30 Before 30

So, 30 is a little way off for me at the time of writing this (approx. five and a half years away!) and I thought this would be enough time for me compile and complete a list that is achievable and will also give me some room for personal and professional growth between now and then.

So, without further ado – here is my 30 before 30….

  1. Get my degree

I am currently studying with the Open University with the view of gaining by BA(hons) in Business Management and Marketing. I am a couple of years in now and since it is a part time course, I have a very flexible period to achieve this but I would like to put a time limit on it to create some urgency.

You can follow my Open University journey to date here.

  1. Complete the BBC’s 100 novels that shaped the world

This is an extensive list and is helpfully broken down by genre – I have created a separate page where you can find these listed and I check off any that I have completed… see this here.

  1. Run, jog or walk in a half marathon

This one scares me, but I am on a journey to a healthier me at the moment so I hope this will be achievable for me in the near future. I regularly take part in the Race for life each year (more on this further down) so I hope to weave in some charity work with this goal.

  1. See a West End show

Just because I want to and I think it would be a once in a lifetime experience dependent on the show.

  1. Travel to each continent

Just to step a foot in each would be amazing – I know I am not going to travel to every country but each continent is just as exciting (perhaps slightly more achievable?) for me…

  • Africa
  • Asia (Icmeler, Turkey)
  • Antarctica
  • Europa (Where I live!)
  • North America
  • South America
  • Oceania/Australia

I’ve already ticked off two without trying!

  1. Gain 1k followers on Instagram, Facebook and my blog

Only time will tell – p.s. share my pages with your friends!

  1. Buy a house

Open a Help-to-buy ISA: Check

Get a boyfriend who’s better at saving than you and making you better at managing money: Check

  1. Knit (or crochet) a jumper

I can knit and crochet, but I only ever seem to make scarfs or blankets… I mentioned a fantastic company called We are Knitters in my September Favourites… Might give them a browse.

  1. See a stand-up comedian

My go-to’s would be Russel Howard or Romesh Ranganathan – who would you recommend?

  1. Throw a themed party and go all out

I am a sucker for a Gatsby theme…

  1. Start to learn a new language – and stick to it!

My secondary school was a language college and we got to dip our toe into many different languages but either because of my age at the time (AKA being a little terror) I never really focused on one. I would like to look into perhaps an online or evening course in the future.

  1. Travel solo

I have taken several plane journeys on my own but I have never spent a couple of nights (a week?!) on my own in a new place – this is something I want to experience.

  1. Volunteer at least once a year

As part of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy we volunteered at a food bank and at the time it was a checklist exercise to say we had done it but now I realise how important that support is. I would like to get involved with some local charities over the coming years.

  1. Complete the Race for Life 5K every year until I’m 30

Starting in 2020 that will be five years and five races – I would like to raise a minimum of £100 per race in sponsorship.

  1. Spend a weekend without my phone

I just want to see how I cope, I’m acutely aware of how dependent I can be on it… I must say ‘where’s my phone?!’ at least four times a day!

  1. Pass my driving test

In 2019 I have taken my test twice and I have failed (for silly reasons) twice and I’m hoping third time is the charm – or at least before my theory runs out!

  1. Write a book

I’ll just leave this one here…

  1. Fly first class somewhere

Just a treat to myself and a little splurge.

  1. Do karaoke

I LOVED karaoke as a child and you can still catch me singing away around the house, but I always shy away from the mic…

  1. Start swimming again

An odd one but I actually really enjoy swimming and I’ve somehow lost this over time – I would love to start going again. It is the best way to start your day!

  1. Get a psychic reading

I just want one. I’m intrigued by the witchy, plus my mum had one a few years back which was weirdly accurate.

  1. North Coast 500

Dubbed Scotland’s ‘Route 66’, the North Coast 500 takes you all around the northerly coastal points in Scotland across 516 miles. You can drive, cycle or walk (I’ll probably drive). Visit Scotland have some great information of the North Coast 500.

  1. Conquer a mountain

I’m happy for this to be a mountain in the UK – I’m debating Pen y Fan or Snowdon.

  1. Visit one of the seven wonders of the world

According to Google the seven wonders of the world are…

  • The Great Wall of China (China) 700 BCE.
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro) 1931 CE.
  • Machu Picchu (Peru) 1450 CE.
  • Chichen Itza (Mexico) 600 CE.
  • The Roman Colosseum (Rome) 80 CE.
  • Taj Mahal (Agra, India) 1643 CE.
  • Petra (Jordan) 312 BCE.
  • Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt) 2560 BCE

The Roman Colosseum, Taj Mahal, and the Great Pyramid of Giza are the three that hold the most appeal to me.

  1. Write in a journal for 365 days

I want to get one of those day journals and make sure I write in it every day – and write about everything even the most menial of things like what I had for dinner that day…

  1. New year in Edinburgh

This has been a dream of mine for so long and I really want to make it happen so maybe writing it down on this list will make it happen! 2021 perhaps?

  1. Dye my hair a crazy colour

I tend to stick to more natural shades like blondes, brunettes and auburn but I would love to whack on a teal hair dye and rock it – I think I’m just to scared in case I hate it and also in case I look like a fool!

  1. Visit Versailles

This would be a dream of mine. The history of this palace fascinates me (as does much of history) and I want to walk through the gardens and explore the cavernous rooms once filled with nobility.

  1. Have a family photo professionally taken

An odd one but I realised recently that myself and my parents don’t have a proper family photo, not one taken by a friend at an event but a proper family photo and I would love to pay to get one of these done.

  1. Pending… 

…I don’t know everything I will want to do before I’m 30 and I don’t want to be tied down by a list desperately trying to check them off – I want to have fun and experience a lot of life, granted some of it is included in this list but I can’t write it all down in 30 points.


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