Starting as I mean to go on…

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Well, I know technically it’s not my birthday until next week, but I think the fact that my list is now on my blog means that technically the whole thing has started!

And to be fair, it’s my challenge, it’s up to me to set the rules, right??

I thought I’d start by reminding myself of my 2 big achievements at the age of 28, though I didn’t write a list or anything I did have 2 epic wins.

Firstly, and I think most importantly, I came off my anti-depressants last year. I’m not exactly backwards in coming forwards about my depression, I’ve always been pretty open about it. It was a shitty time in my life and I finally feel like I’ve come out the other side. I don’t mean everything is hunky dory, I have crap days, like everyone else, but I don’t automatically panic every time I feel low that it means I’m sick again. And all of this is made to feel a million times better to know that I’m managing on my own without medication – It makes me stand a little taller, smile a little brighter, and dammit it also makes me pat myself on the back. I did it, I’m proud of that.

My other big achievement of the last year was my driving test. I finally passed my test, after learning for the best part of 3 years, and 3 tests I did it and can now drive all by myself. This is huge for me and again, something I’m dead proud of!

Achievement feels good, that’s why I decided to do this challenge for myself, I want to feel good about myself. So bring it on!

What were your big achievements last year? What do you want to achieve in the coming one?

Turning 30! A challenge of sorts

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Since Dave turned 30 last year I’ve found myself obsessing about it a bit, I turn 30 next January and it’s been playing on my mind. Now, for get me wrong, I’m not scared, or worried (yet!) I’m just very conscious of it!

So I decided to write a list. Of 30 things I want to achieve in the next year (did I mention it’s my birthday on 25th and I turn 29!?). I don’t want to spend the whole year focussing on the big 3 – 0 instead I want to achieve things in the last year of my 20s!

My list is not full of epic things. They are all relatively achievable. Stretching, but achievable. And unlike my 101 list I’m ready this time to do it. When I’m not travelling I’ll create a new page for it to live on and it means I’ll be blogging hopefully (in fact that is one of the challenges). So once again I’m back, and I’m looking forward to attempting these challenges.

What do you think? Do you have a bucket list or a list of things that you want o achieve? Do you have any advice for turning 30?

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Friends and Family – a beautifully double booked weekend!

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Happy Sunday Gang.
Things here in the land of us have been a bit busy the last couple of days. You may have heard me bemoan the fact we don’t always do a great deal at the weekends… Well, this weekend we decided to double book ourselves!

Well, obviously we didn’t decide to double book ourselves, who would do that? But we managed it anyway. For Father’s Day we got Dad a photography course, and one for Mr Dave too. And the first part of 2 was this saturday. At the same time there was a great offer for a gig at Blickling Hall, to see Roger Daltry perform Tommy. Both Dad and Dave are fans of The Who, and it fell this weekend, so they got tickets for that too. So we’ve had Dad here till today, which has been really lovely!

As well as this, an old school friend of mine was visiting from the great north. She arrived Friday night and we’ve spent the weekend chatting, reminiscing and drinking. And of course, she also knew Dad way back when. So the whole thing was just really lovely. Dad and Dave were busy, Vicky and I had plenty to do, and I personally have had a truly lovely weekend.

I’m always a bit weird about old friends, I’ve got a small handful that I keep in touch with, and I think facebook has a lot to answer for (not in a good way!), but there is something to be said for being with people who’ve known you since your first ill advised crush, or who were there helping you learn the lyrics to “On my own” in the library. There are some memories that should be held dear I think. And though there are many friendships that have fallen by the wayside, I hold very dear the ones that span the miles, and work, despite the probabilities!

These get togethers are also, usually, a little bitter sweet, I can’t think of anyone who has solely good memories, and I can’t help but lament the friendships that I’ve lost. There were people that made choices I disagreed with, or I felt did me wrong in some way, and I was reminded of one of those this weekend. I’m better for moving on, but it doesn’t hurt less.

Oooh, we took a bit of a philosophical turn there didn’t we!
I just wanted to say how lovely my weekend was… How was yours?

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PS!
Huge congratulations to Hannah who ran the Race for Life today, with her mum!

Schizo-blog

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dear diary

Only a diary? - image from http://www.sxc.hu/

I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog.
That tends to happen when I meet up with Tracy I think she is convinced I’ve got something worth blogging about. It is lovely for someone to have faith in you. I want to be a good blogger. I just need to find something I’m good at blogging about.

Currently this blog is like a glorified diary, or journal, which I also do sporadically funnily enough. It’s like the second someone tells me I need to write more than 140 characters I clam up. I know there is stuff I want to say, but does anyone listen? And more importantly, do I care if they listen?

I’d like my blog to have more direction, more focus, but I don’t want it to be single-minded, I’m not a single-minded person, I’d like to think I’m multifaceted. Though maybe that is going a bit far!

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The many facets of Becca

So I guess I need to look at my wordle and work out which bits of my life are blog worthy… Any hints and tips would be gratefully received! What do you want to read about?

A meme – ABC’s. All about me!

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A is for Age: Just turned 28.

B is for Beer of choice: Not a fan of beer, will sometimes enjoy a corona with lime, so ginger beer!

C is for Career: Social Media Manager. I live for all things social media and my job makes me ecstatically happy. Not bad for a politics graduate who had no idea what she wanted to do huh?!

D is for favourite Drink: I’m a coffee drinker, I can do upwards of 4 or 5 mugs a day. I also crave strawberry milkshake from time to time and am trying to increase my water intake.

E is for Essential item you use every day: iphone. It truly is my baby. Which is awful, really! But I hate being without it.

F is for Favourite song at the moment: Stuck in my head at the moment is The Plan B song “She Said” – Dave got me the album for Valentines Day so I can’t wait to listen to the rest.

G is for favourite Game: I don’t really play games, I’m not a computer gamer and I get bored of phone games too.

H is for Home town: I’m a Cambridgeshire girl.

I is for Instruments you play: I don’t play any, I love music, but don’t really have much talent for it. I used to sing inthe church choir.

J is for favourite Juice: I love orange juice with bits in!

K is for Kids: No thank you!! I’ve always said I’m not sure I want them, can barely look after myself etc, but one day, maybe! I like my life as it is, I’m not sure kids wouldn’t mess that up.  Is that selfish?

L is for Last kiss: My goodbye kiss to Dave as I left this morning.

M is for marriage: hopefully… one day.

N is for full Name: I hate being called by my full first name, it sounds ridiculously grown up, I am a Becca, Beck, Becky, Bex, any of these, Rebecca, not so much.  I have a middle name, which is cool, I used to love it more than my first and I’ve never had a problem with my surname.

O is for Overnight hospital stays: None as far as I am aware.

P is for phobias: heights, falling, failure, spiders, mice (thats new!)

Q is for quote: You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.

William W Purkey

R is for biggest Regret: I’m not really sure I have any.  I’ve always believed that you are where you are because of the choices you’ve made, and if you are happy where you are then why would you regret it.  I don’t mean that to sound sanctimonious, i just truly believe there is nothing I regret.

S is for sports: yuk!

T is for Time you wake up: Alarm is generally set for 7, unless i’m in london in which case it is any time from 5am. and weekends its whenever we wake up!

U is for colour of underwear: Today I’ve got a black bra and turquoise pants!

V is for Vegetable you love: everytyhing except peas and beans.  Though I like green beans now.  I really like raw mange tout and baby sweetcorn and also love cauliflower.

W is for Worst Habit: I might perhaps be a nose picker. I also snore. And talk in my sleep.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: I’ve only ever had them at the dentist.

Y is for Yummy food you make: My waffleberry pudding is pretty legendary.  I don’t cook very often.

Z is for Zodiac sign: Aquarius, unless the 13th sign changed it all!

Friday 5 – Cookie Cookie Cookie!!

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So, I’m on a diet at the moment, this is gonna make me hungry!!!

1. What is absolutely the best cookie you’ve ever had?

I think it would have to be Farmhouse Cookies!! The recipe can be found here and is delicious, and not too unhealthy cos of the muesli (that’s what I’m saying, and I’m sticking to it!)

2. What is a cookie you really don’t care for?

Funnily enough, despite the above, I’m not overly keen on oatmeal and raisin cookies, though Dave adores them.

3. What are some other cookies you are rather fond of?

I love cookies full stop, particularly chocolate ones! Chocolate in any cookie is goooood.

4. Grocery-store cookies are, of course, never as good as anything that comes out of someone’s kitchen, but what’s a packaged cookie that’s still pretty good?

The ones that come from the bakery section in packs of 5 from tesco (other supermarkets are available) are pretty good!

5. In general, do you think cookies should be chewy and gooey, or should they be crispy and crunchy?

Gooey and chewy all the way baby!

Of lips and blog bling!

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A couple of things in a little bit of an update!

Firstly, a happy easter to my lovely readers, wherever you are and what ever you believe. We spent the day with Dave’s family today, and I made an easter egg hunt for everybody 🙂

Becca does the easter bunny

Just call me the easter bunny!

I wanted to share my new beauty find with you all, I’ve been struggling with really dry lips recently and whilst looking for something to help I discovered this:

Neutrogena’s Immediate Repair Lip Balm.  It is a lovely little pot of loveliness that I just can’t get enough of. I love it! I’m never going to buy another lip balm again, it makes me lips soft and lovely without leaving them sticky.

And down there, in the corner is my other little bit of loveliness!

My friend Jen gave me my first ever bit of blog bling, its the sunshine award! Along with it is a meme about what my handbag holds 🙂 That is a whole other entry for when my camera is back with me (I left it at mum and dad’s last time I visited).

So massive thanks Jen, I’ll do the rest of it when I can:)

Day 4 – of 1001

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So today marks Day 4 of the 1001 challenge I’m undertaking with Han and I’ve managed to start 4 of my challenges:

These are

  • Learning to drive
  • Writing in my journal once a week
  • Drinking a bottle of water every day (on days I’m not in work this is going to be at least 2 glasses)
  • Contributing a million grains of rice to freerice (I’ve done 1500 ish)

I think Han and I might also help each other out by being penpals too!

I’m also working on getting Sammi to do her 101.

So thats the update.  I’ve got another blog idea in the pipeline, so expect something else soon!