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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

Not Setting Goals

I've been reading a lot of 'word of the year' type posts and really enjoying them so this started out as a 'Things I Need To Do In 2015' type post but I got bored writing it. Fuck knows why anyone else would be wondering what my personal goals are for the year. It all sounded so wanky. 

In fact, the only New Year resolution I have made is 'learn to play the ukulele' but who knows how far I'll get with that?  I might video some of my progress... but definitely without any singing because that won't be good on the ears. I've also got a personal running goal and a personal weight-loss goal but I'm not going to put numbers on those because that calls for comparison with other people.

[internal voice: Nickie, this is most certainly turning into a Things I Need To Do In 2015 post. Stop NOW!]

The one thing I have done - and this will only really be understood by other bloggers - is to clear out all the draft posts I have sitting around behind the scenes. I didn't write them for whatever reason and there's no urge for me to do so now. That's the one clean sweep I think I'll be having just so I can be a little bit more spontaneous. 

I feel like I'm in a rut and need to get out of it. I'm scrapping all the big ideas I had and I'm just going to go with the flow.