‘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
  • Write and publish a children’s book –  June 2017
  • Perform my own poetry/fiction to an audience of adults  – June 2015
  • Write and publish a novel
  • Fall in love…with my own life! – 2018
  • Have a dog(s) of my own – October 2015
  • Have my own website and launch with this list!  –   – June 2015
  • Attend a TED event – November 2016
  • Yellow Taxi & Central Park in NYC
  • NLP course
  • Have my own business/es – January 2017
  • Design and trademark company logo  – January 2015
  • Yoga/Pilates retreat
  • Visit Wordsworth’s Daffodils   – April 2015
  • Visit Roald Dahl Museum
  • Lead an Adults Creative Writing Course – January 2018
  • Learn Spanish
  • Walk the Meseta and Santiago to Finnesterre to complete my Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
  • See Simply Red live
  • See Michael Rosen live   – April 2015
  • Visit War memorials France
  • Writer’s retreat – January 2016
  • Be a writer in residence
  • See Elizabeth Gilbert speak live. – May 2018 – SHE IS AN AMAZING LADY 🙂
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visit Machu Picchu, South America
  • Publish an educational geography book for kids
  • See a live Ballet – The Nutcracker, December 2016
  • Visit Astley Book Farm   October 2016
  • Meditation retreat
  • 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
  • Visit Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
  • Go to the Opera
  • Visit Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Speed dating event   October 2016
  • ‘Go Ape’ adventure course – Summer 2017
  • Notting Hill Festival
  • Cable Cars, Greenwich
  • Publish my poetry – April 2018
  • 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… I am glad to always have experiences and locations to look forward to, and of course, will continue to be open to those ones that sometimes take me by surprise!

What’s on your list?

Let me know if this inspires you to write 5 or maybe even 50 of your own goals!


Love xx

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