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Year of Firsts tag


The Koala and I have just come home from a long weekend at a sweet house by the beach celebrating my sister and her boyfriend’s birthdays. It was wonderful to hang out with them and a group of their best friends. Being married and with a tight group of my own friends, I don’t meet new faces often. I’m an introvert but it’s great to get out of your comfort zone. New experiences encourage growth.

Over the long weekend, Elise over at The Confetti Room proposed a Year of Firsts tag, where bloggers write a list of 20-30 firsts they want to experience this year and blog about them.

I was lucky to sit next to Elise at the recent #brunchclub Auckland event and within 10 minutes of meeting, we discovered we went to the same primary school in Rotorua. It’s funny to wonder if our paths may crossed over 20 years ago. Serendipitous!

I am all about bucket lists and new challenges. Especially food related ones. Two years ago, I started the link up party Our Growing Edge to challenge fellow bloggers to experience new food adventures every month. Being mostly a food blog, some of my proposed firsts are food related and some are not. Some are resolution-ish and I’ve thought about all of these over the last few months.

My Year of Firsts:

  1. Design or write a cook book
  2. Master the art of charcoal barbecue
  3. Smoke a fish
  4. Cook a full size octopus
  5. Shuck an oyster
  6. Participate in a progressive dinner
  7. Go to Art Dego
  8. Visit a city I’ve never been to and eat their iconic dish
  9. Add “Photographer” to my skillset
  10. Create a portfolio of my photography
  11. Do food styling for someone else
  12. Take a photo of myself that I am happy with. I tried.
  13. Visit waterfalls
  14. Save half my earnings
  15. Donate (time or money) to worthy causes
  16. Go to a blogger’s meetup
  17. Collaborate with other bloggers
  18. Create a media kit
  19. Step out of my comfort zone…
  20. …But be happy to say “no”.


Bloggers participating in Year of Firsts tag:

If you have a blog and would like to participate in Year of Firsts tag, just leave a comment below.


  • Make a list of 20 – 30 ‘firsts’ you want to experience this year.
  • Document those experiences by taking photos and blogging about them, linking back to your list.
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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. This is such a great list Genie! I actually shucked a chilly bin full of massive pacific oysters today, it’s quite fun! Cooking a full size octopus will be an adventure itself! I couldn’t do it that’s for sure!xo

    • I’d love to try and shuck a chilly bin full of oysters! How funny that’s what you did today. I might need you to teach me. I’ve never cooked octopus before. There’s something a daunting about it that I like. Like taming the beast.

  2. Sound’s like a great idea! I’m sure we all have a list of things we’d like to try and achieve this year, and writing it all down and sharing with someone will give just a tad more motivation to actually make it happen. I’m going to try and put together a list for myself later on today 🙂

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  8. totally copied you on the “create a media kit” part! 🙂
    and wow, #14! I thought I was taking it seriously by aiming to save 1/4 of my earnings but that’s a whole new level of commitment there. well done!

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