62 challenges in 62 months*, which is just over five years in which I want to achieve the many goals, trips and personal challenges that I’ve short-listed as my ultimate bucket list. It wasn’t easy to choose the final list – I could have filled it twice over with places I wanted to visit, skills I wanted to learn or materialistic things I thought I wanted to own. However, when it came down to it, the final list is quite reflective of me. I’m a softer adventurer, rather than hard-core (yet still taking me out of my comfort zone) and I love the natural and historic world, rather than festivities and lots of people (unless it’s a rugby tournament). I like to spark my imagination, but I also want to help educate the world – particularly under-privileged girls.
The challenges also reflect many of my childhood interests and aspirations – places in my favourite books, becoming a teacher, using the languages I learned at school and continuing to write fiction. I’ve always strived to achieve, so there are some ultimate dreams of ‘best-seller’ and ‘award-winning’.
Some of the challenges involving glitz and glamour (just above my comfort zone then!), and some involve camping rough, donning a hammer and quite possibly shovelling animal manure (none of these things I do very often as an adult – apart from DIY – but I’m okay with doing, as long as there aren’t too many critters!!).
More recently, a few new personal challenges have come to the forefront of my mind – helping people overcome the loss of loved ones, livelihoods and their homes, coping with sudden tragedy, and finally, finishing off a few of the trips that my Mum had planned to do in the coming few years.
Not all the challenges have yet been set to S.M.A.R.T. ones (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed goals), but I’ve put as much of the ‘smart’ to them as I know for now while I refine them, book them and get recommendations from readers. I’ve coded them into:
- Charitable (where I will be raising funds for charities through sponsorship, crowd-funding or other things);
- Awareness (highlighting issues that are important to me, and where possible encouraging change);
- Volunteering (where I will be volunteering my time and skills in project management, English as a foreign language, business and tourism development, marketing or creative-writing);
- Childhood Dream (something I wanted to do when I grew up, but somehow after turning 18, it got put on the back-burner/hasn’t happened yet); and finally
- Mum (a challenge linked to my late mum, whether it be fundraising in her memory, undertaking a trip she had planned, or something of a personal memory/experience for me to remember her by).
You can view all of the challenges by using the menu on the right or click here, and if there is a challenge you are interested in supporting or even joining, then you can follow the blog, sign-up to the email newsletter and tick the ones of most interest, or find me on social media.
*not necessarily one per month. I chose 62 because that’s the age my Mum was when she died.