Recently it dawned on me that I’ll be hitting thirty in a couple of years (that sinking realisation that you’re well in to the overs category in the X Factor is real) and whilst that’s definitely no bad thing, maybe a little scary but definitely not bad, I thought it would be nice to jot down some goals and aspirations for the next couple of years and some things that I’ve always wanted to do.
30 before 30
1. Get Married!
Obviously this is the main thing on the list and the one that’s going to take up a huge chunk of the next year, so its a no-brainer that this one comes top of the list! Dan and I have been together for a long time and have already been wedding planning for a year now, but there’s still so much to do. I just can’t wait!
2. Travel To Cuba
We’re planning on honeymooning in Cuba so this is something that definitely already on the cards. Hit me up with your recommendations of places to stay and things to do!
3. Clear My Overdraft
This is one that will have to come after the wedding, but something I really want to do once all the bridal bills are paid up. Its been looming over me for a few years now and is a massive security blanket, but its time to get rid!
4. Invest In A Designer Piece
Moving on nicely, once the overdraft is paid off I’d love to be able to finally invest in a designer bag. I love Mulberry and Chloe and have always dreamed of being able to save up and buy myself something special. Hopefully I’ll be able to make that happen before the big 3-0!
5. Read More Books!
I’m a big fan of curling up on the sofa and getting lost in a good book, or taking my Kindle with me when I have a long train commute ahead of me, but lately I just haven’t found the time to start a book, let alone finish one! There are so many that I want to read, and I want to make the time to get through them all so I’m setting myself a target of at least ten a year!
6. Be A Tourist In London
I spend so much time in London for work and I’m there most weeks, but I rarely have time to actually explore the city. I’d love to spend a weekend exploring and seeing all the sights – going up to the top of The Shard, afternoon tea at Claridge’s and seeing the sunset from the London Eye!
7. Go On A Yoga Retreat
Instead of trying (and failing miserably) to teach myself the poses by watching a Youtube video in my living room. Our local spa does an amazing weekend-long yoga retreat that sounds super relaxing and I’d love to give it a go!
8. Learn How To Master Calligraphy
I’ve always wanted to be able to use a calligraphy pen properly and write beautifully, so I’d love to take a calligraphy class and learn how to do it properly! It would come in so handy for the wedding for place cards and signs!
9. Go To A Festival
Shock, horror, I’ve never been to a festival! Until a couple of years ago it was never something that I’d really been interested in doing, but recently I’ve been really drawn to the idea! The dream would be Coachella, but after we’ve paid off the wedding, I’ve cleared my overdraft and bought a designer bag, we’ll probably be in a field somewhere by ourselves with a docking station and a couple cans of beer! Latitude, Lovebox and Wireless are all on the list though! What would you recommend for a first timer?
I’d love to spend more time exploring local towns and cities in the North West, whether that’s booking a week off work and road-tripping from one place to the next, or just discovering somewhere new every other weekend. There are so many lovely parks, restaurants, bars and things to do that are less than an hour drive away that I’ve yet to experience!
11. Indulge In A Full Spa Weekend
Going to the spa is something I’ve grown very fond of indeed and I find myself craving a visit often, especially when times get a little hectic. I’ve done a few day spa visits and one overnight, but never a full weekend. Two nights in a dreamy bed with delicious food, lazy mornings in the jacuzzi, mani and pedi and a relaxing massage – absolute bliss!
12. Relive Childhood Holiday Memories
As a child, my family holidays consisted of weeks away caravanning in the Lake District and Scotland or staying with friends on the South Coast, which all pretty much came to a stop when I hit sixteen and it became massively uncool to go away with your parents. I made so many good memories in all of those places though, so I’d love to go back and do it all again, visit the places I remember the most and see how much things have changed, whether just for a day trip or for a couple days in a caravan like old times!
13. Perfect The Recipes To Some Of My Favourite Meals
From the dreamy Fettuccine Alfredo from our local Italian to the incredible tomato and onion Madeiran soup from our favourite holiday spot, there are so many meals I’d love to try and recreate and master at home. I love cooking and want to learn more and more recipes to add to my repertoire!
14. Learn How To Perfect Winged Eyeliner Once & For All
Not so much an aspiration or lifelong goal, but something I’ve never been able to do properly (WHY does one eye always look better than the other?!) and I’m determined to get it right!
15. Broaden My Skills On My CV
I love learning new things and think that no matter how experienced you are in you’re field, there’s always something new to add! I’d love to further my marketing skills with courses in and out of work to add to my CV and broaden my knowledge!
16. Go On A Girl’s Weekend To Brighton
This is something that’s already kind of in the pipeline, but I’ve wanted to visit Brighton for SO long! A weekend with some of my favourite girls with non-stop shopping, eating and exploring would be just perfect.
17. Swim With Dolphins
I was lucky enough to see dolphins up close for the first time last year, and I’d be lying if I didn’t shed a sneaky tear of joy as they’ve always been one of favourite animals (or mammals?) since I was little. We saw them on a yacht tour on holiday last Summer, and after doing the same trip the year before with no sightings I wasn’t really holding out hope, but there they were and they were amazing! The next step is to actually swim with them!
18. Start Saving Up For A House Deposit
At the minute we’re pretty happy renting our house, and aren’t in a huge rush to move, but by the time I reach thirty I’d like to have made a good start on saving for a deposit for our own place, if not be ready to take the plunge! Hey, if we can save for a wedding, we can save for a house!
19. Print More Photos
With so much technology nowadays making it so easy to quickly snap a photo and share it, I rarely print photographs. I absolutely love polaroids and printed images, so I’d really like to start making some photo albums for any special occasions or trips and put those memories down on paper.
20. Learn How To Properly Use My Camera
I’m such a creature of habit when it comes to photography, and get far too comfortable using the automatic setting rather than testing out the camera’s capabilities and playing with exposure and ISO. I loved photography at Art College so would love to get back in to it, especially for my blog!
21. Explore Edinburgh For A Weekend
Scotland is so easy to get to via train from where I live in Preston, but I’ve never made the most of it! I’ve yet to visit Edinburgh but its definitely on my list of somewhere I’d really like to spend a weekend exploring
22. See A Show At London’s West End
Les Miserables would be at the absolute top of my list for a show I’d love to see as I’ve loved it since I was in the production of it in High School! I’d also love to see The Lion King, Dreamgirls and Wicked would also be on that list, but Les Mis is definitely the one I want to see the most.
23. Do The Crystal Maze
OMG I want to do this so bad!! Plans are kind of in motion already for this to happen this year as you can now do the Crystal Maze in Manchester, boiler-suits and all! I loved it when I was a kid, I love the remake and I’d LOVE to do it myself!
24. Go Camping In Cornwall
Contrary to popular belief, I love camping!! I’ve been camping quite a lot in the Lake District, but one place I’d love to do it would have to be Cornwall. It looks so beautiful and is a place I’ve always wanted to go to.
25. Actually Do A Push-Up
I have the weakest arms in history and even after seven months of working out and training with weights I still can’t even manage one full push-up, but I’m determined to do it!
26. Watch Gossip Girl
I’ve NEVER seen Gossip Girl, yet so many people tell me I should watch it because I’d love it. I’m massively late to the party, I know, and I definitely need to download it and binge watch from start to end!
27. Experience An Escape Room
Kind of on the same lines as the Crystal Maze (I love a good puzzle!) is an escape room! I’ve wanted to do one of these for a while and think it would be so much fun to do with my friends! Has anyone done one in the North West that they would recommend?
28. Go To An Open Air Cinema
There have recently been lots of drive-in cinemas popping up and I’ve yet to go to one. I’d love to see an old classic in an open-air venue!
29. Have A Go At A Reaction Wall
Reaction walls are those things that are popping up in gyms now designed to test your reflexes and train your reaction times with a series of lights and buttons (think life size Bop-It or Simon Says for grown ups) and I really want to have a go! I used to absolutely boss the dance mat so I reckon I could be good at this. Does anyone know of any gyms in the North West that have these?
30. Celebrate My 30th Birthday Abroad
There are so many places I’ve always wanted to visit, and I’m so undecided between a few such as Lisbon, Rome and Milan, but I know I’d love to visit one for my 30th!
Phew! That’s one hell of a list! I’ll be updating this over the next couple of years to let you know what’s been ticked off and how I’ve got on with them all! If you’ve done a post like this then please link in below in the comments – I’d love to see how our lists compare!