11 January 2014

Out with the old, in with the new 101 in 1001 goals.

I've umm-ed, I've ahhh-ed, and I've spent a few mornings with my chin resting in my hand, hopefully accompanied by an intelligent expression. Why? I set my 101 in 1001 goal list fully intending to complete Every. Single. One. Not to start and let it die with a damp fizz within a couple of weeks, or peak around the middle mark, or just fade away to obscurity - that's why I added it to the blog as a measure of public accountability.

Now THIS is a proper London Kiwi. Oh yes, found by a lovely friend, growing in a south London pub garden. Just thought I'd share.
I'm rocking along now, but with 420ish days to go, I've found a different problem. Those goals that I set nearly two years ago? Some of them are boring to me now, and some I've been scared off (Read: #20. Sky Dive - thank you John Bishop, your monologue about 'whether the guy you're strapped to whilst jumping out of a plane is having a good day' really, really solved that conundrum) so I'm having a mid-Winter clearout.

 #20. Keeping a jar of gratitude for a year.
Why should you care? I don't really want to bore you with the ins & outs, but as we're all doing the whole New Year, New Resolutions goal thingee it has me thinking, and I thought I'd share them. I genuinely find that reading other people's goals and ideas inspires me, so I hope it will inspire you!
I'm making myself feel better in that I'm setting interesting goals - things that aren't necessarily normal or easy to do. All of the goals are still things out of my comfort zone, or will take some work to complete, or push me somehow. To reflect this year I've also shift a little of the focus to travelling, and exploring - I'll have to trim a few exercise bits, but all the walking whilst exploring will make up for it. Right?

#22. Complete the Monopoly Pub Walk - this goal isn't going anywhere.

In the interested of honesty, these are what I'm changing - feel free to skim read it or join in!

20. Sky Dive (with instructor)
37. Complete a Hike
38. Publish Workout Playlists
40. Go indoor rock climbing
42. Lose 30kg
43. Maintain that weight once lost
64. Cook an entire Cookbook
65. For a day, cook a menu of hubby’s favourites
70. Have a themed meals week
86. Develop 3 rolls of film (../3)
97. Do a “what I ate Wednesday” post
20. For a year fill a jar daily with joys, gratitudes, things that made me smile etc.
42. Have a mysteries of London day; Knights Templar Church, Freemason's Hall, Whittards Tea Shop (perhaps solving the question of why do the English drink so much tea?)
43. Eat a Melton Mowbray Pie, in Melton Mowbray & two other regional delights in their homes.
44. Attend a Wimbledon Tennis game, Ascot Race or a Garden Party.
45. Play Pooh Sticks in 100 Acre Wood
46. Visit a working London Brewery
64. Cook a pinned Pinterest Recipe every week for 3 months
65. Try 5 'new to me' world meals (.../5)
70. Go to a blind tasting dinner
86. Get a 'proper' camera & learn how to use it on manual
97. Complete a month long blog challenge
I have so many things to do this year. Bring it on!!

Ps. I've also been looking through my 'Improve the 'How Foodie Are You' score becuase I want to improve it by 15 items. Well, it seems that they improved it a lot, so I retook it, and added in a couple of items that aren't available at all in the UK or I will never touch. Offal? Not a chance.

Are you currently goal setting? Share you link/list in the comments below - 101 in 1001s, 30 by 30s, stuff what to do in London....
Are you also Goal shifting? Bored of resolutions?

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  1. I'm liking #20 and #86. Basically the same as mine. The exploration type goals are a bit different as we live in a little Breton village of Indomitable Gauls. Food? No worries... J'habite en France! Good luck. Looking forward to hearing all about how they go (and please let us know what type of camera you get). Cheers.

    1. I can't wait to see the results of #20 and #86 - hopefully I can get them sorted! Thank you - I'm going to need all the luck I can get!
      Will do!

  2. Emma, I started blogging with the Ultimate Blogging Challenge ~ just Google it. I also started a gratitude jar last year ~ but fell off at some point, so thank you for reminding me to start up again.

    1. The Ultimate Blogging Challenge sounds terrific! What a great community to be a part of!!

  3. I like this idea of making lists of things to do, as they aren't really resolutions, just things you'd like to accomplish. I'm all about that over resolutions :)

    1. It's absolutely fantastic on rainy days - we have no excuse to not be planning or doing something fun :D

  4. I love the changes and they sound like a way to a better life for sure. O and if you need a Swedish recipe to cook let me know!

    1. I had to be honest with myself - a few of those weren't going to happen - indoor rockclimbing?? Who was I kidding?
      Thank you - I might just take you up on that!

  5. Love the jar idea! I'll have to try that :)

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

    1. It's really cool - my little jar is filling up already. It's weird because I'm not sure whether to include concrete things that happen, or just general things that make me happy... You know what, I'm just going to roll with it!

  6. I did the jar things last year and so enjoyed reading back on it once this year hit I am doing it again!

    Aww I personally am sad the skydive is out as I did one in 2012 after being terrified of heights and I absolutely loved it, it is something I would recommend to anyone! But it's each to their own and I completely get that not everyone is as thrilled with the jumping out of the plane idea, I wasn't until I did it.

    Here's to an amazing 2014 where you're going to be super busy trying out lots of new amazing things - melton mowbray pies = amazing!


    1. I'm already glad that I'm doing the jar of gratitude (is it just me, or does it feel like it should deserve a deep hollywood voiceover?) I just need to keep it up now!

      I've been sold on the idea of a skydive for 2 years, but I just don't know now :D

      Thank you - I'm looking forward to yours as well!

  7. I think the jar thing is such a good idea - really begin to make you think and appreciate things more I reckon.

    The pooh sticks idea made me smile - that's probably my favourite :)

    1. I think so too - and ace for a day when everything is going badly!

  8. Harry asked what were you doing in the males toilets? :)

    I like the changes in your goals. I think it's a good idea to review them after some time. But I am happy that the monopoli pub walk stays there :)

    1. I sent Mr Kiwi in - my intrepid little journalist assistant :)

      We are definitely keen - we'll have to book a date in!

  9. that pinterest one is gooooood. you have such cool date-worthy events in London!

    1. We really are so lucky - but I bet there will be things in your neck of the woods if you hunt them out!

  10. I think you were wrong to remove skydiving from your list! I can't even describe to you how exhilarating it is to "fly". I've gone three times and would go again if it weren't for the expense. OR I would go again if it would get YOU to go. :o)

  11. Good luck with these, I did #20 last year, brilliant :)

  12. Good luck with these, I did #20 last year, brilliant :)


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