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I think I started doing the challenge (a few years ago) because I wanted to get into the habit of blogging more regularly. Clearly that went well! Now I’m finishing it because it’s nice to finish things!


This is the one I struggled with for long enough to forget about finishing the meme, mostly I think because I love my parents so much it’s difficult to put it into words. So here goes.

To Mum and Dad,

I love you. I think that’s pretty much all there is too it. I look up to you guys in so many regards – Dad, I love the way you hug and the way you’re always there for me. Mum, I love your brutal honesty, and the way we can just hang out, play ukulele, watch movies, and eat vegetarian food (now that you usually remember that I’m vegetarian!).

Love, your #1 daughter.

My good friend Kirsty and I were talking the other day about how at our next birthday we’ll be 3 years away from 30, and that maybe we should do a 30 before 30 in the final 3 years. So I’ve started a list – granted my birthday isn’t until November, but I’d like to have a few things on the list before then, although I don’t anticipate finishing it before then. Besides, what’s the point of having it all full up before I hit 27, I’m sure there will be things I think of after my birthday that I want to add!

So here’s the list so far:

1. Live in another country. I already know which country, Scotland, and I’ve started saving, and am planning on moving at the end of the year/beginning of next year (I haven’t quite decided yet, but I get 5 weeks of annual leave starting half way through December and it seems a waste to use up all that time having a break :p, especially since I’ll still be getting paid for it, so in theory will have a bit of a buffer)

2. Blog regularly for 6 months. I’m not sure how regularly yet, maybe once a week.

3. Be a proper vegetarian for at least a month. Currently I’m pescetarian (so I eat fish but not other kinds of meat), mostly for convenience sakes. Some places we visit for work it’s either eat fish or go hungry. Plus I’m not very good with cheese (I can probably count the number of times I’ve bought vegetarian cheese on one hand, if not one finger!) or gelatin. Once I finish working here it should be a bit easier to do this.

4. Try yoga.

5. Go to Italy. I’ve been inspired by so many books (mostly Peter Moore’s Vroom by the Sea and Vroom with a View about travelling through Italy on a vespa), and my sister Alex who visited a while ago and loved it.

6. Learn a bit more Dutch. Not Pete’s Dutch, but proper Dutch! I’d love to be able to have a conversation with my Duzzies (Dutch cousins) that doesn’t involve colours!

7. Make a zine. Kirsty suggested we might be able to do a split zine (a zine written by more than one person), and that I could also do one about my favourite places in NZ. I also thought it could be a good thing to do while living in a foreign country.

8. Mani/pedi. I’ve never had one and clearly my life isn’t complete 😉

9. Have a computer free weekend once a month for 6 months. As a kid Mum would sometimes instigate tv free weeks, but I don’t really watch that much tv any more (mostly on the computer lol), so computer free should be interesting!

10. Practice ukulele for at least an hour every week for 6 months. I’m so shocking at practicing. I get embarrassed at how bad I am and so don’t practice, which clearly isn’t improving my skills!!!

That’s it for now, I’ll keep adding as I think of more 🙂

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