Here is the final part of my 19 for 2019 review:
Celebrate a personal anniversary – My partner and I went out to celebrate our fifth anniversary. I also marked the anniversary of my divorce by spending the day being kind to myself and doing things to feed my soul.
Sing karaoke – I had my doubts about this one when I put it on the list as it is so far out of my comfort zone. Needless to say, I didn’t do it. However, I was up for going to one of the karaoke bars in Portugal with my daughters, figuring that no one would know me so what did it matter, but they refused!
Master the pilates roll-up – A few years ago I could do this but now I struggle. I practised through the year and managed to achieve it with a towel folded under my lower back. I’ll carry on working on this.
Walk in the countryside each season – This was a success: Brockham and Headley (Surrey, UK) in winter; Arundel (Sussex, UK) in spring; Goring (Sussex, UK) in summer; Zante (Greece) in autumn.
Overall, twelve of the 19 items were achieved, six of them were started/attempted but not fully completed, and one (karaoke) didn’t happen at all. I’m extremely pleased with this outcome as I know that writing this list forced me to make the effort to do things that are important to me. Although I might not have had one hundred percent success, I certainly achieved more than I would have done without this focus.
Not only that, but I also started a list of my unplanned activities and experiences which happened during the year. Among the items on this list are: Sky Dance and overnight stay in Brighton; I participated in two National Journal Writing Months; my first yoga retreat; I contacted and met a self-published author; I went to a swing jive evening; I saw my first Arthur Miller play and had numerous other theatre trips; I did Marieke Blokland’s Art and Creativity Challenge; I took part in Sketchbook Revival; I went to my first opera (Carmen) and two ballets (Manon and Coppelia) at the Royal Opera House; I practised aerial yoga and hot yoga for the first time; I went to Spain on my own; I took up ballroom and Latin American dancing again after a long break. I think creating a 19 for 2019 inspired me to be more (pro)active and to grasp opportunities.
With that in mind, my 20 for 2020 list will be coming soon.