Ok, so we’re almost at the end of January and I STILL haven’t put together a list of goals for the year ahead.  It’s not been easy trying to use my brain concentrate with the kids still at home on school holidays.  I can almost guarantee that the minute I sit down in front of the computer or grab my ipad, this actually (in kid code) means “Quick, ask mum for food, or a movie or lets tell her we’re bored or maybe just climb on her lap and bash at the key board a bit!”

I’ve got them all (my goals that is) scribbled down somewhere in my head, but after reading so many other great bucket lists online this month, the most important message I’ve picked up is that for any of them to have any chance of actually materialising YOU HAVE TO WRITE THEM DOWN!!

In my experience having things written down makes me so much more likely to remember them and I also get a real buzz from ‘ticking’ things off my lists.  It’s very motivating and things often look a lot different when they are written down and you SEE them, to when they’re just floating around in her head.

So without too much further waffle and procrastination – here is my list (and it’s in no particular order of importance)!

This is one of my favourite places to just sit and think!
  1. To double my current number of lovely blog readers.  This is going to involve me having an actual proper blog plan for the year – something which I have never done before.  I got one from Bloggers Bazaar and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed putting it together so far.
  2. To stay sugar (fructose) free.  I quit sugar on 29 December last year.  After doing loads of reading up about it’s effects on the body I’ve decided that it’s just not for me anymore.
  3. I will not being using my phone/device for any form of ‘work’ or social media between 3pm and 7pm.  This time will be for the kids.  (I have a feeling this might be another form of detox!!)
  4. Read!  I don’t think I read more than one book last year, so this year I plan to read at least 4.  (I know that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a 300% increase!!) I also want to read more to the kids, so if anyone has any good book suggestions for a 5 and 7 year old please send them my way.  We’re currently on “The thirteenth Story Tree House”.
  5. I know I’ve said this SO many time before but I WILL loose that extra 5kg of weigh that is STILL hanging around.  My exercise routine last year was pretty sporadic (and rather pathetic actually), but this year I have teamed up with my neighbour and we are doing the OPERATION MOVE WALK 400 challenge.  We go out for a walk together 3 evenings a week and I so look forward to them. Walking + catching up = winning!!  I’ve also ‘ahem’ re-joined the gym and that starts today – eeeek!!
  6. Camping.  This year Mr D and I have decided to bite the bullet and invest in some camping gear (and then actually use it).  The kids are desperate to go on a proper camping holiday and after A LOT of resistance I have finally decided to give in!  But if just one snake (or spider) makes it’s way into our tent……………….that might just be the end of me!!  Oh and I’ve also decided that we’re going to be glamping, not camping – it just sounds so much better don’t you think?? (baby steps).
  7. Visit England to see my little niece for the 1st time and all my friends and family who I am missing heaps.  Unfortunately it will most likely have to be a solo trip this year as taking the whole family is just too expensive.
  8. I would LOVE to do a creative writing course.

So there it is, in black and white and about to make it’s way into the world wide web.  I’m going to print out this list (and add some washi tape to make it pretty) and put it up on the wall next to my workspace so that it can stare at me every day to make sure I stay on track!

Do you have a bucket list for 2014??  What’s on it??  I’d love to hear from you.

Oh and good luck to all those kiddies who are starting Big School this week (and a big hug for the mums too – I swear it’s harder on us!!).

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12 comments on “My Bucket list for 2014”

  1. Great list Robyn. Bearhands and I resolved to take the kids camping once every six weeks – so we’re on the same page there.
    Today is my first kid free day in ages. You’ve inspired me, time to make some concrete goals myself!

  2. These are all such fantastic goals. I love how specific you have made each of them, Sounds like 2014 is going to be a pretty exciting year for you with a trip to England and some camping in the pipeline. I would also like to read more this year than I did last year. Most of my reading was online in 2013 and I’ve realised that I really do miss reading real books. Good on you for quitting sugar – that’s awesome! I would really like to as well, but I’m not sure I have enough self control!

    • Thanks LIzzy. The sugar thing was a bit of a struggle at first but now I’m not missing it at all. I just have to get my butt in gear with the exercising now. I hope you have an awesome 2014 planned too. xxx

  3. Hi Robyn
    Just wanted you to know, I nominated you for the KIdspot Voices of 2014 campaign. Thanks for all the support you constantly give me and my blog. Good luck and hope this nomination helps you achieve some of the things on your 2014 bucket list.
    Carolyn

    • Aw Carolyn THANK YOU so much!! Support for Desire Empire is easy because it’s such a great blog – and it’s great being so close that we can catch up for coffee too. Have a great weekend and see you soon xxx

  4. That’s a great list! I remember going through Enid Blyton starting at around that age – the Magic Faraway Tree was a favourite, I imagine it would do well read by mum (and of course it can bring up some linguistics discussions about language and word usage and how they change). I can’t believe those books are about 100 years old, such great stories!

  5. Hi Mrs D, I agree with mymissingfactor – I loved all Enid Blyton books! Especially the Magic Faraway Tree series, Noddy, The Wishing Chair. Also, when they get a bit older – The Famous Five, The Adventurous Four and the Mallory Towers and St Clare’s series’ are also some of the ones that I loved when I was younger!

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