- Launch my blog site
Putting my blog together has been a labour of love. It has taken me quite some time to get to this point and now that I am there I want it done as soon as possible! I have put a lot of work into building it and can’t wait to get it out there and for my voice to be heard!
- Get my first blog post comment by a stranger
This leads me to my second item on my list. Usually, what happens with a newbie blogger is that their audience is small and pretty much consists of friends and family. Although I appreciate the support, it won’t really compare to the feeling of having my thoughts and musing read by someone that I haven’t paid (just kidding!). Having a stranger not only read but make the effort to comment will hopefully be the start of audience recognition.
- Meet one of my favourite comic book artists and have him sign my book
Being an avid comic book reader I like to go to comic conventions to meet and geek out with artists that I admire. So I am off to a convention in the U.K. called Thought Bubble. This is one of my favourite cons because it has an intimate vibe in comparison to conventions such as the behemoth San Diego Comic con. Making it easier to meet writers and artists, talk to them about their works and have them sign your books without all the craziness around you! This year I am excited to meet Brian K Vaughan. An American writer of one of my favourite comic books, Saga. A strangely relatable space opera with a fantastical array of characters.
- Go on a date with myself
This one is probably the most important one for me…and the one that I neglect far too frequently! I am forever thinking of the wellbeing of the people around me but not so much for myself. Something that I need to remedy by giving myself some quality ‘me’ time.
- Enjoy a girl’s night out
Me time is great and should play an important part in my wellbeing. But so should making time with friends. Being an ambivert (with a heavy lean towards introvert), tends to make me shy away from social settings. Making conversation can be exhausting for me, even when it’s with close family and friends. So making time to keep those important connections is a must.
- Experience the freeing feeling of reducing my possessions
After going back and forth and bouts of procrastination, I have finally decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and take real steps at realising my dream of becoming a Digital Nomad. It’s a big decision, not taken lightly but it’s one that I am sticking with. So now it’s time to get cracking and take the necessary steps in planning and arranging for my next adventure in life. I’ve put my list together and now it’s time to take action. First up on my list is for me one of the most important tasks of all! What do I do with my stuff? As I looked around at my home, the one that I have built and lived in for the past six years, I start getting nostalgic since pretty much everything that I own has a story or a memory attached to it! I am connected to these things…my things. How do I say “goodbye” to it all? It’s a tough position to be in. In my perfect world, I would have been able to keep it all, rent my place and go off on my merry way knowing that my things will still be there if and when I want to go back. But the harsh reality is that I cannot afford to travel the world and pay a mortgage. So…I need to start letting things go (sell it or give it away) and embrace the minimalist life. One which I think will be a freeing experience like a weight has been lifted. As much as I do love my things, the love and need to travel along with pursuing my dreams is just too great to ignore!
- Give my worldly possessions to charities
So, now that I have made the decision to get rid of my stuff I have also decided that, although additional funds would be fantastic. I don’t want to sell everything. There are so many people in need and I want to be someone that can help with that. So this month I will find out what charities are in my area, what items are needed (I don’t plan on dumping stuff on them that they don’t want or need…you’d be surprised at how many people do this!) and pass on my possessions to people that really need them. Every little bit helps, so if I can, I will.
- Make a start on organising my music collection
This might sound like a frivolous list item, but it’s something that I know would make me happy plus it’s something that needs to be done. If I’m planning on travelling I can’t take my CD collection with me (of which there are around 700! I know…I know…I’m a major hoarder! You should see my DVD collection! *blush*). It’s going to be fun going through my collection reminiscing on old-school tunes, burning them to my hard drive and adding them to my iPod. Something that I have wanted to do for a very long time.
- Finish the book I’m reading
This list item kind of falls under the ‘me’ time umbrella. With focussing on my blog and my business, I have neglected to do one of my most favourite of activities. Reading. I’m currently reading All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I have picked up this book and put it down again without flicking a page. I miss the days where I would read an entire book in a day. I’ve let things get in the way. But not this month. Oh no! This month I am going to make time, relax, and crack that book open and hopefully finish it! Side note, it’s now a movie with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt titled Edge of Tomorrow and it’s pretty good. Check it out.
- Be a tourist in my own city #staycation
As I embark on becoming a Travel blogger and building a catalogue of content. It makes sense to start my inspiration at home. Luxembourg is a stunning country, full of life, nature, culture, unusual traditions and sometimes (like most people in their own countries) I forget to stop and take stock of how amazing and fortunate I am to live here. Exploring my home country and writing about it is a great way to see the place through the eyes of a tourist and hone my writing skills.
So there you have it. A bucket list that will take me that much closer to my changed life. I plan on doing these 10 things in the next few weeks and hold myself accountable by writing an update post on my success (yeah I said success…I’m going to crush it!).
So…watch this space!