It’s not going very well… (30 before I’m 30)

It’s nearly Christmas and I’ve done only 5 of my 30, and my plan to do another 5 in one (epic!) trip has come across some seemingly insurmountable stumbling blocks (although I am ever hopeful this is only temporary).

That obviously still leaves the majority to do, and now I’m working full time (In a job that is challenging and interesting and I don’t dread going to every day no less). Along with being about half way to achieving one of the blank spaces (more on that after Christmas) which is fun, scary, challenging and brilliant all at the same time, I have come to the realisation that I’m not going to do it.

This is both a failure and disappointment, and a sign of how life has changed – and I’m choosing to concentrate on those aspects that are mainly for the better.

There are a few things on the list that I’m planning on doing before/around my birthday anyway, and you never know what the next 7 weeks will bring.

I spotted a ‘thing’ on twitter about 15 in 15…maybe that’s more achievable?


Not quite 30…

A week ago I turned 29.

I decided that instead of giving into the despairing depths of  ‘nearly hitting 30 and not got my life sorted out quite as much as I thought I would with a faint tick tock ever present’ I’m going to take this year by the ears, and make it a bloody good one!

An idea I’ve been playing with for a while is a 30 before I’m 30 challenge, so I sourced ideas across my lovely birthday celebrations – including friends old and new, and family. The list ended up at 50, so a bit of editing was required.

Two of the things that didn’t *quite* make the final cut include ‘throw up on your own shoes’ and ‘ride a pig in a shopping centre’ – both lovely suggestions from my little sister!

The Final List (in no particular order)

  1. Go to New York
  2. Road Trip (one epic or several – weekend trips, day trips, etc etc!)
  3. Learn to Crochet
  4. Write and Illustrate a children’s book
  5. Host a 3 course dinner party
  6. Fly a kite
  7. Shoot a bow and arrow
  8. Perform at an Open Mic night by myself
  9. Go horse-riding (and at least see if I can still do it!)
  10. Learn how to play Chess
  11. Join a gym (and actually go!)
  12. See Wicked
  13. Drive a particularly fast car (thinking around a track sort of deal)
  14. Go to The Barber Institute
  15. Go to The Electric Cinema
  16. Use Air BnB
  17. See every (free) exhibition at BMAG
  18. Go to the V&A properly
  19. Go on a pub crawl (probably the Harborne one!)
  20. Get a vibrant hair colour ( a slice through counts!)
  21. Buy a Car
  22. Revamp my work wardrobe
  23. Buy a goat
  24. Meditate all day
  25. Go on a rollercoaster
  26. Learn one song on drums
  27. Go on a spa day

Taking inspiration from my friend Issy, who did 25 things in her 25th year, I have left 3 things free to add throughout the year.

One of the things I wanted to put on but didn’t, was to think less about what people think about me – care less, and be more confident in myself. After reviewing the list, I decided that although this is definitely a goal, it didn’t really fit with the rest of the list – so it’s going onto the unwritten ‘life goals’ list instead.

A few of the items that made it onto the list are quite easy to do – I’m going car shopping next week for example – but I think it’s quite a balanced list for me.

So, the next year will be one full of new adventures, and hopefully new blogs too!