Friday, 7 November 2014

before I'm 30 I will: a review and a catch-up

This photo officially documents my achievement of goal number 42: Get a bikini.  I am now a convert! Plus having this goal has been a great incentive to eat more sensibly, lose weight (3 and a half stone) and get in better shape.

It’s now just over a year since I first posted my list of things to accomplish.  It started off as a series of things that I’d quite like to do.  I picked the deadline of my 30th birthday to encourage me to make progress, while at the same time allowing a few years to accomplish bigger goals.  Some things can be done on a rainy afternoon when I’m at a loose end, such as building a den.  Some of the ideas on the list will require planning months in advance, not to mention saving up the pennies.  This is particularly true for some of my travel dreams!

Since my first post, I have added new challenges as more new ideas have occurred to me.  My list has grown significantly since the original 60! I have also got rid a couple of ideas that just don’t inspire me any more.  Anyway, I thought it was probably time to have a quick review to see where I stand.  With a couple of years still to go, I've accomplished 25 and have 65 left to work on.

Of these, 7 are planned/booked/underway, but whether ‘ll ever be finished doesn't really bother me as long as I keep finding brilliant things to do :D

To finish off this post then, here’s the current list. I've linked to blog posts about the challenges where I can.

#1 Make cake pops
#2 Make a multicoloured layer cake
#3 Go on a canal boat
#4 Play Dungeons and Dragons
#5 Play hooky for a day
#6 Get a film projector and screen films in my own little cinema
#7 Go on a sleeper train
#8 Have tea at the Ritz
#9 And Claridges
#10 See 2 West End shows in a day
#11 Make a photo wall display
#12 Build a den.  A really cool one.
#13 Road trip in the USA
#14 New York, New York
#15 Go glamping in a fancy tent with fairy lights
#16 Buy an expensive set of lingerie
#17 Sew something to wear
#18 Get married
#19 Make a set of jam-jar cocktail glasses
#20 Make blueberry gin
#21 Play ultimate sandwich
#22 Learn how design this blog the way I wish it looked
#23 Make a scrapbooking video for the blog
#24 Learn to roller skate
#25 Learn to make pasta
#26 Get up early to photograph the sunrise 
#27 Swim in the Hampstead ponds
#28 Stay out all night
#29 Do the monopoly pub crawl
#30 Play the tube game
#31 Have dinner at Dans le Noir
#32 Re-vamp some second hand furniture
#33 Go to a cult Rocky Horror screening
#34 Go to a burlesque show
#35 Go ape
#36 Go to a Secret Cinema screening
#37 See a play at Cornwall's Minack Theatre
#38 Go on a helicopter
#39 Make my own ice cream (malteaser, peanut butter and caramel flavour?)
#40 Have dinner at Dishoom
#41 Take part in a Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt
#42 Buy a bikini
#43 Go to an auction
#44 Get my eyebrows shaped
#45 Inhale helium
#46 See the Northern Lights
#47 Go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
#48 See New Zealand
#49 Stay in a tree house
#50 Have a bash at karaoke
#51 Go to a roller derby
#52 Travel to South America
#53 Ride a motorbike
#54 See a film at a drive-in cinema
#55 Go to a sh*t-faced Shakespeare production
#56 Make a new giant floor cushion
#57 Have an indoor pool party
#58 Make spun sugar
#59 Have a go at spinning
#60 Go for Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea
#61 Go to the circus
#62 Learn to knit from a chart
#63 Knit a lace pattern
#64 Start a teacup collection
#65 Go on a Segway
#67 See a midnight matinee at the Globe
#68 Play hide and seek in Ikea
#69 Visit the Cutty Sark
#70 Go to a Casino
#71 Go stargazing
#72 Eat a deep-fried Mars bar
#73 Have dinner at Veeraswamy
#74 Have a day at Thorpe Park
#75 Ride a camel
#76 Have cocktails on Madison Terrace
#77 Play Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf
#78 See a baseball match
#79 Go to Bounce Below
#80 Visit the Rough Trade Photobooth
#81 Swim in an infinity pool
#82 Ride a tandem
#83 Go on a pedibus
#84 Make something out of leather
#85 Get my International License with Girlguiding
#86 Go to a Christmas Market in Europe
#87 Develop a film
#88 Go on a photography course
#89 Design a Lace Shawl
#90 Visit a Guiding World Centre outside the UK

Kisses xxx

P.S. Winter is definitely a good time to make a den. And fill it with delicious goodies and mulled wine and fairy lights and blankets...

P.P.S. Who's with me?!


  1. I've making my own 40 after 40 list (when my life will start again!).....definitely with you (you're so inspirational in so many ways!)....

  2. Congrats! Motivation for me to try to do something about my excess weight! You look great!

  3. Just been looking through to see what you've done and pinch some for my list (which I keep rewriting). I would say give Dino safari adventure golf a miss though, it's a bit pants!

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