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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

Being Positive

Yesterday, I walked through Preston with a spring in my step.  I had recorded today's Chat City show with Will at Preston FM and met some truly interesting, knowledgeable and inspirational people.  Capturing this feeling is important to me so I have moved forward with a couple of activities.  Positive feeling rubs off onto others, doesn't it?

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Firstly, following on from my post I wrote about the benefits system in the UK I'm taking part in a round-table discussion.  This will be held tonight (4th April) at 9pm GMT as a live Google Hangout.  

Fellow participants are +Chrissie Saunders+Jax Blunt+Lisa Middlehurst+Lynn Schreiber and +Ruth Douglas who all have varying points of view about the current welfare system in place in the UK.  I'm hoping this will be an interesting and relevant discussion and everyone is invited to watch and share input in the discussion.  

You will be able to watch on my YouTube channel or via the Google Plus Hangout facilities.  If you need any guidance, just shout!

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Next, I'm helping Mum Panel promote their "Big Mum Opinion" survey.  I'll be sharing the results on the blog in May but we need LOTS of input first.  The online survey is four pages long and should take about fifteen minutes to complete.  

The survey covers the decisions you make when considering purchases for you and your family and may influence large brands in the future.  Whilst the survey is called the "Big Mum Opinion" it is open to ANYONE who cares for a child under 18 years of age so that's mums, dads, grandparents, carers, guardians, etc.

You can access the survey here and please feel free to share the link on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.  The more people that fill in the survey means fairer results.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw (T&C and prize details here).  The first prize is worth £1000 and there are 2nd and 3rd prizes too.  There's also an additional prize of a £100 Love2Shop voucher for the best answer to Question 31.