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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


Over the next few weeks you may notice a couple of changes here.  I'm going to give my blog a bit of a new look and I'd love to know whether you like it or not.

Also, I've recently I've joined a couple of blogging networks.  My application to join British Mummy Bloggers was accepted (YIPPEE) and I've joined a brand new blogging network for women writers called Judith's Room.  These two networks can only encourage me to write more, to try out new ideas and, of course, to increase my contacts across the world of writing.  I've also had a piece accepted for publication on The Pygmy Giant website which I'm completely and utterly chuffed to bits with.  

It feels like the start of a new chapter for me with regards my writing; like an epiphany of sorts.  Does that sound a bit wanky because it's not meant to.  This is the route I've always wanted to take but never felt confident enough.  The only issue I have now is how I'm going to fit it all in - work, study (OU), writing, the abandoned cross-stitch projects, the tap dancing, the much needed weight-loss...

So, dear reader, please keep visiting the blog and leaving your comments - I love to hear what you think and please don't be afraid to say if you don't like anything - after all, I only write it - I'm putting it on here for your enjoyment.

Photo from Marcus Rodder on Flickr