Monday 26 February 2024

50 Things to do before I’m 60 :: 2023 Update

Hi there everyone πŸ˜€

Well … although it’s been a slow start to 2024 we are slowly easing back into some good habits and routines that seemed to have gone by the by for a while.

We are back on top of the house cleaning and laundry routines. Meal planning, shopping and batch cooking are ticking along nicely. We even spent our first couple of hours in the garden over the weekend.

I’m up to date with my Lodge Life posts so it feels like now it’s time to catch up with where I am on my 50 Things to do before I’m 60. After all … I now have less than a year to go.

For those of you who don’t know … this was a goal I set myself when I hit 50. I didn’t set all of the ‘50 Things’ in one go and some of the goals have come and either been adapted or ditched completely if they somehow no longer felt inspiring or relevant.

If you want to see how I’ve got on along the way you can go back and have look at my previous posts …

50 Things to do before I’m 60
2015 … Update
2016 … What’s Next?
2016 … Update
2017 … What’s Next?
2017 … Update
2018 … What’s Next?
2018 … Progress Report
2018 … Update
2019 … What’s Next?
2019 … So far so good
2019 … Update
2020 … What’s Next?
2020 … Update
2021 … Update
2022 … Update

There are a lot of links and I don’t blame you if you can’t be fussed with looking back through all of them. It’s taken me a while to refresh my memory with what I said I wanted to do in 2023 …

6 - Become competent at using my iPhone Camera
For 2023 I changed my 6th goal from completing an online photography course to this new one, which just felt more relevant. I’m really happy with how I’ve got  on with this goal and have taken lots of photos that I’m really pleased with. I think I am happy to say I’ve achieved this one … but I’d be interested in knowing what you think. Here are a selection of some of my favourites …
9 - Holiday in all of the National Parks of the UK
I was still working on this one with four of the 15 parks still to be visited. I think, with the purchase of our holiday lodge in North Wales, that … whilst I would still like to achieve this at some point … it’s not going to be before I’m 60.

14 - Go swimming once a week
I must have been feeling very committed and enthusiastic when I swapped out a Geocaching objective for this one. We kept it up until the lodge park opened up in March and then that was pretty much game over πŸ™ˆ

17 - Wear a nice dress for Rachel & Tom’s Wedding in August
Last year I swapped out a losing weight related goal for this one, which I am happy to say that I’m ticking off as wholly achieved …
33 - Display some of my own Artwork
I’m happy with how I’ve got on with this one. As well as the bits and pieces I already had at home I’ve added some fabric art, which will be hung somewhere at the lodge …
… and a new watercolour that I did at craft group, which is waiting to be framed …
42 - Cycle to Elford Walled Garden
It’s been another year where the bikes have only made it out of the shed if we’ve needed to reach something behind them. It’s sad to admit it but I think I need to replace this with something else.

45 - Visit new places in The Peak District ... Padley Gorge, Cheedale Stepping Stones, Three Shires Head, New Mills
Whilst we did have a day out in The Peak District, visiting some of our favourite spots, we didn’t actually manage to visit anywhere new in 2023 …
48 - Visit more Cotswold Gardens ... Sezincote, Bourton House, Batsford Arboretum, Cotswold Lavender and Cerney House
Another one with no progress at all for 2023. We definitely need to find time for a few days out when we are at home this summer.

49 - Redecorate all of upstairs
Frustratingly there has been no progress in this one at all. I am blaming it on the fact that we have a leak in the roof somewhere that we don’t seem to be able to resolve and until that is done there is no point doing any decorating.

50 - Replace the windows on the front of the house
I don’t seem to have achieved much this time but I am ending on a high as we did get the windows on the front of the house replaced and, not only that, but we are very happy with them too …
I have to say with all the chopping and changing and some goals part completed I have ended up getting completely bamboozled and I have no clue as to how may I’ve done or how many I need to ditch in favour of something else.

On that basis I am going to leave it here for now and do a separate post listing the full 50 all together … then hopefully I will know what I want to do for the rest of this year.

Back soon πŸ˜€


  1. I love your photos and your fabric art - definitely nailed it and you look fab in that dress too :). Well done. I've given up on trying to achieve goals - motivation is sadly lacking these days.

    1. Ah thank you so much. I was a bit stressed about finding the right dress that I felt comfortable in but we had the loveliest of days. Lovely to hear from you … thank you so much for commenting πŸ˜€

  2. Oops sorry , my comment came through as anonymous.

    1. It is a bit of a nightmare commenting at the moment. Mine all tend to come through as anonymous too … even on known blog … Carol x

  3. I don't have a bucket list, I do have things I want to do, but I don't give them a deadline - I learnt that the hard way!
    I'd set myself a goal of getting home (Africa) by the age of 30 and right up to the day before I was ok, until my birthday and I had obviously failed and it utterly floored me (Silly I know) I did manage it later on in the year fortunately!

    1. I know what you mean about deadlines. I have been very kind to myself in the way I’ve set my goals in that I’ve written them as I’ve gone along to fall in with both what I want to do and the time I have available. It is good to look back though and see what I’ve been up to over the last 10 years as I do tend to waste an awful lot of time doing not very much at all … but sometimes that is just what’s needed. Take care … Carol x


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