50 Things in 5 Years

Hey everyone. Before I begin this post I'd just like to say, as you all know, a great tragedy occurred in Manchester on Monday night. 22 beautiful souls lost their lives, and many injured, due to a vicious, cowardly act of terror. It still breaks my heart to think of those affected. My thoughts and prayers will be forever with the 22, everyone who was at that Ariana Grande concert, and all of their families. After hearing the news, and seeing my little cousin so emotionally scarred from witnessing the tragic events that night (very grateful that she got home safely), I realised something - that we never know when our last day will be, we never know when will be the last time that we see our loved ones.

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I began to write a list of things I want to do or achieve in the next 5 years. I try my best each and every day to be as fearless as possible. There's a quote that I live by "fear doesn't shut me down, it wakes me up", we all have fears, some of us have more than others. I don't believe that we can ever be rid of them, and I don't believe that we can run from them - the more we run, the more power our fears have over us. So we should use or fears, we should face them, allow them to wake us up. They'll always be there, but they won't be as powerful as your own strength.

I'm going to try to blog about as many of the following as possible. But I'll also update this post when I have completed each one.

Start date: 29 May 2017 - 20 years old
Finish date: 29 May 2022 - 25 years old

  1. Wear something I've made. I have started to make tops and dresses so many times. But the sewing machine is not my best friend. We fall out and I never finish. I'm determined to finish a piece and wear it! 
  2. Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day. I don't mean looking out of my window and seeing orange through the gap of two houses. I want to go to a beach or sit in a park and watch both happen across the skyline.
  3. Keep a journal. Is it just me or is keeping a journal super difficult? I have tried and failed numerous times through out my life. And I cringe when I come across journals from when I was 13 years of age. 
  4. Move into my own place. I say my own, I actually mean move out of my dad's house and into a place with my best friend. Which hopefully will be this July. Wish me luck.
  5. Own a Polaroid camera. I want to take a picture of my Polaroid pictures. 
  6. Workout at least 4 times a week. I'm not really a go-to-the-gym kinda girl. I prefer to wake up of a morning and do an hours workout in my house, then get straight in the shower and start my day. But I haven't been very motivated to keep it up. But I'm announcing it to all you so I have to keep it up for the next 5 years.
  7. 20 squats everyday for 3 months. I'm sure regular gym goers will think 20 squats a day is amateur league, but I am unbelievable unfit, skinny, but unfit. So I think 20 a day will be more than enough for me. Plus I really want to get those "booty goals". 
  8. Do yoga every week. I used to love yoga! I have no idea why I stopped because it was unbelievably calming.
  9. Go for a run at least twice a week. That's going to be tough. I'm not a fan of running.
  10. Learn to love my body. I have men look at me and compliment me frequently. My friends compliment me frequently. As do my family. I say thank you but I never understand the compliment. I never believe it. When I look in the mirror, I don't like what I see. I don't like my pale skin, dots on my legs, my scars, the excess fat on my torso, my face, my knees, my breasts. And that's all I see when I look in the mirror. In the next 5 years I want to not only improve my body, but learn to love everything about it. Especially the things that I can't change.
  11. Try all the recipes I've been so desperate to try. I love to cook. But I restrict myself to the same 3 recipes all the time. So I really want to try all of those recipes I've saved on facebook.
  12. Try to read 1 book a month. The idea is, to pick 1 book on the first day of each month and try to finish it by the end of the month. Emphasis on 'try'.
  13. Get more tattoos. I'm obsessed with them, 5 just won't cut it.
  14. Get an ear piercing(s). I already have the average ear lobe piercing. But I really want a couple more!
  15. Get a real massage. Nope, never had a professional massage. Can you believe it?
  16. Take more family photos. I don't care if my family start to get sick of me constantly taking snaps. I think its so important to capture every happy memory.
  17. Tell the people that I love everyday that I love them. I do like to make sure I tell my loved ones how much I love them. But I need to make sure that I do it everyday. Like I said earlier, we never know when we will see our loved ones for the last time. 
  18. Go to more Everton matches with my dad. My dad and I used to go when I was a child. We stopped after my Nan passed. But I have such happy memories of those days, so I want to at least go to 1 a year with him.
  19. Have game nights with family and friends. Sit in the house, or outside, with those you love playing board games, cards, darts. It sounds like a perfect night to me. Especially if I have a bottle of wine. Ideally I'd like to do this once a month.
  20. Complete a book of arrow word puzzles. I have never been able to complete a single arrow word puzzle. So this might be over achieving a bit. But I do have 5 years.
  21. Unplug for 24 hours. No tv, phone, laptop, ipad for 24 hours. Completely unplugged. I'm actually quite looking forward to this one. 
  22. Get first aid training. I think it's such a valuable and practical thing to know. We never know when we'll need it.
  23. Become a full time blogger. Ah the dream! I am devoted to working every waking hour to become a full time blogger.
  24. Have a professional layout. I mean I like this one, but it's not professional. Creating a professional layout is a talent I do not have. (Comment below if you have any advice for me)
  25. Make and sell cards. Making cards used to be my absolute favourite thing to do! I just didn't have time when I started working. I'd love to see if I still have the talent.
  26. Start an email list. I am completely clueless on where to start! I have been a blogger for 5 years and I still have no idea. (Again, comment below, I am open to any advice)
  27. Donate blood every 4 months. I have donated blood before. It's a very rewarding experience. Plus I can't feel needles and I never have side affects. I had to wait a lot longer because I got a few tattoos. So unless I get a tattoo and have to wait longer, I will be donating blood every 4 months.
  28. Become a bone marrow donor. I have been wanting to do this for a while now. I have heard stories about how taking bone marrow hurts like a bitch, but I'm healthy(ish), so if I can help someone who is ill in anyway, I am more than happy to do so. 
  29. Volunteer. I don't know where, I don't know when, I don't know how long for. But I know I want to volunteer and I know I'm going to. 
  30. Take part in a charity event at least once a year. I'll do anything where I can raise money for a good cause. Walk, jog, run, hike. I'd even do month sober, or 24 hours not talking. I'd get some big sponsors for that, I never shut up!
  31. Learn how to play chess.  My dad has been trying to teach me for years. But because I wasn't interested, I just didn't take any of it in. I know what each piece is called. But the moves they're allowed to make confuses the hell out of me! My dad has kindly agreed to teach me, well try. He's a very patient man, thank god!
  32. Learn a new language. Honestly I have no idea if I'll be able to achieve this in 5 years. I can just about count from 1-10 in Spanish. 
  33. Learn to play an instrument. I have never tried to play an instrument in my entire life. I'll probably be horrific at it. My bestfriend has offered give me a few guitar lessons. I'll keep you posted but I'll probably end up playing the triangle.
  34. Learn to swim. I know, I'm 20 years of age and I can't swim. There's a story behind this. Bare with me. When I was in primary school we used to have weekly swimming lessons. I was at the same level as everyone else, I even got to the point where I could swim 10 lengths with just a float. And I loved it! I went on holiday, I was swimming everyday in the kids pool. But I wanted to swim in the adult pool. My mum agreed as long as I was to put arm bands on. Completely understandable because no way could I have swam without in a pool that deep. When my friend and I got out of the pool to have a drink I took my arm bands off. Forgetting that I had took them off, we ran and jumped straight in to the pool. And I started to drown. When I got back home and went to my usual weekly swimming lesson I was so excited, until I was about to step into the water, I froze. And I have had that fear ever since. I'm completely ashamed to learn to swim infront of people at age 20. But I'm going to dive straight into the deep end, face my fear. 
  35. Learn to drive. I'm in no rush to take lessons yet. I'll probably wait for a couple of years.
  36. Visit at least 5 new countries. I have a pretty long travel bucket list which I'll probably post soon. I don't think one country a year is too much of a stretch. Although my bank account is strongly disagreeing right now.
  37. Go to Las Vegas for my 21st. This trip has been planned for years with my auntie. I mean c'mon, its pretty damn cool. Fingers crossed! 
  38. Spend New Years Eve in New York. Just one year, that's all I want. I just want to experience NYE in New York. 
  39. Go camping every year. Camping has always been one of my favourite things to do. I adore the outdoors. But I haven't had the chance to go camping in about 5 years. It has to happen! I need to buy a tent first though.
  40. Go on a mystery break. I love surprises, I love adventure, and I love a bit of spontaneity in life. Going on a mystery break is one of the things I am most exited to do. 
  41. Work abroad for a few months. This is something I'm going to have to look into a bit more. But two of my friends and I spoke about working in one of those American summer camps. Am I the only one who thinks of Camp Rock straight away?
  42. Go to a drive-in movie theatre. I have wanted to go to one of these from the moment I watched Grease when I was a child. 
  43. Sky dive. I have no idea how scared I will be on the day, but I just really want to do this.
  44. Helicopter ride. I love flying, but I've never been in a helicopter so that's definitely something I want to do. I'd also LOVE, as crazy as it sounds, to fly over an active volcano in a helicopter. Is that even a thing? 
  45. Climb a mountain. Honestly I don't have a specific mountain in mind. I just want to be able to say that I've climbed a mountain.
  46. Chase a tornado. I realise that sounds crazy, my family and friends have never understood it. But I have been obsessed and fascinated by storms, particularly tornadoes, since I was very young. It is the number 1 thing I want to do! 
  47. Ride a mechanical bull. I feel like it's just something I need to experience. Plus, it looks like such a laugh!
  48. Horse riding. I had the chance when I was a child, but for some reason I got scared. I think it's something everyone has to do atleast once.
  49. Ride an elephant. That would be insane. 
  50. Go to a murder mystery night. I have wanted to do this for months! I think I'd crack it.
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And we're done. They're my 50 things to do in 5 years. If you've posted something similar, leave a link in the comments section below. I'd love to read them!

All my love 

xx

If you have any questions regarding this post, require advice or just simply want someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to email me at - safehavenanonymousletters@gmail.com - with the subject '50 things in 5 years'. 

6 comments:

  1. This list is awesome. I struggle with my blog template as well. Have no idea yet or whatsoever.
    I do volunteerswork for 12 years at the same place now and it is truly awesome. Find something you love and it won't feel like 'work'
    I cook for bands and volunteers at a concert hall.
    And for the journal. Been writing on and off in the same for 4 years now. Don't worry about being consistent. Its just for you, you know :)

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    1. Hey lovely! I think you have to have a real knack for creating professional templates. 12 years!? That's incredible. You're such a beautiful soul!
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting.
      -Safe Haven Anonymous Letters

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  2. I love this idea! So many of the things you've listed I want to do too! Journaling is hard to keep to, but I usually keep Sunday mornings as my journal time :)

    Rebecca | 15bex02.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Ooo thats a good idea - keeping it to one day a week.

      Thank you for commenting Rebecca.

      -SH;AL xo

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  3. Great post. I can tell you have a beautiful soul. I can't stress how important it is to tell people you love them. Life can be so unpredictable. The fact that you want to donate bone marrow .. i love it.. great goals

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

      -SH;AL xx

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