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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

Being Fabulous

Today's post is from Karen Davies, founder and Director of Be Fabulous.  She is also available on Twitter as @BeFabulous.  Over to Karen...

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Being Fabulous doesn’t have to be hard – here are my top tips to help you along your way...


But not arrogant! Believe in yourself and your ideas, this will shine through when you start talking to people.


People buy people and you can see through someone whose not being genuine, trust yourself that ‘who you are’ is the greatest asset you’ve got.


When someone gets excited about their job, their hobby, their man, their new pair of shoes, it’s infectious isn’t it? – Don’t hold back on your passion for what you’re doing…


Take the time to look around you when you’re going about your busy day. Watch a leaf dance about in the wind. Watch the rain hit the windowpane. Laugh at the children running in the park. Don’t be blinkered, it dampers all those natural moments on inspiration.


Write a ‘to do’ list each day and feel great about ticking off the ones you’ve completed. Keep copies of all your receipts, invoices etc. and don’t leave your filing piling up – set aside an hour each week to get on top of things. You’ll feel less stressed – honest!


Starting something or doing something new, whatever it might be is going to be daunting. And it’s only natural to question what you’re doing and also to find all the reasons why you shouldn’t be doing it! But stick to your guns. Take deep breath and just do it (as Nike would say)…. You will be fine!


Do your homework and research your ideas, is there a market for what you’re offering and what are your competitors doing? And if you’re off to a meeting, wear a great pair of shoes….


Believe in yourself and let yourself go! Don’t let others pull you down. We’re all prone to having those moments of doubt so let yourself have them, then push forward again…don’t look back!


Share your thoughts and ideas with others; don’t get paranoid or worried that someone might laugh at you. If you’re struggling ask for help – it doesn’t make you weak.
And above all, Be whoever you are, whenever you want!