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I wrote a post in January “30 Things I Plan to Try and Achieve in 2022″ which I have relisted below. How did I do?

  1. Get rid of the 4lbs I put on over Christmas
  2. Read more books
  3. Grow some vegetables
  4. Write my Dad’s life story ( I have a suitcase full of paperwork and pictures to go through to achieve this but I promised his grandchildren I would write this for them)
  5. Update and republish my book on ‘Tea, Cake and Chocolate’.
  6. Try a new recipe every month
  7. FaceTime my friends more often
  8. Protect me and my other half from Covid in any way the Government asks us to
  9. Do another paint by number (I loved doing one in lockdown last year)
  10. Do more watercolours (I did this during lockdown as well)
  11. Make more handmade cards
  12. Whenever I buy something new, I get rid of something else
  13. Try to increase my daily steps
  14. Have my grandchildren more often
  15. Keep me fit
  16. Plan early for Christmas 2022 so I don’t wear myself out doing it all last minute
  17. Watch a movie outside
  18. Go on a boat somewhere ( I love cruising and just miss being on the sea)
  19. See my twin sister more often
  20. Join some more Facebook groups
  21. Write more blog posts ( I currently write daily for my Back Pain Blog but only a couple of times a week for my Afternoon Tea and Interior Blogs)
  22. Visit London
  23. Go to the Theatre
  24. Play more board games with the family (we loved it so much over Christmas that we all said let’s do it more regularly instead of just at Christmas)
  25. Go on another workshop on flower arranging (I took my daughter and daughter-in-law on a wreath-making workshop and we loved it)
  26. Take an online course on Reflexology
  27. Get better at playing Seduko
  28. Get better at playing Arrowword
  29. Meet up with old friends
  30. Go for a swim in the sea.
  1. I managed to get rid of the 4 lbs I put on last Christmas. I seemed to fight with those few pounds throughout the year.
  2. I joined a local book club so I definitely read more books.
  3. The only vegetables I managed to grow were some Parsley and Onions, but I blame the hot summer for that.
  4. I didn’t manage to write my Dad’s life story so that will be on my list for 2023.
  5. I also did not manage to update and republish my Afternoon Tea Book. I also hope to do that in 2023.
  6. I definitely tried a new recipe every month with quite a few new ones for the grandchildren.
  7. I did Facetime friends and family more.
  8. I tried to keep us all safe from Covid but unfortunately, I caught it while on our first holiday out of the UK.
  9. I have started another paint by numbers but have not finished it yet.
  10. I enjoyed making lots of handmade cards using watercolour.
  11. Definitely made lots more handmade cards. All my Christmas cards are handmade.
  12. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting rid of something after buying something new and selling lots of items on Ebay. It really does give me a bit of a kick and keeps the house nice and tidy.
  13. Unfortunately, my daily steps have gone down rather than up this year but I have suffered with my low back a lot more this year. I also seemed to have a lot more time for walks during lockdown.
  14. I have had an addition to my grandchildren this year. Another beautiful granddaughter so my year has been full of looking after the grandchildren.
  15. I have been seeing a Physiotherapist who has really helped me keep fitter this year with lots of exercises.
  16. I have never been as prepared for Christmas as I am this year and it has made such a difference.
  17. We didn’t manage a movie outside but it is still on my list for next year.
  18. We went on a lovely cruise around parts of the Mediterranean this year. It was wonderful.
  19. I saw my twin lots this year and plan to do the same next year as it’s our 70th year and something we can celebrate together.
  20. I only joined another two Facebook Groups as I found I could spend hours reading through all the posts.
  21. My blog post writing has been up and down and it definitely, depends on how much pain I am in. I have another trapped ulnar nerve in my elbow so that has slowed me down.
  22. I had a lovely visit to London with my best friend for a few days. We saw a show and loved wandering around London. It was during one of the rail strikes so it was fairly quiet (for London) but actually easier to see things and the theatre was not full.
  23. We made it to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
  24. We never managed to get our diaries together to continue with our board games but it is yet another thing I would like to try and achieve next year.
  25. We were going to go to another workshop like last year but the cost has shot up so we decided on afternoon tea instead. Maybe next year.
  26. I didn’t manage the Reflexology COurse but still have it on my list.
  27. My Seduko has greatly improved.
  28. My Arrowwood has gotten tons better. I love doing them.
  29. We met up with lots of old friends this year and had many stopovers.
  30. I went into the sea to cool off in the hot summer but I wouldn’t say I swam in it.

I guess 22 out of 30 isn’t bad. It’s been a lovely year full to the brim of family fun in particular and I can see that the things I did not achieve were quite big items. Dad’s book needs my full attention to get it right but I will give it a go in 2023.

I have a few new ideas for next year as life is going to be difficult for many. I am pretty tied up with all my little girls but I wouldn’t miss a second with them. They are all wonderful in their own way.

Have you made any plans for 2023? Look out for my next list in the New Year.


3 thoughts on “HOW MANY OF MY “30 PLANS FOR 2022” DID I ACHIEVE?…”

  1. Wow. Quite an accomplishment. I just started my 70th year. My worst pain is my knees, and emotional eating. I’m up 15 pounds after losing 65. Thank you for sharing. I just may make a list.


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