Have you ever made a Bucket List? I can honestly say that I never have… well not officially anyway. I’m sure I have a list of things in my head that I would love to do before I die, but then Never Say Never, right?
Money Supermarket are running a competition at the moment, to write about your bucket list. It needs to include one budget ambition or objective and one extravagant one. Sadly most of my bucket list wishes, would all fall into the extravagant list, but if I really had to pick one thing, I would pick…
A holiday to Florida
I know this wish is probably on a lot of people’s wish lists or bucket lists, because who wouldn’t love a lovely hot vacation? (Actually not me, the sun doesn’t agree my my complexion especially…) However mine is more to visit two very specific places while there. If I had to pick just one or the other, I seriously couldn’t. The two places are both equal loves of mine – Disney and Harry Potter.
From a very young age, a lot of us are brought up on Disney. For girls, that desire of meeting your Prince Charming and being swept off your feet, is something that sticks with you for years and years (till you realise Disney gives you seriously unrealistic expectations!). Now at the age of thirty four, I still absolutely adore Disney. I have two little girls who are Disney Princess crazy and I am more than happy to fuel that addiction. Though we have traveled to Disneyland Paris, no sooner than we have left, the girls wanted to go again. Its expensive though and so unfortunately not a holiday you can afford often.
Disneyworld in Florida, is just the pinnacle of Disney in my opinion. Having watched endless trailers, seen so many photographs, I would absolutely LOVE to visit Disney in Florida.
But then if I’m in Florida, how could I not go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter too? Harry Potter was something I was a little late to the party on. Not massively late, but book three was out by the point I started reading and after only the first book I was addicted. I pre-ordered every book from then on, reading the whole thing on the day it arrived. As cliché as it sounds, I literally grew up reading Harry Potter, in the sense I could tell you exactly where I was living and at what point in my life I was, as each book came out. On top of that, I ran a Harry Potter related website, for over ten years of my life. I have only one tattoo, and that’s the Deathly Hallows. Am I a bit geeky over it? Hell yes.
Though I’ve been to the Studio Tours near London and I even visited a traveling Exhibit in New York, I would literally give my left leg to visit Hogwarts and go to Hogsmeade. Since Universal Studios is the closest I’ll get to that, I really really want to go…
What’s stopping me you might ask? Well having been a single mum for several years, money isn’t exactly something I have a huge amount of. If I could just tootle off by myself, maybe I would have managed to scrape together the money by now – but can you imagine the outrage if I went without my two daughters? They might parental divorce me! You’d need a good week away (preferably two) and although I’d happily go self catering, what with park tickets, accommodation and three US flights, the costs soon mount up. That’s before even considering the food and the souvenirs you’d likely buy while there.
For now, Florida is an unrealistic dream – but hopefully as Cinderella would say “Dreams really do come true.” To be able to actually complete this wish, would literally be a dream come true.
As for my budget bucket list choice, that actually pretty easy to decide on. If I could do only one more thing with my life, it would be to…
Write a Book
Simple you might think? Sadly not really. I love to write. My head is filled with story lines, plots, characters and more. I find it easy to spill words on to paper (or screens) but I definitely lack motivation and/or time.
About three years ago, I started a book called “Archways”. My partner at the time bought me two adorable notebooks – ones I had been eying up for a while. I told him “if ever I have one of those notebooks, I’ll write a book” and so he bought me them.
|Picture Source / Notebooks from paperblanks|
I have pages and pages of ideas in notebooks, even on loose paper too. I have the characters decided, the rough storyline, even the outcome. I borrowed books from the library and even bought a few, all for some background research. I started to write up the book, getting the Prologue done, along with the first chapter, but then it stopped. I’ve opened it up several times to continue… but nothing comes. Writer’s Block? Maybe. Possibly procrastination? Some of it I’m sure is the worry that I’ll spend so long typing it up, only to have no one interested. Because of that I feel like I never have time to write, but in the same token I often feel like I never have time to breath. Right now isn’t an ideal time for anything, since we’re currently in the process of renovating and also moving house. But one day? I’ll hopefully finish my book… In all honesty, I feel like its just something I’m meant to do. Before I die it would be amazing to have a “Belinda Smith” novel published.
As part of the competition, I need to suggest 3 other people who might like to take part in this competition. As such I’m suggesting my three favourite blogs. These are:
However if any of you want to enter, the link is at the beginning of this post – you can find all the details on that page. Last entry is 2nd August, so you still have a fair amount of time to get posting!
For anyone who is vaguely interested, this is the prologue I have written for my book so far: