I’ve read loads of these bucket list posts before, and I always think that they are a great idea and I should write one! So after turning 39 just over a week ago, I got thinking about all the things I would like to do before I turn 40. So here is my bucket list for my 40th Year.
1. Go to New York
New York is a city I have always wanted to visit. We actually booked a holiday there nearly 6 years ago, it was to be over New Year in a hotel overlooking Times Square. No expense spared, a real dream holiday! However, 1 month after booking it I found out, unexpectedly, I was pregnant and due on January 13th! Needless to say the birth of my little princess was worth a million holidays, but I’ve still not made it to the Big Apple. This seems like a big ask for my bucket list, and i’m cheating a little, because my fabulous OH has just booked a holiday for the two of us to go to New York next February the day after my 40th birthday. So whilst it’s not officially in my 40th year, it’s going to happen just 24 hours later, and eek! I’m so excited!
2. Take the Kids on a Mini Break to London
I love London, and have fond memories of going as a kid with my parents, I also went to university in London and completely feel in love with the vibrant city. I really want the kids to experience it and go to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, London Eye and the London Aquarium, and I’d love to take them to see a West End show likeThe Lion King. We have put off venturing into the capital with them until now, mainly due to their age, but I feel finally they are old enough. Ideally I would like to stay overnight so we can make the most of their first experience of London.
3. Start Writing a Book
I have always wanted to write a book, or several books for that matter. Every since I was a kid, I loved writing. I feel that now i’m nearly 40, I really ought to start. I’m trying to be realistic, i’m not expecting to finish a book, or get it published but I need to just start. A title, a few chapter, a storyline plan? Who knows? I also have designs on creating a factual book on crafts for children, as I can’t find anything that fits what I would like to buy. Watch this space!
4. Get Chickens
When we moved to our house in the country with a large garden 4 years ago, one of the things I wanted was to have a few chickens. I bought a chicken house 2 years ago, which remains in it’s flat pack state. I even included chickens in my blog header image as I was sure I was going to get some last year. However it just hasn’t happened yet. The house renovations took priority, and the garden has again slipped into a state of disrepair. I’m determined it will happen this year!
5. Start My Pottery Business Again
I’m a wannabe entrepreneur at heart. I’ve always loved the idea of having several different businesses on the go, flitting from one thing to the next. By trade i’m a Vet, but I always felt that it didn’t give me an outlet for my creative side. I set up a small mobile paint your own pottery craft business about 3 years ago. However, the dreaded house renovations caused the kiln to cease operating, and since all my stock and equipment is in an outhouse that I can’t even get to due to a large pile of earth. I would really love to get things operational again, even if just for a hobby. Playing with clay, I am at my happiest as I am able to be creative. I also feel that the kids are now older, and would love spending an afternoon in mummies craft shed! This one however will need some input from external sources to get the pile of earth moved and get an electric supply back to my shed (come on James and Dad!)
6. The House to be Finished
Our house will never be finished finished i’m sure. However after over 4 years of renovating, extending and living in a building site, I would like to have a house finished enough that I can open the front door and invite someone in without apologising for the mess and using the excuse ‘we’re renovating’. I think to be honest it’s getting a bit boring! There are just simple things that I would like. I would like doors on rooms and cupboards, I would like pictures on the wall, I would like somewhere to put all my little nik naks to make it homely and I would like painted skirting board! I don’t expect our house will ever be finished, but I would like it to be just a little bit more done! Done enough that I don’t need to have tins of paint, sandpaper and caulk littered in my dining room.
7. To grow all the vegetables for the Christmas dinner
I love gardening, and since moving to the country I have enjoyed immensely growing my own fruit and vegetables. It has always been my aim for one year to have the Christmas lunch served exclusively with vegetables grown for my garden. It hasn’t quite happened yet. Last year was a disaster as far as the garden was concerned, and before that i’d only managed a few parsnips and carrots. I have a lot of work to do this year if I am to achieve this. The garden was neglected last year somewhat due to life getting in the way, but this year i’m determined i’m going to do it. I am not actually hosting Christmas this year, but i’m sure Mum and Dad wont object to me supplying the veggies!
So that’s it., my bucket list for the next year. Not a massive list, but a fairly difficult one to achieve, but my god I’m going to give it a good go! What’s on your bucket list?