This is my list that I vow to achieve by the end of 2012, everything has to be carried out at least once but the reason there is 71 and not 365 is because a lot of the activities will be repeated and/or will take more than one day (and it leaves room to add a few!), so lets kick it off:
1 Meditate for at least 5 minutes every day.
2 Learn two sentences in another language each week.
3 Write at least 3 short stories by the end of the year.
4 Take a flying lesson.
5 Stop thinking about work as soon as I get home in the evening.
6 Have my portrait painted.
7 Eat bad food for an entire day without worrying (I’m talking burgers, fried food and chocolateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee).
8 Be the member in the audience of a TV show.
9 Do an indoor skydive (I’m working my way to the outdoor kind!).
10 Learn to juggle properly!
11 Write on a blog every day.
12 Gain public speaking confidence.
13 Create your own website (okay so I’m cheating as I’ve achieved this on day one but it’s been a long time coming so I’m letting it slide!).
14 Learn what all the settings on the camera mean and learn how to edit photos properly.
15 Go around the town in which you live as a tourist would and take photos of the beauty you find. I’m pretty sure this counts!
16 Meet somebody famous and if possible get a photo with them.
17 Go to see something at the theatre that you’ve never seen before.
18 Accept a compliment (we all find it hard but it feels good too).
19 Go through your entire house and get rid of all unnecessary rubbish (those things in the draws and cupboards that you don’t even remember until the 6 monthly intervals where you have to randomly go through that drawer or cupboard!)
20 Sign up to YouTube and create videos until you make one that has at least 100 views. I’ve signed up!
21 Learn as many constellations as possible.
22 Have at least 4 theme weeks in the year of different places, my favourites being Mexico, France, Italy and Australia and cook recipes and learn as much as you can about those places. All the better if you dress up and get some friends around! I managed one week!
23 Eat a picnic in Hyde Park.
24 Learn not to sweat the small stuff. By this I mean don’t obsess about housework, it does not matter if it’s not always perfectly clean, as long as things are still hygenic (5 minutes to clean the kitchen and bathroom is allowable) then life can go on.
25 Grow herbs from seed and learn their properties, how to recognise them and what they can be used for both medicinally and for cooking.
26 Enter a photo into a competition
27 Enter a poem into a competition
28 Do a first aid course
29 Do a photography course
30 Take photos of the sun rising.
31 Make a pizza from scratch
32 Make sushi
33 Learn Archery
34 Watch a horror film on Halloween.
35 Learn to write your name in hieroglyphs.
36 Listen to this piece of classical music as loud as you can: Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna
37 Create a retreat at home for a day including everything you’d want from a proper retreat: yoga, healthy food, long baths, lounging around, laid back walks and maybe even a back massage if you have someone who will assist .
38 Invent a new recipe (especially handy for one of those days where there’s only eggs, chickpeas and an onion left in the kitchen…..).
39 On a clear night workout how any planets you can actually see with the naked eye (with the help of Google, a phone app and a few books….it’s not cheating, it’s common sense!).
40 Make home-made face masks, hair conditioners and other body treatments and take before and after shots of your little escapade to see if it made a difference and feel good about the lack of chemicals.
41 Learn all the countries and capital cities in the world.
42 Enlarge a photo that you have taken and hang it in your home.
43 Teach someone else something that you know how to do and they don’t.
44 Get someone else to teach you something that they know how to do and you don’t.
45 Go Geocaching and find the cache. Photograph evidence!
46 Make your own flavoured oils.
47 Go to a dancing lesson for something you’ve never tried before.
48 Learn a new word every day.
49 Work up to doing the splits!
50 Bake a birthday cake
51 Learn to identify different clouds.
52 Learn to identify different trees.
53 Drink from a coconut, even if you can’t make it to a tropical island!
54 Up your Facebook friends by 10 in a year.
55 Eat something you’ve never eaten before (sensibly now, no prizes for eating a piece of foil or something equally ridiculous….).
56 Learn three favourite quotes off the top of your head.
57 Leave a job you don’t enjoy for something you do.
58 Work out what you want to do with your life.
59 Go splash in the puddles with your wellies but only if you’re old enough to look silly doing it.
60 Surprise a loved one with a romantic gesture at least once a week.
61 Go a day without TV.
62 Say yes to everything for a day.
63 Do at least one Random Act of Kindness each month.
64 Get an idea off of Operation Beautiful and do it.
65 Take up a hobby that you’ve always talked about doing.
66 Visit a must-see place in your nearest largest city.
67 Write down a list of your big goals each day and achieve them. Even if your big goals don’t seem important to others. Ticking off your 5 minutes of meditation might make all the difference to you.
68 At the end of each day make a mental list of all the things that make you happy.
69 Spend a few hours focusing on what you feel passionately about. If you already know, spend a few hours doing that!
70 Spend a day focusing on the present. Every time you get distracted thinking about the past or future, retrack your thoughts.
71 Join a club of some description, even if you only meet up once, it’s a start.