Ladies and Gentlemen, it would appear I have lost my Muchness. But it’s okay, don’t worry! I’ve decided on how I’m going to get it back, and this is the first step. But, first of all some of you might be thinking, what the heck is ‘Muchness’?
Everyone has regrets, but I find the biggest regrets in my life are often the things I didn’t do. Of course, it’s completely cliche and some would probably think I would count my wonky, odd, fan-girling, terrible tattoos as regrets…
I must say, it was absolutely spectacular. The venue was gorgeous and decadent and the businesses there were fantastic. I’d never been to such a big PR event before so I didn’t quite know what to expect but…
Okay firstly, I’m coming up to a year of blogging and I can’t believe it. It’s been such a brilliant year for me and I have done more awesome things as a result. That kinda changed recently when I hit some kind of mental wall. Since that week, I’ve struggled to think. I’ve also cut myself off from the interesting things I do.
I am usually so driven. Anyone who knows me can tell I’m never happy unless I am productive and busy. So when I hit a bump in the road like this, it really knocks me about. So this week I’ll just be a little more honest; with myself, and with you…
Let me set the scene. I am a 20-something who hasn’t been able to hold down a vegetarian diet for more than a week in her whole life. I decided as part of my 30 Goals before I turn 30 that I would try out a vegan month.
Many people wondered why, and I honestly wasn’t sure… I guess I am so set in my ways that I hoped it would make me less scared of trying new things, and also prove to myself that I have willpower!
Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a Vegan month!
For some time now, I had been looking forward to being a bridesmaid for one of my best friends. We first got asked over a year ago, and since then the excitement has been growing towards her special day. With the hen do weekend over, we knew it was almost here! The wedding was to be held at the beautiful Saxon Mill, and we were all buzzing!
Last weekend I experienced my first ever Bristol Hen Weekend! One of my good friends is getting married in July (for which I have bridesmaid duties!) and this weekend was her send-off. It was an awesome experience and one I’ll never forget. It was completely different to anything I’ve ever done…
I decided as it’s my birthday, I should work out 30 goals to complete before I turn 30! It’s not actually that long before I turn 30 so this is going to be far from a bucket list for me – it will be more achievable things!
I have 2 years to complete this list and so there’s not likely to be any sky-diving or travelling around Africa on this list… So here goes!
1. Go to Iceland (and hopefully see the Northern Lights!)
2. Visit Disneyland
3. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
4. Go on a road trip somewhere new (where I am the driver) DONE
5. Visit a waxwork museum
6. Go camping in the middle of nowhere and watch the sunset and sunrise
7. Do a research project to find out about 30 cultures and countries I know nothing about
8. Meet someone I really admire in person – DONE
9. Be a bridesmaid – DONE
10. Try to get some zen trying out some mindfulness hobbies
11. Make a physical photo album of the best parts of my life all in one place!
12. Gain as much astronomical info as possible from stargazing
Capturing the Creative Spark
13. Photograph animals in the wild
14. Attend a class to learn a new skill
16. Complete 2 years of blogging! DONE
17. Complete an art project (similar to those I did at A-Level)
18. Go to see a play at the RSC and review it – DONE
19. Go vegan for 1 month! – DONE!
20. Sell something I have created myself
21. Take steps to get over one of my (many) irrational fears – DONE
22. Spend a month as tech-free as possible (work time unavoidable!)
23. Volunteer somewhere for at least 30 days
24. Complete a huge jigsaw puzzle – DONE
Just for Fun!
25. Try at least 30 new foods (including some scary ones!) DONE
27. See a play in London and stay overnight DONE
29. Attend a festival (music, food or otherwise) – I’ve not done this for too long!
30. See in my 30th birthday in style!
So these are my 30 Goals!
I think these are do-able. They will make me push myself more but I don’t think they’ll stress me out too much trying to complete them!
What do you think? Can you recommend any ways to help me make sure I do this right?
Ready, set, GO!
I can’t believe how fast these 6 months have gone… This been a big success so far for me but I’ve still got a long way to go with it. So here are some of the reasons why I’d consider these blogging successes, why it was a great choice for me, and why I’d encourage you all to do the same!
Broadening my horizons
Starting this blog means I now look at everything with a bit more active thought. I plan better and somehow I see things more clearly than before. By actively trying my best to find content, I am also making sure I don’t waste a single opportunity. Sunrise Horizon Image above by the talented Mr Schild.
Finding my voice
We all use different voices when we speak to one another and I wrote a post previously about my online voice. I didn’t want to change myself based on my perceived readership and I am glad that I’ve been able to stick with my roots but also get more in tune with my writing style!
I can do Science, me!
I’ve had a love for Astronomy and Science in general for a long time, but since school, it’s been put on the back-burner to my other hobbies (mainly sleeping). Blogging means I have to research key concepts in order to blog about them. I also love English Lit/writing so… it’s an obvious choice!
I don’t have to compartmentalise or restructure my thoughts to fit into a Facebook post. I have a big mouth and a lot to say! With blogging, I can say exactly what I feel and not have to edit myself too much. (Although to be honest, I am at an awful disadvantage to Facebook in that I need it to get my posts to you!)
Learning to adapt
I am a little neurotic, very hectic and lack focus most of the time! Since I began to log my thoughts I’ve learnt to structure my life and I’ve never been more creative in such a short time! Now to take my creativity to new levels and adapting myself more to fill my time with learning new things!
Improving my Photography Skills
When I go anywhere now, I am always thinking of the best composition for the photos I take. No more “family photo” pictures on holidays and trips – I am trying to capture what’s interesting to the eye and it’s driving me to improve my skills!
Remembering the good times
I often don’t remember all the amazing things that I’ve done – I am always waiting for the next big thing. By blogging my thoughts and logging my experiences it means I get to look back on all the fun things I do and realise how lucky I am to have done them!
So here’s to another 6 months of blogging successes! I’ve got a lot of things to improve on but I am getting there. I’ll just continue to be open-minded, open-hearted and keep striving to achieve new things!