30 by 30

I know there are some skeptics out there who do not rate to-do-lists highly but I really like to have a challenge and actually find I work better if I have lots to do. On my wanderings round the internet I have come across a number of other bloggers who have set themselves challenges – Liz from  margotandbarbara , Alistair Gills 52 New Years Resolutions  and limmsters F*ckit List – and I have been inspired to create my own.

I will be 30 in March 2014 and I feel like that gives me plenty of time to complete my list of 30 things that I would like to have done by then. Some of these challenges are big, some will cost some money and some will hopefully make me some money. Some of you may read my list and think that it is very narrow minded, not much travel and no grand experiences but as you may know I have two young children and don’t earn any money so travel and experiences are just something that is not on my radar at the moment.

  1. Read 30 classic books – recommendations welcome
  2. Watch 30 classic films – recommendations welcome – have so far watched The Shawshank Redemption which was fab
  3. Listen to 30 classic albums – recommendations welcome again 🙂
  4. Make quilt for William – completed 16th June 2012 Williams Patchwork Quilt
  5. Make a t-shirt picnic blanket
  6. Make proper patchwork quilt with scraps
  7. Use up all socks for sock creatures and sell them – I have written about why I have so many socks here Entrepreneur Me
  8. Learn to Crochet
  9. Make at least one item of clothing for each of us
  10. Cut our household waste
  11. Cut our energy bills
  12. Make super insulated curtains for our front room – and rest of house if it goes well
  13. Have a weekend trip to Cambridge
  14. Learn French
  15. Go on a family holiday to France
  16. Write more real letters – one per week
  17. Spend more time with my husband – We don’t get to go out much now we have the kids so have decided on a Pub night in
  18. Grow at least some of the veg we need for the year in our garden Our first harvest from the garden summer 2012
  19. Get my tummy into some sort of shape
  20. Eat healthier
  21. De-clutter the whole house and sheds
  22. Go to the theatre
  23. Work through the ‘1000 ways to amuse children’ with the kids
  24. Make, buy local, buy handmade or charity shop all birthday and Christmas presents and cards
  25. Start keeping proper accounts of monies etc
  26. Drive on motorway again
  27. Forage for more and make food out of our foraged finds
  28. Walk in the Malvern hills with the kids
  29. Get a book published
  30. Go to a spa

I know a few of the things on the list are also rather vague but it is a list in progress and will be elaborated on and expanded as time goes on.

What do you think of my list? Are there any things on there that you have done or want to do?

Your help and encouragement would be much appreciated especially in terms of numbers 1, 2 and 3.

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19 thoughts on “30 by 30

  1. Ooh what a great challenge! In terms of help on number’s 1, then Dracula is a great book to read esp as this year is the 100th anniversary of Bram Stokers death. Can’t wait for numbers 7,8 & 9 as my passion is crafty’ness, and numbers 19 & 20 as I’ve just embarked on a fitness & nutrition regime ‘The Wag Doll Protocol’ 🙂 Good luck and have fun! xx

    • Hi Bridgit, thanks for your comment. Dracula sounds like a good one I’ll add it to the list (still working out how to do a list within my list, if that makes sense). The socks are new ones which I bought last year…story to be explained later, one of my many ‘good ideas’! Crochet – makes me so cross I can’t do it! I’ve already made a gorgeous curtain skirt – again more on that later 🙂 I like the idea of your Wag Doll Protocol, I had a peek, do you have a facebook page or can I sign up via email to get your blog posts? I’d love to see how you get on, I have a serious mummy tummy issue and need motivation for 19 & 20 🙂
      Catherine xxx

      • Thanks for your reply 🙂 Sock monkeys are a favourite of mine got plans for a few of those this year, and me too crochet is a dark art to me! Thanks for your lovely comments about The Wag Doll Protocol, I don’t have a FB page or email set up, just the blogger ‘follow me’ shenanigans. Must look into email for followers (that’s my challenge!) I do tweet about my posts so hopefully you will see them there :-). xx

  2. Jennie on said:

    Book recommendations from Mark! Xx

    To kill a mockingbird
    Grapes of wrath
    Animal farm
    For whom the bell tolls 
    Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
    The lion the witch and the wardrobe
    East of Eden 
    Crime and punishment
    Dracula
    Out of Africa
    Huckleberry Finn
    Lord of the flies
    Lord of the rings
    Do androids dream of electric sheep
    Great expectations 
    The tigers wife
    Tinker tailor soldier spy
    Heart of darkness
    The road
    The kite runner
    What is the what
    The republic
    1984
    Curious incident of a dog in the night time 
    A brief history of time
    The great gatsby

  3. I think you should start a saving account for a big trip to come and see your little sister in Australia 🙂

  4. Gill Booton on said:

    I think its a great list and wish i’d done one! As I agree with all of them as we have similar tastes, but sadly I will still not have achieved many of them by 50!
    Good luck with them and enjoy xx

    • Hi Gill, thank you for your comment, why don’t you try writing a list, I chose a lot of things that are hopefully quite simple and a few that are a bit harder. You could do a 50by50 list, but that could be made up of specific books you’d like to read and smaller craft projects. Let me know if you do one 🙂
      Catherine xxx

  5. Nicki on said:

    Great idea! I’m great at writing lists of jobs I need to do, but I like the more ambitious and exciting (but achievable) goals here.
    Lots of ideas for 1) and 2) but I’ll just list a couple here:
    * Beowulf (maybe Seamus Heaney’s translation)
    * John Irving’s ‘A Prayer for Owen Meaney’
    Are you thinking “classic classic” i.e. old books or just great reads of all time?
    For films:
    * Twelve Monkeys
    * It’s a Wonderful Life (although you’ve probably seen that already?)
    And can I volunteer to join you for any or all of 19), 22), 23) and 30)?

    • Hi Nicki, thanks for your book and film suggestions, I was thinking great reads really but classic classics always considered. I haven’t even thought of what I will do for 19, 22 and 30. I have the book ‘1000 ways to amuse children’ so that one is easy at the moment, how about we try some at our next NCT get together? Could be risky but I’ll find something appropriate 🙂

  6. avintagepeacock on said:

    Hi Catherine, if you want a great read that isn’t a classic novel then I recommend “The Art of Racing in the rain” by Garth Stein, I couldn’t put it down and neither could all my friends and family who read it.

  7. Catherine, I LOVE your 30 by 30 idea, it’s really interesting to see the things that are important written down so you can start to work on them. I think with small kids you have to be realistic & you’ve got some great goals in there – good luck! Simmi xx

    • Aaah, thanks Simmi, some of the list are very vague, this is just a guide for the next year and a bit and I am quite happy with it being rather basic for now, appart from the book one which to be honest I never really thought I’d do but have just fallen into it and am so excited by the whole process!

  8. I love love love your list! Hope you never stop adding things to it 🙂

    • I’ve just seen you have one too! Super!
      I found one I wrote many years ago…I will add it on after I am 30…I can’t believe I will be 30 next year!
      My hand written list is a lot more like yours 😀 xxx

  9. Hell, I’ve just come across your blog through hunting for Herman the German bread recipes. Some great books, movies and albums that have stuck with me are

    Books
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Attwood
    The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    The Hobbit By JRR Tolkien
    Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
    The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

    Movies
    The Wicker man (Original version with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Ingrid Pitt)
    Delicatessen or The City of lost children (Or pretty much any movie by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
    Dell’amore della morte
    Room with a view

    Albums
    R.E.M – In Time
    Changes – Fire of Life
    Faith and the Muse – Evidence of heaven
    Dusty Springfield – A girl called Dusty
    Marianne Faithful – Broken English
    Loreena McKennitt – The Book of Secrets
    Grieg – Peer Gynt

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