16 Goals for 2016
1. Visit fifty new places.
- Old Vic, London (to see The Lorax)
- Olivelli (Italian restaurant near the Old Vic)
- The Fire Station, Waterloo (bar/restaurant)
- Elena’s L’Étoile
- Orchard Theatre, Dartford (to see the circus)
- Gourmet Pizza, South Bank
- Tattershall Castle (bar/restaurant in a boat on the Thames)
- Punch and Judy, Covent Garden
- Sway Bar, Covent Garden
- Fire and Stone
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Theatre Royal Drury Lane (to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
- Hush brasserie (bottomless Bellini brunch)
- All Star Lanes
- Vaudeville Theatre
- Cork and Bottle, Leicester Square
- OXBO restaurant (bottomless roast)
- Dublin! Including Dublin Zoo…
- … Vicar Street…
- … the Guinness Storehouse…
- … the Long Room, Trinity College Library…
- …and Kilmainham Gaol
- Barbican Centre
- Puerto Banus
- Old Town, Marbella
- Mr Fogg’s Tavern, near Leicester Square
- Primrose Bakery
- Primrose Hill
- Rabot 1745
- Tower of London
- BYOC Soho
- The Yacht, Greenwich
- Greenwich Music Time festival (technically the Naval College, which I have visited)
- Grill on the Market, Smithfield
- Sugar Dumplin, Kingston
- Rosehip, Edinburgh
- Cabana, Brixton and the one in Islington
- Aqua Shard, the Shard
- Breakfast Club, London Bridge
- House of MinaLima
- Grace Bar
- Sail Loft, Greenwich
- GEM Bar, Soho
- Luss, Loch Lomond
- FriendsFest, Haggerston Park
- Dunblane Hydro
- Eventim Apollo (Nashville and Goo Goo Dolls)
- Scala (to see Nina Nesbitt)
- Richmond Theatre
- Cutty Sark, Greenwich
- 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.
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 Shakespeare, How 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.
(All Top Ten Tuesday postsin the Books section)
15. Take a photo a week.
Keep track on Instagram.
January: 1 and 2
July: Photo diary
16. Keep a happiness jar.
More details of the 16.