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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My Bucket List!

Ok, so you may remember a few posts ago I mentioned my Bucket List. I haven't got round to posting it yet and to be honest, it wasn't entirely made up by me, it was taken from a few other people's lists I found online. But all the things on the list are things I would like to try. Some of the things are small, some big, some will take a lot of planning and/or money and some are almost impossible and may take a lot to actually pull off. A couple of them I have done since making the list but I wanted to keep them in.

I plan to do as many things on the list as possible and I would love to finish this year having made a good dent in the list. I plan to blog each time I cross something off the list, as a way of keeping a proper record of my achievements.

My Bucket List:
Go to New York in December
Go to Santorini or another Greek island
Explore abroad and the uk with children
Go on a hot air balloon
Bungee jump
Go on holiday to the Maldives
Buy a house
Go on a cruise
Write a novel
Be an extra in a film
Try out surfing
Ride a camel
Ride on a horse
Drastic hair cut/colour
Be a tourist in your own city
Spend the day at a spa
Go on a ghost hunt
Do 50 random acts of kindness
Take a flying lesson or discovery flight
Watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day
Try foods I've never tried before
Ride a skateboard
Sing karaoke in public
Feed animals at the zoo
Order room service
Ride in a canoe and/or kayak
Throw someone a surprise party
Ice skate
Roller blade
Ride a segway
Name a star
Bake cookies for your neighbors, co-workers, etc
Take a cooking lesson
Learn to make one really nice meal from scratch
Shoot a gun
Shoot a bow and arrow
Write letters to 5 people who positively influenced you
Host a dinner party
Take a bubblebath by candlelight with champagne
Wish upon a star
Play the lotto
Climb a rock wall
Climb a tree
Send postcards from your home city
Play golf
Build a snowman
Make and bury a time capsule
Write your will
Host a scavenger hunt
Take the scenic route
Ride in a limo
Get a caricature done of yourself
Get hypnotized
Play darts
Play pool
Bet on a horse or dog race
Play poker
Donate blood
Learn a dance
Make spaghetti sauce from scratch
Ban negativity from your life
Slide down a waterslide
Ride a rollercoaster
Carve a pumpkin
Be passionate about a worthy cause
Be someone's biggest fan
Plant a tree
Paint a room
Host a theme party
Attach notes to balloons and release them
Get a tan
Go camping
Get something else pierced
Get another tattoo
Get something besides your eyebrows waxed
Make something out of clay
Make homemade ice cream
Go to the opera
Release sky lanterns
Read a classic novel
Take a day trip someplace new
Learn to make a good mixed drink
Hire a maid for a least one day
Research your family tree
Ask your elders to write down their stories for you, or write them down for them 
Write your stories down for future generations
Attend a professional sports game
Do a wine tasting
Eat at a fancy restaurant
Eat with chopsticks
Write down your dreams for at least one week
Try to juggle
BBQ with charcoal
Buy something for a stranger off their wish list/registry
Leave an inspirational message on a sticky note in a bathroom or public place
Write to a celebrity
Be a pen pal
Complete a crossword puzzle without cheating
Sleep under the stars
Try to break a world record
Study a foreign language
Send someone flowers, just because
Continue your education
Complete a couch to 5k challenge
Try 10 new restaurants
Go to another festival
Take an art class
Watch a movie outdoors
Take a hike
Picnic in the park
Do something that completely terrifies you
Learn to love yourself
Choose different pizza toppings
Make and decorate gingerbread men #
Bake homemade bread
Win something
Tie a tie
Learn to play something on the piano and/or guitar
Master the art of self confidence
Hand write letters to your friends and mail them
Have nice undergarments
Take a great picture, print it, frame it and hang it on the wall
Feed the ducks
Spend the day at the beach or lake
Completely plan your dream home down to the fine details
Play truth or dare
Follow people who inspire you on Twitter and/or Facebook
Learn the origins of the holidays you celebrate
Hold the door open for strangers
Join a club or team
Shop at a flea market, swap meet or garage sale
Start a collection
Write a note and leave it in a library book
Walk in the rain
Fast for a few days
Start a retirement fund
Eat something really crazy
Have the restaurant staff sing to you for your birthday
Learn self defense
Learn 5 or more yoga poses
Start a scrapbook with mementos and souvenirs
Stay in a bed and breakfast
Play relaxing sounds or music as you sleep
Nap in a hammock
Write a list of everything you're grateful for
Buy something from an auction
Toast to something with champagne
Get a book signed by the author
Do a 365 day photo project
Try 25 new recipes
Order something different off the menu
Visit a farmer's market
Send a post card to Post Secret
Go bike riding
Beat a video game
Put together a 1,000 piece puzzle
Play Rock Band/Guitar Hero
Spend the day watching cartoons
Go surfing, sledding or 4-wheeling
Have professional pictures taken
Start watching a tv show you've never seen before
Try a new hairstyle
Watch a car race
Have an emergency fund
Buy a word of the day calendar and learn a new word every day
Find the coolest thing in your city and photograph it
Take a photo from a skyscraper or tallest building you can find
Give someone else a massage
Watch a movie marathon
Pick your own fruit
Take a photography class
Watch a documentary
Write a letter for future generations to read
Write a letter to yourself to open in 10 years
Forgive others
Forgive yourself
Have a hot stone massage
Ride in a horse drawn carriage
Try 10 new fruits/berries/veggies
Try juicing or make smoothies
Get lost on purpose
Have a water balloon/water gun fight
Know what you like and not be afraid to articulate it
Do a home repair project yourself
Learn basic car maintenance
Be interviewed on video
Build and fly a kite
Find the event calendar for your city, or a bigger city nearby, and make note of the fun stuff coming up you can do. Set reminders to do them!
Take a morning jog
Say YES more often
Say NO more often
Go a full day without spending any money
Eat nothing but fresh food for a week
Make a blessings jar
Go mirrorless for a day
Sit in a sauna
Find someone with your same name
Do a cleanse
Bake a cake
Write to your hero
Start a gratitude journal
Make something out of paper mache
Get to know your neighbors
Give up TV for a week
Go commando
Make fresh squeezed juice
Get someone to help you pick out new clothes
Get properly fitted for clothes/bra/etc
Delete your social media profiles for at least a week
Go on evening walks
Get a facial
Host a games night
Ask for a raise
Compliment 20+ people in one day
Read 100 of the greatest books ever written
Wish me luck!

Feeling Poorly

Ever have one of those days where you just feel absolutely awful? Like your whole body aches and the closest thing you can liken it to is being hit by a bus? That's how I have felt since yesterday. It hurts to look at lights, it hurts to move, it hurts to even think, if that's even possible. I feel exhausted all the time. In fact, it got so bad today that I had to go home early from work. I never do that. I hate having time off. I hate feeling like I've dropped the ball. Having worked from home and been a stay at home mum before you would think I would cherish time at home now I am working full time but no, I feel I am doing something wrong when I very rarely take the day off. I also find it incredibly hard to switch off. I had to force myself to go to bed and sleep for a few hours when I got in and in the end I still did packed lunches and washing up this afternoon. I know that if I don't rest properly and allow myself to get better then I will end up feeling just as bad when I am back in work, but somehow I can't quite let myself fully stop. I didn't even want to miss my boxing class tonight but I did and am currently curled up in bed watching Friends on repeat with tangerines to top up my Vitamin C.

Hopefully I will be feeling better soon as I am awful at being poorly!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Feeling Lucky

It's never going to be easy to start a relationship with someone who already has children from previous relationships. Ed also hasn't had very much experience with children before and so was understandably pretty nervous when it came to first meeting my children. I was nervous too. What if they didn't get on with him, what if he found he couldn't cope.

I needn't have worried. The children loved him from the first meeting and he is amazing with them, even better than me at times!

I couldn't be happier right now- depression, which I know is a chemical imbalance in my brain more than anything else, aside. Ed is brilliant with the children and we are all very lucky to have him around.

The Perfect Day

So, yet again I've been awful at maintaining the blog. The main issue is that I love to write but I just don't have the time to at the moment. Working full time alongside being a mummy and having now taken up Thai boxing, fitting classes in twice a week, it's just not possible to blog as much as I would like to.

Things have been pretty hectic since I last posted. Work got majorly busy and my depression got worse. I have spoken to the doctor and been put on a waiting list for counselling again so hopefully that won't end up being too long. Valentines day this year was something I was looking forward to but also worried about a bit. As it turned out, I had the most perfect day and it was all down to my amazing boyfriend, Ed.

The day started with a long lie in, which was such a luxury as with work and/or the kids I never get out of bed later than 8am usually. We exchanged cards and gifts. Ed had bought me a gorgeous Pandora charm, which I love.

 Ed went to get breakfast and we had bacon, sausage and egg baps followed by a chocolate covered donut- delicious. After breakfast I stayed in bed some more before finally getting my lazy bum up and getting ready to go. Ed had told me we were going for a 'romantic walk' and to put on shoes I could get dirty.

We drove over to Swanage before turning up at a stables where Ed had booked a surprise horse riding session for us as it was something that was on my bucket list! I was totally shocked. I don't usually handle surprises well, or I tend to guess what's going on so it was pretty amazing to have something like this arranged. I was so happy, I couldn't stop smiling. All the way round the walk I was beaming, even if I was a little terrified when I first got on the horse. It was perfect and I felt free and relaxed for the first time in a long time.

After we had finished at the stables we went down to the beach and had a lovely little walk in the sand.

We got the ferry back across to Poole and, after a quick stop at Tesco's for some alcohol and dessert for later, we went back to get ready for our meal. We went to a Mexican restaurant and had some really yummy food, although I ordered too much and ended up feeling incredibly full I also had a couple of pretty delicious Strawberry Margaritas- adult slush puppies at their best!

It was freezing outside so instead of going for a drink after dinner we just went home and had the dessert and Prosecco before snuggling up in front of the TV.

It was the best Valentines and reminded me how lucky I was to have found someone I feel so right with amidst all the crazy things in life. Life is short. It should be spent with the people you love.

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