2021 Bucket List / Resolutions

At the end of 2018 I wrote about my decision that instead of just writing some resolutions I would write a bucket list for the following year – you can find it here.

Nearing the end of 2019 I got approached by a writer asking to interview me about it and I was in last December’s issue of In The Moment magazine.

I managed to grab a copy in the airport on my way back to Sweden and so I have it sitting on my bookshelf. It’s so strange how the world works. Every now and again I get an unexpected interesting email for collaboration or someone reaching out to say my books have helped and I feel really glad I had the determination to take the difficult path of writing.

This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and who knows how next year will go; but one good thing to come out of this has been the sense of community and kindness we have witnessed.

From neighbors doing each other’s shopping, people making phone calls to those who might be lonely and of course the inspiring effort by Marcus Rashford and so many people all across the UK to make sure children don’t go hungry.

Brexit has taken place now but it won’t be the end like many believe, there are countless negotiations to come. I think people think I’m weird for still caring about it and they probably call me a remoaner; but honestly, the thought of Brexit still breaks my heart, it goes against everything I believe in: union, kindness, teamwork… Not to mention the personal aspects: my husband is a scientist, a profession based on collaboration all over the world which is heavily funded by the EU. Oh, and we will have to apply to be able to keep living here in Sweden which is another stress and uncertainty I really could do without.

At the beginning of the year I was teaching grade 2, just as the pandemic heated up I lost my job as the school closed and I spent the spring searching for something, I wasn’t sure what. The perfect job came along and now I’m teaching home economics to grade 6-9.

I say perfect because it’s literally all of the things I care about most: sustainability, mental health (in terms of lifestyle and food choices) and helping to shape students into healthy adults that make good choices.

Some people think it’s just baking, but to me it is so much more.

I also published Lisa’s First Day and Things I Need to Know.

In 2021 I hope to

  • Cycle 2337k (the distance from Stockholm to West Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿) on my exercise bike
  • Swim in the lake
  • Be able to have a conversation in Swedish
  • Visit my grandma and aunties, uncle & cousins (it’s been over a year since I’ve seen them now 😢)
  • See my friends
  • Write more letters (interested in pen-palling?)
  • See a moose
  • See the northern lights
  • Read 100 books

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