Moving in a forward motion….
I have big plans, really big plans. I don’t want to rule the world or anything (unless someone is offering me that job, then I might reconsider). But I have a life plan, it doesn’t always work, and things have a habit of going awry or worse, creeping up on you! But I know what I want and I work hard to make that happen.
My big thing this year is my novel, I am desperate to complete it and at 48,000 words I can see the end in sight. I know there is drafting and re-drafting and re-redrafting to do after before it goes anywhere, but the main thing is I want to get to type those two little words “The End”. Then sit back and know I did it, I made it happen.
I generally set one of these goals every year, something to strive for. Last year it was the wedding. I wanted to plan, organise and execute (and believe me a few family members were close to being executed) the day without too many hiccups. Not everything went to plan (it did rain a little, not great for an outside ceremony), but generally everything I arranged I managed to pull off. Goal ticked off the list.
The year before that it was a mortgage and a house buy. This probably isn’t as big a deal as it felt at the time, my husband and I are on average wages but paying rent while saving a mortgage deposit is tough. I scrimped and saved every way I could, even reducing our full weekly shop down to less than £15 a week. I wouldn’t like to do it again, but I now know if times were tough I can do it and within a year we had done it, and saved a deposit and bought our first house. Goal ticked off the list.
So after all that you’d think the novel thing would be easy right? Well, ask me on the 31st December and I’ll tell you if I did it (that’s if I haven’t screamed it from the rooftop before then).
Does anyone else do this extreme planning?
The Wanderer Daily Prompt asked which 5 places you would like to visit. This was such a hard choice for me there are so many things I want to see and do but know they all take time and money. So I thought I would narrow it down to the things I would like to do in the UK. My list did start to look a bit like a hobbit quest but anywhere here we go:
1. Grime’s Graves – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimes_Graves
Grime’s Graves is a large Neolithic flint mining complex near Brandon in England close to the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. It was worked between circa 3000 BC and circa 1900 BC, although production may have continued well into the Bronze and Iron Ages (and later) owing to the low cost of flint compared with metals.
2. Stone Henge, Avebury and Silbury – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge,_Avebury_and_Associated_Sites
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
3. Eilean Donan Castle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eilean_Donan
Eilean Donan (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Donnain) is a small tidal island where three lochs meet
4. Speedwell Cavern in Castleton. – http://speedwellcavern.co.uk/
5. Sgwd yr Eira in Wales. – http://www.cavinguk.co.uk/holidays/waterfalls/WalkBehind.html
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