Welcome to my new blog!
I’ve written and deleted countless blogs over the last few years – none of them lasting more than a couple of years – but I’ve never written a blog that isn’t anonymous or under a pseudonym. So here goes…
This is my annual bucket list for 2015… starting in June. Yeah, I know I’m a bit behind with resolutions, but it’s better late than never – right?
1. Start a degree in Adult Nursing. In January, I decided not to go and study Culinary Arts and become a chef (my goal for the last three years) and instead go and train to become a nurse. Finally, I feel completely settled in a decision and excited by the path I’m on. However, because I’ve already made one UCAS application this year, I am only able to apply for nursing places through clearing. So there’s a strong possibility that I will have to wait until next year to apply for the course. I’ll know next month. Fingers crossed.
2. Pass my driving test (and my theory test). Yes, so I failed my driving theory test. I’m taking a moment to soak up the embarrassment. My retake is at the beginning of July and I can’t apply for a practical test until I pass that. So I’m sitting tight and hoping I do a bit better next time, or I might get too familiar with the test centre staff.
3. Climb Mount Snowdon. Chris and I are on a mission to get fit, and we both quite like Snowdonia. Boom. Climbing Snowdon seems like a good idea. (I did look into climbing Ben Nevis, but apparently it’s a bit ambitious if you don’t know anything about hiking…)
4. Write. I love to write. I’ve written countless short stories and poems and opinion posts, but in the past year all my writing has come very nearly to a complete standstill. Now I’m at the point where I am scared of adding to or editing anything I’ve already written in case I completely screw it up, and I don’t want to start anything new because I’m not even sure how to start a piece of writing. It’s a bit like driving for me. I’m a learner at the moment, and even though I’m a pretty confident driver, if I go for a few weeks without being behind the wheel, when I adjust my seat and put my seatbelt on it suddenly dawns on me that I’m not sure I remember how to go about leaving my driveway. That’s writer’s block for you.
5. Complete 100 Happy Days on Instagram. If you haven’t come across the challenge before, then check it out here. I got a fair way through it the first time. It made such a small, but significant, difference to my days. Optimism and opportunity became the focus of each day; I captured things that made me smile and shared them with other people, friends and strangers alike. Try it!
6. Learn to play the piano again. Three years ago I sold my digital piano so that I could pay for new baking equipment and ingredients to develop my cake making business. I gave up cake in February and, having grieved my piano for the best part of those three years, this weekend I am getting another digital piano. I am so, so excited! But I know that in those three years I have become so rusty that I can’t play a single tune. So, if in the coming weeks and months you can’t get hold of me, I’m probably fighting with piano keys.
Those are my six for now. Watch this space!