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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

Soundtrack To My Life - Dean

soundtrack to my lifeThis week, Soundtrack To My Life comes from Dean.  Dean is the first professional male Antenatal Educator in the UK and has built up an amazing concept which empowers men and gives them the tools to become supportive and interactive birth coaches, dads and partners.  Here are Dean's musical choices.


Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes

Steph and myself met at the Leadership Trust on residential management course. We got on well but by the end of week I had already fallen in love with her. We didn't live far from each other so agreed to drive back following each other and stop for lunch on the way. I got her to pull over about 10 minutes in to the journey and gave her an album, told her which track to play and then got back in to my car. The rest is history, we moved in with each other six weeks later and our little boy was born a year and two weeks after we first met. We got married a couple of weeks ago; Steph walked up the aisle to this song and it was our first dance.  This will always be our song.


Milla Jovovich - It's Your Life

Steph introduced me to Milla's first album The Divine Comedy, which I had never heard of. It was then one of the albums selected to be taken with us for the birth of our son Oren.  It was basically on repeat for most of the labour and this song will always stay with me because of the link to the birth of my son.


Buck Fizz - Making Your Mind Up

Oh the shame of it!! But I will admit it, this was the first ever single I bought after the Eurovision. I think as 14 yr old it may have had more to do with the skirt removal routine and Cheryl Baker than anything else!


The Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil went down to Georgia

For the record, NO this is nothing to do with Coyote Ugly.  It has been one of the songs I have used since my early twenties to just put on, blast out and forget the world for a few minutes as I sing along. I cannot remember how it came about but always makes me feel better.


Lords Of The New Church - Dance With Me

This takes me back to my early twenties when I squatted at the notorious Glebe estate in Camberwell, London, working the building sites as a hoist operator.  I spent Friday and Saturday at the Spice of Life and The New Marquee Club before recovering on Sunday ready to do it all again. Worry free, care free times - I wouldn't want them back but good memories all the same.



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You can find Dean's website at DaddyNatal where he introduces his services and writes a dedicated blog.  He is also on Twitter as @daddynatal and has a Facebook page of the same name.

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