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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

Well Begun Is Half Done

... as Mary Poppins once said.

Today marks the day that I am exactly half way through my degree with the Open University.  I began well and steadily got better at lone study.  Today, I have sat my first official exam in 22 years (apart from the Health & Safety course I did earlier this year) and have spent the last few weeks worrying about it all.

I walked into the exam room today with an air of uncertainty.  I really didn't know what to expect.  I answered the correct amount of questions and allowed myself enough time to read through everything properly at the beginning and the end.  But I have done the best I can and now just have to wait for the results *wibble*.  Roll on 17th December!

I also want to thank a few people (*you know who you are*) for cheering me on from the sidelines.  Sometimes, especially in the last few weeks, I have felt like jacking it all in or at least postponing the studying as I was burning out.  To have you all giving me that virtual kick up the arse, I am ever grateful.  I owe you big time!

If When I pass this module I will have gained a total of 150 points towards my degree.  I need 360 points in total  to complete the degree, inclusive of (Hons).  I know that doesn't look like halfway but I have completed four modules over two years and have another four modules to take - three main modules and a short course to round off the points allocation.  Right now, though, I am taking four months off.  My next module starts in February 2011.

It's a bit of a cliché but I do feel as though a weight has been lifted.  I now don't have any study pressure and I can concentrate on my writing properly.  I've decided to share a little ditty with you which is fun and bouncy - very much like my mood at the moment.  Cheers!