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This time next year… 2017 challenge

December 29, 2016


From the age of 21 I have always written a yearly to do list. Goals and dreams to work towards, a list designed to keep me focused. I had all sorts on last year, find the perfect sunrise, learn a new skill, go on a microadventure… the last few lists I actually shared on the blog, hoping it would spur me to complete them.

As we’re coming up to the end of 2016, I should be getting ready to post up my latest.

2017 is right around the corner.

And this year, I am not writing a list.

For those who know me it’s pretty controversial (Dad – please don’t panic).

It’s just that this year, I plan on doing something a bit different.

My friends and family will tell you that I don’t like to be bored, so last week I came up with a new project, inspired by Davina’s ITV show ‘This Time Next Year’ (you can find it on catch-up if you want to see what its all about, considering I’m not a big fan of tv I seem to have taken to this series).

Basically the show is filmed in two parts: in part one they make a pledge on a personal ambition they hope to achieve and then part two is filmed a year later to see if they managed it. However, on the actual show they combine both filmings together so you can see it all in one go, rather than having to wait a year.

Well I love the concept of having one clear personal goal and aiming for it, So that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I am going to set my own personal challenge for 2017 and I’d love for you to join me!!!

I’m roping as many people as I can into this, 2016 has been a pretty s*!& year for so many people I know and I thought this could be a great way of looking forward, thinking positive without the ritual of writing a whole list of resolutions you may find overwhelming.

If you do want to get involved it’s super easy:

Simply think up one thing (just one thing!) that you want to achieve by this time next year.

You don’t need to tell anyone what it is, not even me, you just need to write it down, seal it in an envelope, write your name on the back and your done.

Now I have got myself a special box where I will be collecting as many pledges as possible to place inside and the box will then be completely sealed until… you guessed it, this time next year!



I will then distribute all the envelopes, either by hand if you’re close or by post, so you get your own pledge back and you can see whether you achieved it or not!

For those who live far away, and trust me enough, you can email me your pledge and I will fill out a card on your behalf to be stowed away and then I will gladly post it to you at the end of next year for you to open – I’ll post it wherever you are in the world!! Just leave me your email address (I promise I won’t spam you with anything else!) and I will be in touch nearer the time (you know, in case you move or sumat).

For those who are happy to share their story I’d love to receive comments, emails, videos, pictures anything that shows your end result – whether it was successful or not. But don’t worry, you don’t have to share it if you don’t want to I’d be happy just to have you involved and knowing that we are all working towards looking forward to something greater 🙂

So what could your goal be?

Well, it can be anything you want! You can keep it secret or you can tell your friends. Losing weight, trying something new, aiming for a special trip, making new friends, having a baby, personal challenge, start a blog? 😉 fitness goal, TRAVEL , maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but never have … it can be anything at all!

I’ll be sure to share some reminders throughout the year, try and motivate us all, and feel free to do the same to me, give me a nudge if I start to get all grouchy on twitter again.

Lets get 2017 off to a bang shall we!!



Do you make resolutions? Or yearly to do lists?

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