I’m a risk-averse, scaredy-cat

I’m not a brave person, I’m risk-averse. I won’t put myself at risk, physically, mentally or financially without a full understanding of what I’m getting myself into.

Don’t get me wrong, I am stupid, I did invest in cryptocurrency. Although, I do think cryptocurrency of some sort does have a future, so I will hold on to the little I have for the time being. read more

More Blogging, Less TV Watching

One of my goals for 2023 is to blog more, not every day but at least once a week. These posts won’t necessarily be purely on this blog, if anything the majority of the posts will be on my Geeky Blog (geekystuff.co).

However, thanks to Bloganuary, the annual WordPress blogging campaign and its daily writing prompts I’ll be actively posting to this blog daily. read more

12 Challenges In 12 Months – January Update

January’s Challenge

Stop drinking alcohol & read or write for at least 30mins a day.


I have to hold my hands up and admit I didn’t entirely keep to this challenge. I only managed 10 days without alcohol. I blame this on work pressure & the need to just try and relax. I know that’s not a great excuse and probably shows I have work-life balance issues.

I did however read or write a lot more, in fact, most days more than the 30 minutes I’d set as the challenge. This obviously excludes any work-related reading or writing. I’ve been able to research & write up some ideas, which will at some point make it onto this blog.

I did take the opportunity to start looking at one of the challenges I have for later in the year. Namely, decluttering my life. I moved my bank account so took the opportunity to look at my direct debts etc. to see where I could save money.

I always knew I was wasting money due to my hate of admin. If I have to call a company to cancel a contract the chances are it’ll take me a while, if I can be bothered at all. So, I’ve ended up with 3 mobile phone contacts, 2 of which I don’t use, £55 per month saving. £34 per month saving for a NowTV sports package I barely watch. Plus a further £20 per month saving on other £5 here, £5 there subscriptions. So for probably an hour’s work I’ve saved myself £109 a month or £1,308 per year.

Not a life-changing amount of money but still easy money to save.

So, while I didn’t keep 100% to this month’s challenge. I do think what I did do was positive & I will try to take up the no drinking alcohol challenge later in the year.

Anyway, onto February’s challenge.

Walk 10,000 steps a day.

Take Care

12 Challenges In 12 Months

This year instead of making a New Year’s resolution that I know I’m never going to keep, I stole an idea from Matt Cutts (Ted Talk) to have 12 monthly challenges.

By having monthly challenges I’m confident I’ll be able to keep to them.

The challenges are health-related, educational, or things I just fancied doing.

My 12 Challenges In 12 Months.

Jan – Stop drinking alcohol & read or write for at least 30mins a day. (Outcome)

Feb – Walk 10,000 steps a day. (Outcome)

Mar – Spring Clean, declutter my life. Financially & possessions. If I don’t use it, it goes.

Apr – Beat the alarm – Life’s too short to snooze.

May – Back to the ’90s. No smartphone.

Jun – Learn a new word every day

Jul – No social media – bye bye Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc

Aug – Learn a new language, at least a few basic phrases (Japanese)

Sep – Take a photo every day of something which made me smile or grateful.

Oct – Learn JavaScript (The basics)

Nov – Write a Novel – The Tale of the Accidental (Something)

Dec – Give up Coke! Not the class A kind.

These challenges will also give me material to update this blog with.

So here goes, 12 challenges in 12 months.

Happy New Year