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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

The Gallery : A Smile

This is possibly my favourite picture of my eldest granddaughter.  
She was 11 months old at the time and she had just eaten a marshmallow cake.

When first heard the prompt for this weeks Gallery post I was reminded of a single line from a cartoon I used to watch with the children a few years ago.  The cartoon was Rolie Polie Olie and the expression was "TURN THAT FROWN RIGHT SIDE ROUND".  For some reason, that one line has stuck with me (I can't even remember if it was a recurring theme or just a one-off episode) and I always think of it when I'm a little bit down.

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Smiling is infectious 
You catch it like the flu. 
When someone smiled at me today 
I started smiling too. 
I passed around a corner 
And someone saw my grin.  
When he smiled I realised 
I'd passed it on to him. 
I thought about the smile 
And realised its worth. 
A single smile like mine 
Could travel round the Earth. 
If you feel a smile begin 
Don't leave it undetected. 
Let's start an epidemic quick 
And get the world infected

Karen McLendon-Laumann

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This blog post was submitted for the weekly Gallery over at Sticky Fingers.  This week's theme was 'A Smile'.  This digital art Gallery is all linked at Sticky Fingers and you can see all of this weeks entries >>> here <<< 

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