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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

My Unused Notebooks

Who doesn't love a brand new, unused notebook? The pristine cover, the unblemished pages, the journey that your handwriting is going to take along the paper with plans or memories.

My Unused Notebooks
But it appears that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to notebooks. I start them with all good intentions; projects, bullet journals, diaries, scribble pads - however I never get round to finishing them unless they are specifically for work or an ongoing project. 

So I  have notebook fear... I don't want to start a new notebook just so that I can get bored of it a few pages in.  Therefore, I'm starting to get a bit of a stash of them and they are threatening to take over my office. 

Recently, when I delved back into the world of Filofax after acquiring a Malden, I was sorting through my paper stash and became rather embarrassed by the amount of unused notebooks that I had collected.  Don't get me wrong... I love receiving them to review, however I want them to be used for the right purpose then there is less 'wastage' and not as many half-finished journals in the desk drawer.

So here is a little video of the 30-something notebooks I found immediately to hand. I'm sure there's more somewhere and occasionally members of my family will take one to use (official requests are submitted and the best fit for use provided - it's a proper service and I'm thinking of charging for my expertise...). If you can think of any use for them all I'd be happy to hear your suggestions!