Things that I want to do more of, for fun:
- Read – curl up with a book without feeling guilty
- Watch films
- Go to the cinema
‘Saturate yourself with stories. Read, watch, experience, and your own story will flow.’ – Ksenia Anske.
- Go exploring in London
- Try new recipes/bake/make a mess of the kitchen
‘The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.’ – Julia Child.
- Dance around to new music and old favourites
- Notice things and take photos
- Make lists
‘The original lists were probably carved in stone and represented longer periods of time. They contained things like ‘Get More Clay. Make Better Oven.’ – David Viscott.
- Read my favourite blogs
- Have intriguing Twitter conversations
- Go to free museums and art galleries
‘Works of art often last forever, or nearly so. But exhibitions themselves, especially gallery exhibitions, are like flowers; they bloom and then they die, then exist only as memories, or pressed in magazines and books.’ – Jerry Saltz.
- Write letters to friends and family
- Make Blurb books
- Learn new crafts – papercrafts, bookcrafts, collaging…
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss.
- Dress up just for the hell of it
- Go for walks and sit at the top of hills
- Play with the cats
“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman.
- Search for and listen to new music
- Read and write poetry
- Go to the library and leave with a pile of books
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” – Lemony Snicket.
- Sit in cafés and people-watch
- Write flash-fiction
- Cover everything with decopatch glue and book pages
“In any of my pages in any of my books may live a perfect account of my secret experience of the world. ” – Alberto Manguel.
- Learn a repertoire of sign-songs
- Browse bookshops, even if I’m not buying
- Browse perfume, even if they’re too expensive to buy! (perfume is my thing)
‘The love affair created by a good perfume between you and other people, you and nature, you and yourself, you and your memories and anticipations and hopes and dreams; it is all too beautiful a thing!’ – C. Joybell. C.
- Go to Paperchase or stationery shops and marvel at the pretty paper and sleek pens
- Use Tumblr and Pinterest to curate images, quotes and articles of interest
…always keeping in mind that you shouldn’t feel bad if you can’t always do more – sometimes less is more…
‘We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.’ – Philip Pullman.