‘I Am Living’ List ™



The year I turned 16 and the year Buz Lurhman’s anthem was released.

I loved it from the moment I heard it. #lyricsworthliving

I remember excitedly playing it to my grandad as he sat in his wheelchair in the bungalow he had been bound to for most of my childhood.  His big Irish eyes glistened and a wide smile spread across his face as he watched me enthusiastically speak the lyrics aloud.

Sadly it was also the same year he passed away.  His death had a huge impact on me.  It came as a shock and at a very insecure point in my life. Having only recently confronted my grief, I’ve started living with personal intention and I have become happier and more fulfilled as a result.

So here is my declaration; a list filled with big and little things that I dream of doing. Inspired by Sean Ogle’s idea that publishing this list makes you more accountable (check out his incredible list here), below is my ‘I Am Living’ List ™.

Grandad this one’s for you, I love you forever and a day xxx

*Originally written between December 2014 & June 2015 – plan is to update regularly*

  • Appear on Deal or No Deal (UK TV game show)–  – TWICE! Feb 2015/May 2015
  • Take a Gondola ride in Venice
  • Visit the Colosseum in Rome
  • Trek for charity
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Dinner/drinks at the top of the Shard
  • Write and publish a children’s book
  • Perform my own poetry/fiction to an audience of adults  – June 2015
  • Write and publish a novel
  • Fall in love
  • Have a dog(s) of my own – October 2015
  • Dance on stage
  • Have my own website and launch with this list!  –   – June 2015
  • Present live on stage at TED
  • Live in NY and/or CA for a period of time
  • Take a boat trip on the Amazon
  • NLP course
  • Have my own business/es
  • Design and trademark company logo  – January 2015
  • Buy a place of my own
  • Pilates retreat
  • Visit Wordsworth’s Daffodils   – April 2015
  • Visit Roald Dahl Museum
  • Learn Spanish
  • Walk the Meseta and Santiago to Finnesterre on the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
  • See Simply Red live
  • See Lionel Richie live
  • See Michael Rosen live   – April 2015
  • Visit War memorials France
  • Writer’s retreat – January 2016
  • Canal boat holiday
  • Be a writer in residence
  • See Elizabeth Gilbert speak live
  • See Aurora Boerelis
  • See Take That live – June 2015
  • Go to Rio Carnival
  • See Paulo Coelho speak live
  • Lead writing workshops for WWM – September 2015
  • Host a charity masquerade ball
  • Visit Lake Windermere – Beatrix Potter
  • Get a place on WWM’S Room 204, writing mentorship  – March 2015
  • Bake Baked Alaska  – Feb 2015
  • Bake Cake pops  – April 2015
  • Bake Lemon cake – March 2015
  • Meet Oprah
  • Tattoo of feather on right hand
  • Make up lesson
  • Personal shopping experience and buy clothes recommended – July 2015
  • Conduct a naming ceremony – April 2015
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Publish travel writing
  • Colour run/event
  • Muddy run – July 2015
  • Tattoo of butterfly
  • Visit Machu Picchu, South America
  • Publish an educational geography book for kids
  • See Swan Lake live
  • Visit Astley Book Farm   October 2016
  • Meditation retreat
  • NYC – Central Park and Yellow Taxi
  • See Luisa Omedian live – July 2015
  • See a theatre play
  • Watch Friends from start to finish! – Got to episode 60 (!) & taking a break – March 2016
  • See Ricky Gervais live
  • Be in the audience at the Brits
  • Stay in the Tower Hotel, London – June 2016
  • See Mumford and Sons live
  • See seals in the wild
  • Safari in South Africa
  • Dylan Thomas home town visit
  • A holiday home by the sea/mountains
  • Visit Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
  • Go to the Opera
  • Visit Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Speed dating event   October 2016
  • ‘Go Ape’ adventure course
  • Notting Hill Festival
  • Cable Cars, Greenwich
  • Perform my poetry
  • Swan Pedalo at Walsall Arboretum   – August 2016
  • Mediate everyday for 1 month
  • Attend a TEDx event – June 2016
  • Eat dinner alone in a fancy restaurant – August 2016
  • See Stevie Wonder (and Corinne Bailey-Rae & Pharrell live) – Hyde Park July 2016
  • Walk from one end of Cannock Chase to the other

My ‘I am Living’ List ™ is non-exhaustive because I hope to always have another experience or location to strive for, and of course I will continue to be open to those opportunities that sometimes take you by surprise!

What’s on your list?

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