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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'm Loving The Dotty Diary System

Not so long ago I watched a video which was a compilation of mums shouting loud and proud about their achievements and what they were good at.  About two-thirds of the way the video thorough (this link starts at the right place) one of my favourite bloggers and tweeters popped up and said something along the lines of:
"IF IT'S NOT IN THE BOOK, IT'S NOT HAPPENING"
and told us all how fabulous she was at organising.  As she thumped that book, we believed her!  People wanting to know how The Book worked but Tanya kept her mouth shut and didn't share.

Until now.

dotty diary
I'm dead proud when a mate of mine launches something that I believe in and Tanya's done just that.  She's taken her Book idea and gone public and called it Dotty Diary!

The system is so simple yet I know it works well as I've been using a similar diary/notebook idea at work for the last seven years with my BOAT (Book Of All Things).  Tanya sent me the full system (A4-sized super quality 2013 diary, instructions, pen, highlighter - all wrapped up in a protective plastic folder) and I'm going to use this at work as my desk diary instead of my BOAT.  That's how much I believe this works!

Obviously I cannot share Tanya's Dotty Diary secret here - you'll have to invest in the system for that - but once you have the tools for the job, you'll be able to replicate it on many levels.  The 2013 pack has been produced on a speedy scale so that Dotty Diaries can be sent out ready for the new year but from 2014 onwards, the Dotty Diary pack will be even more unique.

My Top Tip for this system is to keep using the plastic folder that the diary and accessories arrive in.  That way you'll never lose your pen and highlighter!  And to know what that means, you'll just have to buy one, won't you?  More details and prices on the Dotty Diary website.

Footnote: As a lover of pens, can I just say that I'm IN LOVE with the pen included in my Dotty Diary pack.  It's the simple things in life...

Another Footnote:  My Filofax is still my portable method of diary system.  I'd never abandon that.  Just so you know...