It’s that time again, everyone is making their promises to the year and deciding what they want to give up, or start doing. My Twitter and Facebook feeds are filled with all that “New year, new me” stuff that usually gets forgotten by February.
Whilst I haven’t actually got any New Years resolutions per se,  a couple of months after my eighteenth birthday, I dragged my typewriter out and wrote up a list of 19 things to do before I turn 19

I thought today would be a good time to share what I’ve got written on my list, and hopefully I can start ticking things off before the end of August comes round.

19 before 19

1. Give Blood – I’ve always wanted to give blood although I’m not even sure I can as I have low iron levels. I’ll have to look into it a bit more but fingers crossed I can check this off my list at some point.

2. Start Scrapbooking – I don’t want this scrapbook to be a journal of things I’ve done, or a documentation of my day to day life, I just want to fill up a book with pages of pretty things or quotes I’ve heard.

3. Figure out what wine I actually like – When it comes to wine I am no connoisseur, in fact I’m guilty of just picking up whatever’s cheapest in Tesco (I’m lookin’ at you Echo Falls!)  I think it’s about time I actually learnt about wine, and expanded on my current knowledge which only stretches as far as knowing the difference between red, white and rosé.

4. Find a job I love  –  Being  jobless is the worst. I stupidly quit my job in September because I hated it, and haven’t been able to find one since despite my best efforts. Fingers crossed that this is the year someone decides to employ me, and even more crossed fingers in hope that it’s somewhere I enjoy working.

5. Read a classic novel – Lately I’ve been reading pretty modern novels such as, Hunger Games, Uglies, and more embarrassingly the Fifty Shades of Grey books (which in my opinion were awful but I needed to see what all the hype was about) So I decided to step back a bit and read a classic novel. I’ve yet to decide which novel I’m going to choose, so if anyone has any recommendations let me know!

6. Take up some form of exercise – I’m not going to lie, I’m lazy. I hate exercise. My last P.E lesson was about 3 years ago and since then I’ve not done anything physically straining apart from going on a run once. In fact, I’m not even that counts as exercise as I had to stop every few minutes because  I thought I was going to be sick.

7. Host a dinner party – I love Come Dine With Me, perhaps a little too much. It used to be a really unhealthy obsession of mine but I had to go cold turkey when moving into my flat as we don’t get tv.  It’s okay though, we’ll be together again one day.
The constant watching of strangers hosting dinner partys has always made me want to host my own, I like to think I’d be really good at it. There would be a feast of turkey dinosaurs and smiley faces, served with copious amounts of wine to keep things classy. To finish the night off I’d send my guests outside to sit in a taxi and hold up a card rating my party out of 10.  I would then receive £1000 which would be presented on a silver platter, unlike the people tv I wont be throwing my winnings in the air, because that’s just plain irresponsible .

8. Start a blog and post to it frequently  – I’ve already started the first part of this (Yay!) however, I can’t cross it off the list yet as I haven’t exactly been posting frequently.  Hopefully I can find time to post more as I really do enjoy writing.

9. Teach myself basic web design – I plan on studying graphic design in the future, and web design is something that interests me. Thing is, I don’t actually know much about it but I’m excited to learn new things, so watch this space!

10. Cook through a whole recipe book –  I get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking, and end up just making the same old thing because I like it. I have so many cook books and have only tried one or two recipes from them. I plan on picking a book (preferably one filled with lots of cake and naughty things) and cooking every recipe in it.

11. Do more photography and organise a photo shoot – I used to be so passionate about photography, until I took it as a subject for my first year of A Levels. Any love I had for photography was crushed along with my confidence. I’m going to take it up again, I shouldn’t throw away a hobby because one miserable teacher told me that all my hard work looked like “Holiday snapshots.” Beauty after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

12. Make new friends and meet new people – This is an important one for me. After flying the nest and moving to the big ugly city I’ve found myself with very little company. All my friends live hours away, and although social networking and mobile phones has made the world a smaller place I’m still spending hours sitting around not quite sure what to do with myself.  I hope to change this

19 before 19

13. Get a tattoo – Don’t tell my mummy! I’ve been dying to get a tattoo for ages now, drawing up sketches of what I want and researching into places to get it done. Obviously they don’t wash off, so this is something that’s going to take a lot of careful consideration. Although it’s on my 19 before 19 list, I’m not going to beat myself up about it if I’m not able to tick it off before my 19th birthday.

14. Go see a film by myself –  I usually go to the cinema with my boyfriend, so we always go to watch things we both want to see, when both of us are available. Because of this I always end up missing something I really want to see.  I need to just bite the bullet and if there’s something I want to see, just go see it. Besides, it means I don’t have to share my popcorn with anyone.

15. Go rock climbing – I’ve been on a climbing wall before, it was years ago at an adventure holiday camp with my primary school. I’d love to do something like this again; be it real rocks or an artificial wall.

16. Go abroad – My passport has expired. Renewing a passport is expensive. These are two facts that will probably prevent me completing this goal, but I’d love to go abroad this year especially somewhere full of art and history such as Italy or Prague.

17. Write and illustrate a picture book – I want to write more, I want to draw more, I want to combine the two. I’m planning on filling a book with illustrations and words, not sure if there’s even going to be a theme, let alone a storyline. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens

18. Learn to knit –  I’m failing at this one. I bought myself some needles and wool, I’ve watched countless knitting tutorials yet I can’t cast off, no matter what way I’m doing it. I’m going to blame this on the fact that I’m left handed and the tutorials are for right handed people.

19. Be happy – Needs no explanation really.