Life, Goals and Ambitions

  • Gardening tool belt
  • Secateurs
  • Garden trug
  • City Break
  • Loft conversion
  • Velux windows
  • Degree course
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Dog bed
  • Dog toys
  • Beach towels
  • Good scissors
  • Cami set
  • Playsuit
  • Inflatable drinks holder
  • Bling jewelled bikini
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
  • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
  • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
  • Segway
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer
  • Designer ladies tux
  • Tailored jacket
  • Silk shirt
  • Leather dining chairs
  • Slouchy jumper
  • Mascara
  • Kindle
  • TV - curved smart TV
  • Sound bar
  • Smart light bulbs
  • Smart electric hub
  • Tweezers
  • Baseball cap
  • Induction hob
  • Ankle bracelet
  • Beach holiday
  • Jo Malone Candle
  • Headphones
  • Lulu Guinness Handbag
  • Tweed jacket
  • Vintage bikini
  • Home cinema system
  • Red lipstick
  • Boots
  • Perfume
  • Wool coat
  • Swimming costume
  • Acrylic nail kit
  • Kitten heels
  • Side lights 
  • Anglepoise lamp
  • Pond plants
  • Duvet cover
Pinterest Wishlist - click here 
Things to do After 40 
  • Have regular massages 
  • Have a bikini bod (lots of squats and work required)
  • Maintain my weight - once I get there
  • Go see a show at the theatre
  • Go to see an opera
  • Have a coat for every occasion
  • Get some glamourous 1950's vintage style dresses that make me rock!
  • Be manicured and pedicured always
  • Wear very short shorts in the UK (never done this ever)
  • Get killer abs
  • Go to a very expensive restaurant - just the two of us
  • Stay in Chester overnight
  • Go on regular spa breaks
  • See more of my friends
  • Make more effort in general
  • Make time for me and mum
  • Learn another language
  • Go to the cinema, alone
  • Scuba dive
  • Go to Wimbledon
  • Get to the gym / exercise 4 times a week, every week 
  • Start to write a book / novel
  • Get everything organised
  • Update my wardrobe style - work in progress
  • Go to one more new place and do one thing new every week
  • Get under the 11 stone mark
  • Get rich! 
  • Get a new job
  • Pay off the mortgage early
Things I want to do in my life - Bucket List
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Write a novel
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Christmas in New York
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Watch the sunset across the sea with a glass of wine
  • Ride a Segway
  • Sit in a hot tub in winter
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Paris
  • Visit Cambodia
  • Go to Bora Bora
  • Try some watersports - Jet Ski
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Visit Iceland and the hot springs
  • Visit the Trevi Fountain and Rome
  • Visit Pompeii Italy
  • Go Zip Lining
  • Walk behind a waterfall
  • Visit Santorini Greece
  • Go to the Maldives
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Go on a sea swing
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Go to the Mineral baths in Tuscany
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit Bali
  • Visit South Africa
  • Visit a Fairytale village
  • Go to Vancouver
  • Visit Saltburn tramway, UK
  • Go the chocolate festival in Bruges, Belgium
  • Go to the airport and book a random flight
  • Shark cage experience
  • Have a walk in closet
  • Dine in an underwater restaurant
  • Visit a black beach
  • Learn how to do a cartwheel
  • Visit the glowworm caves in New Zealand
  • Ride an elephant
  • Go to Venice
  • Have a flat stomach
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Start regular running
  • Midnight baking
  • Go for an early morning stroll
  • Visit Vienna
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Try Skiing
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Go the races
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Pay off my mortgage early
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Get Married
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Formula One experience
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter
  • Wimbledon
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Visit Budapest
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Have no money worries
  • Get a degree
  • Change career
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Swim in a river / lake
  • Travel the world
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Live and work abroad for a few months 
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America 
Pinterest Board - My Bucket List

Bucket List - crossed off the list
  • Swam with dolphins - Mexico
  • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive - NZ
  • Sang Karaoke - several times
  • Been on stage in a show
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Grand Canyon
  • NYC - Empire State Building
  • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
  • Won a competition
  • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
  • Stayed in a hostel
  • Spa break
  • Swim in the rain - Fiji
  • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
  • Island Hopping - Fiji
  • Jumped off a boat into the sea
  • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
  • Whale Watching - NZ
  • Mountain hiking - Canada
  • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
  • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
  • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
  • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
  • Visited Alcatraz - USA
  • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Tower of London - UK
  • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
  • Guinness Factory - Dublin
  • Giants Causeway - Belfast
  • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
  • Rode a horse
  • Rode a camel - Egypt
  • Got engaged to my soul mate
  • Zip line over a deep gorge - NZ
  • Seen salt lakes at dawn - Tunisia
  • Been to a festival (4 times V Festival) 
  • LA - Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Anaheim - Disney and Universal Studios
  • Met someone famous up close - Kodaline band
  • Times Square - NYC
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
  • Been to Alcatraz - San Francisco
  • Stayed in a travel hostel - NZ
  • Stayed in a luxury hotel - Canada
  • Stood at the top of a mountain - NZ & Canada
  • Been up a volcano - Timanfaya, Lanzarote
  • Crossed a desert - Tunisia
  • Desert Caves - luna - Matmata Tunisia
  • Bought my first (and second) home
  • Passed my driving test
  • Harry Potter studios - London
  • Tower of London and London Bridge experience 
  • Jet boat experience - NZ
  • Seen a Giant Redwood up close
  • Been on a cruise - QM2 to New York
  • Flown solo - UK to NZ, Cyprus to UK
  • Fjords - NZ
  • Luge on a mountain top - Queenstown, NZ
  • Played in an orchestra 
  • Learned how to play an instrument - trombone / recorder
  • Seen a barracuda - Mexico - Cancun
  • Flown on the Dream Liner
  • Stood on Concorde
  • Seen a shark close up in the sea! Egypt
  • Seen underwater statues - Cancun, Mexico
  • Sunbathed on the roof of a building 
  • Get a tattoo
  • Barcelona City Break
  • Gambled in Las Vegas
  • White Water Rafting
  • Go indoor sky diving
Pinterest Board - Bucket List Done
2016 Resolutions:

Number 5 - Learn to Cook

Number 4 - Drink less

Number 3 - Get Fit

Number 2 - Sort my Finances

Number 1  - Reach Goal Weight by 1st May

Pinterest Board - 2016

Goals for 2020
  • Reach goal weight
  • Make my garden spectacular - statues, plants, design - underway and looking good! 
  • Get a new shower and renovate downstairs bathroom
  • Keep myself maintained - nails, hair, eyebrows and massages - look my best
  • Go to the gym / exercise at least 3 times per week - in progress
  • Regular sauna's and relaxation
  • Get writing again - short stories / articles
  • Go to amazing places - theatre, live music, cinema, comedians - ongoing
  • Get outdoors - every weekend - every day possible
  • Find new places and explore
  • Walk more
  • Drink less coffee and alcohol and more water - making progress
  • Spend less - be a savvy shopper
  • Save more - squirrel it away! 
  • Go somewhere lovely for a meal at least once a month
  • Plan our wedding 
  • Decorate hall, stairs and landing - fabulous lights required! 

Resolution number 5: Be Stylish

Looking back at some of my favourite pics of me, there really aren't that many I like, but of those that I do, its always holidays I tend to look my best on.

So my resolution for this year is to be stylish full stop. Not just on holiday!!

Resolution number 4: Make and Save Money

Yes, its that time of year when the finances need an overhaul. The mission this year is to make more money, which is possibly on most people's lists, but also to save more money - double impact!!

The plan is to change job, earn more income wise. Then look at renewals for insurances and cashback opportunities. Also using coupons and vouchers and loyalty schemes.

Bulk buy goods at the cheapest price. Sell unwanted stuff, use less petrol and spend less on food and drink. The impact there will not only be on the old bank balance, but will reduce outgoings as well as having the nice side effect of helping my diet!!

Resolution number 3: Be Beautiful 

I have had my issues with confidence over the years. However, now I am 40 I have just decided to stop worrying and be "beautiful" if to noone else but myself.

I have silly skin that still flares up, I have some wrinkles and some grey hair and I am definitely not beach ready at the moment, but so what?

I can have fun with what I have, I am not huge, I am not that bad looking wise, so my resolution this year is to treat myself kindly as if I am beautiful and to make the most of what I have.

Resolution number 2: Lose Weight

This year, I am taking a different approach to my resolutions. I always say "reach goal weight", then I lose some weight, I enjoy my new found confidence, then take great holidays and gain it again.

So, rather than set myself a "target" I am just going to set myself the goal to lose weight. However much I can, until I feel good.

Resolution number 1: Learn Spanish

Last year, 2017, I made a start at learning Spanish. This year I want to actually start to speak it properly - I know a few words now, but I need sentences, conversation - general stuff.

2016 Resolutions

2015 Resolutions

2014 Resolutions

Learning new words:
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous
36 Perturbation
37 Jettison
38 Lambaste
39 Permeate
40 Rebarbative
41 Conflagration
42 Esoteric
43 Felicitate
44 Prodigious
45 Corybantic
46 Paroxysm
47 Soporific
48 Pelagic
49 Convocation
50 Repose
51 Imbroglio

Top 10's

Ridiculously Awful creatures that bite movies
My Favourite Foods
Female Role Models
Places I want to go
Feel Good Songs
Bowie Songs
Windy Days
Thunder and Lighting songs
Songs for Valentines Day
Songs for Bonfire Night
Playlist for a Soggy Day
1976 songs
Magic Songs for Harry Potter
Songs for Squats
Running Songs
Beautiful Sunset songs
Oscar Winning Films
First Songs
Shark Films

Seasons :

January Things to Do
Songs for January
February Things to Do
March Things to Do
Spring has Sprung
April  Things to Do
May Things to Do
Summer fun in the Sun
Autumn - favourite things
Top 10 Places to Visit in Autumn
Songs for November
Winter Warmers
Winter Sun Best Bits
Winter Sun Worst Bits

Christmas Ideas

Sphero Ball
3D printer
Wellies - black

Dash cam
Weekend break
City Break
Gig tickets
Fairytale of New York
What happened in 65
Picture of us

Homemade white choc snowflakes
Coffee creams
Cuddly toys
Picture of nana and mum
Picture of all of us
Jo Malone smellies
Apothecary box
Emergency break glass chocolate fix
Chocolate bar story (celebrations and treat size) e.g once upon a time, far away past the milkway, in another galaxy.....
What happened in 55
Solar Lights

Shower gels
Retro box - mint imperials and rum truffles
What happening in 52

Christmas jumper
Fluffy toys
doggie treats

General ideas:
mason jars filled with stuff
home made wrapping paper
home made tags
Christmas box
NYE box
Story of us

My favourite words:

The first of my favourite words is this: Haberdashery.

I think this one seems to elicit some memory from childhood, some notion of fabric rolls, sewing patterns, cottons and crafts and good scissors. It makes me think of my nana and my mum. Mum still with me, but nana is long passed, and the word feels like she is with me.

The next of my favourite words is this: Bibliography.

The actual meaning of this is quite bland, but I just love the word. Its basically what you have to put in a book to show where you got your research etc..

My next favourite word is this: Swashbuckling.

Not a word you hear much in modern conversation I grant you, but nevertheless I love this word!! It makes me think of adventures and romance.

My next one is actually a brand but the word is : Swarovski.

Now I know that the sparkles from Austria are very beautiful, and I love them also, but its the word I love too. It some how feels beautiful in your mouth. I love to say it, to pronounce it and somehow it even looks pretty and appealing to me.

For my next word that I love its a foody one: Tagliatelle.

Yes, its pasta. Those long thin ribbons of pasta to be precise. But I love the word, because it sounds what it is - Italian. Unlike other names for pasta, this one  somehow appeals to me.

Books of the Month

March - Gerald's Game - Stephen King

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