You found me…so welcome! If you’ve read some of my posts, you might be wondering who’s behind the posts. What’s she like? Why does she blog? So, here’s some info to answer some of your questions
Who are you?!
I’m the person who comes across as being rather quiet but who has an adventurous and rebellious inner core! I run my own consultancy firm in special education needs here in the U.K. which I truly love and have been doing that for about 16 years. I’ve been very happily married to the most patient and wonderful hubby since 1996 and we have two adult children. I also volunteer for a Sussex-based charity that supports children and young people with disabilities, and I love photography.
Why do you blog?
For me, blogging is fantastic for mental well-being and I love finding things to do that not only make me smile but hopefully inspire others.
So, my bucket list journey started when I was 38 and I set myself the goal of achieving 40 things before my 40th birthday. Some experiences cost money like travelling to Iceland to see a volcano but there were so many things that cost little or no money whatsoever. It was just a matter of having the courage to ask others for help or to just get on with making things happen. Leading up to my 40th…I wired a plug, milked a cow, co-hosted a radio show, hosted my own radio show, drove an HGV, drove a tractor, had a trial motorbike lesson, obtained 70 post-nominal letters from post-graduate training, etc., went to the Ice Bar in London, attended a belly dancing lesson, sat in the back of a police car, went in a police cell, saw a volcano, saw a glacier, performed at the London Street Piano event, was a counting assistant in the UK voting process (including for the EU referendum), wore a wig for a day, got 100 followers on my blog, went on a London Duck Tour, ate lunch in a prison, spent an evening at the Portsmouth Play Zone on adults night, went clubbing, took part in a musical flash mob, completed a cookery course and then replicated the meal for friends, got my belly button pierced, ate a Brussel sprout, made a piece of jewellery and wore it at a social function, went to a betting shop and placed a bet on the Grand National…..amongst others!
And after having lots of fun, I’m now on my ‘50 before 50 list’. Well, I started with 50 items but have now gone well over that because I just cannot stop! And although we’ve had very challenging circumstances at home for a few years which means I’m a carer too, it’s this bucket list that keeps me positive overall and creates that little space of being ‘me’. And I hope others can tap into this too. Mental well-being cannot be overrated.
How often do you blog and what do you blog about?
I think, like other bloggers, it’s taken a while to get into a pattern but I generally blog once a week (usually at the weekend) unless extra stuff comes up. And what do I blog about? My bucket list! Please feel free to check out the tabs on the menu.
Can you share any random facts about yourself?
Favourite food: enchiladas. Favourite famous person met: Brian Blessed. Favourite holiday: Hong Kong. Favourite football team: Liverpool. Favourite sport to watch: hard to choose…anything from Formula 1 to triathlon. Favourite film: Love Actually. Favourite TV series: Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Favourite music artist: mmm, anything between Meatloaf and Imelda May. Favourite restaurant: The Treehouse Restaurant in Northumberland. Favourite radio station: BBC Radio 2. Favourite way to spend the evening: pjs on, watching TV with hubby.
Tell me 3 things about you that not many people know:
I used to play the piano in theatres as a very young child. I’ve stood on the roof of the Houses of Parliament in London. I was a backing singer on a Christmas album back in the 80s recorded in a London studio 😊
Why might I like to follow you?
I like to think that my outlook on life is a positive one and that I can find the positive in almost any situation. I hope that I can inspire you to visit the places I go to, try new experiences and perhaps even start up your own bucket list! I mean, life is what we make it!