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The Life List

For a while now – inspired by Mighty Girl (and actually borrowing some ideas from hers) – I’ve been meaning to write a life list, or bucket list as some people call it. Without wanting to go all hippy-visualisation bidness on you, I do find that writing down my goals seems to bring me a magical step closer to achieving them. Like Deathnote, but without killing any of my enemies.

So hey, if this post helps me achieve any of the following, that would be awesome!

  1. Visit the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
  2. See the Aurora Borealis
  3. Take a dip in a thermo pool in Iceland
  4. Walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
  5. Spend a week on a narrowboat
  6. Travel around the UK in a campervan
  7. Take a flight in a hot air balloon
  8. Visit a redwood forest in California
  9. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  10. Take a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon
  11. Grow my own food
  12. Visit Yellowstone national park
  13. See the Great Wall of China
  14. Sail a yacht
  15. Visit Cuba
  16. Go to carnival in Rio
  17. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  18. Visit New York
  19. Ride a tram in San Francisco
  20. Sky dive
  21. Dance at the Swing Ball with Ben
  22. Ride the Orient Express
  23. Be in a film
  24. Tango in Argentina
  25. Get published
  26. Take a photography class
  27. Read Ulysses
  28. Do a 10k run
  29. Grow a bonsai tree
  30. Have a garden with a hammock
  31. Finish knitting Ben’s scarf
  32. Make a dress
  33. See Radiohead live
  34. See Tom Waits live
  35. Sleep in a treehouse
  36. Learn Italian
  37. Go island-hopping in Greece
  38. Visit Uluru
  39. Swim in the swimming ponds at Hampstead Heath
  40. Throw a Holi party
  41.  Attend Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand
  42. Swim with bioluminescent plankton in Puerto Rico
  43. See the Iguazu Falls in Argentina

 

And a handful of the really awesome things I have already ticked off the list:

Give blood

Dinner at Rick’s Café Americain in Casablanca

Do a 5k run

Learn to swing dance

Dress up as a geisha in Kyoto

Cross Thorung-La: the world’s highest mountain pass in the Himalayas

See a meteor shower

I didn’t get a photo, but it was a lot like this

Be a DJ

Believe it or not, I am DJing here…

Perform onstage

Onstage at Robin’s Well with Ben, Timmy and Sarah

Marry Ben


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climbing back on the horse

So, I’ve been a not very good blogger eh? Dear Reader, please forgive me, for it has been more than a year since my last post. In fact I doubt I have any readers yet to beg forgiveness of…

BUT, so much has happened in that year!

– I got a new job, at Central Saint Martins

– We moved to Brixton (I know, crossed the fiery line that bisects London right along the Thames)

– I took up knitting

– I travelled to Italy and Morocco (again)

– Ben and I got engaged…

– Ben and I got married!

See? Busy times in the Clark/Jones household (and yes, it is still a two-named household, because that is how I roll). But I miss writing – oh heavens how I do, and I’ve been inspired by my friend Nick to get back on the horse. His blog – Excited, Inspired and Grateful – has reminded me that you have to write to write.

What does that even mean??

It means that when you put words down on paper, more words rush in and fill your head. Ideas are a bit like bunny rabbits – you get two of those bad boys in your head, and they will start filling the place up with their adorable fluffy kin. I’ve felt that way before with poetry (and by god, I hope I do again), I really want to feel that way about writing stories. But right now, I feel that way about blogging.

So, my new challenge to myself is to blog 3 times a week. Today is number 1.