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    36 Before 36 ~ The Results

    Remember when I turned 36, and totally never got around to rounding up my 36 Before 36 challenge? I have let things get totally away from me in terms of my blog, which matters to nobody but me, but it does matter, so I’m here to round it up now!

    Visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library

    I put this on the list knowing full well that I was going to go, so a bit of a cheat maybe! This is one that I actually blogged about as well – read my post here.

    Watch a film for every year I’ve been alive (1982-2018)

    Another bit of a cheat, because I’m counting this as a tick, even though I finished slightly after my deadline of my 36th birthday. You can read the full list here; my favourites from the list were A League of Their Own (1992), Tombstone (1993), No Country for Old Men (2008) and Black Panther (2018).

    Increase my Instagram following by 15%

    It’s funny that I put this on my list; I must have been feeling a bit more ‘blogger-y’ when I came up with it. Nowadays I don’t really care about the numbers, especially when it comes to followers. But I managed it all the same – I need to get to 596, and as I type this, I’m at 631.

    Work on my family tree

    This is one that’s hard to quantify really – I have worked on it, and I’ve got a bit further, so I’m ticking it off. But there’s still much to do, and I feel as though it’s probably a lifetime’s work! I also got a DNA kit to find out more about my ancestry. No major shocks there, though the 4% Swedish is a bit of a thinker!

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    Buy five poetry books

    I bought Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, You Took the Last Bus Home by Brian Bilston, All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson, Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough, and Heart Talk by Cleo Wade. I haven’t read them all from cover to cover, but the joy of a poetry book is being able to pick them up and dip in at will.

    Buy no new clothes for an entire month

    This was a hard one to blog, but I managed it in January – no new clothes at all. In fact since then, I haven’t bought that much new, I have very much been favouring charity shops and eBay. I’ve fallen out of love with most high street shops, and though it seems counter-intuitive, I love the choice you have when shopping second hand. It’s restrictive, of course, but I find myself buying things I might never have considered, and loving them.

    Leave the country for a holiday or mini-break

    I went to Austria! Read all about my adventures here.

    Read five Christmas books

    I love reading seasonal books; stories of long, hot, sunny days during the summer, and festive reads in December. But I don’t always get around to it, so I planned it in via my 36 Before 36 list last year, and managed to tick it off. A couple of them were dire, but Last Christmas in Paris and Seven Days of Us were great!

    Isn’t that just the most awful list of achievements? I really didn’t give it my all this year, and that’s very much reflected in the number – 8/36 – that I ticked off. But onwards and upwards, I’m already a third of the way through the year for my 37 Before 37 list, and things are already looking a little better!

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