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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

More gifts just for me - Secret Post Club #4

The package was waiting for me when I got up this morning.  The postcard inside read:

Hi Nickie, Hope you enjoy the random assortment of little things.  From Charlotte.

*squeals* damn right I do, Charlotte!!

Chocolate - score 1
Notebook - score 2
The "russian doll" is wooden, is actually attached to a tiny peg and will make a great bookmark - score 3
The flower has been crocheted by Charlotte herself and is now brightening up my black coat - score 4
A lovely postcard to add to the collection on my pin board - score 5

Thank you so much, Charlotte.  I'm not sure the chocolate will last past this evening but the rest of the goodies will.

To my readers - may I suggest you nip over to Charlotte's blog - Ways Of Looking At The World - which is a project 365 photography blog where you try to take a photograph every single day.  There are some really interesting pictures over there.

For those of you who would like to know more about the Secret Post Club then here are a couple of links for you: