Do you ever look back and realise how much time you’ve wasted? This post was originally written on my 24th birthday, nearly 3 years ago. Back then I was determined to stop wasting time and make things happen. The thing is, sometimes that is easier said than done. I’ll be 27 years old in January and I can’t help but cringe at how much of my 30 before 30 bucket list remains unachieved. Of course I have my beautiful children and a lovely home, I work hard to provide what I can for them and live each and every day making their little worlds happy. But what have I really done?
This bucket list isn’t full of expensive adventures or extravegant wishes, it’s perfectly achievable, so in the last 3 years of my 20’s, I’m giving myself a metaphorical kick up the backside. I’m going to do tick off my list. When my 30th birthday comes around I want to look back on my 20’s and feel like I’ve accomplished something for myself, my children and others.
The 30 before 30 bucket list
- Go camping. Proper camping, not glamping. No phones or tech, not even a hairdryer. Just myself and the children going back to basics.
- Go on holiday abroad. I haven’t been abroad since I was 14. I’ve been to Paris, Lanzarote and Turkey and I love the hot weather and different cultures. I’d love to visit Barcelona.
- Go to Disneyland Florida. It’s somewhere both Mia and Theo have dreamed of visiting since they could talk. My inner child is also desperate to go to Toy Story Land!
- Get my dodgy tattoo covered. Out of the 6 tattoos I have I only regret one. It’s large, but thankfully easily hidden as it’s on my hip. I want to get it covered up to boost my confidence.
- Write an eBook – I’ve actually already started writing a book so if I could half strike-through this one I would. When I finally manage to finish it I’d love to self-publish on Amazon.
- Pass my driving test. Driving would give myself and the children so much more freedom, but it’s just so expensive isn’t it? Every time I start saving for lessons something crops up that needs paying for, so the driving fund is currently non exsistent. Can I get it done in the next three years? Who knows… I’ve got everything crossed for a lottery win!
- Buy a car. If I manage to pass my driving test the next big hurdle will be buying a car. I know it won’t be anything particularly fancy but buying your first car is a huge milestone.
- See a show at the West End. The children have inherited my love of theatre shows, myself and Mia recently saw Tim Minchin’s Matilda at our nearest theatre and we absolutely loved every second. I’d love to take them to the West End to see something similar.
- See in the new year in London. When I was growing up I used to love watching the New Year fireworks display in London on the TV. I’d love to actually be there one year!
Get better at making desserts. Read. A proper book. Not just the leaflets out of school book bags. Make the most of where we live – Norfolk is beautiful if you look in the right places!
- Quit smoking. I’ve tried and failed to give up smoking on multiple occasions. Could I be smoke free by the time I am 30? I’d like to think so.
Get my glad-rags on and possibly win an award (ahem – Allergy Blog Awards UK)
- Spend a day at the beach with the children, paddling, building sand castles and watching the sun go down with a bag of chips and a wooden fork. My idea of a perfect day.
- Start exercising – properly and regularly. I need to keep reminding myself that laundry and the school run do not count as proper exercise!
- See Adele live.
- Hold a spider. The big hairy scary kind.
- Volunteer for a children’s charity.
- Raise money for a children’s charity.
- Further my education.
- Have a Grey’s Anatomy marathon. Just me, myself and chocolate.
- Write a will – depressing I know but you never know what is around the corner! I REALLY need to get this done, infact, I’m going to make sure this gets ticked off next.
Let go of the past. Be more spontaneous.
- Learn the basics of a different language. As I haven’t managed to go on holiday abroad since I was 14, I haven’t really had any particular need to learn the basics of a new language. With any luck I’ll be on a plane in the next 3 years going somewhere lovely and hot with the ability to converse with the locals instead of relying on Google Translate.
Give my children their dream bedroom.
- Get Mia into dance lessons. These days she’s not as eager to attend dance lessons, however, she does want to get back into gymnastics. I hope I can make it happen for her.
- Take my children to a show.
- Make a list of 35 things to do before I am 35. I refuse to tick this one off until I’ve ticked off the rest of this list. Considering I’ve been so slack at achieving everything on my 30 before 30 bucket list I don’t think writing another is a great idea just yet!
Do you have a 30 before 30 bucket list or similar? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what others want to achieve before they turn 30. Let’s hope I manage to tick off the remaining items on my bucket list – wish me luck!