Three major achievementsWhen I turned 40 last Boxing Day, there were three major ‘achievements’ I wanted to do this year and as of this week, I can now say I’ve done them all.

Tattoo at 40 years oldThree major achievements

The first occurred a few days after my 40th birthday when I got a tattoo for the very first time. The second was to become a qualified yoga instructor which happened after I completed an intensive yoga teacher training course in October.

three major achievementsThe third might seem relatively trivial to many of you but was quite an achievement for me. I hired a car and drove in England alone for five days. And I must say, although I was nervous to start with, I absolutely loved it!

Car hire

It didn’t start out too well though, because when I landed at Southend Airport and presented my documents to the Europcar desk, I was told I couldn’t take a car because I’d booked (and prepaid) for the car with my husband’s visa card and he wasn’t there to sign for it! And because I didn’t have my own card to pay a deposit (!?!!), I simply couldn’t hire a car (WTF right?). Fortunately my in-laws came to my rescue and drove down from Chelmsford and used their card. I’m certainly very lucky to have them! I don’t know what I would’ve done had they not been able to assist. The woman from Europcar was really lovely though, she tried everything possible to help.

Three major achievements

In case you’re wondering why it’s such an achievement, it’s because I’ve only ever driven in Portugal where we drive on the opposite side of the road, the roads are massively less busy than they are here in England and generally the driving is slower. It’s completely different from driving here, I can tell you!

Three major achievements

So that’s it, that’s my three major achievements I wanted to do this year. Once I’d completed the third, I was so excited about it. All I need to do now though, is to come up with some new achievements for 2017 😉

Three major achievements


  • Elizabeth Seckman

    Congratulations!! Now, this year, you need to add getting your own card to your list of things to do. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Elizabeth!! Apologies for the very late response but I was avoiding my laptop whilst on holiday, but I’m back now lol!
      Happy New Year to you!!
      I shall look forward to reading more of your wonderful posts.
      Suzy xx

  • CDyess Writes

    What great achievements!! I love them all. Can’t wait to see what you do next! Happy Holidays and New Year!

  • Janice Horton

    Wow – I’m in total admiration and can’t wait to hear what your goals aure for 2017! Happy Christmas Suzy and all best wishes for the coming new year xx

    • Thank you so much Janice! Apologies for the very late response but I was avoiding my laptop whilst on holiday, but I’m back now lol!

      Happy New Year to you!!

      Suzy xx

  • Well done, it’s so satisfying when you set personal goals and succeed!


  • Brava, lady! I can’t wait to see what your goals for 2017 are! Mine is to blog at least weekly, which isn’t easy with a nursery aged child. xx

    • Thank you so much, Gorgeous! Sorry I didn’t make it to London. It would have been wonderful to have finally met you. Perhaps next time? I hope you manage to blog weekly because I love reading your posts!
      Suzy xx

  • It must feel so wonderful to set difficult goals and then actually reach them. Congratulations!

    • Thank you so much Greetje! Apologies for the very late response but I was avoiding my laptop whilst on holiday, but I’m back now lol!
      Happy New Year to you!!
      Suzy xx

  • It must be really satisfying to know you have achieved all that you wanted to do! I love a challenge! My mother lives near Southend and my son lives in Chelmsford! I hope you enjoyed your time over here Suzy. I live in London and found driving in the city daunting to start with. The city makes Essex seem like country roads! But for me this achievement is that you did it all on your own! Have a fantastic Christmas Suzy xx

    • Thank you so much Laurie! What a coincidence about your family being in Chelmsford and Southend! I just got back from the UK on Saturday. Six weeks away was quite a long time but I loved every second of it. I’d go back tomorrow if I could lol!
      Suzy xx