2017 Bucket List – Things I want to see, do and accomplish before the year is out

What success looks like in 2017 for me.

So, as I said in my last blog, this year I’ve decided to make a bucket list of things I want to do this year aside from the usual “eat clean”, “quit caffeine”, “ditch alcohol”, “get fit” and “save money” resolutions that I seem to make year in and year out. Now, whilst I am going to try and still do the things listed above, these aren’t the things that I want to be reflecting on when it comes to 2018. When 2018 comes around I want to be reflecting on good memories.

With all of that in mind, here are my initial ideas for my 2017 Bucket List. This will inevitably grow throughout the year. These aren’t in any specific order of importance…

Activities

  • Go to an open air cinema in the summer – I want to feel like I’m in a real life movie…
  • Attend a pottery painting session – I love taking the opportunity to be a little bit creative and I saw an advertisement within a local ceramics store for an adult only pots and pinot session which runs once a month and I’d absolutely love to give it a try.
  • See a Cirque du Soleil show – my boyfriend always talks about how amazing these shows are and I feel like I’m missing out. 
  • Go to a festival or concert – obviously this is something that I’ve already done but I had such a great time at all of them that it’s of course on my list again for this year.
  • Create a scrapbook full of memories to reflect on at the end of the yearso I can relive the memories everyday.
  • Re-decorate the feature wall in my bedroom – It’s about time those Pinterest boards come to life
  • Try Bikram Yoga – I regularly go to Pilates as a way to build my core and to de-stress after a stressful week. I’ve heard a lot about Bikram Yoga and would love to give it a go. Whether I’m any good or not is a different question…
  • Have a Microdermabrasion- yes, I am still hung up that my appointment didn’t go as planned last year and the only way for me to get over it is to give it a try.
  • Go to Harry Potter studios in London – my whole family loves Harry Potter and it seems a shame that I haven’t been already given that I live so close to it.

Travel

  • Have a romantic weekend away in a cute lodge in the countryside with no phones or technologyjust us.
  • Visit a new country that I have never been to before – my initial thoughts are Croatia as it looks beautiful and I’ve seen it in many travel guides as the place to be but I usually book holidays last minute as 1. I’m quite impulsive 2. you can save almost half price by booking last minute trips so I’ll probably end up somewhere totally unplanned.
  • See the Eiffel tower – even though it’s literally a few hours away, I’ve never actually been to Paris and have only actually been to France once.
  • Have a croissant and coffee at a cute Parisian café – yes, I stole this idea from Me before You #sorrynotsorry.
  • Have a day trip in Brighton and go up the i360 – I missed out on going up the i360 for a work event so it’s definitely on my hit list this year.

Accomplishments/ Personal Growth

  • Participate in a writing challenge – I love writing and this is a perfect way to push myself and grow my skills.
  • Learn how to curl my hair properly – I got a new hair curler for Christmas so I really feel like I need to master the art of curling my hair to make the most of it.
  • Attend a cookery class – being a massive foodie, I’d love to learn how to make authentic food from a particular cuisine. Indian food or Spanish tapas would be top on my hit list!
  • Get 100+ followers on my blog before the year is up – having only started my blog a few months ago, I still have a lot to learn but I’d love to build up my following. If you have any top tips, please do let me know!

There you have it.

That’s my initial plan of what success looks like in 2017. I’d love to hear what your plans are for the year and whether or not you’ve already broken your new year’s resolutions or if you’ve been strong willed and stuck with it.

You’ll be pleased to know that my usual January commitments have gone well so far – I committed to saving money and eating healthy at work and have taken in a healthy lunch every day this week. I also haven’t had any coffee or alcohol since the new year which is pretty impressive for me and have been to the gym twice this week already out of my goal of three times a week.

Finally, thank you again for reading my blog and for your continued support. I’d love to know any ideas of what you would like to read about next.

-Em

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New year, same me. 

Happy new year all! I hope you celebrated with a bang last night and haven’t got too much of a sore head this morning. 

I saw the new year in at my sister’s boyfriend’s farm house where we made homemade pizzas, lit fireworks and drank probably a bit too much and avoided extortionate club fees and overcrowded bars. 


The beginning of a new year is usually a great time to turn over a fresh slate for most people and a time to set goals for how you are going to change and improve yourself. I am a strong believer in setting goals to help you strive towards something and to give yourself a sense of achievement but this shouldn’t just happen at the start of the year and then forgotten about until this time rolls around again. I find it easier to set smaller goals throughout the year as it makes it easier to stay on track and gives you a continuous sense of achievement. 

So this year I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions as such. Yes, like most of you, I aim to get fitter and in particular I want to make sure I drink more water throughout the day to stay hydrated but I don’t aim to change myself in the process. To often we don’t accept who we are or feel comfortable in our own skin, feeling the need to make changes. 

This year, instead of making resolutions, my plan is to make a bucket list for things I want to do and places I want to see before 2017 is up. Life is short to waste it sitting around watching Netflix all day everyday. At the end of 2017 I will be the same me with a strong sense of fulfilment. 

I’m going to be spending my day pulling together my 2017 bucket list and thinking  about where I really want to go and what I want to see this year. 

I will share my list in a few days once I’ve set aside some time to really think it through so keep a look out. 

What are your goals for 2017? Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? 

-Em

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Driving home for Christmas 

Well that’s it. Work is now officially over for the year – well bar the emails that I will inevitably check whilst off work. I’m writing this as I am in the car on the way home for Christmas. Don’t worry, I am the passenger and definitely not driving, not after the drinks I’ve had this afternoon anyway! 

This year has been incredible. I’ve secured my full time job after my apprenticeship in an amazing team at Microsoft which seems crazy for a 20 year old. I also went on a work conference in Toronto which was my first time that I’ve travelled far afield and it was an  amazing but absolutely exhausting experience. I’ve been to a gorgeous island in Portugal called Porto Santo and drank way too many mojitos. Ibiza also happened this year – the quiet side for anybody who now thinks I’m a nutter. It was absolutely stunning and I exploring the old town in Ibiza will forever be one of my favourite memories. Add into that the WILD long weekend with my lovely pals in the Isle of Wight, which ended in ways we won’t discuss here, and you have just a few of my many highlights from 2016. 

Did I keep my New Years resolutions? 
Absolutely not. Well kind of. This time last year my resolutions were to go to the gym 3 times a week, volunteer for a charity and to cut out caffeine.

The only time that I kept the gym resolution this year was this week so it’s only taken me until December to achieve my resolution – good job Emma! 

With the craze of this year, I haven’t had time to think about volunteering for a charity but this is still very much on my list of things to do. And in terms of cutting out the caffeine, I think it’s safer for everybody if that doesn’t happen. I think my work bestie Matt will also vouch for that… 

I hope that your 2016 has been as incredible as mine and I wish you all a very merry Christmas. I hope that you all manage to get some time out of the office to catch up with you loved ones. 

Here’s to the end of another great year. Time just goes to quickly! 🎄🎅🏻🎁💆🏻

-Em💋

The new kids on the block: 7 Bone Burger Co. 

First things first, for those of you who don’t know me, I am a self confessed foodie and love nothing more than visiting new restaurants and trying new foods.

When I saw an advertisement on Facebook that this new burger bar was opening up in Camberley, it was straight on my list of places to try out. My boyfriend and I took a trip there on Saturday after a long week and it’s fair to say that it more than lived up to expectations.

Being open for only a month so far, it was quite busy so there was a bit of a wait for a table but it was definitely worth it. Service wasn’t as fast as it usually would have been but the staff were great and the customer service was on another level.

What’s on offer?

The drinks menu has various soft drinks, cocktails and hard shakes so there’s something to suit everybody although the cocktails are a little on the pricey side.

When it comes to food, you can choose from – surprise, surprise – various beef burgers, fried chicken burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and melts and there’s a choice of some great sides from Poutine (which sadly was sold out when we went), chilli fries, truffle mac and cheese and lots of other delicious treats – including chicken wings and even a naked raunch salad if you’re feeling healthy. In terms of vegetarian options, there are a couple but not a huge selection so I’d definitely check out the menu before you go to see if there’s something that tickles your fancy. I can say, though, that the halloumi fries looked insanely good! 

I decided to go with the Big Chicken burger with truffle mac and cheese on the side and my boyfriend ordered the Franks a Weiner hot dog with a side of chilli fries. img_0796

The food was absolutely gorgeous and I’d put this down as the best chicken burger that I’ve ever eaten. The chicken had a nice and crispy coating but wasn’t overfried so retained its juiciness. For those of you who aren’t a fan of sauce then I’d recommend choosing a different burger as this has HP brown sauce, chipotle, ketchup and mayonnaise on it, which sounds like an odd combo but somehow works.

Niall’s hot dog looked delicious and I’ll take his word when he says it was good given that there was no way he’d give me a bite! I’d definitely recommend the chilli fries and the truffle mac and chimg_0799eese as they were absolutely stunning. Best mac and cheese ever!

Given how good the food was and the portion sizes being so large that we were unable to finish it all, I was slightly shocked when the bill came and it was only £26.45!

Bryon burger, you have been demoted.

There areimg_0815 only 3 of these restaurants in the UK – Camberley, Southampton and Bournemouth – but if you live close to any of those areas then I’d definitely put it on your hit list.

Oh – and come with an empty stomach!

Let me know if you’ve visited 7 Bone Burger Co. and what you thought of it. It won’t be the last time we go that’s for sure.

-Em

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Family comes first 

With Christmas nearly upon us, I encourage you to really take the time to spend the holiday season with those closest to you. Life is short. Turn off your phones. Switch off your work email. Talk to each other. 

paulineYesterday, unfortunately, I spent the day attending my auntie Pauline’s funeral, celebrating the good times and reliving some of our great memories that we all have of her. It really hit home to me how important it is to take some time out to spend quality time with your loved ones. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of work and the hustle and bustle of daily life that you keep putting off spending time with those who are important to you in favour of smashing through your to do list. I, myself, am very guilty of doing this.

I have quite a large family and quite a lot of us are spread across the country which makes visits a bit of a nightmare. My boyfriend’s family mostly live in Wales, his father in Bristol and then his mother lives in Bracknell with us. Then you have my side of the family. My mother and father live in Wittering and the rest of my family up in Yorkshire. So you can see why it’s a bit of a headache to organise to see everybody. We tend to only all get together when there is a big event – usually either a wedding or, sadly, a funeral.

But with the new year upon us, now is time to make a change and I encourage you to do so too.

When I think about what is important to me deep down, it isn’t whether I manage to tick that task of my to do list which has been on there for the past month. I absolutely love my job but it’s really put things into perspective around what is really important in life and, for me, that is your health and wellbeing and spending time with those who are closest to you. Money doesn’t feature in those top important elements in life. You’re not going to remember that new lipstick shade you were able to buy or the money in the bank. None of that will matter in the end.

Material objects come and go but memories will last forever.

With Christmas nearly upon us, I encourage you to really take the time to spend the holiday season with those closest to you. Life is short. Turn off your phones. Switch off your work email. Talk to each other.

My auntie Pauline’s favourite time of year was Christmas because all of the family were together. So if I can ask you to do one thing this year, it’s to embrace the festive spirit and make some memories which will last in your memory forever.

The best gift around the Christmas tree is the presence of family.

Pauline passed away in November after being diagnosed with Amyloidosis in August. Those of you who watch House may recognise the name. Amyloidosis is a rare but serious condition caused by deposits of abnormal protein, called Amyloid, in tissues and organs throughout the body.

If you have any spare change over the Christmas period, please do donate to our Just Giving page where we are raising money for research into the condition which might eventually help us find a cure to this illness. Any donation, however big or small, could make a difference between life of death for somebody’s loved ones.

Thank you for your support.

-Em

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