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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

How to get (and keep) your partner through the medium of song, dance and photography

jar of hearts
So you have found the love of your life and you want to spend the rest of your life with him/her.  However, you want to them to remember those special landmark moments for ever and ever and you want to enjoy your 15-minutes worth of fame when the video goes viral across social media networks.

If you have a song in your heart and camcorder to hand, here is the blueprint to happiness.  No pressure whatsoever! 








The Speech

(Yes, that's Tom Fletcher from McFly)


The First Dance

(of course I used Julia's dance - she has the most ingeniously titled blog too!)




The Family Photograph


photo of family generations
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Twenty-odd years ago I got married in a registry office surrounded by the friends and family that mattered the most.  It wasn't a conventional wedding, we didn't have a first dance and flew up the motorway after the meal to take my daughter to hospital for a potentially life-saving operation.  We are still together and heading towards our 25th wedding anniversary.  I have a vision of what our 25th anniversary celebration will include (and yes, it involves dancing) but I suspect that it will be harder (impossible?) to convince my husband to take part than it will to get people to share the results!