December 02, 2015

The Anti-Bucket List

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My favourite feature from the January issue of GLAMOUR (my place of work & it is out on shelves TODAY) is Lauren Laverne’s anti-bucket list piece.

Go and buy it/read it. It is so very good.

Instead writing a list of unrealistic ~things~ we should be doing, why don’t we write a list of things WE DID? Why don’t make ourselves feel GOOD about the big and small stuff that we achieved throughout the year?

The reason we probably don’t is because it would go under “blowing one’s own trumpet” in the dictionary. But hang on a minute – aren’t we meant to be blowing our trumpets more? People always say women don’t big themselves up enough, so I’m going to take a leaf out of Lauren’s book and write down what I’ve done this year. I really enjoyed reading the list of stuff she’s achieved. So I used my diary & social media to remember what I’ve done. It wasn’t hard: I document things a lot (the good the bad and the ugly). One good thing of having a blog is I can literally just browse through my life. But for the purposes of this post, I have just pulled out the good things.

  • I moved into my very own flat! With my very own boyfriend!
  • I started my new job at GLAMOUR magazine.
  • I GOT MY BOOK DEAL with Penguin Random House. (!!!!!!!!!)
  • Sorry literally WTF ^^^^^^^^
  • My best mate Polly got engaged and asked me to be her bridesmaid. In the middle of the smelly Circle line tube. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
  • I reviewed the gorgeous Rosewood Hotel. An experience I will NEVER forget.
  • Alex Cameron took my naked photo and I wrote a piece about it for Grazia magazine.
  • I did my first ever “Moth” story on stage – and wrote about it for the Independent.
  • Had a lot of fun interviewing the brilliant Grace Helbig
  • Visited Glasgow AND Edinburgh (The Fringe Festival) for the first time.
  • I was invited on a trip to Dublin and made friends with some brilliant bloggers.
  • My big holiday for the year was FLYING TO AUSTRALIA with my family and friends.
  • I surprised 3 of my friends by booking tickets to Copenhagen.
  • I went to Istanbul to review a film set on a press trip.
  • The craziest trip to EGYPT.
  • Nominated for a MHP journalist award at BAFTA.
  • Going to the 2015 GLAMOUR AWARDS and being so inspired by Amy Schumer’s speech I cried in the toilets.
  • I read my diary on stage at Cringe UK (again)
  • Went on a family holiday to Portugal and wrote a lot of my book in silence.
  • Visited Brussels & Lisbon with my boyfriend.
  • I went to Ibiza on my own.
  • I met Amy Schumer, Drew Barrymore & Liz Gilbert. !!!!!
  • I went on five podcasts. Some of them a bit awks.
  • I presented a talk on creativity with Saatchi London.
  • I did 3 lectures at the Condé Nast College about social media.
  • I started my Tinyletter newsletter which I love doing.
  • I went on a blog review trip to Val D’Isere and met some incredible travel bloggers.

I think it’s important to look back and reflect sometimes. Instead of writing a list of “things to tick off” it felt so much better to say “this is what I’ve ticked off.” Social media makes us think what’s next all the time. But looking back I feel much better looking what I’ve achieved rather than what I still have to do. I urge you to go through your diary and write down all the things you’ve done.

I don’t know about you, but my New Year’s Resolution is just as simple as “do more stuff that makes me happy”.

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  1. Liv says:

    THIS THIS THIS. You are so amazing and I am so proud of the year you’ve had. You are endlessly inspiring and I love you woman

  2. Sarah Brown says:

    That’s a banner year, Emma! 2016 better look sharp.

  3. Kb says:

    I love this idea, such a cool way of looking at things! May have to pinch this for my 2015 recap!

  4. YES! We have to big ourselves up, and why shouldn’t we – we are ace! Sounds like an absolutely ace year, here’s to 2016!

  5. Piia says:

    Massive congrats on everything, Emma! You’re such an inspiration and putting together my own anti-bucket list is just the beginning of it. Can’t wait for your book to launch!

    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

  6. This is funny. My next post coming this Friday is about my bucket list. So when I read THE ANTI-BUCKET LIST, I thought oh boy. However, I am going to keep the bucket list. It is a reminder of things I want to do, no pressure. Yet I have to say I am also inspired to write an anti-bucket list. You’re right, sometimes you have to take a moment and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Nice post. Great accomplishments.

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