1. Grow at least one thing to eat
Growing your food is cheap, healthy and above all, tasty.
Whether you have acres of garden or a one-bedroom flat, there are fab food things you can grow.
And when you’ve grown your own, it tastes incredible.
2. Watch Killing Eve
We’re not the type of couple who watch box sets but this BBC drama had us on the edge of our seats.
It’s still available on iPlayer (for readers in the UK), the soundtrack is epic and there’s a second season coming soon – whoopie!
3. Experience live music
(in a small venue)
There’s something wonderful about enjoying live music with others but this can be lost in a stadium or big hall – and the ticket price can be hit on your wallet, too.
However, there are loads of great small venues with some amazing artists who would love your support.
4. Be insured with honcho
I’ve watched this exciting business grow from a brilliant idea to the point where they will fully launch this year.
It’s the first truly innovative way to buy insurance since the launch of comparison websites. The big difference is their insurers ‘live bid’ against each other to win your business and they are genuinely on the side of the customer.
You can pre-register your interest here
5. Use an electric toothbrush
One of my most popular newsletters of 2018 featured an electric toothbrush (if you didn’t see it you can read it here).
I’m three months in, my teeth are sparkling and strangely my sensitivity has reduced, too.
I bought this one – it’s from the future.
6. Read – The Sound of Echoes by Eric Bernt
It’s not published until June but I’ve already preordered my copy and can’t wait to immerse myself in another Eric Bernt read.
7. Revisit somewhere from your childhood…
…and see it with new eyes.
My lovely wife, Christine, used to spend her summer holidays at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea. Last year we visited for a day.
8. Listen to Harry Potter
Realising I was only one of six people on earth who hadn’t read Harry Potter, I decided to download the Philosopher’s Stone from Audible and give it a go.
The books are narrated by Stephen Fry (amazing), add your own unlimited imagination, time and scale they are ten times better than the films.
If you’re not an Audible member you can get a first free download here.
9. Write to someone using pen & paper
You could start with Christmas thank you cards.
There’s nothing quite like receiving a lovely handwritten note.
It fills the receiver with joy and really shows appreciation.
10. Treat yourself to a stay at Gleneagles or Ashford Castle
One is the ultimate Scottish escape. We didn’t get an opportunity to visit Gleneagles in 2018 but I can assure you we will in 2019.
The other is the jewel of Ireland, the stunning Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo.
Actually, it’s impossible to decide – do both.
11. Drive a brand new car
It’s no secret that one of our all-time favourite clients is Autorama.
For years, they have been famous for their amazing Vanarama leasing business.
Now they are taking the world of cars by storm with Motorama.
It’s never been easier to drive a brand-new car, hassle free, delivered to your door with amazing service.
Take a peep here www.motorama.com
12. Build with LEGO
Another recent discovery for the Heppell household is the joy of LEGO.
I’ve built a VW Camper Van (see pic), a Porsche 911 GT, I’m about to start a Bugatti with a working gearbox and… sorry about to become too geeky!
Just give it a go.
13. Visit Spanish City
Last summer, a Northern Icon was reopened.
The Spanish City in Whitley Bay has been restored to its former glory with a £10 million restoration.
It features the most amazing fish and chip restaurant under the iconic dome.
Must order mushy peas.
14. Look up
I love walking in great cities and I’m privileged, through my work, to visit many.
In a busy world, it’s great to stop, take a breath and look up.
15. Eat at St Vincent
If you should be near Newcastle, then I would recommend a visit to Terry Laybourne’s newest venture – St Vincent.
Amazing food, great drinks, excellent service.
16. Enjoy a subtitled film
One of the brilliant things about watching a foreign language movie is that you must actually watch the film.
No second screen, getting distracted or losing the plot. You have to immerse.
Get your hankies ready.
17. Spice up your skin with a tattoo
I won’t be doing this ….
but if I did, I would get inked with Matt Stopps. Check out his Instagram – he’s amazing!
The pic is of Matt’s work.
18. Lighten Up
Don’t take things too seriously.
Laugh at yourself, be a fun person, smile more, blame less, give the benefit of the doubt, be happy.
The pic here is of me getting the giggles (once again) while filming.
I spend hours doing my best to ‘hold it together Michael’ but at the end of the day, I’m just having too much fun!
You can see the video I was making here
19. Have Hope
It’s easy to believe the world is going down the pan. The media loves to report hate, disaster and what’s wrong with the world.
I believe the vast majority of people are good, kind and caring.
I live with hope in my heart, faith in my soul and belief in my mind.
A bit about this list
This is the sixth year I’ve written my ‘things to do list’. It’s simply a mix of my ideas and thoughts of stuff I’ve enjoyed or found interesting.
I’m not paid to include any product or company but I put in loads of links and I do use my affiliate link on Amazon products plus a couple have been or are clients.
Some are local (but then I do like to promote the North East), some are friends, some I wouldn’t know if I bumped into them on the street.
And it takes me ages!
You won’t like them all and there are definitely some you’ll think I should have included. So…
What have I missed from the list? What are your must do’s in 2019? Where should readers go? What should we do? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.