Reviewing my List of 23 Things to do in 2023

Reviewing my List of 23 Things to do in 2023

Reviewing my List of 23 Things to do in 2023

As we approach the end of 2023 it’s time to review my list of 23 things to do in 2023 and see how many of them I’ve managed to achieve.

First, a reminder of what the 23 things to do in 2023 were.

23 Things to do in 2023

  • Write my 8th book
  • Get a new book deal
  • Go to my first stadium concert
  • Have a spa weekend
  • Have a Eurovision Party
  • Go abroad
  • Visit The Cauldron
  • See Moulin Rouge 
  • Go back to the Harry Potter studios
  • Go to Floatworks
  • Write in a diary
  • See a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Visit the London Metropolitan Archive
  • Travel to three more cities in the UK, excluding London
  • Read 100 books
  • Save £5000 in 2023
  • Visit Kew Gardens
  • Visit x3 new books by favourite authors
  • Edit My Mr Keats
  • Visit x3 Museums or Galleries
  • Complete x6 30 Day Challenges
  • Have an enjoyable year

Out of 23 things, so far, I’ve managed to achieve 14 of the 23 things. So over half of them!

What things did I manage to do:

Write my 8th Book

I have recently written a historical fiction novella, which I intend to edit and build into a full-length novel. I’m very proud of this book as it’s an idea I’ve had for nearly ten years that I’ve put down on paper.

Go to my first stadium concert

I saw Coldplay in concert in Manchester back in June.

Have a spa weekend

When I was in Straford-Upon-Avon I treated myself to a bit of a spa break, not to mention the countless massages and facials I’ve had this year.

Have a Eurovision Party

In 2023, my family and I went to a family friend’s and had a brilliant Eurovision party! Finland were robbed. Still not over it!

See Moulin Rouge

In January I took my friend to see Moulin Rouge on the West End in the can-can seats.

Visit The Cauldron

And in return, my friend booked my birthday treat at The Cauldron in London to make cocktails.

Write in a diary

Inspired by Alan Rickman’s diary, I have successfully kept a journal for 2023 and I’d like to keep one in 2024 if I can continue the motivation.

See a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Also when in Stratford-Upon-Avon, I saw Julius Caesar at the RSC. It was very dark and not my favourite production, but still enjoyable.

Visit the London Metropolitan Archive

I didn’t actually visit the LMA, however, I’ve been in touch with them all year as they’ve helped me access the archives to provide information for my historical novella. Had I gone to the archives I wouldn’t have got access, but now I have some brilliant insights from the archive itself.

Travel to three more cities in the UK, excluding London

I visited Manchester, York, Leeds, Liverpool and Straford-Upon-Avon in 2023 and all were great little trips.

Visit Kew Gardens

Back in the Spring, I visited Kew Gardens with my parents for the first time. I didn’t manage to do the house, so I would like to go back in 2024 or beyond, but the gardens were beautiful.

Visit x3 Museums or Galleries

I’ve visited a ton of museums and galleries this year, from the V&A, British Library, Museum of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, York Art Gallery and more.

Complete x6 30-Day Challenges

This year has been the Year of 30 Day Challenges so I completed – or rather took part in – more than six challenges.

So those are all the things I’ve managed to do in 2023 – so far, there are still a few days left! But here are the things I’ve not managed to do in 2023.

Have an enjoyable year

I have had a mostly enjoyable year, but I’ve also had a very busy, stressful year where I haven’t had the chance to see family, go on holiday, relax or enjoy life like I wanted. In 2024 I really want to focus on enjoyment more and stress less. But for now, seeing as it hasn’t been bad, I’m going to tick this one off.

Things I’ve Not Done in 2023

Go abroad

I was focusing on saving and my city-trips this year, so sadly I didn’t get a chance to go abroad like I originally hoped. But the city trips I made were great and I’m not a massive travel fan.

Go back to the Harry Potter studios

Alas, still no! It’s so expensive and I want to go with friends but getting a day lined up is proving challenging. 2024 here we come.

Go to Floatworks

Much like the studios and going abroad, money is tight and whilst I loved my experience at Floatworks I don’t have £80 to spare on this.

Read 100 books

I tried so hard to reach my goal, but work and life has got in the way. I still managed to read over 80 books! I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

Save £5000 in 2023

Had I not bought a car and a cat I probably would have managed this. As it is, I’m glad I have the car and the cat, so no harm no foul.

Visit x3 new books by favourite authors

I really did intend to read more Dickens, Du Maurier and Christie this year but just never felt inclined to pick any up. Very strange.

Edit My Mr Keats

Yeah, no. I had a lot of other projects to edit and write so I never got around to MMK. Maybe next year.

How has your 2023 gone? Did you do everything on your list of things to do in 2023? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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Reviewing my List of 23 Things to do in 2023

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