pictures!

  2. I love your list :) It was part of the inspiration for my own 'by 30' list I started almost a year ago! There might be a few new ideas for you on it -

  3. I love your list! I remember the last post you did and that you'd done a fair few things off it and this one is now different. On mine I have visit Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), take a drumming workshop, lead a Girlguiding international trip and do another gorge walk. Any of those of interest?

  4. Thanks! The list stays pretty much the same, but I add new things quite often (so it gets longer!) and I do sometimes knock things off if I lose interest. Perhaps I should add Downton (although a visit to Pemberly is already on mine!), I can definitely recommend leading a Girlguiding international - I'm taking my third group away at Easter - and I'm now going to google what a gorge walk is as it sounds exciting!