As mentioned on my home page #17Before2017 was my latest entry in my bullet journal (post soon to come on what this is, what I use it for and how it’s changed my life!). This  so I thought I’d share my 17 before 2017 as my first blog post!

1) Finish six books:

I am a nightmare for starting several books at the same time, something I’m going to try and change in the New Year. The six books I currently have on the go but want to finish before 2017 are:

  • The Freedom Writers Diary
  • The Story Of O
  • Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance
  • Legacy: What The All Blacks Can Teach Us About The Business Of Life
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Everyday Sexism

Book reviews will be up as soon as I finish these!

2) Spring clean the flat and my room at home – COMPLETE!

This is half complete since I cleaned my before coming home for Christmas. My room at home is full of stuff that I haven’t sorted out for years.

UPDATE – Since being home for Christmas I have completely cleared out my bedroom, it’s looking so much better having sorted all my things! All the things I was getting rid of I either donated to a charity shop or a recycling bank!

3) Donate unused things to a charity shop – COMPLETE!

I have a very good habit of keeping things for the sake of it, even when I no longer use them. I have a load of left over sports kit that I didn’t have space in my luggage to take to Malawi with me in the summer. Once I’ve started sorting things out I’m going to donate it all to a charity shop.

4) Meet up with three school friends

5) Visit my dad and step mum on their anniversary – COMPLETE!

6) Start playing piano again – COMPLETE!

So far I have started learning Stay With Me by Sam Smith and Hallelujah

7)  Visit my Nanny Daltons grave – COMPLETE!

I can’t remember the last time I went so this is something that’s really important for me to do before the year is out.

8) Visit my Grandad in hospital again & give him his Christmas presents! – COMPLETE!

I’ve visited my granddad a couple of times since being home, but I gave him his Christmas presents today, he was on much better form and we chatted for a while before he fell back asleep, it was a really lovely visit.

9) Spend some time with my Godmother – COMPLETE!

She has limited mobility and when I can, I go visit her, although these visits usually tend to be brief, I’d like to spend an afternoon with her playing board games or watching films!

10) Go for a long walk with my mum and Louis – COMPLETE!

We went for a lovely long walk on Christmas day!

11) Plan a day out with the family

12) Start writing a blog – COMLETE! (ish)

Well… here I am, not sure if this counts or not!

13) Write my goals for 2017

14) Start new bujo for 2017 – COMPLETE!

Blog post about this soon to come!

15) Do something kind for a stranger

16) Write budget for 2017

17) Watch six documentaries

  • Can you live without your phone?
  • Breaking into prison
  • NYPD: biggest gang in New York?
  • Sex, drugs & murder: life in the Red Light Zone (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 )
  • Muslims like us (2 episodes)
  • Black is the new black  (4 episodes)
  • Jade: why I chose porn
  • Stacey on the Frontline: Girls, guns and ISIS
  • Making a slave (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3)
  • Prison my parents and me






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