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On the Blog – She’s making her list, she’s checking it twice… Liz’s Bucket List…

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , on 23 September 2010 by misselisabethuk

The inspiration for this blog is a film I saw recently with the mighty Morgan Freeman in, one of my all time favourite actors for the record, called the Bucket List funnily enough.  In case some of you are not familiar with the term ‘Bucket List’, this is a list of things you want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’.  So I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you on this subject and an insight into what is on my Bucket List….. here goes…

I think firstly, it’s hard to make such a list as usually one of the first stipulations is that you allow for having an endless supply of time and money, but taking those things out of the equation as those two provisos may never happen, then you get to the core of your list.  So maybe you should have two lists, a blue sky list (those things that you would do if you won the lottery type things) and a down to earth list?! Or maybe you should re-order your list on an annual basis to take account of your current situation – promoting and demoting items as necessary – Never take anything off your Bucket List.

Saying that there could be a case for removing items and allowances should be made in cases of personal tragedy, for example, you wanted to see the great pyramids of egypt but by some twisted hand of fate you lose your eyesight, that would then be physically unachievable – So is the Bucket List a wish list?  If so the person who has now lost their eyesight would be as well to keep it on their list, with advances of modern medicine and scientific research it could become possible….  So would it stay on the List?!

Oh I don’t know, I have always thought that having goals that are physically achievable are more motivational than those that are not achievable but then sometimes you’ve just got to stick with your aspirations no matter how high, to keep yourself focused in life.

Another thing can subjective items go on the Bucket List, or do they have to be things that are explicitly measurable?

Ok you’ve read enough of my ramblings…  What’s on your Bucket List Liz?  I hear you all shout (OK a bit of an exaggeration there when it’s probably just me with my laptop for company).  I have a long list as I intend to be alive and kicking for a long time yet, but here are a few things on my list in no particular order, although for someone as fastidious as me if it’s not alphabetized or colour-coded there’s something wrong hehe.  I have chosen three in total, one achievable, one subjective and one aspirational…

achievable – To travel on the Orient Express again and go the whole journey without throwing up (it kinda killed the moment, if you know what i’m saying lol)

Subjective – To be the ‘best’ I can be… constantly challenging myself, pushing myself outside my comfort zone, dealing with situations and not  running from them and to always be modestly honest and hard working – definitely the subject for another blog methinks!!

Aspirational – To have my own swimming pool / lap pool in my back garden that I can use all year round (this could have gone in the achievable category, however, current circumstances dictate it’s on this list at the moment!)

So I hope I’ve given you some food for thought… I would love to hear your views on this subject and tell me….

What’s on your Bucket List?


WHAT TIME IS IT?? It’s silly o’clock with the insomnia queen…

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , on 2 September 2010 by misselisabethuk

I’m sure this blog will spark a riot of comments…. well maybe not at 5am on a very dark September morning but hey… talking to oneself is the first sign of madness right, or so I’ve told myself on a number of occasions…. or is it hairy palms…. hmm not sure…. anyhoo.

Today I will be mostly talking about insomnia, nothing to do with all that fandangled science stuff – although I am fully aware that by the end of this blog the men in white coats might be paying me a visit!!

So Insomnia…, some call it lack of sleep, some say it’s the brain over-processing on waking which prevents us going back to sleep… I call it my close and trusted friend who keeps me sane in times of difficulty. I call her… Insomnia, dammit you know that already… get to the point Liz.. Ok lol

Yep I have to say that Insomnia is my first realisation that something isn’t quite right in my life, it’s a defence mechanism almost preparing me for the challenges that lay ahead or that I am facing. When my thought processes need to be stepped up a gear to enable me to solve a problem or make plans, that’s usually when I will “suffer” (I use this term loosely) from this condition.

I used to see Insomnia as a pain in the butt, a frustrating consequence of having problems that needed to be resolved, now I see it as a trusted friend, an early warning system and I have recently learnt to embrace it as part of who I am and how I cope with situations and new ideas. In fact, the quiet early mornings I now relish and they often turn out to be a rewarding experience. I am definitely a morning person and have most of my wizard ideas at mental o’clock – those hair brain schemes you think up suddenly, which then gets the adrenaline flowing when an idea starts to grow, all this when everyone else is chucking up the Zzzzzs. Amazing!!!

And now… I am just thinking that this place I go to, to sort out my head, will be called Somnia – I do declare that that’s what it shall now be called. So when I wake up early from sleep I will be… in-Somnia…. get it? It may even be a continent in Liz World, an island in fact with banana trees (not that I like bananas but I like green and yellow together?!) and lots of purple flowers.. man-eating ones knowing my luck!!

Where were we, I seem to have gone off piste…. ahhh yes, the wonderful world of Insomnia… So I ask my blog readers to think of this, when you next wake up early and really cannot get back to sleep; get up, sit for a moment, write down the ideas or issues you think you are facing, maybe have some fruit tea (defo NO caffeine), relax, go into your subconscious, feel empowered to allow yourself to be awake at this time of the day, write a blog :), and realise that everyone will face Insomnia at some point in their lives. I believe it helps you to grow as a person, do not be angry by it, embrace it and sleep will come to you….

I only have one more thing to say…


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