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Awwwww Jeeezz. This isn’t going as I planned. I’m trying, though.

  1. DO THE SPLITS. On purpose. Not drunken, accidental splits. Going to have to work hard for this one. I’m doing ok. I’m a long way off, but I’m working on it!

2. Up The Mount 40 times before I’m 40. I got 10 out of the way then got sick and haven’t been up in 5 weeks! Now I have about 20 weeks to go up 30 times, eeeeeeek

3. Get up The Mount in under 25 minutes. Yeah, nah. Not yet. I’m still aiming to hit this one. Might need to start drinking coffee.

4. Get up The Mount with no rest stops (or “photo opps” as they are code named) Yes, I have 3 goals involving The Mount. That’s because going up it is my personal beast, and I need to get over it. Yeah, nah. Nowhere near it, but I will get there!

5. Enter a 10km fun run/walk. I haven’t yet, but I will be, 10km walk is no sweat at this point.

6. Do 2 full pushups. Dependent on my very dodgy shoulder, so fingers crossed! I don’t see this happening with my shoulder, but I’m working on my strength!

7. Handstand against a wall for 10 seconds. This is another one that’s dependent on my bung shoulder. But I really want to do it! hahahahahahaha What the hell was I thinking?

8. Walk another half marathon. This doesn’t need to be an actual event, just me walking 21km in one go. Yeah this will happen, I have a weekend planned for this, closer to my birthday.

9. Log 350km in planned walking (average 10km/week) It was on track until I got sick, but it’s still doable! Currently sitting at 78.52km, I was sure it was higher than that! Should knock another 8-10km this weekend at least.

10. Swim 1km non stop (in a pool) I’ve not even tried, but I used to be able to, so it will happen.

11. Book a family holiday (don’t need to have HAD it, just have one booked) Plans are in motion!

12. Book a family photo shoot YES!! I have!! It’s booked for end of September.

13. Romantic weekend away, just Adam and I. Hopefully in about 2-3 weeks, we will be off!

14. Learn to count to 20, plus 5 phrases, in a new language (can’t be Spanish, Japanese or Maori, already can do that) I’ve not even chosen a language. Any suggestions?

15. Learn to Stand Up Paddle Board. I never got there before it got cold, so I suspect this won’t happen until summer.

16. Go Glamping. Never done it, always wanted to. Have you seen the price of glamping? I so much want to go, but wow, it’s pricey!!!

17. See 5 Live music events/concerts. One down.

18. Go Ziplining Nope, not yet, but I’m hoping to get there before my birthday, it looks fun!

19. Go up the Sky Waka. The damn place closes for winter, who’d have thought!? Not open again until December, so not happening, although I might buy a ticket, so at least it’s ready to go.

20. Doughboats in Taupo. Not yet, but we may be in Taupo in a few weeks, so hoping to do it.

21. Five new hikes/walks. Two down!! Totally nailing this one.

22. Redwoods Tree Walk Not yet, but I’m planning to go next holidays with the kids and a friend. Totally doable.

23. Visit an island I’ve never been to. Doesn’t matter how small it is. Not yet. Any suggestions?

24. Read 5 new books. 1 down, about to start my second. I will get this, for sure!

25. Ride in a helicopter or small plane. Not yet, not sure how I will get this one!

26. Visit a new town I’ve never been to.

27. Proper Hair Salon cut and colour. YES!! I did this!!!

28. Book a spa day, just for me – massage, facial. Not yet, but I can’t wait!

29. Donate a large food parcel to food bank. Not yet, but I will be.

30. Donate any spare blankets and jackets to the homeless. I’ve been making a pile, will drop it off soon.

31. Go through my wardrobe and donate anything that hasn’t been worn in more than 12 months. Yes!! Done!

32. Plant two new fruit trees at home. Not yet. But it will be done by my birthday!

33. Finish off the front garden – stones, new greenhouse setup. Planned for early Spring

34. Clear out my “craft projects” cupboard, and either finish them, or throw them away. Not yet. In the holidays, hopefully.

35. Finish my Spices, Baking Cupboard and Pantry upgrades. I’ve got the labels now, so it’s underway!

36. Finish our new outside area. We’re waiting until it warms up, but we will be able to afford it now, there’s actually 2 outside areas, and they will both be done.

37. Learn a new skill I can offer to clients. I’ve learned SO much in the last few weeks, and a lot more to learn. So yes, big tick here!

38. Pass 2500 Followers on my Nikki Does Life Instagram. (1946 so far). 2200 now, so it’s gonna happen!

39. Have 3 months where my self employed-ness could be classed as proper income and not just “play money” (1 month down!) YES!! 2 months down, and looking better all the time.

40. Record 40 videos/lives across my different businesses, and actually post them. Not even close. But it might still happen if I pull finger and get onto it!

You know, just updating this, I’m actually doing better than I thought I was, woohoo!! I doubt I will hit all 40, but it’s looking promising.