How am I doing on my 16 for 2016? Checking in with my list after the first quarter of the year, what have I achieved?
A reminder of the list of challenges and activities for 2016.
- Visit 1 more Nordic country
- Make 2k erg in less than 9 minutes
- Climb 3 peaks (any peaks, hills etc)
- Spot 4 new cool things whilst diving, fish, invertebrates, plants etc
- Take 5 Photos of the Northern Lights (fingers crossed)
- Read all 6 Jane Austin
- Take 7 trips in René
- Visit my 8th African country
- Try 9 new foods
- Lose 10 pounds (not £)
- Write at least 11 blog posts
- Have 12 special days with family and friends, parties, days out etc
- Record 13 days of gratitude
- Attend 14 “things”, shows, exhibitions, fairs, festivals etc
- Walk 15 Miles of the South Downs Way
- Do 16 good deeds
Number 1: Visit a new Nordic Country. In March I went to Norway for a long weekend, as well as seeing the Northern Lights which you can read about here, I also went to the Polar Museum, ate lots of yummy food and tried cross country skiing (which I was great at btw 😉 )
Number Four: Spot 4 new cool things whilst diving, fish, invertebrates, plants etc. I was diving in the Maldives in the new year (read about it here) and saw a plethora of new things. These are the 4 top ones:
- Gray Shark
- Hawksbill Turtle
- Clown Trigger Fish
- Fimbriated Moray
Number Five: Take 5 photos of the Northern Lights. I was lucky enough to see the northern lights on a very cloudy evening in Tromso Norway. 5 Photos? Okay I took about 50! Most of which were blurry, you see some of the best ones here.
Number Two: Make 2k erg in less than 9 minutes. I’ve gone from 10.10 in November to 9.10 in March, not exactly fast but getting there.
Number six: Read all 6 Jane Austin. So far I’ve read Emma, and I’m now part way through Sense and Sensibility. Am I enjoying this? Not particularly, I preferred the book about Helen Lloyd cycling through Siberia if I’m honest!
Number Nine: Try 9 new foods. I’ve possibly eaten more new things than I think (note to be a more mindful eater!), but one definite new food is Reindeer! Sorry Rudolph.
Number Eleven: Write at least 11 blog posts. This is my third this year so I’m pretty much on track.
Number Twelve: Have 12 special days with family and friends. Easter Monday dinner with the fam-a-lam and Ant’s 40th birthday party make 2. I think I need to start ramping this up!
Number Thirteen: Record 13 days of gratitude. So far I’m only managed 1. Need to step this up a gear!
Number Fourteen: Attend 14 “things”, shows, exhibitions, fairs, festivals: Only one so far but have some planned. The Destinations Show at Olympia was fuel to the travel bug fire….and I bumped into an old friend, awesome!
Number Sixteen: Do 16 good deeds. I may have done more, but I’ve counted 2; including buying a homeless man coffee and sandwich and helping someone with their CV, I need to be a bit nicer for the rest of the year.
Anything else? I’m working on Number Seven. René has had a spring wash this morning.
Did you keep your New Year Resolutions and challenges?