I can’t believe one month of this year has already gone! It’s been a slightly odd month for me, the first couple of weeks were very busy with uni assignments and exam revision and then the last couple were almost completely empty and a very welcome chance to take things a bit easy.
On my Things Before 30 list there are four things to do every month, so here’s how I got on with each of them.
14. Listen to at least one new (to me) band a month.
This month I listened to two new singers (I probably shouldn’t have used the word band). The first was Josh Kelley, I heard his cover of To Make You Feel My Love in the background of a film I was watching and paused it to find out who was singing. I listened to his Georgia Clay and BackWoods albums on Spotify, they were okay but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy them.
The second singer I listened to was Michael Kiwanuka following a recommendation from a twitter friend. I have listened to the five songs he has available on his MySpace page countless times since, I really love his style. His album isn’t available until March but I shall definitely be buying it.
19. Watch one as yet unwatched classic movie a month.
My lovely friend Emma has volunteered to steer in me in the direction of the 12 films I should watch this year to fulfil this part of my list, January’s film was The Philadelphia Story. I really enjoyed it, if all of the films this year are as good then I think this will have been a really good item to have on my list.
22. Try out a new recipe once a month.
This was the one that I nearly didn’t achieve, there was a sudden panic when I realised there were just two days left in January and my knee was playing up so I couldn’t stand for long. I flicked through my copy of Phil Vickery’s Seriously Good! Gluten-free Baking and found that the recipe I had most wanted to cook was incredibly simple and quick, so a perfect match. The recipe was for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cookies, and they were absolutely delicious.
27. Read one non-fiction book every month.
This month I read Heloise Goodley’s An Officer and a Gentlewoman which tells the story of her experience going through the Sandhurst training process. I shall be reviewing it in a couple of weeks, it was certainly an interesting read.
I have made some initial progress on a few of the other things on my list, but there’s nothing I can cross off completely yet.