The Final Blog: it’s all over!

This time last year, full of wine and good cheer, I somewhat foolishly made the promise to (by midnight on 31st December 2013) achieve 50 tasks in the year of my 50th birthday. So, with one hour to go until the clock strikes 12, how have I done?

1. Take Italian lessons in readiness for a trip to Montepulciano in May. *DONE
2. Climb to the Whispering gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral. *DONE
3. Take a helicopter ride. (I never quite got my act together on this one)
4. Re-vamp my skin and makeup routines. *DONE
5. Go on a course/lesson to learn how to ride a bike safely. *DONE
6. Volunteer 12 times over the year. * DONE
7. Read ’1984′ by George Orwell. * (Well I’ve been trying for the last 29 years so no surprise that I didn’t manage it this year)
8. Read 50 books and review them on *(I read and reviewed 40)
9. Use only cash for one month (bar standing orders and direct debits). *DONE
10. Contact everyone on Christmas card list personally instead of sending a card. Donate money saved to a charity. * DONE
11. Enjoy dinner at Michel Roux’s Le Gavroche. *DONE
12. Go on a London walking tour. *DONE
13. Attend a cake decorating course. * DONE (ish)
14. Send book to publisher! (it’s a terrible book anyway!)
15. Write a travel article and get it published. (Does Trip Advisor count?)
16. Learn to swim a length. *DONE
17. Take an art class. *DONE
18. Take a singing lesson. (Here’s one I regret not having a stab at)
19. Have laser eye surgery. (I made the appointment but completely lost my nerve 😦 )
20. Be colour analysed by a professional. *DONE
21. Set up a book club. *DONE
22. Go to see ‘Singalong a Sound of Music’. *DONE
23. Go to see a ballet. *DONE
24. Attend a meditation course/ go on retreat. *DONE
25. Scan all my photos from the last 50 years! (It might help if I knew how to scan!)
26. One night a week without TV. *DONE. – (The easiest task of all)
27. Learn a new word every week and use it. *(Got completely fed up and tongue tied with this one!)
28. Write a will. *DONE
29. Get my teeth whitened. *PUT BRACES ON! (Whitening to follow)
30. Visit the Hindu Temple in Neasden, London *DONE
31. Do something cultural once a month. *DONE
32. Write a blog. *DONE!!!!
33. Do a Race for Life. *DONE
34. See the Northern lights. *DONE
35. Liverpool – Beatle Tour. *DONE
36. Do a walking tour abroad. *DONE
37. Win a competition. (Entering one or two might have helped with this task)
38. Be in the public gallery at a court hearing. *DONE
39. Learn to hoola hoop for a minute. *DONE
40. Visit the Louvre in Paris. *DONE
41. Be in the audience of a TV show *DONE
42. Tour of Grand Central Station, New York (Maybe next year)
43. Learn to perfect a magic trick! *DONE
44. Go on a spontaneous trip with no itinerary. (I regret not doing this. Maybe next year)
45. Listen to a debate at the House of Commons *DONE
46. See a performance at the Minack Theatre in Penzance. *DONE
47. Spend an evening at a comedy club. *DONE
48. Attempt the Telegraph Cryptic Crossword every Saturday * DONE
49. Plan 60 new things to do by the time I’m 60 ( no blog, I promise) (You must be joking!)
50. ????Any suggestions? Something completely spontaneous. I need help with this one please! (Thankfully no one came up with anything!)

I have had an incredible, action packed year. Although I didn’t achieve all 50, I had a good try and had plenty of fun along the way. I have met some wonderful people and seen some fantastic places.

Thank you all for encouraging me to complete the tasks, for joining me in doing them and for reading all about them in this blog.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.


Joanne xx

19 thoughts on “The Final Blog: it’s all over!

  1. You may not have done them all but that is a bloody impressive list of achievements! Well done you!
    I have to laugh though at your skill of doing things at the last minute- you’ve outdone yourself this time 😉
    So what are the tasks for 2014 then?! Haha
    Happy New Year!

  2. I’ve been blogging all day and I’m cream crackered! I met the deadline though even if it did mean sitting in on NYE! Job done as they say.

    Have a truly fabulous 2014. Thanks for all your blogging support. 2014 is a quiet one for me. No more tasks. I’m going into hibernation! X

  3. Well done on your achievements. Shall miss your blogs have really enjoyed reading and laughing at all of them. All the best for 2014.

  4. Wow Joanne your blog has been amazing. What an achievement . Well done!!! To have done all those things,you should be very proud of yourself. Relax now and enjoy 2014 and all that it brings. Ewa x

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Hi Ewa, thank you! I am definitely taking things easy next year but not at work, I promise. Steph’s comment about the deadline made me laugh!
      I will never change will I? But I met the midnight finish by an hour. That’s an improvement for me.

      Have a wonderful 2014 and thank you for all your help and encouragement with the blogging! X

  5. Congratulations Joanne! you did it. Am proud of you! Lots of memories for you to treasure. Happy new year to you.
    Trish x

  6. Well done! Joanne, you have made us laugh, sigh, and marvel at the many tasks you have accomplished over the past year. I am so impressed with all that you have managed to add to your already busy schedule.

    I will see you tomorrow morning at 10:00am,

    Thanks so much!



  7. I’ve enjoyed the blog and also taking part in quite a few of the challenges. Don’t give up on the ones you haven’t achieved yet, I wouldn’t mind doing the helicopter ride with you! I can’t believe you only read 40 books, what do you do with your time 🙂 I’ve just checked Goodreads and I’ve read 88 this year (and that doesn’t include re-reads and books I’ve forgotten to review) so you’ve got some catching up to do…

    • Ok, let’s book a helicopter ride somewhere scenic. With regards to the books, I read the whole book not just down the middle and I can tell you what it was all about afterwards 😉

      • Er, to everyone reading that comment thinking I’m insulting my blog supporters. It’s my sister – nature allows you to be insulting to your sisters. It makes life fun. Sister number one has been rather quiet!

    • Thanks Pats. I won’t know what to do with all of this free time now. I loved the tasks but loathed the blogging. I should have blogged straight after the event and not 5 months later as I was doing yesterday!

  8. (I don’t think your comment can be seen on the blog but I have it so here goes with the reply)

    Karen, what a really lovely comment thank you. Thank you too for coming up with the idea. Was the Oxo Tower episode really 18th months ago? As much as I might have grumbled along the way, I have enjoyed all the tasks. Your company on quite a few of them has been much appreciated. I am lying low for the next year. Your turn next (but not for quite sometime, eh?) xx

    Sent from my iPad


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