With 11.5 months left until my next birthday, I’ve made up a wee list of goals I aim to achieve before the big day.* Not in any particular order, and I’m not going to stay 29 until I finish them all. But wish me luck all the same!:
- Adventure! (go somewhere new)
- Apply for UK residency – DONE!
- Buy a house – DONE!
- Carpe diem (take opportunities when they come) – IN PROGRESS
(Beekeeping, Save the World, Donate my hair)
- Catch a fish – DONE!
- Clock up 30hrs karaoke
- Cut 30lb
- Dine on coins – DONE!
- Donate/bin 30 of my possessions
- Go to a music festival – DONE!
- Grow my own garlic
- Learn German
- Learn to code
- Learn to do a two-finger whistle
- Learn to quilt
- Mommy&me vacation – DONE!
- ‘Own’ my city (discover, explore)
- Ride in a helicopter – DONE!
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Ride more rollercoasters – DONE!
- Run a race – DONE!
- See the Northern Lights – DONE!
- Take up archery
- Travel the UK by train – IN PROGRESS (Derby)
- Try all 30 flavors at Wings – DONE!
- Try glass blowing – DONE!
- Try Paleo – DONE!
- Try silversmithing
- Wake up at 6am for 30days – DONE!
- Write a poem a month (at least!)
Backburners: return to Japan, go on a cruise, make our wedding book, learn millinery, practice Spanish, adopt a pet, take a bookbinding masterclass, learn basic auto mechanics, do the splits, do make-up properly.
More 30s: complete 30 DIY projects (ie. use up the craft trunk!), see 30 films, read 30 books.
It feels like an intimidating amount to accomplish, but also not (two-finger whistle?!). Still, I think it’s also important to reflect on some of the things I’ve already done that are probably bucket list material:
I’ve lived in multiple countries, seen the sunset over the Grand Canyon, danced all night in Las Vegas, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, been to the top of the Empire State Building. I’ve done stints as a HS English teacher, a vegetarian/vegan, an online shop owner; I gave a speech in another language to over a thousand people. I’ve been kayaking, zorbing, swam with lots of cool fish (even turtles!), been on ALL the rides at ALL the theme parks in California, seen hundreds of beautiful firework shows (some over castles). I’ve graduated from University (twice!), got married to an amazing guy. I’ve had my poems published in great magazines and read them all over, including at an International Book Festival. I’ve flown kites, camped in the wild, been to all-inclusive resorts and spas; I’ve volunteered – building houses with H4H, at a local city farm, at a library, etc. I’ve taken classes in bookbinding, sewing with a machine, screenprinting, and how to drive (and drive stick in the UK, tricky!); I play basketball with a great local women’s team. I’ve picked my own fruit, baked my own wedding cake, been an extra in a movie, gone to Coachella in the good old days, donated blood. I’ve been to the UK, USA, Mexico, Japan, Poland, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Philippines, and beyond!
So here’s to spending the last year of my 20s adding lots of great things to this list!