The one with the party game

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Last weekend I went to a friend’s house for a get together for another friend’s birthday. We were having a lovely evening and it was great to see and hang out with people who I don’t spend time with on a daily basis. After dinner (and of course cake) we decided to play a game of ‘Who’s in the Bag?’

Despite being a ‘Who’s in the bag?’ virgin, I quickly got the hang of the game. Basically you have 1 minutes to explain to your team/the other players, who the person on your card is without saying their name. So, for example, if your card says ‘Thomas the Tank’ you could say something like; ‘children’s TV show about trains. This train is blue.’

After a test round, it was my turn. I started off quite well, that was until I got to my 5th card…The name on the card was such a well-known individual that I had a full on panic. Everyone in the room would know who this person was, so I needed to do them justice!

So, this is what I said…

“He is a really popular political figure…everyone knows him, gosh he is so famous…”

I literally couldn’t think of any words and was in full on panic mode. So I said the only think I knew that would be a sure thing.

“There is a building in Only Fools and Horses that Del Boy lives in, which is name after him…”

BOOM. Nelson Mandela was called out right away. Followed by a massive roar of laughter.

I then spent the remaining seconds of my time trying to speak about the next person on my card over the laughter, which, let me tell you, was not easy!

Later on in the game I asked what someone else would have said if they’d have had the Mandela card.

“He stopped apartheid,” was the response I got.

I mean, fair enough really, a slightly more obvious statement, but still, everyone correctly guessed from my description too.

Next time I think I’ll stick to playing with the children’s edition, although how on earth I would describe Basil Brush, I’ll never know!

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The one with the bucket list update

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As I am approaching another birthday, I thought it was fitting to evaluate how i am getting on with my bucket list, if for no other reason than to give myself a little kick up the bum to actually do some more of this stuff!

Well, after a quick scan, it is safe to say I have not quite achieved as much as I would have liked to but boy, have I had a good time trying.

Now, I am still yet to make someone laugh so hard a little wee comes out, and although I haven’t set myself a specific goal of doing this (honest) I have decided that I should be funny around my pregnant colleague as my success rate might be slightly higher with her (so I hope!).

I also haven’t yet had champagne and strawberries in a posh place, or took a ride in a hot air balloon. I mean, these are not that far out there as far as lifetime goals go, but I have not yet managed to do it! What i have done is visit Paris and Amsterdam (tick Anne Frank’s house) I have booked a flight to Vegas, a helicopter ride across the Grand Canyon and I’ve travelled along the longest zip wire in Europe.

The one thing that is concerning me though, is Cliff Richard’s autograph. I mean, I am going to his 70th Anniversary concert with my mother next week – so I’m hoping to just casually bump into him outside the Royal Albert Hall, and be like, “yo, Cliff, give us your signature, mate” – but if this plan fails, i am massively running out of time – i mean he is 70 and hes parading around that stage like an 18 year old, he’s a high risk case for pulling a muscle.

On a more serious note though, I actually have just over 3 years left to achieve the rest of my list and when i wrote it i genuinely had no idea of how fast time goes. Like, it literally zooms by and before you know it, its over. So, I am going to make sure that I enjoy every single second of it. Life is precious and way to short.

So, if you’re reading this now, Go, make that list, set some goals and have the best time ever achieving them.

I might not be quite where I had planned in terms of number of ticks yet, but boy I am having fun working my way through them!

The one with the dedication

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A few months ago I went to the gym.

I have been trying hard to get back into a routine of going to classes but I felt so restricted with timings that i ended up missing loads and having to leave work mid-way through things so it was fair to say it wasn’t quite working out.

I made a decision to ditch the classes and went for the whole actually do a workout in the gym approach. All was going well, i’d reached my twice-a-week minimum goal for 2 weeks on the run and this particular week, i was on for 3 times and it wasn’t even Friday! I was on a roll.

I rocked up, went into the changing rooms, got changed and realised to my horror that I had forgotten my trainers.

Well, what is a girl to do when she has forgotten the one piece of equipment she needed to actually workout with..quit, go home, call it a day and console herself in a nice big chocolate cake and Starbucks? Hell, yes that is definitely what i wanted to do. But no, i did not succumb. I stayed strong and dedicated… I marched myself upstairs to the sports shop and I did the only thing I could do, I bought a new pair of trainers. I was a real hardship, but what can you do. I just had to buy another pair of shoes.

So, there you have it, true dedication…to my shoe collection of course!

(note: i did get the Starbucks on the way home and I actually quit the gym the following week and decided to join some local classes nearer to were I work and I’m having a lot more success at going and remembering my trainers too!)

The one with the lemonade

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So, I have wrote and re-wrote this post a million times over this last week or so and have yet to press the dreaded publish button. I have been agonising over how to articulate what I am trying to say, but today I’ve decided to go it and press the publish button. Normally most of my stories have some sort of comedy value, and if a post doesn’t flow after the first few attempts then I normally scrap it, or keep it in my drafts until I can get my creative juices flowing again. But this post is something that I really want to share and it’s a bit more from the heart.

What I have been struggling with is this; I want to share this story but I’m not too sure of the best way of doing it. One the one hand, if I keep it vague, it might resonate with more people and it also protects my friend who I want to talk about a little, as I’m not sure how much she would want me to share. However, if I’m too vague, no one will have to foggiest what I am talking about let alone trying to say.

So, I’m going to try and do something in the middle of the two. Please bear with me, I can assure you there is a point to this! I also just want to say that I am not talking about mental health issues or depression, or saying that people who are suffering should just get on with it. I am literally just talking about my bad day and how i managed to make myself feel better and if this can help someone else, then I am glad I shared.

The last few weeks have been, well, not all singing and dancing and full of roses. Everybody’s lives have ups and downs, but, I guess, if I’m completely honest, I have never really struggled to get what I want in life. Yes, of course things don’t always go my way, and I’m not saying it always come easy, but I’ve never really not got what I’ve wanted in some form or other. These last few weeks have been quite trying and there has been a lot going on. To be truthful, it got me down quite a bit when things didn’t quite work out how I wanted them. (I actually burst into tears in my office which was a little embarrassing to say the least). I ended up getting my eyelash extension but back on as I was fed up of having panda eyes. (Any excuse, eh!)

Anyway, I was speaking to a friend who asked me how things were going and I was rambling on about how I don’t know what to do with my life and maybe I should open up my cupcake café after all and when I came up for breath and asked her how things were, she announced that she had some really bad news that week. I couldn’t believe how wrapped up in my own world I had been and that I hadn’t even thought to ask how things were with her first. Now, this friend has experience more than her fair share of heartbreak over the last few months and I have never heard her complain once. She is literally so positive and thoughtful for everyone else. She is my inspiration.

It really shocked me back into reality and gave me a huge dose of perspective. I know that when you have a bad day, there is always someone who has had a worse day, and of course, it is all relative. Your bad day is important to you at that moment and you should all be allowed to be happy or sad or whatever emotion you have at any time. But oh my days, life really does give some people lemons, and you can either become bitter, or, I guess, in the case of my friend, get on with it and make lemonade.

I have taken this attitude of stamping all over the lemons I had, and I have made some pretty sweet lemonade. And do you know what, I feel so much better for it. Life is way too precious and short for letting things get to you, (although I know this is hard, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying for one minute that people can’t be unhappy or angry or hurt or anything like that) but what I am saying is this; If you are having a bad day and you are in a place where you can use your lemons to make lemonade, then give it a go, as you might find it is a far more refreshing taste than the one you had in your life before. It certainly worked for me.

The One With the Anniversary

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So, can you believe it, today is my 2 year anniversary with WordPress. Yay!! Happy Anniversary to me…

It is complete luck that i know this, I decided to log on, (as to be honest, its been a while) and I wanted to try and find some motivation to actually be able to submit my next post*

I don’t know what it is lately, I’ve had loads of things i could write about, I mean, I am NEVER short of things to say, but i just haven’t been writing them down. Do you ever get like that?

I guess everyone goes through it; I wouldn’t say i have fallen out of love with blogging, I just, well, simple I just haven’t done it. When i first started I actually had to control myself from not posting about everything all of the time, but now I find i’m questioning myself a lot. Do people care about this? Do i have enough to say about this? Should i write this?

Maybe I just need to go ahead, bite the bullet, and maybe the routine of posting and engaging with other bloggers will get me back to loving it again.

So, here I am, I’m back, its my anniversary and I am here to part-ay… or, y’ know, write some stuff that will inspire myself and others (hopefully) along the way!

*any suggestions about writers block, motivation and keeping up the momentum will be greatly appreciated! 🙂

So with that in mind, I’m going to start as I mean to go on. Celebratory anniversary cocktails anyone?

The one with the 2015 Goals

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Once again I have done my usual of falling off the face of the Earth when it comes to the blogging world. It seems every time life gets a little hectic, I end up MIA! I have so many posts to edit and actually put out there it is unreal!

So here I go with the first one. My 2015 Goals – I hope that by starting at this point it might actually help when it comes to more frequent blogging!

So yes, it is 2015, a brand new year. I literally cannot believe how fast the year has gone. Actually, it is almost the end of January, so not only has the year flown by, the last month has, and once again I am a little late to the party.

Anyways, in the spirit of better late than never, I thought I would share with you my 2015 resolutions. Then I decided, what’s the point in making resolutions, as I don’t really feel any sense of guilt if I don’t stick to them. I don’t really want the year to pass me by without feeling a sense (or no sense in some cases) of achievement, so I thought maybe a better thing to do would be to set myself some goals. 15 to be precise. Its 5 more than the 10 resolutions I made last year (too many of which I definitely did not stick to), but this year I feel I have a much higher success rate, as I hate failing and if it’s a goal then I will be stubborn enough to do my damned hardest to succeed.

So here I go with my 15 goals: (starting from today I have decided, as there is no point trying to back date them, and nobody wants to be set up to fail from that start!)

  1. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (See 52 book challenge to check my progress)
  2. Tick 8 things off my Bucket List (see 30 things to do before I am 30)
  3. Complete my 200th scuba dive
  4. Drink no more than 1 Starbuck’s coffee a week (unless I am on holiday when it is allowed!)
  5. Update my blog once/twice a week
  6. Get fit (not sure how to measure this one, but ill figure something out!)
  7. Make an entire outfit from head to toe
  8. Go the gym at least twice a week (this will help with no 6.)
  9. Spend a month not a penny in my overdraft (buying less Starbuck will definitely help with this!)
  10. Save £20-£40 a month for Christmas so I am not broke in December and January (this happens every year and I never learn!)
  11. Say something I am happy/thankful for, for 100 days (See 100 happy days)
  12. Spend more time with family and friends, and less time behind my office desk
  13. Save an extra £1 every week and actually keep it in my savings account. (eg week 1 save £1, week 2 save £2, week 10 save £10!)
  14. Loose a lb a week (of the weight variety) in time for my summer holiday!
  15. Live life to the full (not so much a measurable target, but this should be a life goal for everyone)

Now I’ve made my goals I have to stick with them! Like anything, some will be easier than others. But as usual I will keep you updated with my progress! Or at least I say I will…

So, I guess I better decide which 8 things I am going to tick of my bucket list, whilst driving to the gym, before updating my blog and putting some money in my saving account, and eating my delicious and nutritious salad of course…because I am totally not still sat behind my office desk, wishing I was going out for a takeaway!

The one with the ‘bright idea’

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So, a little while ago I decided that I was ready for another challenge and signed myself up for a bike ride in aid of children’s charity ‘the make a wish foundation’.

I know why I picked the charity, to me it was a no brainer- granting wishes for terminally ill children in my opinion is one of the greatest causes out there. Last year I raised just under £2500 for children’s charity childreach international and having the opportunity to see how that money affected the lives of children made me want to do the same again, for those who may not have the quality of life I have, or indeed even live to become my age.

The thing I didn’t really think through was the bike ride part, well a bike ride I can do, but a cycle from London to Paris- well that really is pushing myself to the limit.

I have started training, which is a definitely improvement on the time I went up Kilimanjaro having walked up Snowdon once. But something tells me this challenge might be even harder as I am far from a natural when it comes to bike riding! (I’ve already fallen off twice!)

Anyway, the bit that is concerning me the most right now is the fundraising… Last time I raised money a large proportion came from my family and friends who were extremely generous in sponsoring me. But this time round, I don’t really feel like I can ask.

So my question is how do I go about raising £1500 between now (October 12th 2014) and the end of February 2015?

I really do need all the help I can get! I am way too stubborn to quit, or admit defeat, and the charity means way too much to me – so basically I need to get my ass into gear and get a move on fast. I have to turn my not so bright idea into a super bright one and I need your help!

Answers on a postcard please!! Or you know, in a comment below!

Thank you!!

For anyone who wants to know more about the charity and why I am fundraising you can check out my page here: https://www.justgiving.com/DanielleBarnard

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