What started out as a list of 31 fun things turned into quite the journey …

Having fun is one of my core values. For me, having fun equates with happiness, joy and living life to the fullest.

Earlier this year I got the idea to write a list of fun things to do from a friend (who passed on this article here). The idea is to write a list of fun things to do based on the age you’re turning. For me this meant writing a list of 31 fun things to do in my 31st year 🙂

You might want to do it too, it is not a bucket list or an attempt to do resolutions, it is simply a list of activities that you find fun.

Get out a pen and paper and note, without much thought, a list of fun things to do. Some items on your list you might do once in a year, and others you might do every day. There is no right or wrong – just whatever comes to mind, write them down.

I have decided to share my list that I have been posting daily on my Instagram page @whisperingsofthemind for the last 31 days. I am sharing it exactly as I posted it, word for word, because I feel like as the days wore on I started getting more and more into it and explaining why each thing was important to me and how I was going to do it. It felt like a bit of a journey, and here it is:

31 fun things to do in my 31st year

#1.

#1

Earlier this year I wrote a list of 31 things I want to do more often in the 31st year of my lift. Starting today I’m going to share one of these a day just on a whim. 3131NUMBER1 – spend more time surrounded by beauty 🙂

# 2.

#2

Yesterday I decided to share with you the list of 31 things I want to do more of in my 31st year to ensure my wellbeing. NUMBER 2 – spend more time playing with nephews.

# 3.

#3

My list of 31 things to do in my 31st year continues!! NUMBER 3 – spend more time laughing and have wonderful times with this lovely human <3

# 4.

#4

My 31 things to do in my 31st year continues. NUMBER 4 – spend more time at the beach! I mean, who doesn’t feel immense peace and calm come over them when they’re at the beach? No one, that’s who.

# 5.

#5

I eat yummy stuff. My list of 31 things to do in my 31st year continues! This time, one of my most favourite things to do EVER. NUMBER 5 – cook and bake lots of yummy food for myself and others. Here is a divine custard from The Petite Kitchen Cookbook served with Coyo coconut yoghurt. I added mashed banana to the custard 🙂

# 6.

#6

NUMBER 6 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is … Play with pets! This is me grooming my mum’s pet horse. I’m not sure horses are pets, bit I think they’re lovely so there you go. His name is Skeeto x

# 7.

#7

31 things to do in my 31st year: NUMBER 7 – take time to PAUSE, and be still xxxx

# 8.

#8

I love my friends. Hanging out with my friends always leaves me feeling happy and loved and because I live so far away from a lot of them when I do see them it makes it that much more special. So that’s NUMBER 8 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year – hang out with my friends, whatever way possible <3 <3 <3

# 9.

#9

“When asked ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer ‘One word at a time'” Stephen King. I <3 to write. Love it love it love it. That is why NUMBER 9 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is to write, write and write some more.

# 10.

#10

OH YEAH! Some of my personal writing is going to be published for the first time! I am quite a happy chappy 🙂 🙂 🙂 (insert dancing emoji’s here). You can read the piece that got accepted on my blog, the link is in my profile and it’s called ‘#iamsubject – I am not my thinking’. NUMBER 10 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is to share and tell stories and this is just a beautiful way to illustrate how much I love doing it <3 <3

# 11.

#11

This is my alter ego Freddie le Foxx, I haven’t seen her in a while because of an injury but one of my favourite things is to dance with the Real Hot Bitches 80s Dance Troupe – Melbourne Branch. So that’s NUMBER 11 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year – dance (even if it’s in spirit). [Image care of Theresa Harrison Photography]

# 12.

#12

NUMBER 12 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is to make time to have little dates with this lovely man. Spending time and making time for those we love is so important.

# 13.

#13

In order to express myself artistically I have to nurture my inner artist. What that means is going on artists dates with myself. Like going to GOMA in Brisbane and seeing this amazing exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang. So NUMBER 13 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is – go on artist dates with myself, nurture my inner artist.

# 14.

#14

NUMBER 14 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year – decorate my home. I love the style of @bodieandfou

# 15.

#15

Meditation has become a central part of my life, it allows me to cultivate a stillness within, which is there whenever I need it. NUMBER 15 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is to meditate x

# 16.

#16

I <3 cuddling more than just about anything. There is something infinitely calming about being in the embrace of another. This year NUMBER 16 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is not to cuddle or hug, but to nurture myself and those around me. As a child there was a slogan ‘have you hugged your kids today?’ And I remember my mum always used to say it as she hugged me. Nurturing yourself and those around you is pivotal to your sense of wellbeing and connection – so go out and give someone a cuddle, they will love you for it <3

# 17.

#17

NUMBER 17 on my list of 31 things to do on my 31st year is simple – listen to records. Especially this one, it’s my fave. I <3 Neil Young, so does my dad. He sent me a message today that had a link to cinnamon girl on it then said ‘Grunge. Drama. Tension. Brilliant. Inspirational.’ Exact!

# 18.

#18

NUMBER 18 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year was to go on day trips to places I’ve never been. About a month ago I went to Jonai pig farm in Daylseford for @paulaeverywhere going away party, It was so nice to get out of the city and what a lovely family 🙂 day trips are where it’s at.

# 19.

#19

I love creating beautiful food for others to eat and I’ve always loved having dinner parties. Like these two lovelies are doing, isn’t this the cutest dinner party ever?! So NUMBER 19 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is – host dinner parties.

# 20.

#20

I love singing, it is good for the soul. i feel at home, joyful and happy when I am singing. So this year I joined the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and we performed at the World Refugee Day Rally in Melbourne to 2000+ people. It was amazing. What a buzz 🙂 NUMBER 20 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year was JOIN A CHOIR – TICK! You can check the choir out here and on YouTube too.

# 21.

#21

One of my beautiful creative and talented friends Ayla Brie has just moved to Australia and is heading to Byron Bay. She took this amazing photos and has a dreamy wonderful Instagram feed @aylabrie as well as a tumblr page AylaBrie. NUMBER 21 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is – create, move and inspire. Well, this is a friend that creates and inspires me so check her out 🙂

# 22.

#22

This is me circa 88 sitting under my Nanna and Grandad’s tree having a picnic. My sister Sarah would have been there. I have one of Nanna’s dolls under my arm. I used to love picnics in the back yard. NUMBER 22  on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year – go on picnics!

#23

For those of us who write, reading is equally as important. I write a lot about fear and ways of overcoming this. So does Susan Jeffers in her book ‘Feel the Fear and do it Anyway.’ I highly recommend it to anyone who battles the fear beast on a daily basis. NUMBER 23 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is – read a lot of interesting books. Recommendations welcome 🙂

# 24.

#24

NUMBER 24 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is – go places I’ve never been. So today I went here!! Symposium done, opera house seen, presentation complete, happy days 🙂

# 25.

#25

NUMBER 25 on my list of 31 things to do in my 31st year is – plant herbs and succulents in pots. Like these ones created from the blog Stone House Burgundy Door (photos from the blog).

# 26.

#26

I adore waking up early and going for a swim in the local pool. Makes me feel refreshed and happy. NUMBER 26 on my list of 31 fun things to do in my 31st year is – SWIM! Like these lovely ladies, although are they lounging more than swimming? Hmmmm

# 27.

#27

I have lived in Melbourne for 4 years and all my family and a lot of my friends live in NZ. I also have 3 cute little nephews (2 are in this photo which @jeddbartlett took) and a niece on the way so staying in touch is so important because otherwise I feel homesick 🙁 So NUMBER 27 on my list of 31 fun 🙂 things to do in my 31st year is – Skype friends and family.

# 28.

#28

This is a picture of Tara Brach, she is my absolute mindfulness guru and has been my meditation inspiration for the last four years. Practicing meditation daily has transformed my life and so NUMBER 28 is – go on meditation retreats. It is my dream to get to the Insight Meditation Community in Washington. If someone got me there I would love them forever <3

# 29.

#29

Recently I made a decision to trust my intuition and embark on doing what I have wanted to do in a long time and that is to bring my creative side and my academic side along with each other. This has meant stepping outside my comfort zone and taking a risk. I love writing, working with others, facilitating, creativity, and working with incarcerated people and I am DETERMINED to incorporate all of these things. Watch this space 🙂 NUMBER 29 on my list of 31 fun things to do in my 31st year – Enjoy my work and move forward!

# 30.

#30

It has been my dream for about 5 years to conduct music/creative programs in prisons. A couple of months ago I spoke to Evan Rhys Davies – the man who wrote the program that became ‘Songs from the Inside’ an amazing show on TVNZ where a group of musicians work with prisoners to develop and record songs. It was such an inspiring conversation and has spurred me on to make this dream into a reality. NUMBER 30 on my list of 31 fun things to do in my 31st year was to get involved in a music/art program in prisons … I can feel it happening and it is going to be a program of my making 🙂

# 31.

#31

 

For a very long time I found it extremely difficult to be kind and loving to myself. I gave myself a hard time every chance I got and didn’t particularly like the person I was. But in the last four years I have come to love the woman I am and to treat myself with love and respect. This year especially I have made an effort to practice self-compassion and as a result I feel happy with where I am, and who I am. NUMBER 31 on my list of 31 fun things to do in my 31st year was to make a friend. Well I had intended it to be another human, but now I’ve decided that that friend is me 🙂 So, we have made it to the end. I have loved doing my daily updates on fun things to do in my life, so maybe I’ll continue … and it can become a list of 365 things, am I up for the challenge??

xxx

6 comments on “What started out as a list of 31 fun things turned into quite the journey …

  1. I’m inspired, impressed and happy in equal measure a reading this post Tess. Seriously doll, you’re awesome xxxx

    • Oh thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I had such a good time doing it, so much so that I’m going to keep doing it! I encourage you to write a list, it’s lots of fun 🙂

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