I feel, as a kind of “getting to know me” way, that I should tell you about ‘The Bucket List’ that I had compiled around the time I was turning 40. This was the brain child of my husband. As I was really undecided about what I wanted to do to celebrate this milestone, he said I should write a list of 40 things that I would like to do/have always wanted to do, and we would do our level best to cross one off the list at least every other month, time/money permitting!
This list could and should be anything. We felt it should have things from less expensive treats, to the bigger things that I have coveted over the years. My poor, long suffering husband is great at thinking up these little ideas, as he reckons I am really hard to buy for. (I think personally, Im easy peasy)
For example, for my 30th birthday, he bought me one of those ‘pot of dreams’ ceramic money pots that you have to smash to open. You know the sort? The idea behind this was that I saved any £1 and £2 coins that came my way in the pot, and when I broke it open the following birthday, I would hopefully have enough cash there to purchase whatever item I had lusted after throughout the year. I had always longed to purchase a Mulberry handbag, or a pair of Chanel shoes, but never had that sort of cash going spare. This way, my husband felt that I would stand some chance of being able to buy these lovelies. (I bought my first Mulberry bag when I was 31, **happy, happy face)
I still actually do this every year, and have managed to buy some beautiful items throughout the, ahem, 12 years since. If like me, you lust after the finer things in life, but cash flow sometimes says no, I would thoroughly recommend this as a way of maybe getting them. I cannot describe the feeling of excitement I get when I crack open the pot, count the cash, and then spend the next week browsing the beautiful internet shops of my favourite designers, knowing that yes, you will be mine my pretty little bag/shoe/purse etc, come on home to mumma!
Annyywayyyy, I digress. The List.
So, my 40 things were noted, and I have listed some of the items below. I wouldnt bore you with the whole list, but Im sure you get the idea. I turned 43 this year, and in the 3 years we have managed to cross off about half. Its been fabulous as Iv had some amazing days out with my family, husband and friends, as well as just doing some of the simple things on my own that I had never done.
The List (in part, and in no particular order)
*Test drove a brand new Audi TT
*Went to Harrods in Knightsbridge and worked my way from top to bottom browsing.
*Enjoyed a meal at a totally Vegetarian restaurant. (Iv been veggi since I was 14, had never been to a veggi restaurant)
*Bought a Jo Malone candle
*Went and spent the afternoon at St Katherines Dock in London, (one of my fave parts of London) and just read, drank tea, watched the world go by.
*Went back to Dublin with my girlfriends, (many happy memories from our younger years)
*Sat in a library and read all afternoon, on my own, peace and quiet
*Went posh wine tasting in London
*Enjoyed a spa break
*Went to the cinema on my own, in the daytime, (watched Les Mis)
*Cut all of my long hair off
*Went to the Tennis at Wimbledon
Some things still to do from the list
*Go to a basic Italian cookery class
*Be taken to Paris on the Eurostar, for lunch, and come back again!
*Take a day off from work, for no particular reason, and just please myself
*Attend a perfumery class
*Go on a Yoga retreat
*Go to as many Afternoon Tea’s in London as possible (this one is ongoing
*Travel, travel and travel (again, this one is ongoing)
Id love to hear what you would have on your list?