Look at what YOU have achieved!

Hi all,

Hope you are well this Monday and had a good weekend!

Thought I would talk today about bucket lists, to do lists, to achieve lists… whatever you want to call them!

We all have them, whether written down or not. Those set list of ‘must do’s’ that we have to achieve before we pass/ turn a certain age.

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Marry the man of my dreams – check

Own my own house – check (but then sold when we moved to Glasgow!)

Visit America – check

Have a degree in History – check

Become a teacher – em… well I dont really want to do that anymore

Visit Disneyland – em, no but would I really want to go there over everywhere else?

Travel Europe – I have seen parts but not even a dent of it in reality – but who can afford to up sticks and travel nowadays?

Live abroad – working on it but not yet…

Own a dog – not really fair if we are then going to move abroad….

I could go on!

Some yes I have achieved, others a possibility, most of them who really knows, maybe if I am lucky (or win the lottery…!)

When I think about it, my list is actually a set of goals, pressures, deadlines a cause of disappointment that they have not all been achieved, some not even close.

Why do we do this to ourselves? A  to- do list for our jobs, daily chores, work around the house maybe they are essential but life goals? Life demands?

When I focus on what I haven’t achieved, I like many, get down and frustrated and stressed.

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So that is why, I am tearing up my bucket list and instead going for an ‘Achievement List’.

From now on, I will focus on what I HAVE achieved, the amazing, incredible, wonderful things I HAVE done.

Big things, small things, memories, recaps, journeys, events, people  = life and living.

I am married to my best friend, living in a city I love, supported my incredible friends and family.

I have seen so many west end shows that have brought tingles to my spine. I am an athlete. I have been in a hot air balloon. I have sunk my feet into the Arabian Desert. I have seen a praying mantis (such an amazing sight). Tasted the most flavourful Gelato in Italy. Spent 4 years of my life studying and completing a degree in History and loving every moment of it. I am pursuing a career I am passionate about. I have dinned in the Emirates Palace. I went to the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I have been surrounded by wild dolphins. I have touched a baby Giraffe (their skin is so rough!). I created a blog.

I could go on and on. I want to go on and on. This list gets me excited. This list gets me inspired. This list gives me drive.

This list makes me smile.

So why not try it out too. Instead of focussing on a ‘must achieve’ list, let’s all look at what we ‘have achieved’ and get excited about that. You may just surprise yourself on how awesome you are 🙂

Tell me something you have achieved?

6 thoughts on “Look at what YOU have achieved!

  1. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch says:

    It really is easy to accomplish goals and then brush past them quickly and say “Ok but what’s next?!” You’ve done SO much! Now that you’ve built up a stable life (married, settled in a home, know what you want to do with your life), now you can look to the future and achieve all your other goals. You couldn’t have done them without the foundation that you’ve built. It all comes in time.

    PS go to Disneyland 🙂 It’s magical
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    • Jen says:

      I think sometimes people are too afraid to be proud of what they have achieved, always instead choosing to focus on what they haven’t. I couldnt believe how many amazing things I had actually done when I sat and wrote them down!
      I think Disneyland will always be on the cards 😉

    • Jen says:

      I love reminiscing about where I have been and what I have done – makes me happier than remembering all the places I havent been instead!

    • Jen says:

      Thanks Arman – so many people tend to focus on ‘what they havent done or seen’ I thought it was about time we looked at what we HAD done and seen!

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