2017 52 in 52: round up

On the last day of the year it’s time for a final round up of how I went with my 52 in 52. If you’re new to my 52 in 52 list, you can see an explanation here (and a revised list here).

Final tally: 38 out of 52 were completed.

Here’s the thing. At the start of this month I still thought it was possible to achieve them all. I started pushing hard to get things done.

Then I realised I was sacrificing my family time.

I wanted to spend time focusing on my baby rather than logging hours in front of the computer, or reading, or whatever the challenge was. I wanted to be with the husband when he got home. I wanted to spend time on me by going to the gym.

The 52 list needed to take a back seat.

So how did I do this year? In my opinion I did bloody great!

Let’s look at all my achievements for the year.


  • Eat a bowl of fried rice with chopsticks
  • Learn how to make sourdough


  • Buy a pair of coloured shoes


  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Make clothing to wear
  • Paint a cup (I drew on it but I think it counts)
  • Make a movie
  • See an A-League game
  • Watch an Australian movie I haven’t seen before
  • Make a video of a photo/video each day of the year
  • Make a Christmas ornament
  • Read a book at the beach
  • Knit something
  • Visit an art gallery or museum
  • Write an achievable list for 2018


  • Get my eyes retested
  • Go without alcohol for 30 days
  • Have a de-stress day 12 times
  • Fill all Apple Watch activity rings every day for a week
  • Keep a running journal
  • Complete beginner essentials class on my yoga app
  • Leave work on time every day for a week
  • Get a pregnancy massage


  • Learn how to use a whipper snipper
  • Paint a wall
  • Declutter one of our cupboards
  • Learn how to do something new around the house
  • Plant some items in the yard


  • Make a wedding book
  • Do something special to celebrate our first wedding anniversary
  • Print a wedding photo to hang on the wall


  • Have a picnic in the hinterland
  • Go camping in a new spot
  • Write Christmas cards
  • Organise a social event with people at work
  • Visit someone I haven’t seen in a while
  • Have an online dinner party
  • Send thank you cards from our wedding

So what didn’t get done? It’s irrelevant. I’m celebrating the success of 2017. These items were done in amongst moving house, being pregnant and giving birth. It’s fair to say I’ve had my hands full with bigger priorities.

Farewell 2017. You’ve been one hell of a year.

Let me know your thoughts!