I turned 30 last month and I’m marking this milestone with 30 things I want to do, see and make happen this year.
–And now, for Part Two:
16. Relaunch my space online
Well this is something I’ve managed to achieve already, and you know that, because you’re here! I’ve changed my URL, cleaned things up a bit and I’m looking forward to seeing how my space evolves online.
17. Stop saying I’m stressed and/or busy
These are words which so many of us fling about with gay abandon. “I’m too busy to do that… I’m so stressed.” Yada yada, etc etc. I’m making a conscious effort to say these words less this year because if I’d saved a pound for every time I’d said these last year, well, frankly I’d be a rich woman. These words evoke a lot of negativity and that isn’t something I want as part of my vocabulary.
18. Hit a 100kg deadlift
Lifting weights is becoming a part of my life again, and I’m pretty excited about that. I couldn’t put the work into CrossFit last year whilst I was marathon training, but I’m making sure it’s part of my overall training this year, and I’m already loving being back in the swing of things. Deadlifts are probably my favourite lift to do, and I want to hit that 100kg goal whilst I’m 30. My 1 rep max is 92.5kg, so I know I’ve got it in me to lift that little bit more.
19. Spend more time in the great outdoors
I work in sports events, so being outdoors a lot on event days is part of the gig. I want to focus on spending more time outdoors just for me this year though – running and cycling not included. I want to have more adventures in the Lake District, one of my favourite places – take in some of the best walking routes I can find and breathe in that fresh air.
20. Finish my nutrition qualification
It’s actually getting a bit embarrassing that I haven’t finished this yet. I started this back in 2015, and luckily, I can still complete it. It’s time to get reading.
21. Run 1000 miles
I managed to run around 700 miles last year, and that was a massive achievement for me (and mainly down to training for a marathon). This year, I’m chasing 1000 down. I might not be on the marathon train, but I’m keeping my longer run mileage up and I’ve booked in for a few events across the year to help me reach that target.
22. Take a break from social media halfway through the year
My life revolves around social media and can go by in a blur of likes, shares, engaged user and three-second video views stats. Halfway through this year, and to coincide with when I have some time off work, I’ll be making a concerted effort to take time off social media altogether – work, personal, everything, to really give my head a proper clear out.
23. Use the coffee machine
This is total first world problems, and one of the more basic things you’ll find on this list, but as a person who loves a good caffeine fix, a very important one. We have a cracking coffee machine at home and the poor little thing is horrendously underused. No longer shall it be unloved!
Again, a simple thing on the list, but something I’m immensely crap at. Give me that foam roller, sign me up for a yoga class. I want to get my flexibility gains on.
25. Go minimal
For me, it all started with Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” and more recently has manifested through The Minimalists, thanks to my husband who’s really into their ethos. I have a lot of stuff. I’m not a hoarder, I just seem to accumulate… stuff. So this year, I’m getting rid of some of that stuff. Does it spark joy? Nope? It’s out.
26. Get quality sleep
I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of gal, but when I say early to bed, I’m usually in bed at a good time, then scrolling through all the social feeds. Recently, I’ve been trying to ban the phone for an hour before bed, but that’s a lot harder than it sounds. I’m still going to keep pressing on though because I’m dead sure the light from devices results in a lower quality sleep. So, goodbye phone at bedtime and hello (here’s hoping) eight hours of blissful snoozing.
27. Plan an amazing holiday for 2019
Holidays, whether at home or abroad, are still very much a luxury for me and Joe. When I say holidays, I mean proper time away, immersed in another place. We’ve had a handful of holidays in the last ten years we’ve been together and yes a few of those have been biggies (California and NYC twice) but this year, I’m dead set on booking in a great holiday for 2019 (we’re hoping to go skiing), focusing on saving towards it and making it a cracking one.
28. Eat veggie/vegan/plant-based three days a week
I don’t eat a huge amount of meat as it is, but I want to up the amount of veggie or vegan food I eat in a bid to be a bit kinder to the planet and also my purse (damn, meat can be pricey). So I’m going to try having three full days a week that champion the non-meat based food groups, to do the aforementioned, and also to get me thinking about exciting new things to make.
29. Focus on a strong mindset
I am a positive person on the whole, but quite often, I can be consumed by anxiety and negative thoughts (I think it all stems from when I was a teenager on steroids for migraine and as a result, piled on a whole heap of weight which made me extremely insecure for a long time). I’m stronger than I know now though, and want to focus on harnessing this stronger mindset.
30. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind
Last but not least, but an important one for me. Sometimes I don’t voice my opinion or thoughts as readily as I should, for fear of feeling like I’m saying the wrong thing. I’m a lot better at this than I used to be, but still need that little bit of extra faith in myself and take the leap.
So, there it is. The complete 30 For 30. Yes it’s a lot, but I’ve got a good balance of small everyday changes right through to big life goals. And I’ve got to say I’m looking forward to tackling them all.