Guys, guys! Guess what! The library is finally finished! Hurrah! Rejoice, etc. We started working on it when we first moved in two and a half years ago (whoa) and it’s finally, finally finished. It’s been on my Life List for as long as I remember, and I can’t express enough how much joy it brings me to spend time in this little room. Before Oh, before. When we moved in the walls were pale blue paint over stripy blue wallpaper. The skirting boards were SILVER…Continue Reading “Life List: Have a Library”

Wait, you don’t have a library? In all seriousness, we are very fortunate to have been able to buy a house large enough for me to indulge my childhood dreams. I’ve wanted my own library for as long as I can remember, and we’ve been working hard since we moved in to turn this dusty, neglected box room into a cosy, joyous haven. The bulk of the renovation is done – we’ve removed the silver (!) paint from the skirting boards, stripped the stripy wallpaper…Continue Reading “Picking Prints for the Library”

Well gosh, hasn’t it been a long time since I completed my 31 for 31. I fell off the blogging wagon big time and I’m still not really sure why. In general life has been pretty stable but my motivation for all things has been lacking of late and it’s starting to show in every facet. Still. As good Mr Frost says, the only way out is through, right? I wrote this waaaay back in June and it’s bothered me ever since that I didn’t…Continue Reading “31 for 31 – My Year In Lists”

When I was a very small child I took ballet classes with my sister. I loved the wraparound cardigans (still do, I should pick up some of those) and the leg warmers and the silky soft shoes. But when the teacher casually remarked that I’d never be tall enough to be a professional ballerina (she was totally right by the way) I lost all interest and stopped going. Fast forward 26 years and I found myself itching to get back to first position. There’s something…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Take a Ballet Class”

Ah, this was such a fun one to tick off! Swimming outdoors is my number one joy and I hardly ever get to do it. There’s something so calming about being in the water and being able to feel the sun on your skin, no? I added ‘swim in a lido’ to my Life List a little while ago – I knew there was one in Bristol but I had the vague idea that there would be one closer to home, after all, who doesn’t want…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Swim in a Lido”

I only added this goal to my Life List recently, but it’s one I’ve been considering for a while. It’s not one I ever thought I’d be able to tick off and honestly, before the start of the year I had very little inclination to achieve it. Which makes it all the more surprising that last week I ran my first ever 5K. I ran 5 kilometres, in one go, without stopping. It doesn’t sound like much but having reached the age of 31 before I hit…Continue Reading “Life List: Complete a 5K”

I’m doing a monthly round-up of how my resolutions are going, as a way to encourage me to stay on track and plan goals, rather than leaving everything to the last minute! Here’s my April round-up.  Progress Made – April 200 sugar free days: 22 (56/200) This is definitely getting easier! I’m down to about one day a week now where I eat refined sugar, so the next step is to cut out other items that have a high sugar content like fruit juice. No sugar is easier when you’re on…Continue Reading “2015 Goals: April Round-Up”

Check! (Little chess pun for you there. Ba-dom-cha.) Technically neither of us noticed Q’s king sitting all exposed and in danger, so I did kind of swoop in and win without putting him in check first. We looked up the rules (he insisted 😉 ) and it turns out saying check is a courtesy but not a requirement, so I’m going to class this one as complete! Ha. It’d be nice to win a game that wasn’t a total fluke, of course. I’ll keep trying….Continue Reading “Life List: Win a Game of Chess”

I’ve had this goal on my list for a few years now. I’ve been writing Grace in Small Things posts since October 2009 (gosh!) and I honestly think it’s been so good for me to practice gratitude on a regular basis. I hit 500 a while ago, but as I looked through the list I realised I had a fair few duplicates (the perils of writing them weekly I suppose) so I cleaned out the dupes and waited to hit 500 originals before ticking it off. At a quick…Continue Reading “Life List: Find Grace in 500 Small Things”

I thought I’d do a monthly round-up of how my resolutions are going, as a way to encourage me to stay on track and plan goals, rather than leaving everything to the last minute! Here’s my March round-up.  Progress Made – March 200 sugar free days: 20 (54/200) I made a good dent in this one this month and I’m on target for the rest of the year. We’ve got rid of the majority of the sugary crap in our house now, so it’s far easier not…Continue Reading “2015 Goals: March Round-Up”