16 in 2016

16 Goals for 2016


1. Visit fifty new places.

  1. Old Vic, London (to see The Lorax)
  2. Olivelli (Italian restaurant near the Old Vic)
  3. The Fire Station, Waterloo (bar/restaurant)
  4. Elena’s L’Étoile
  5. Orchard Theatre, Dartford (to see the circus)
  6. Gourmet Pizza, South Bank
  7. Tattershall Castle (bar/restaurant in a boat on the Thames)
  8. Punch and Judy, Covent Garden
  9. Sway Bar, Covent Garden
  10. Fire and Stone
  11. St Paul’s Cathedral
  12. Theatre Royal Drury Lane (to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  13. Hush brasserie (bottomless Bellini brunch)
  14. All Star Lanes
  15. Vaudeville Theatre
  16. Vapiano
  17. Cork and Bottle, Leicester Square
  18. OXBO restaurant (bottomless roast)
  19. Dublin! Including Dublin Zoo…
  20. … Vicar Street…
  21. … the Guinness Storehouse
  22. … the Long Room, Trinity College Library…
  23. …and Kilmainham Gaol
  24. Barbican Centre
  25. Puerto Banus
  26. Old Town, Marbella
  27. Mr Fogg’s Tavern, near Leicester Square
  28. Primrose Bakery
  29. Primrose Hill
  30. Rabot 1745
  31. Brumus
  32. Tower of London
  33. BYOC Soho
  34. The Yacht, Greenwich
  35. Greenwich Music Time festival (technically the Naval College, which I have visited)
  36. Grill on the Market, Smithfield
  37. Sugar Dumplin, Kingston
  38. Rosehip, Edinburgh
  39. Cabana, Brixton and the one in Islington
  40. Aqua Shard, the Shard
  41. Breakfast Club, London Bridge
  42. House of MinaLima
  43. Grace Bar
  44. Sail Loft, Greenwich
  45. GEM Bar, Soho
  46. Luss, Loch Lomond
  47. FriendsFest, Haggerston Park
  48. Dunblane Hydro
  49. Corby
  50. Eventim Apollo (Nashville and Goo Goo Dolls)
  51. Scala (to see Nina Nesbitt)
  52. CAU
  53. Richmond Theatre
  54. Cutty Sark, Greenwich
  55. London Zoo

2. Go on two holidays.

January: booked a long weekend in Dublin in February

February: went to Dublin!

March: hen do in Marbella…! Plus a spontaneous weekend in Manchester.

June: I need to book a holiday…

3. Do three day trips.

4. Make a scrapbook or memory box.

My memory stuff is still in one cardboard box following the move, but this wasn’t really what I had in mind.

Fun stuff

5. See three ten new shows.

January: The Lorax at the Old Vic – absolutely fantastic version of a book I love. Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined – so many songs from My Best Friend’s Wedding! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – so much better than I anticipated! A fun, sweet show.

February: Hand to God – I wouldn’t see this again; The End of Longing – Chandler?! Mrs Henderson Presents – I would quite like to see this again. I’m still singing ‘If Mountains Were Easy to Climb’.

March: As You Like It, Beyond the Fence, Three Generations of Women

May: Sh*t-Faced ShakespeareHow the Other Half Loves

June: Motown the Musical, The Return of the Marionettes

July: Guys and Dolls

August: The Truth

September: The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole

October: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

6. Read two books a month.

January: More Than This by Patrick Ness, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

February: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris, The Assistants by Camille Perri

March: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

April: Heartburn by Nora Ephron, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

May: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

June: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, How Hard Can  Love Be? by Holly Bourne,

July: Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

August: Miss You by Kate Eberlen, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, What’s a Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne

September: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

October: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I have completely forgotten what else I read – there were definitely more. At least I still average on two books per month!

November: Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, And A Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

December: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven,

7. Do something different.

January: went to see Cirque Berserk, a circus show; did some epic DIY helping to put together a double bed; ordered a pizza in a restaurant for the first time ever; had a drink on a boat on the Thames.

August: I’m going to move…

November: sleepover at London Zoo!

8. Take a chocolate tour.

Skills and self-improvement

9. Read a book in French or Spanish.

10. Run for twenty minutes without stopping.

January: eight minutes

February: ten minutes

April: I might be losing fitness.

July: I can still run for ten.

September: I have quit the gym.

11. Take care of myself.

I am beginning to implement eye cream into my skincare routine…

June: I am definitely eating more vegetables.

July: I have stopped buying ready meals.

September: I cook now.

12. Make my money go further.

I’ve been using lastminute.com a lot.

I found show tickets at £10 and £20.

I used my Boots double points voucher – I never usually remember to use these – when replacing all my makeup, and my Nectar card when booking a holiday to earn points.

Booked train tickets in the Virgin sale. £24 return, London to Glasgow: amazing!

Put together an online shopping basket of bedding I wanted for the new flat. It came to over £100 – I found cheaper alternatives/outlets (but same quality) and saved around £40.

Blog and creative

13. Dedicate three hours each week to blogging and writing.

September: I have no Internet.

14. Write more list posts.

My Favourite Fictional Old Men

Ten of My Favourite Literary Quotes About Love


Ten Reasons I Love Dystopian Novels

(All Top Ten Tuesday postsin the Books section)

My Favourite TV Shows

15. Take a photo a week.

Keep track on Instagram.

January: 1 and 2

July: Photo diary

16. Keep a happiness jar.


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