A realistic bucket list

SONY DSCI have lots of lists of things that I want to do, or that I will do one day. Outlines for books that I haven't written, sketches of houses I'll never build, patterns for clothes I'll never make. I used to make a list of things on my birthday every year that I wanted to achieve by my next birthday, and it was an awesome way to make sure I stayed intentional and focussed. I never want to wake up one day and be 85, and think holy shit, what have I even done, you know?! I like the idea of making goals or plans, and just freaking making them happen. So life doesn't just drift on by... Anyway, I have made a rough list of things that I want to do in the next ten-ish years. Some of these are big, some are little, but I'm going to make an effort to get them all done.

In no particular order...

Write a really good book.

Obviously, as someone who has been in some form of paid writing gig since I was 18 but has only just begun calling herself a writer, I have always wanted to write a book. I know I can do it if I make it actually happen, it's just a matter of prioritising and focus.

Grow heaps of our own veggies and fruit.

I have gotten VERY into gardening lately (living on a couple of barren acres with heaps of water and potential will do that) and look forward to the day when my veggie garden is killing it and I can make a whole meal that I grew myself.

Go on a bike riding holiday with the kids.

We really want to take them riding along the Danube, or the Mekong, or the Mississippi, or basically any cool river. I reckon they will need to be at least 10 and 12 to fully enjoy it, so I'll start saving now for the trip in 2025.

Get really strong.

I don't mean fit, I mean strong. I want to get strong enough to kick down a door if necessary. Twice-weekly pilates probably won't cut it, so one day I want to concentrate on getting really freaking buff.

Buy art.

I own heaps and heaps of art. Prints, original works, reproductions. But I really want to buy an original piece of Aboriginal art. I always scout galleries whenever I get the opportunity and am just waiting to find a piece that makes me weak at the knees.

Get to zero debt. 

Including mortgages, credit cards, and cars. Totally doable if we go gangbusters. We don't actually have any real debt except the house, so will focus on hammering the repayments over the next few years.




October goals.

Abandoned-deserted-home_large A coupla things I want to try and do in October, house-wise.

  • Get sample boards ready for the bathroom
  • Order bathroom tiles
  • Pull up the rest of the flooring in the bedrooms
  • Figure out how to get the 27 layers of wallpaper off
  • Get the rest of the plants for the front yard

And non-house stuff.

  • Start a new program at the gym
  • Do the 500 Workout
  • Sketch up the floorplans of the Northcote house and the Preston house ready for stitching
  • Spend an entire day in bed, a la this amazing book

May goals

Good lord- I cannot believe that it is May already. The year is nearly half done! Scary.  Here are a few things I'd like to do this month:

  • Sell my house.
  • Crochet a teacosy.
  • Pick up some freelance copywriting work.
  • Dye my hair back to brunette.
  • Finish the Clean Program. (as if I was ever going to do this...)
  • Hem and take in my black pants.