Day 16:- A first – do something that you’ve never done before and share!
What did I do that was a first over past few days? Oohh… reached a new fitness goal and finally managed to “run” 5km on the cross-trainer at the gym at a very high intensity! It took me 45 minutes of sweating and swearing but I bloody did it, thanks very much!
Day 17: Time Travel – where would you go and why?
For very many years, I was part of a role-playing group called “Viking Homeland” and, as the name suggested, we played vikings. and when I say “played”, I mean that we wrote. It was a game by email. Pages and pages and pages of creative writing steeped in enthusiastic research to make sure we got things like trade skills, tools, and even the terminology correct. It filled long and boring days at work and spare hours at home. That era of history – the birth of the UK through the eyes and deeds of these northern giants – absolutely fascinated me. I never thought there would be a period in history that I would enjoy more than my beloved Tudor period but if there was a period I would love to go back to, it would be that era.
Day 18: The Bucket List – three things that you’ve achieved
I don’t really have a bucket list. I hate to say it but I dislike the idea of making that sort of list to work towards. I set myself goals or make plans, small ones or larger ones and work towards them. My weightloss journey has taught me to have a little more patience and dedication to making things work. To that end, losing 50kg has been a major win on my imaginary bucket list.
Day 19: The Bucket List – three things that you are yet to achieve
1. Getting to my goal weight.
2. Starting my own photography business.
3. Getting a famous person to wear one of my jewellery creations.
4. Getting fit enough to participate in Tough Mudder.
Hows that? Even gave you FOUR whole things.
Day 20: Three smells that bring back memories
Polo aftershave. The smell the manbeast was wearing when we first met… December 2, 1998. Stepped off the plan and into his arms. First kiss in Kings Park overlooking Perth city. T’was nice.
Smarties and Brut. My grandad. He smelled of Brut aftershave and Smarties because he always had a packet of Smarties in his pocket for me whenever he visited.
Any sort of baking smell. My mum. She’s a wonderful baker.
Day 21: Twenty-one; photos, memories or stories from this year of your life
Twenty-one was tough for me. At that stage I had been with the manbeast for a year as a couple, but he was still living in Perth (with me in Melbourne). He couldn’t be there for my 21st birthday. It was the start of the downhill slide with my relationship with my father. Things between myself and my sister weren’t too great. I think the only good thing at this stage of my life was that I was working and earning money so I could look after myself and pay my way.