40 before 40
I'm a flounderer, a terrible procrastinator and this list has given me the drive and ambition I needed to get my thirties going! I searched the internet for ideas and inspiration but quickly realised that the list had to come from me. Some of the items on the list are small and achievable and some are rediculous and are going to take a lot of digging deep to complete!
1. Read the 100 classic books of literature from The Telegraphs 'before you die' list
2. Be at my goal weight (10 stone 6lbs) and maintain it
3. Zip wire over something high and scary!
This is me, pretended to my son, that I am not totally horrified over what is about to happen! We zip lined over the Eden Project site, Cornwall on the 15th December 2015 (aged 32) facing downwards in a cocoon sort of device and I may have screamed the entire way (mostly in my head to show how impossibly brave I was to those watching!)
I highly recommend this to anyone and one day might pluck the courage to do it again!
4. Visit at least 5 European countries
5. Visit New York
6. Be my own boss (or sell something I have made)
8. See the Northern Lights
9. Feed a wild animal
10. Help with a local charity to benefit the community
11. Teach Will to drive
12. Complete my Masters in Education degree
13. See foo fighters in concert
14. Take Will to his first festival
15. Walk solo for charity
16. Finish off the tattoos I've always wanted
17. Run a 5k race
18. See a show
19. Ditch the bun!
At last! A decent hair chop and a fun dye job on the 15th August 2016 (aged 33). The bun has been with me since my late teens when I had hair to my waist but didn't want it getting trapped in clothing (and doors etc). When looking through photos, I cannot place when they are because for the last 13 years or so, I look the blinking same!
Shorter again in January 2018 (aged 34).
20. Go Geocaching
21. Wild camp
22. Afternoon tea in a nice hotel
Enjoying Prosecco, cream tea and plenty of treats with a friend in May 2017 (aged 34). I cannot believe I have gotten to the age I have without doing something like this! My ultimate would be to have tea in the Ritz just for the experience, but this will do very nicely (and probably cost a fraction of the cost!)
23. Learn to play archery
24. Watch all the Oscar best picture winners from 1950 onwards
25. Clear debt (apart from mortgage)
26. Try a 'scary' make at home
A scary make for me is using power tools! I have had this unused toy box sitting around for an age and decided that it was time to turn it into something more practical. So I had a go and made a planter for school on 26th August 2016 (aged 33). It was easier than I thought as I used the lid to make a lip and the lining wasn't so tricky. This project taught me to fear less and have a go, if it goes wrong, ultimately, so what?!
27. Create a signature cocktail
28. Write to three people I admire and tell them why
29. Give change to someone who needs it more than me
30. Donate blood
31. Stay in bed all day (ill doesn't count)
32. Sit in a TV audience
33. Find my signature style
34. Create my dream home
35. Save £10,000
36. Create an appealing website
37. Grow our family
38. Go Karting
I always wanted to Go Kart as a child but we lived too far from a decent track! We got the chance at a local track to us for our sons 15th birthday in September 2017 (aged 34). He was too cool to pose with us as his friends were with us too but I'm pleased to say that I made it around in a respectable time and with no spins!
39. Watch a sunset/sunrise on the beach with Dave
We are often so busy rushing around that we don't stop often enough to appreciate what we have around us. I am so lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country and am learning how to enjoy what we have on our doorstep. Dave and I got up early one morning just to see the sun rise over Fistral headland on 27th October 2016 (aged 33). We have watched many more sunsets over Cornwall since!
40. Buy the damn dress and wear it!
I have never been a girly girl and since having my son at 19, have felt very self conscious over how I look. I would often put items of clothing back because I felt they wouldn't look good or people might judge but I have learnt not to give a damn anymore!
This beautiful find was in a sale (who doesn't love a bargain) and was worn on the 13th January 2016 (aged 32) to friends wedding. I have since bought many lovely dresses, so many in fact, I am struggling to store them!