Life Ticket

This is my Life Ticket, a list of hopes, dreams, and achievements.

Some people call it a bucket list, five-year plan or an impossible list but mine is called a Life Ticket.

This is not a place simply to list things and tick them off.  Each and everything recorded is very personal to me.

My Life Ticket is there to keep me motivated and move me forward as I get older in life.  It is a signifier to help me grow and become the best person I can be. This is a list of things I want to do which can make a difference to others as well as to myself.  Some challenges on the list will be hard to complete, others incredibly scary (only in a good way, I don’t do scary scary), as I endeavour to keep pushing myself to experience new ideas, new people, and new places.

There are no time limits because, this list…is for life.

Planet Saving:

  • Create a beautiful, functioning, sustainable green garden (Completed August 2014)
  • Support 25 people to start growing their own veggies (Completed February 2015)
  • Inspire 100 people to grow their own fruit/veg/herbs
  • Plant 50 trees
  • Plant 100 trees
  • Grow food in the garden 12 consecutive months in a year (Completed 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Collect at least 100 pieces of rubbish from my local area
  • Reduce my plastic consumption to 5%
  • Grow a plant from seed and give it to someone I care about
  • Create a side hustle and give entire profits to a charity
  • Reduce meat intake by 50% (Completed 30th April 15)
  • Reduce meat intake by 75% (Completed January 16)
  • Complete Veganuary (Completed 31st January 15)
  • Eat 100% plant based
  • Giveaway 100 packets of veg/herb seeds
  • Create a cut flower bed from seed (Completed summer of 17)

Business and Hustle:

  • Write and publish a free eBook on ‘How to Start GYO’ (Completed 30th March 15)
  • Finish a novel for NaNoWriMo (Completed 30th November 12)
  • Become a freelance writer
  • Publish a novel
  • Practice photography elements
  • Sell 100 photos on a stock photo website
  • Sell 500 photos on a stock photo website
  • Start my own online shop
  • Set up my own weekend gardening business
  • Start a plant nursery

Healthy & Active:

  • Lose two stone (28lbs) in weight (Completed 19th August 13)
  • Complete a handstand
  • Do 25 pushups
  • Do 50 pushups
  • Do 100 consecutive squats (Completed 14)
  • Complete a 5k run (Completed 3rd September 13)
  • Complete a 10k run (Completed 21st September 13)
  • Complete a half-marathon run (Completed 21st September 14)
  • Run a 5k in less than 38 minutes (Completed 17th Feb 17)
  • Run a 5k in less than 35 minutes (Completed 12th August 17)
  • Run a 5k in less than 30 minutes
  • Run a 5k in less than 25 minutes
  • Run a 5k every month in 2017
  • Climb Scafell Pike in the Lake District (Completed 19th July 2017)
  • Complete the National 3 Peaks in less than 24hrs
  • Go on 12 Pup (Minnie & Mouse) walking adventures in a year – 2017:
    1. The Broads, Norfolk (Completed 21st Mar 17)
    2. Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire (Completed 18th Feb 17)
    3. Covenham, Lincolnshire (Completed 8th Jan 17)
    4. Peak District
    5. Wiltshire
    6. Silver Lincs Way
    7. Viking Way, Humberside
    8. Lincolnshire Wolds
    9. The Lake District (Completed 18th June 17)
    10. Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
    11. Hubbards Hill, Louth
    12. People’s Park, Grimsby (Completed 4th June 17)
  • No alcohol consumption for 60 days straight
  • Run 1.5 mile (2.4km) in less than 14:30

Getting to know the World:

  • Go to New York City (Completed 16th to 26th January 14 and 15th to 26th June 15)
  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Go to a concentration camp/museum in Europe
  • Walk in the Black Forest, Germany
  • Travel to the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit the Everglades, Florida
  • Visit Crete (Completed May 2013 and May 2016)
  • Go on an African Safari
  • Visit a Tibetan monastery
  • Travel to a country, alone
  • Volunteer at Târgoviște dog shelter, Romania
  • Trek along the Amazon rainforest
  • Live in New York State for 3 months
  • Visit Luxor, Egypt
  • Travel to somewhere far without using a plane

Zen Life:

  • Wake up at 5am – 30 days straight
  • Train to become a Mental Health First Aider (Completed December 14)
  • Become a better listener
  • Live in a rural village
  • Write every day for 30 days straight
  • Write every day for 70 days straight
  • Write every day for 365 days straight
  • Remove myself from all social media for 30 days straight

Celebration/Action Events:

  • Day of the Dead, Mexico
  • Gay Pride, Amsterdam
  • Dawn Chorus (Completed 13th April 14 and 30th April 17)
  • Participate in a Protest March for a cause I feel strongly about (Completed 17th October 12)
  • Attend another protest on something I feel passionate about
  • Starling Murmation

Renaissance Woman:

  • Become fluent in German
  • Learn Greek
  • Learn to read music
  • Learn to play Comptine d’un autre ete by Yann Tiersen on a keyboard/piano
  • Read 250 books (started recording in 2007, currently at 203 Jan 17)
  • Read the Bible (Started Dec 2016)
  • Read 10 books that changed the world
  • Read 25 recommended Biographies
  • Watch 10 TED talks (Completed 9th May 17)
  • Watch 25 TED talks (Completed 27th May 17)
  • Watch 50 TED talks
  • Complete a fanfic novel (Finished 30th November 14)

The most interesting part I’ve discovered on having a list like this is by having read other people’s challenges and ideas that they have things listed that are either near to me or I take for granted.  So, there must be things on my list that would be easy or nearby to others.

Let’s share!  If I can help you with your bucket list let me know and in turn, if there is anything you spot on mine that you could support me with, then let’s connect.

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