My Reverse Bucket List

This is the most popular time of year for people to make lists and goals of how they want the upcoming new year to shape up. I myself have put together my own list of goals for 2018 – “18 in 18”, and will post this on New Year’s Day.

Today though I want to talk about my bucket list, or rather my reverse bucket list. This blog slowly tracks my progress with my 40 before 40 list. So many of us have such lists and goals to achieve before a milestone age, but sometimes we forget about what we have already achieved or been blessed with.

Our Wee Family

I met Ad online 11th July 2014, met him in person a few days later and never looked back. He is my husband, father to my son, my best friend and confidant. He has a big, kind heart to those who are deserving and my favourite place to be is in his arms – don’t care how cheesy that sounds! 

On the flip side, he is also one of the laziest people I know, challenges me and can drive me round the bend, but the good definitely outweighs the bad.


Archie is a shining bright star in my life. With each new day, he learns something new and it is both lovely and fascinating to watch. I love watching his little character develop and this is a boy who definitely knows his own mind. My heart bursts with pride with each new word he picks up or little skill he masters, and absolutely melts when he smiles or shares that cute infectious laugh of his.

I have really enjoyed having this extra time to spend with him the last few weeks and will really miss it when I go back to work soon.



I have been lucky enough to visit my favourite place, New York City,  8 times! Or maybe  stupid enough, to spend so much money going there, but the heart wants, what the heart wants!

Outside of New York trips, I have visited and thoroughly enjoyed trips/holidays to the following destinations:

  • The Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Silverton
  • Durango
  • Moab
  • Denver
  • San Fransisco
  • Mesa Verde
  • Big Sur
  • Dublin
  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Villamoura, Portugal
  • Cannes
  • St Tropez
  • Isle of Wight

I have been to other locations around the UK also, but that list would start to get out of hand.



Seeing Faith Hill in concert a couple of months back was a dream come true.

I have also enjoyed seeing live, the following artists:

  • Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra (Three times – the last being the most magical)
  • Bryan Adams (twice)
  • The Script
  • Train
  • Rod Stewart
  • Tim McGraw (twice – first time was the first year of the C2C festival, and the second with Faith in October 217)
  • Little Big Town
  • Vince Gill
  • Kristian Bush


Taking music on to the stage for a moment, I have been fortunate to see a number of musicals through my music class in school and later, as an adult:


  • The Lion King (my favourite)
  • Chicago
  • Sister Act
  • Wicked


Edinburgh Playhouse

  • Grease
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Mary Poppins
  • Cats


I’m too full from all the festive food to think of anymore right now, but I feel very lucky for all the above.

Now to move forward to new experiences and making more memories…




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