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January 23, 2015

A New Year “To Do” List

I’m not very good with New Year resolutions, and never understand the whole “dieting, no drinking”, et al, that people try to start on this one day. However, I do like the idea of goals and challenges. It’s a good way of trying out new things and having some brilliant adventures. So, as an outdoor-loving family, we’ve come up with a list of goals that we’d like to achieve this year!

1: Explore Wales. I’m so lucky to live in Wales, as we have some of the most wonderful beaches and forests. We want to discover new places this year, and I also want to share areas I visit in work, by taking my family.

2: Learn outdoor crafts. I’m currently taking part in a willow weaving course and I’m loving every moment. I made a variety of Christmas decorations and a cute little basket. I’ve booked myself onto more courses to improve my skills. It’s great learning and developing new skills. However, my house is slowly filling up with my creations!

3: Grow and cook our own foods. When the weather gets a little better, we really want to take the time to grow and cook our own foods. My husband is an amazing chef, so we have the knowledge to create wonderful dishes. It also teaches my daughter where foods come from, and also encourages us as a family to eat healthily.

4: Take my daughter kayaking on rivers. Her kayaking is improving so well, now, that she is desperate to experience paddling on open moving water. We had a very brief experience, last year, and she was fine (though I was slightly nervous). My husband really wants to join us, so it’ll be a great excuse for a family adventure.

5: Improve my map reading skills. I’m starting to feel that I’m not pushing myself with my map and navigation skills. A colleague is trying to encourage me to go walking on my own, and get confidence in navigating for myself without safety blanket of having other people around. Strangely, I keep avoiding this one!

6: Camp more. We love camping so much, as a family and, as no major holidays have been planned this year, we’ll be doing more camping in new areas throughout Wales. We’re even buying a new tent, so it’ll have to be used more than a few times, this year!

There are a few other things that I want to do for myself. Like everyone, I suppose, I’d like to get a bit healthier. I’m not a big fan of diets to lose lots of weight, but would like to start a yoga class, or swim more. However, I do have a huge challenge that I’ll be aiming to achieve, this year.

Climbing Ben Nevis.

It came out during a conversation with my boss a few months ago and, rather than rolling around laughing on the floor, he said “You’ll be fine doing that”. So, it stuck in my head for a few days, and then I mentioned it to my husband. He said, “Brilliant, when do you want to do it? Let’s start planning”.

That’s how it started. So, later on, during the summer this year, I’ll be climbing Ben Nevis with a good friend of mine and, of course, my wonderful adventure-loving daughter, who said I’m not allowed to do the walk without her.

That’s our little New Year “to do” list of adventurous, fun-filled challenges and goals for the coming year.

I’m going to try to complete my list, and the other really great thing is that I get to share all my adventures on here!

4 thoughts on “A New Year “To Do” List

  1. You’re so energetic you wore me out before I’d got halfway down Kim.
    I think the idea of setting yourself little tasks and challenges makes much more sense that going for New Year resolutions and them failing because of the pressure. I think the challenges you’ve set for yourself are interesting and exciting though just as your daughter’s is. And the joint one of climbing Ben Nevis is probably one you’ll never forget, good for your husband for backing you up.
    I hope you manage to get to lots of new laces with your camping. Remember if you ever come North this Gog will have the kettle on.
    Huge Hugs to you all.

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      I did read the list after I posted and think blimey! Your right its a bit energetic.
      Little challenges are much easier to complete, a bit scared about Ben Nevis but thought if I post my plan I will have to complete it. What a challenge.
      I would love to meet up with you if we were in your neck of the woods. Coffee and cake all around.
      Take care,
      Kim

  2. Mae says:

    I love your ideas. I think having a to do list is much more practical. Good luck.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you. If I see them as fun challenges I’m more likely to acheive them. Fingers crossed.

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