Does Anyone Need A Travel Bucket List?

Away back in 2012 I wrote a blog post about a travel bucket list. This was at a time when travel was still high on my list of priorities and a huge part of my life plan. Then came the autism diagnosis, debt and health issues for everyone in my household (meaning travel insurance is a bloody nightmare) and travelling was suddenly not on my radar.

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Then I started tidying up old posts and republishing them here on RockPaperSpirit and I came across the travel bucket list post from 2012. To be honest, I had forgotten that I had ever wanted to do some of these. Here they are:

1) Walking the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
2) Having a mad weekend at Glastonbury.
3) Visiting the Arctic Circle in June to see what 24 hour daylight is like.
4) Watching a ballet in Russia.
5) Eating a sausage in Germany (not a euphemism).
6) Making a face mask out of fresh Dead Sea mud.
7) People watching in Scandinavia.  Any part of it.  I have a Viking fetish.  I just want to go and perv on the men.
8) Drinking Colombian coffee at a cafe in Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia.
9) Sunbathing in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
10) Seeing a Grand Prix at Interlagos.
11) Hawaii.  Just being there.
12) Seeing Suburban Legends play in Orange County.  Because I <3 them.
13) Making love outdoors in Tuscany.  Never got to do that last time I was there.
14) Using monoi I’ve bought in Tahiti and not through mail order.
15) Building a sandcastle in the Caribbean.
16) Going snowboarding in New Zealand.
17) Eating Pakistani food in Pakistan.
18) Going fishing in New Caledonia.
19) Eating proper fondue in Switzerland.
20) Visiting Canada.
Almost six years have passed now and I haven’t done a single one of them. There are maybe three I still feel passionately about doing one day (1, 10 and 12) but the rest I honestly couldn’t care less about. So, I started wondering about my 40 Before 40 List. It was written less than a year ago and even after that short space of time, I’ve already decided those things aren’t important.
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I saw a video recently where Tim Minchin, the comedian, was giving a speech at a university. He advised against setting long term goals, the reason being that while you’re striving for something really far away, you’re missing out on what’s close. You’re so busy looking twenty years ahead that you’re not thinking about the short term. At least, that’s what I took from what he said. When I first saw this video I wasn’t sure I agreed with him but having thought about this, and compared the 2012 me with the 2018 me, I am starting to think he’s right.  It might be a good idea to now review my 40 Before 40 list, to ensure that I still feel passionately about the things that are listed there and that they’re still what I want.
Did you ever set a goal and feel very enthusiastic about it and then realise a while down the line that you didn’t want it anymore? What did you do?
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Chocolate Free In 2018!

One of the things on my 40 Before 40 List is doing a chocolate fast for charity. I think it’s about time I stop talking about it and just do it. That’s why I am giving up chocolate in 2018 for the National Autistic Society.

It’s been two years now since my gorgeous wee boy Luke was diagnosed with autism. It’s been full of ups and downs but ultimately the diagnosis has been a positive step and has helped us to move forward, get some much needed support and to plan for our future.

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The National Autistic Society have been an invaluable source of support for us. Because of their advice we’re financially better off and their support gave us the strength to fight to have Luke placed in a special unit within a mainstream school that specialises in educating children with communication difficulties, where he is thriving. I want to give something back to say thank you for their help. So, I am doing a chocolate fast during 2018!
Anyone who knows me knows what a sugar addict I am so this will be a real challenge. I spend roughly £100 a month on chocolate and chocolate flavoured products. I am hoping to raise £1 per day during the year. Luke is going to be a great source of support in this challenge as he HATES chocolate and will help me stay on the wagon.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
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I am pinching the golden ticket idea from the Go Sober For October campaign and each time someone donates £15 or more, I can have a cheat day or “golden ticket day.” If I don’t get enough £15 donations in time, I don’t get the cheat day.
GOLDEN TICKET DAYS:
14 February, 21 February, 11 March, 30 March, 1 April, 23 May, 11 June, 25 July, 26 July, 31 October, 30 November, 24 December, 25 December, 26 December, 31 December.
If you would like to read more about my fundraising or make a donation you can do so by visiting my Just Giving Page.

The Perfume Blogger

The first item I opted to tackle on my 40 Before 40 List was number 30, “Start a Niche Blog” and so on 24th May 2017, I launched my very niche site, The Perfume Blogger.

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Something many people don’t realise about me is that I used to run a kitchen-table perfumery. I called it Fairytale Fragrances. My creations were based on the different scents associated with my favourite folk tales. For example, Cinderella’s fragrance was Glass Slipper and had notes of pumpkin, champagne and a shake of magic wand (that’s an aldehyde called Iso E Super, for those not involved in perfumery).

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It wasn’t fancy. It was just me messing around with raw ingredients, creating unique eau de parfum and with the help of my consultancy gig with The Perfume Studio London, I helped other women to do the same. Sadly, toward the end of 2016 I chose to wind down the business because my chronic pain issues were holding me back. There was really no way I could have continued hauling the heavy stock case around with me to parties and wedding fayres. So, it had to end and even though it was outwith my control, failure stings.

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It took me a while to get over that, I must admit. I was reluctant to do anything perfume related again but I think writing about fragrances rather than making them is a good place to start. I haven’t really decided where I want to go with this site. There are so many talented bloggers already concentrating on this niche and standing out from the crowd would be a tall order but so long as I keep discovering new fragrances and enjoying them, I’ll continue to write reviews and informative articles.

If you were to start a new blog, what would your niche be?

Lacey's Travel Bucket List

A few days ago, I read a blog by The Rebel Chick about her travel bucket list.  It made interesting reading.  I love to read about people’s dreams and plans.  What could be better?  It’s like taking a walk around inside someone’s imagination and seeing what’s there.  And when it’s about different parts of the world?  Yeah, I’m a sucker for that kind of thing.
I thought to myself, what would be on my own travel bucket list?  Well, I started to make my list, then realised that it’s not so much a travel bucket list.  Just a bucket list.  Because travelling was been a big part of my life for over a decade.  I came to the point where I, quite arrogantly, expected to be able to travel no matter what, and that’s probably why it was such a big shock to the system when I had a baby.  Babies make travelling that little bit more fiddly.  But, as I found out when I took my son to Cyprus last month, they also make travelling a lot more sociable.  Lots of people love children, and you get talking to all sorts when you have a child in tow.  I am now desperate to get back out there, as soon as I have the funds.  Where and what’s on my list?
1) Walking the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
2) Having a mad weekend at Glastonbury.
3) Visiting the Arctic Circle in June to see what 24 hour daylight is like.
4) Watching a ballet in Russia.
5) Eating a sausage in Germany (not a euphemism).
6) Making a face mask out of fresh Dead Sea mud.
7) People watching in Scandinavia.  Any part of it.  I have a Viking fetish.  I just want to go and perv on the men.
8) Drinking Colombian coffee at a cafe in Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia.
9) Sunbathing in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
10) Seeing a Grand Prix at Interlagos.
11) Hawaii.  Just being there.
12) Seeing Suburban Legends play in Orange County.  Because I <3 them.
13) Making love outdoors in Tuscany.  Never got to do that last time I was there.
14) Using monoi I’ve bought in Tahiti and not through mail order.
15) Building a sandcastle in the Caribbean.
16) Going snowboarding in New Zealand.
17) Eating Pakistani food in Pakistan.
18) Going fishing in New Caledonia.
19) Eating proper fondue in Switzerland.
20) Visiting Canada.
Those are my wishes.  It may surprise people that there isn’t more of Europe on there, but that’s because I’ve seen most of the things I want to see.  For the next few years, I’ll probably stay on this continent because I want to experience those places again, but this time with Luke.
If you want to read the blog that inspired me to start my own bucket list, click here