Over the past week I have:
- learnt a new signature dessert
- seen a five-star play
- sung karaoke
Each of these activities is a tiny detail, all of which add up to the fabulousness that is my ideal life.
Every year I visualize what I want – in the long term, but also the short term, the every day. What’s amazing is that I’m actually quite close to making it happen – all that’s holding me back is me. My birthday list compiles some tiny tasks that are just for fun, tasks that wouldn’t get done if I didn’t prioritize them, but that make all the difference when I do.
Learn a new signature dessert
Monkey and I love to have guests over for dinner – it’s like eating out but cosier, with crayon art, and we get to choose the music (plus, it’s less expensive). I used to bake my signature cakes and cookies, but in our mixer-less, tiny-oven’ed kitchen, this kind of baking is tedious. So I discovered a healthy version of an apple crumble, à la my favourite, the Oh She Glows Cookbook. Just add ice cream.
See a five-star play
Despite doing a theatre degree this year, I’ve been in a theatre-going rut: the plays I’d seen were just okay. As a former theatre critic, I have a solid star system, with my 5-star rating reserved for the especially awesome. It’s Edinburgh festival season, which means literally thousands of shows to see. So I set myself the challenge of finding just one 5-star show, and I did! The Encounter, a technically groundbreaking one-man show about truth, stories, and existence is the top-rated show at the Festival this year for a reason. It’s headed to London next year, so if you’re in town, do go see for yourself!
And if you’re in Edinburgh this week, do catch my other favourites of the festival:
Singing and dancing around my room is one of my favourite solo activities, so why not share that joy with similarly enthused friends? When the topic of karaoke came up, I jumped on it: YES. Then a coupon for SuperCube landed in my inbox. Fate was calling. We snatched up a private room and belted out everything from Broadway to Beyoncé to old school Britney. The consensus was we should definitely return.
Keep a list of little activities you want to do, and schedule them into your diary alongside your long-term dream chasing. Remember that the little things are what make your day-to-day memorable!
P.S. Mini Adventure: Theatre for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner