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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Revisiting the 40 point plan

Happened to chance upon this page from sept 2008 which was 6 years ago and turning forty seems a distant dream.
Let us see what I have achieved

1. Lose excess kilos- I know it is not a SMART goal but then we don't want to announce our weight in public right! NOT
2. Travel - atleast 1 country in each continent, Europe  Managed Europe 
3. Try my hand at entrepreneurship- culminating the ideas I have in mind like .....*****censored**** NO
4. Write a book/ story/ publish something atleast and make money out of it YES two children's books, 1 anthology and three counting so far.
5. Drive something other than a small car, like, err, a bigger car YES Innova 
6. Become an ace interior decorator for my home and change it's look from its current state of storm ravaged wasteland homely look and get the garden shipshape YES. Not the ace interior decorator but the home and garden dream achieved
7. Teach/atleast do guest lectures NO 
8. Take a sabbatical NO. Decided that I can't 
9. Highlight/ Streak my hair NO, no hair left to experiment 
10. Take a holiday with my husband (yes, it is a rarity for me- only 1 so far and I am in the 5th year of my marriage) (sob) NO . And I do not mind doing it with kids, 
11. Become an expert cook rather than a random, tentative, no frills cook- develop a fairly extensive repertoire of recipes and menu items (again goal not SMART enough because I really don't know how many I can do but I will know when I am fairly equipped to cross out this item from my list) NO, hired s cook! Never thought six years ago I would do that,
12. Experiment with different cuisines and continue to make them on a regular basis rather than one off kinds NO. The cook makes it
13. Visit my birth place (Scotland) NO, 
14. Start celebrating festivals the way it has to be done setting a good example to the kids . NOT so much. no pressure
15. Buy jewelry for myself (on a regular basis instead of just doing gold coins). YES. Too many
16. Start wearing sari on a regular basis to work. NO. No blouses  fit.
17. Go to theatre/ concert (never done it) (shame). NO. 
18. Learn Western dance NO
19. Re start music lessons (?) YES. Keyboard
20. Have our own house rather than a poky flat. NO but the house got bigger, so ok. 
21. Change my furniture YES
22. Institute 5-S in my home - already started the Seiri (Sort & Throw) YES . Almost
23. Go to atleast 1 or 2 non English speaking country after learning the (basic/ functional) language. Went but never learned the language.
24. Go in a helicopter. NO
25. Learn to Control my Temper. Oh yes. A lot
26. Job related ******censored******. Yes yes 
27. See the Himalayas. No
28. Go for a couple massage with Hubby off course . No. 
29. Send my parents abroad.  They are going on their own, they are too independent to be be sent 
30. See the Taj with Hubby & Kids. No
31. Travel in Palace on Wheels. no
32. Learn to bake 5 - 10 varieties of cakes. A few yes.
33. Learn 5 different chicken recipes and make them on a regular basis. Yes but the cook makes it, 
34. Restart playing kalaeidoscope. Did a bit, but stopped again
35. Do combined puzzles with the kids (as soon as they are old enough- incl crossword, jumble, kalaiedoscope, jigsaw). Not so much. 
36. Start playing Monopoly & Scrabble with the kids also Carrom (though I am lousy at it). The kids do.
37. Read more authors than the usual (already started). Yes.
38. Visit all the Indian States esp North East, and North- done with Bihar, UP, MP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat, Orissa, West Bengal, Andhra, Goa...a loooong way to go but kya kare bad luck hi kharab hai. no but took holidays 
digression- I always though I would be taking annual dream holidays post marriage but that has never happened!
39. Get a makeover done and do it regularly- basically be an aunty "maal" - learn how to do a proper make up - get funky glasses, multiple ear rings, no made up look, hair style, eye shadows, eye liners, the works added to my just lipstick look.. Eye liner yes, 
40. Turn 40 in style. Let us see. Doesn't seem to be so much on the agenda now, 

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