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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

Totaljobs Fantasy Interview WINNER ANNOUNCED

Recently, I hosted a writing competition in conjunction with Totaljobs #JobsAcademy.  I asked two very talented writer friends, Vix Ward and Rachel McGladdery, to judge the entries.  The standard of writing was extremely high and the ideas pool very deep.  However, they reached a speedy, unanimous decision.

And The Winner Is...

Velcro Dog.  Jessica opens her interview by saying, "If it's a dream then anything can happen right?  So if I could interview anyone in the whole world it would be my dog, Lupo."  She then continues to interview her dog for the important position of family pet.

The judges mentioned that the interview was cute, simple, funny and sincere and that it was amusing without being overly clever.

Congratulations to Jessica (and Lupo).  They win £150 in High Street Vouchers from Totaljobs.

Highly Commended

The judges would also like me to give a special mention to the following entries:

Mother Distracted for the depth of investment and the way she thought outside of the box.  The judges thought that the concept of the missing career opportunity was very clever and maybe she should be considered for a job in the PR department of Totaljobs?

London Tourist for interviewing Lily Savage and making one of the judges laugh like Muttley.

Merlinda Little for interviewing her future self at the age of 50.  The judges said that there is a brutal honesty in her words that made them stop and think and they hope she manages to overcome her fears and be awesome.

You can view all the entries and original terms and conditions here.  Thank you to everyone who took part in this competition and to Totaljobs for supplying the prize.