At the beginning of the year, rather than commit to new year resolutions, I set myself a challenge to achieve 52 things in 52 weeks.
It was a random list, a mix of places to visit, things to learn, things to do, sometimes a one off achievement, sometimes an ongoing commitment over twelve months.
With less than two months left of the year, it is time for a review of the 52.
High level stats :
13 still left to do
5 on track
3 will not be completed
In the past four months I have finalised another 12 challenges.
Our health has improved by walking and hiking, by reducing the amount of wine we drink and by eating more fresh vegetables, salad and fruit from the local farmer’s markets.
August marked my first anniversary of blogging and of participating in “photo a day”. I have made new friends with both of these activities, online friends from around the world, but also friends here in Hobart, in my real world. Sixteen months ago I had not considered either as a hobby but I am so glad that both are now an ongoing part of my life.
To date, I have used my iphone for all my photos but I have learned new photography techniques and terminology and have experimented with editing. This will continue to be a learning curve. We have just started the research to buy a camera as our joint birthdays and Christmas present.
One reason for the camera is to take night sky and aurora photos, which are just not possible with an iphone. We have seen the aurora on a couple of occasions and have taken night time walks on the beach, in moonlight and dark skies. It’s not been warm enough yet for the skinny dip though.
We have now lived in Tasmania for more than six months. We’ve had several family visitors from the mainland and it’s been fun taking them to some of our favourite places and exploring new locations with them. We had a relaxed visit to a favoured vineyard when a classic guitarist played live music and lots of people had taken picnics. Kids enjoyed the outdoor play area and watched the ducklings on the duck pond. They weren’t so happy when the owner’s corgi helped herself to food from picnic plates left on the ground.
So far, there are 3 challenges that I will not complete. Two are by circumstance, one restaurant was booked for several months in advance so we could not get a booking before we left London. Another restaurant had closed in Hobart before we arrived.
There is one challenge that I have made a conscious decision not to complete. After consideration and feedback from other bloggers, I have decided not to post on Twitter. I spend enough time online with facebook and this blog, I personally do not need more social media platforms.
There are still a few things to do in the next eight weeks:
7 ~ Drive along Australia’s Great Ocean Road
10 ~ Get a new job
12 ~ Visit Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania
15 ~ Make a driftwood Christmas tree
20 ~ See moon set over the ocean
22 ~ Skinny dip in the ocean
23 ~ Go to a drive in movie
24 ~ Participate in a protest
27 ~ Paint a picture
29 ~ Get to a healthy BMI and maintain it
30 ~ Visit Western Australia
31 ~ Send a message in a bottle
37 ~ Lie on my back in the rain and watch the drops fall
4 ~ Send a postcard every week for a year ✔
16 ~ Complete “a sentence a day” journal ✔
17 ~ Learn the Southern night sky ✔
50 ~ Organise my jewellery and wear it more often ✔
52 ~ Take a selfie every week for a year ✔
Completed in past four months:
41 ~ Hike on Mount Wellington, Hobart ✔✔
43 ~ Reduce my alcohol intake, have alcohol free weekdays unless special occasion ✔✔
45 ~ Regularly go to the local farmers market ✔✔
6 ~ Blog for a year ✔✔
13 ~ Complete 365 Photo a Day ✔✔
49 ~ Expand my blog network and blogs I follow ✔✔
8 ~ Visit Puddleduck Vineyard on a picnic day or duck race day ✔✔
36 ~ Take a moonlit walk on a beach ✔✔
21 ~ Bake my own bread ✔✔
2 ~ Live in another country for 6 months minimum ✔✔
33 ~ Learn more photography techniques ✔✔
34 ~ Learn more photo editing techniques ✔✔
39 ~ Breakfast at Duck & Waffle restaurant in London ✘
40 ~ Dinner at Garagistes restaurant in Hobart ✘
48 ~ Expand my Twitter network ✘
Completed in first half of the year
1 ~ Visit Gibraltar ✔ ✔
3 ~ Drive a left hand drive car on the right hand side of the road ✔ ✔
5 ~ Join “postcrossing” ✔ ✔
9 ~ Live by the sea ✔ ✔
11 ~ Do some voluntary work ✔ ✔
14 ~ Make blueberry muffins ✔ ✔
18 ~ See the Milky Way ✔ ✔
19 ~ See moon rise over the ocean ✔ ✔
25 ~ Go to an Aussie Rules match ✔ ✔
26 ~ Go to a rugby match ✔ ✔
28 ~ Revisit MONA in Hobart ✔ ✔
32 ~ Observe a court case at The Old Bailey, London ✔ ✔
35 ~ Watch 10 movies that were made before I was born ✔ ✔
38 ~ Draw a picture / message in the sand on a beach ✔ ✔
42 ~ Re-read my original gap year journals from 1985 ✔ ✔
44 ~ Visit Penitentiary Chapel in Hobart ✔ ✔
46 ~ Make banana bread with C~M ✔ ✔
47 ~ Complete London Underground Circle Line challenge – my own version ✔ ✔
51 ~ Sort out my wardrobe and be realistic ✔ ✔