The Bucket List: Revisited

While I still have a few months until I turn 26 (sorry Keeling!) I thought I would come back to the bucket list and see what I have achieved this last year. Depressing as it seems, the older I get the quicker time seems to pass me by. Of the 13 items on last year’s list, I have only managed two of them: 1. Seeing the New Year in Sydney sydney nye 2015 the royal botanical gardens the point view111 In last year’s post I used a stock image, this one here was taken by me. 2. Dive the Great Barrier Reef IMG_1672 Again, this beauty was taken by me, but for illustration purposes this was actually from diving in Fiji – we weren’t allowed to take pics at the GBR, boo! As incredible as it was to be in Australia as the New Year started, I still felt like I was in limbo. Although I am luckily on the right side of 30, there are still so many things I want to do, sooner rather than later. As you will see in last year’s list there was a lot of focus on travelling, and well basically, being anywhere but here in a small town, in the Midlands, under what feels like a near constant cover of cloud. I have decided to make some decisions, and I think it is time to start living my life. I am not reckless enough to just up and leave, but I am going travelling, and I am spending the next two years planning a trip that could last for just as long, or even longer. What got me thinking was a story I read recently about a nurse who worked in palliative care whose patients basically went home to die. She asked them if they had any regrets or anything they would have done differently with their lives. There was a common theme amongst the answers, and out of the top five, these three stood out to me: 1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2. I wish I didn’t work so hard. 3. I wish that I had let myself be happier. I think society has a lot to do with these responses, given that these people would have been teenagers in the 40s and 50s – a time where it was normal for a woman to be a housewife, cook, clean and breed, while the man of the house went out to work. We all know that in 2015, things are not what they were, or are they? At 25, having been with my boyf. for nearly five years (literally don’t know where the time has gone), I am hit with many questions about starting a family, getting married and “settling down”. Erm, no. While I am truly happy for anyone who wants that life, it just isn’t on the cards for us right now. I mean, it scares me that I am at an age where if I were to get pregnant my mom would be HAPPY! My ID may say I’m 25, but secretly I’m still 15. So I will start with point one, having courage to live a life true to myself and not what others expect of me. I’ll say it now, I am not having kids any time soon! I look on Facebook and there are so many people who post a million picture of their kids, or rant about their wedding plans, and I am over here like “I’m watching a DVD in bed with my cats” and I am cool with it. They have their lives, I have mine and I am happy with not procreating or making vows right now. My aim is to be happy, to do what drives me, and not what is expected of me. I want to see the world, meet new people, discover new things – I might even manage to write that book I have been talking about for so long. Believe me, I am not one of these people that is running away travelling to “find” themselves, ‘cos I ain’t lost. Life is for living – and that’s what I intend to do. So here it is, a bucket list that I intend to fulfil: 1. See the Northern Lights – I just don’t think there will be a sight more naturally beautiful than the lights. Unknown 2. Party at Carnival in Rio – Because deep down I am still a party girl. riocarnival460 3. Live in Australia – Having had a taste for the Aussie way, I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be. 4. Go to Base Camp – Just so I can feel like I am on top of the world. However, not looking forward to the two weeks of camping to get there. 5. See the Statue of Liberty – I have already been to New York, and we managed to do everything else on the list but that, and I always promised I’d go back. 6. Go dancing in a jazz club in Manhattan – Because last time I went I was only 19, and while I was hungover on the flight from a night in the Student Union, once we landed I was officially two years underage – boo! 7. Drive Route 66 in a Mustang – Because I have heard you just should. 8. See lions on safari – I love cats as everybody knows, so to see giant ones in the wild? Yes please! 9. Visit the Great Wall of China – Because I am a tiny little culture buff really. 10. Learn a new language – French has always been at the top of my list, I just wish I’d have paid more attention in school… 11. Visit Antarctica – The frozen continent at the end of the Earth that is only accessible a few months of the year? Man will never permanently occupy this beautiful place. 12. See Pearl Harbour – For the history 13. Write a book – Always wanted to, hopefully travelling the world will give me a story! writing 14. Niagra Falls – For the beauty. 15. The Maldives – I hear if global warming continues the way it is the Maldives will be underwater in my life time. 16. Bali – For the culture. 17. Drive the Great Ocean Road – It is supposed to be quite a journey. 18. See the Vegas Strip – I also need to see Britney (bitch) while I’m there. 19. Party in Buenos Aires – like Serena Van der Woodsen when she ran off in Gossip Girl. Not even ashamed of that reason. 20. See the Taj Mahal – being half Indian I should probably include some of my own heritage somewhere in the mix. I’m not going to lie, this list came out so fast I didn’t even have to think – there are so many other things I want to do that this list is just the start. I love the idea of going some place amazing, and sticking a pin in a map to decide where to go next. Lucky for me I will have my boyfriend and partner-in-crime with me – I wouldn’t do it without him. So while yes, we are purchasing our first house together like society says we should, it is a mere investment to fund us on our journey, and honestly, I can’t wait to see where we end up. Have you travelled the world? Tips would be greatly appreciated! – love Carla x

25 things: an update

As you may remember, last year I came up with 25 things I’d like to do.

Now, because I don’t really believe in New Year resolutions, this list has become my guide. It keeps me on track and takes the pressure off January 1 – so, in light of 2015 turning up, here’s an update:

1. Open a savings account


I opened an account on my 25th birthday and it is now where money is transferred to every month. Welcome to adulthood, Keeling – it’s about time.

2. Start taking care of myself

Taking care

This is one I didn’t think I’d take up, but I have. I joined a gym (toning, not cardio), started to eat healthily and drink plenty of water. I moisturise, go on lengthy walks and try to sleep for at least 7hrs per night.

3. Improve my posture


I have made a conscious effort to sit properly when I’m in the office and I try to stand up straight rather than my usual slouching.

4. Buy my own house


Thanks to my savings account, and acknowledging that I am actually an adult, I’m currently in the process of saving for a deposit – WOOP! 🙂

5. Start a record collection

Record collection

I bought my first record, (Fleetwood Mac, Rumours – FYI) just after my birthday. For Christmas I received my very own Crosley record player and Clean Bandit’s record, so the collection is under way.

6. Write a book

Write a book

Still a dream, but one that is creeping forward into reality. Although I feel like I’m still waiting for ‘the story,’ according to quite a few people (friends and boyf.) my ‘ridiculous’ life is what the story should be. Hmpf.

7. Take up yoga


This is one that I’m currently planning. I’ve eyed-up a yoga mat, downloaded an app and have perused the internet for classes at various gyms. It will happen.

8. Read all the books on my list


Okay, so the stack has actually increased in size – buying books seems to be an addiction. But, now that I am planning on being a hardcore saver (read: massive recluse), I hope to plough through my very own library.

9. Watch everything on my list

Films & TV

See 8.

10. Plan and take a road trip across America

Route 66

One day.

11. Move to Scotland (with a stop off in Yorkshire)


See 10.

12. See the Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Once my house is bought, I think this could possibly be one of the next holidays I have, along with Santorini.

13. Sleep under the stars

Sleep under the stars

See 10.

14. Go to New York at Christmas

New York

Ohhh, again – one day.

15. Fall in love


I won’t make you all feel sick, you know there’s a boyf...

16. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

St. Patrick's Day

In all honesty, this is one that I hope to achieve by the time I’m 30. So far, I’ve made a Guinness cake and that’s about it.

17. Own my dream car

1967 Chevy Impala

If anyone can help with this one, I’d be forever grateful. Maybe when I finally head over to America for my road trip I’ll get my hands on either a 1967 Chevy Impala or a 1963 Mercury Comet…

18. Buy a pair of Louboutins


Should I ever get married, I will definitely splash out on the sparkliest of Louboutins – until then, I’ll stick with the high street 😦

19. Learn to run


Yeah… this one isn’t going to happen any time soon. Sorry. Walking, yes. Doing weights and toning exercises, yes. Running, nah. Maybe one day, we’ll see…

20. Land my dream job


After the shock demise of Phones 4u last September, I was lucky enough to find another job almost immediately. I was also lucky that my new job is very much within my desired sector, and after everything I learnt from the sudden redundancy, it’s my mission to make myself as valuable in my chosen career as I can.

21. Learn to cook (dinner party-style)

Dinner party

I may not be quite dinner party ready, but I am progressing in the kitchen. I cook and bake and continue to attempt to stretch my skills. I also watch a lot of James Martin and Jamie Oliver programmes, but that’s more of a guilty pleasure/secret crush thing…

22. Lay off the straighteners


Nowadays I’m basically a glorified hobo – I don’t straighten my hair very often, and I can usually be found make-up free and in jamas… But my skin and hair have greatly improved in doing so, so long live the tramp!

23. Rescue a dog

Rescue dogs

This is my ambition in life – retire, own a large plot of land and rescue all of the dogs. All of them.

24. Take the momma to Canada


I’m working on it…

25. Buy my dad a Jaguar E-Type

E-Type Jaguar

Ditto 24…

– love Stef x

A look at the year passed…

So, 2014 is nearly over. Before we start making promises we can’t keep, let’s take a look at the year that has been and gone.

In last year’s post I made the following promises:

  • I would do Yoga twice a week
  • I would clean my make-up brushes once a month
  • Save lots of pennies for a huge holiday (more on that later!)
  • Eat breakfast more often
  • Eat less cheese

Let’s break it down…

Now it may not seem like a lot, but I am a fan of ‘baby steps’ since there is a reason I have a problem achieving any of the above anyway!

But I am happy to report that I do go to Yoga at least once a week, and a few months ago I did join a gym and go at least three times a week – and have managed to keep that up longer than I ever have (in my 25 years I have joined four gyms and quit/stopped going before any contract has ever been up).

Okay, I still haven’t cleaned my make-up brushes, but that can go on next year’s list – God loves a tryer!

The holiday, oh the holiday! Well, I have been a VERY good girl this year, you may recall that I mentioned both Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef in from my Bucket List post from my birthday. and

Well, with all of the Primark-dodging I have been doing, I managed to save so hard that on December 28 2014, I will be flying to Sydney to see in the New Year, before flying to Hamilton Island to dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Not to mention visiting the little penguins in Melbourne, or staying in a hut on the private island of Mamanuca off the mainland of Fiji! Click here to see exactly why you should all be so jealous.

Next up, breakfast. Well. No. Sorry.

Eating less cheese, however, I have managed! I just don’t eat it with EVERY meal. Sometimes I go a whole day without cheese. Go me!

All in all not a bad year for me, and I am happily ending 2014 20lbs lighter than when the year started *squeal*.

Have you managed to stay on track for a whole year?

What are your New Year resolutions?

love Carla x

Spratt Says: The Bucket List

Spratt SaysAs I begin to approach the quarter of a century mark of my lifetime I’ve begun to panic that I’ve done nothing with my life, and it got me thinking;

What can I still do before I’m 30?

So I’ve compiled a bucket list of things that I feel I need to do in the next five or so years:



1. Travel the world

Travel the world

An obvious one really, especially as I rarely venture out of Buxton, let alone the country.

2. Get a career


I have a degree in journalism and I work in a newsagents. The definition of irony.

3. Grow a beard

Grow a beard

Every man should grow a beard at least once. I’ve made many valiant attempts but I want a beard that the cast of Game of Thrones would be proud of.

4. Read every book I own

Read every book I own

I have thousands, most of which I’ve never opened.

5. Get a tattoo

Get a tattoo

Not having a tattoo in 2014 is like having a tattoo in the 1930s. Weird.

6. Buy a house

Buy a house

My own house. Preferably like something from an episode of Cribs.

7. Kill a man

Swim with dolphins

…just kidding, swim with dolphins.

8. Get a blue tick on Twitter and my own Wikipedia page

Get verifiedI’m not sure how yet but I will!

9. Learn to drive

Learn to drive

Always wanted a car but could never a Ford one.

10. Stop making bad puns

Stop making bad punsSorry…