Today I’m taking a leaf out of Lauren Laverne and Emma Gannon’s books and I’m writing an Anti-bucket list. Earlier this month the GLAMOUR writers shared their ABL’s with us and I’ve decided to hop on this fabulous self-praising trumpet blowing bandwagon, because as Emma pointed out “aren’t we meant to be blowing our trumpets more?”
Writing a bucket list normally involves setting ourselves unrealistic goals to achieve before a certain age (I know all about this as I’m struggling to tick off my own 30 before 30 list). These are things that we are encouraged to do to make us feel good but will no doubt make us feel very bad or very uncool if we don’t tick them off i.e do a skydive, bungee jump, climb a mountain, buy a house, have a threesome (I genuinely read that last one on this list by the ES). Instead of doing all that, Lauren Laverne urges us all to write a list of all the wonderful things we have already achieved.
“I’m just advocating a timeline that features dreams of your own, not those prescribed by somebody else” – Lauren Laverne
I am a bit of a goal digger and I work best when I have my personal targets set, so I will still be writing New Year resolutions and setting a few 2016 career goals (buying a house and having a threesome will NOT be on these lists). But as an obsessive list writer and as someone who believes in celebrating all achievements no matter how big or how small, writing a 2015 Anti-bucket list sounded like my kind of thing. So here are my achievements, my highlights and just general best bits of the past 12 months…
- In January I got to attend the National Television Awards with MTV and Channel 5 and meet the likes of Warwick Davis, Danny Dyer & Alan Carr.
- In Jan I also joined the Joe Blogs network and went to my first of many events with them, squashing my anxiety and paranoia in the process and making brand new blogger friends
- In February I visited Amsterdam for the first time and fell in love with this beautiful city and all it’s scrumptious food
- I got to spend Easter weekend in Ireland, celebrating a friends 30th in Waterford and spending Easter Sunday and Monday in Dublin.
- In late April I took the first steps to becoming a runner (literally)
- I won my first ever writing competition with this blog post back in May
- I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction where I got to celebrate all the talented females in fiction and watch Ali Smith take the crown.
- One of the highlights of my Summer was interviewing Binky Felstead of MIC fame for a quick hair and beauty chat.
- I got to spend five romantic days in Spain with my Bearded Man, enjoying nothing but wine, food, wine, food, wine, food…
- After taking my first few steps to becoming a runner, I then ran my first 10k and raised £350 for Cancer Research in doing so!
- I took a great trip to the Lake District with my Mum and the Beard (and the two little ewoks) for some much needed country air and woodland strolls.
- I went to an MTV Talks in my office and listened to an inspirational talk by Gracie Francesca and got to have a chat with her afterwards.
- I took a huge enormous scary step in my life and quit my job to pursue writing, blogging and whatever else it is that makes me happy, because, well, life is too dam short.
- It may not seem like a big deal to some, but this year I fell in love with cooking. What I’ve always seen as a dull task and have avoided for years, I now actually enjoy and have been whipping up a storm in the kitchen.
- I had all my teenage dreams come true when I hung out at Monica’s Apartment at #FriendsFest
- In early October I ran my first ever Half Marathon, one of my biggest achievements of the year, and I raised £400 for NSPCC too!
- I also got the FAB news that I had been nominated for a Cosmo Blog Award for the second year running, this time for Best Travel Blog which meant sooooo much to me as I have poured my heart and soul into my travel section
- I was also taken on as a Contributor for the Eco Companion Travel Journal and I now get to write travel articles on a regular basis, which was a secret 2015 goal of mine.
- I attended the 2015 Cosmo Blog Awards and made some amazing new blogger friends and met some Fab YouTubers I’ve followed and admired for quite some time, such as the lovely xameliax
- I attended the LATAM blog launch last month and won myself flights to South America! It’s true what they say, the best things in life are free.
- 2015 was the year I got to watch my nephew grow every step of the way, from a little baby to a walking talking cheeky toddler who I now have an amazing bond with.
- It had also been the year I upped my YouTube game and my channel has now had over 70,000 views, which I am so grateful for.
- And finally, this month my little blog turned 5 years old *sings a chorus of Happy Birthday* I’m super proud of it.
And there you have it. What a wonderful year it has been, with Christmas still to come. I agree with Lauren and Emma that it is important to reflect on what we HAVE achieved rather than what we haven’t. I do sometimes feel like my life is one big fat To Do list, so it’s nice to look back at all these amazing things and feel proud of what I’ve accomplished. Especially when I consider that I did not set out to do all these things.
Will you be writing an Anti-Bucket List? If so, let me know, I’d love to read what you have been upto this year.