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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Writing makes my hand ache!!

I've just been taking notes for my ECA (End of Course Assignment) by hand and noticed that I was acting like a petulant teenager asked to write an essay... writing three words, then shaking my hand because it ached and throwing myself across my notes like it was the end of the world.

I need some tips on how to write for a fairly long time without my hand/wrist aching because I have to write constantly for an hour for this ECA and since the dawn of the computer (and investing in a laptop), I've not handwritten an awful lot - mainly diary notes in a space 1.5 inches by 4 inches in my filofax and a few notes for work in my day book.

I've noticed I write better with either a pencil or a fountain pen BUT, for this assignment, pencil is not allowed and I'm scared of blotting with my fountain pen PLUS we're not in the Victorian era any more!!

Sooooo.... any hints AT ALL???