Birthday Goals: 34 Before 34

Birthday Goals: 34 Before 34

It’s my birthday today and I’m turning the grand old age of 33. THIRTY THREE YEARS OLD. That’s a proper grown-ups age and yet, in my mind, I feel a good decade or so younger (not in my knees though, my knees are ruined).


For the last few years, on my birthday, I’ve set myself some goals to achieve in the following 12 months and – without fail – I’ve missed the mark every single year. I start with good intentions but eventually it falls by the wayside and I reach my next birthday having achieved barely anything on the list. Perhaps because I aim too high, perhaps because I’m flakey as hell, who knows. But, ever the optimist, I’ve decided to give it another shot this year.


Now, before I tell you the goals I’ve set myself I have to issue a little disclaimer to say that I fully appreciate that none of these are ground-breaking. I’ve not added a girls weekend in Vegas, bungee jumping or overcoming my fear of water, because if I did then I’d be setting myself up for a fall as I know they’re not going to be something I can tick off. Instead I’ve set myself reasonable, realistic, achievable goals that I hope I’ll be able to look back on in a years’ time and say, “Nailed it!”


That said, I am who I am, so I’ll be grateful if I manage half of them at least…


Here are my goals for the next 12 months – my 34 Before 34:


1. Read 20 new (to me) books – 11 of 20 completed
Daddy’s Girl by Clifford Irving
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
True Ghost Stories and Hauntings
A Dangerous Place by Simon Farquar
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell
The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
Strange Fascination by Syd Moore
The Strange Casebook by Syd More
A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez
Eleven Days by Stav Sherez
The Intrusions by Stav Sherez

2. Watch 34 new (to me) films – 24 of 34 completed
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Happy Death Day
The Mountain Between Us
Friday The 13th
Wolves At The Door
White House Down
Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word
Mission Impossible: Fallout
The Nun
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Grey Lady
The Cult Of Chucky
Mom And Dad
The Crimes of Grindlwauld
The Clovehitch Killer
Monsters University
The Christmas Chronicles

3. Visit 12 new places I’ve never been before

4. Put £1500 into savings

5. Take a Future Learn course

6. Feature 12 blogger spotlight posts – 1 of 12 completed
Grace from Almost Amazing Grace

7. Host 6 giveaways

8. Go to an outdoor cinema

9. Get another tattoo – Completed in August

10. Turn our garden into a haven

11. Watch a sunrise and sunset

12. Go on a Jack The Ripper tour – Completed in August

13. Ride a horse on a beach

14. Stay in a log cabin

15. Go camping

16. Go on a vineyard or brewery tour

17. Visit The Shard (for dinner or drinks)

18. Visit a London museum – Completed in September: British Museum of Food’s Scoop!

19. Visit Highgate cemetery

20. Start to learn a new language

21. Visit Buckingham Palace

22. Visit Longleat Safari Park

23. Hold a chick

24. Go ghost hunting – Completed in October 

25. Become a morning person

26. Keep a hand-written diary and write in it (almost) every day

27. Go for more walks (this is dependent on my knee surgery…)

28. Declutter our house

29. Save anything smaller than 20p and empty my whole purse every payday

30. Have one date night a month – 1 of 12 completed
A special 4DX screening of Terminator 2 at our local cinema

31. Put up more photos around the house

32. Make lunch 4 out of every 5 working days

33. Finish decorating the house

34. Eat at a Michelin starred restaurant – Completed in October (The Flitch of Bacon, Essex)


As I said, there is nothing here that is going to be breaking barriers, but I couldn’t add the physical challenges I would like to do as I’m awaiting news on knee surgery – in their absence I hope some small goals like these I’ll be able to do and will enrich my life. I really want to tick everything off this year; that’s a challenge in itself! I’ll let you know how I get on!





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  1. August 15, 2018 / 9:00 am

    You’ve inspired me to make a list of my own!

    • Penny
      August 15, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Yay! Definitely do! x

  2. August 15, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Happy birthday. I could totally steal some of these goals

    • Penny
      August 16, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Thank you! And feel free, go for it! xx

  3. August 22, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    Happy birthday! You have such a realist outlook! When I was 23 I used to make resolutions like ‘become a spacewoman’ ”get married’ ”’have 16 kids’ now I’m almost 32, I feel as though, like you said, age teaches us to be more realistic!

    Holly x

    • Penny
      August 24, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      haha I’m only realistic because I know I’m rubbish and will never do any of the grand things I always say I want to! Plus, small victories are the way forward to make me feel like I’m achieving something lol xx

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