When I decided to make time for so many experiences each year I soon realised that it needs careful planning. It is a bit different from a bucket list but some of the themes end up on most years lists. I thought I could share a few just to give readers an idea of how it works and some food for thought should they want to plan a list of their own.
Travelling somewhere. This is one of the easiest and yet most difficult as there are so many places to choose from. But aiming to go somewhere you always wanted is a good way to celebrate and to make sure it becomes a reality.
Learning a new skill. Sometimes things come to mind like photography or a language. On the other hand something might happen out of the blue like my bellringing experience.
Volunteer for something. These are a great way of giving back to the community.
Catch up with an old friend. Making time for people we know- always worthwhile and a lovely way to spend a day.
Look out for special happenings. I check out anniversaries and occasions when planning my January Journeys. And then I try to make things happen. That’s how I ended up at the Somme Centenary commemoration this year. But there are lots more of course.
Looking after yourself. Yes, every year there’s a target to lose more weight or do more exercise and similar. Last year I found a good new dentist for example. Little things but those bits we need to do to stay healthy. My targets are not drastic change either- just a small amount to make a big difference.
Days Out. These could be a spa or a popular museum. It might be a walking weekend or a city I always wanted to get to but never seemed to do it. January Journeys is a way of making things happen.
Discovering something new in your neighbourhood. This could be a walk, a cafe, or even a new view. It really is surprising how so many of the best things are right in our back yards.I focus on something within 15 miles of home.
So now you have an idea of how my list works. Look out for more ideas when I start working on next years events.
So what made it onto the 2016 list? Well, here are just a few of the things I’ll be writing about:
Travel to a World War One Site
Spend a day in a spa
Get more exercise into the working day
Do a Mooc course
Learn a new cookery technique
Get a book published
There are more- and of course I’m generating ideas for 2017. Ideas are always welcome.