I do love a good podcast and one of my absolute favourites is Gretchen Rubin’s Happier. She does it with her sister – Liz Craft – who also has a great podcast called Happier in Hollywood with her writing partner Sarah Fain.

One of their key ideas over the last couple of years is to do a number for a year e.g. 19 for 2019, 20 for 2020 and of course 21 for 2021.

Last year I did 20 for 2020 and it was interesting to observe what did get done and what didn’t . There was some of them that I could have completed e.g. cross stitch piece and watching a play (I could have done that online – as I did with the musical) . I surprised myself by doing the 52 newsletters and I found that I enjoyed doing jigsaws more than I thought I would (have done quite a few since that first one) . I really enjoyed the audio books – I found it a very different experience to reading the book but if anything it made it easier.

So in that spirit, here is my 21 for 2021. Some of them are aspirational – they may or may not happen depending on Covid and other things but I like the idea of just naming what I would like to happen. They are , as they say on the best talent shows, in no particular order…

  1. Go for a cycle somewhere (I say that every year after watching the Tour de France – this year I’m going to make it happen)
  2. Learn about the basics of Bitcoin – nothing fancy – just to know the basics of it
  3. Read the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough
  4. Listen to Hamilton (done that already on Spotify – fabulous stuff!)
  5. Do a 10 k race (setting the bar low for this one – run it all, finish it and don’t die – even if they are putting out the lights when I come in)
  6. Do a hill walk again with my son – it was one of my highlights from last year. A beautiful day in Connemara – what’s not to love?
  7. Visit Worm’s Head – Wales (Scene of the Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch)
  8. Create a playlist of all Prefab Sprout’s albums from start to finish and listen to it. (Found the playlist – now just to listen to it)
  9. Read 21 books (ones I already have on my Kindle – have my two done already for January)
  10. Listen a Jane Austen audio book – probably Emma.
  11. Do a long walk – probably 15 to 20 Km
  12. Listen to a Shakespeare play on audio
  13. Join a book club (already done)
  14. Learn three basic dance moves
  15. Visit a friend of mine in Cork (Covid permitting)
  16. Get around the house finished
  17. Explore the idea of doing a podcast (have had conversations about this)
  18. Visit Scéirde (a rocky place off the coast) – again, COVID permitting
  19. Learn more about Artificial Intelligence – maybe do a course on it.
  20. Learn more about ways to learn faster e.g accelerated learning, Ultralearning and see if there are ways for me to implement it in my training.
  21. Create a new habit to help me listen more regularly to podcasts e.g. lunch and a podcast.