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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

Soundtrack To My Life - Motivational Songs For The New Year

Soundtrack To My Life  - Motivational Songs For The New Year
Soundtrack To My Life has taken on many forms over the years. It's a place for me to write mini-listicals about my favourite types of music and it's also a place where friends can share their own favourite songs that take them back to a specific moment in their life. Anyway, I'm always wanting to keep ideas fresh so this year I'm going to publish twelve personal Soundtracks To My Life (one a month), each with a different theme.

I'm not one for new year resolutions but I do think it's good to start a new year with positive affirmations and goals that feel achievable.  I've pulled together five songs that currently inspire me -they are from all different eras and their lyrics spring to mind for different reasons. I wanted my choices to be spontaneous rather than over-think this because, otherwise, I would have ended up just linking you to the music section of YouTube and being done with it...

So here are my motivational songs for the new year. Let me know what songs motivate you.


Rag'n'Bone Man - Human

"Take a look in the mirror and what do you see
Do you see it clearer or are you deceived in what you believe
Cos I'm only human after all, you're only human after all
Don't put the blame on me"

Colbie Caillat - Try

"Wait a second, Why should you care, what they think of you
When you're all alone, by yourself
Do you like you? Do you like you?
You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing"

La Roux - Bulletproof

"Tick, tick, tick, tick on the watch
And life's too short for me to stop
Oh, baby, your time is running out"

Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger


Queen - The Show Must Go On

"The show must go on
I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On - with the show -
I'll top the bill, I'll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on"


Soundtrack To My Life  - Motivational Songs For The New Year
Well done for reading down this far. Soundtrack To My Life is an occasional series on this blog where I talk about music that's influenced my life or I invite people to talk about the same. Read/Listen to all the previous Soundtrack To My Life entries here or follow the dedicated Pinterest board. Find out more about participating by >> clicking here <<


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