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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

I am a Top Blogger. It's Official! *smug face*


Sally over at "Who's The Mummy?" complies and publishes a list of the UK's Top (Parent) Bloggers each month.  The "scoring system" is wonderful for statistics geeks and you can read all about how the rankings are created if that is what floats your boat.  The list is created to find fantastic blogs to read and to highlight the most popular and influential bloggers writing in the UK today.

I'm all for a bit of blatant self-promotion so I submitted my blog address somewhere around the end of January and just carried on spewing out the crap writing the random posts that you keep returning to read.

Imagine my surprise when I checked the list this month and found myself as a NEW ENTRY at number 44!!!

(*cue canned applause*)

I know this doesn't mean a lot to you as a reader but, for me, it validates a great deal about what I write, who reads it and everything else in between.  It also clears up a few doubts I've had over the past week about taking on too much with work, studying, family stuff and writing.

So that it, basically!  I write, you read.  All I ask of you is to keep reading and, if you like what you are reading, Tweet the link, share it on Facebook, email it to your friends, Stumble it, Digg it... (using the share facility at the bottom of each post is the easiest way) and keep returning for more.  And thanks for taking the time out of your day to read these posts *gushy moment over now*  Also, check out the other blogs on the top 100 list - there's some amazing people out there.