Last month I celebrated my 29th birthday and was, in my view, completely spoilt with lots of lovely messages plus cards and gifts; I ended the day feeling very loved which is always nice. However, it didn’t escape my notice that many people teasingly declared:
“Not long until the big 3-0!”
For me, age has never really been something I’ve placed too much importance on. I see each birthday as a milestone – an opportunity to look back at the year that has passed and think about what has been achieved, before setting goals for the year ahead.
I think I’m quite lucky in this respect as quite a few of my friends have slumped into a deep well of misery as they’ve headed towards their ‘big birthday’. They’ve mourned the loss of their 20s and struggled to embrace the step into the next decade of their life; a decade which, without doubt, means we’ve officially grown up and are fully fledged adults (regardless of how we might feel inside!) One particular friend of mine was so daunted by her turning of age that everyone was banned from mentioning it and given strict instructions that no cards, wrapping paper or presents should allude to the number of years she’d notched up.
That said, having so many people mention my impending step towards my thirties made me stop and think. The recognition that yes, this is a special age to be reaching almost made it feel more poignant as I looked at the happenings of the past decade (my life has changed so much!) and forward to what I hope to achieve in the next 10 years. Between the ages of 20 and 40 life can change dramatically and I’m almost at the midway point.
So, with the start of the final year of my 20s and inspired by the lovely Jane from Is That You Darling, I’ve decided to create a list of things I want to achieve before my next birthday – my 30 Before 30.
I’m going to try and achieve all of these before my 30th birthday on 15 August 2015 and will keep you updated via blog posts and a dedicated page which can be accessed at the top of this site. I’m not sure how many of them I will actually manage to fulfil but I’m going to do my very best to achieve as many as possible!
1. Get fit
2. Save up a deposit for a house
3. Raise £750 for charity
4. Read one new book each month
5. Visit 12 new places in Essex
6. Watch 12 new films
7. Cook a roast dinner by myself
8. Climb the Three Peaks
9. See The Jersey Boys musical
10. Give blood
11. Work with cows for the day
12. Go for a weekend away with my best friend Carly
13. Publish a book
14. Have 12 ‘date nights’ with K
15. Visit Paris
16. Get another piercing and/or tattoo
17. Eat at a Michelin Starred restaurant or one owned by a Masterchef finalist
18. Go on a Jack The Ripper Tour in London
19. Take a course to learn something new
20. Keep a handwritten diary
21. Go for a picnic in the sunshine with K
22. Have 1 day each month without technology
23. Overcome my fear of water and learn to swim
24. Stay in a log cabin (or equally cute accommodation) in the New Forest
25. Watch a film at an outdoor cinema
26. Stay up all night dancing
27. Spend a day sight-seeing in London and doing ‘touristy’ things
28. Spend a day solely with my Dad
29. Spend a day solely with my Mum
30. Spend a day doing fun ‘kid’ stuff (like bowling etc) with my brother and sister
Obviously, we’re now already nearly a month into my challenge (perhaps ‘manage my time better’ should be on this list too?) so I need to step up my game and get working on it!
I’m really excited about this – I love challenging myself, making plans and embracing life, so this is the ideal little project for me!
As I said, I’ll keep you updated…!