Seen as it’s the traditional time of year to make new habits, break old ones and think about what we want to achieve in the next twelve months. I thought I’d share with you my thirty before 30 list, in the hope it may inspire some of those new year’s resolutions.
I feel like I’m one of those lucky few who never cares about their age. For some reason, I’ve always felt wiser than the number that signifies my years. In fact, I spent most of my teen years dreading the pressure to conform to nonsense drunken antics, and feel like I’ve dodged a bullet at the fact I never had to go on one those ‘girls holiday’s’. Even the thought still brings me out in a cold sweat.
But as I approach the last year of my twenties something inside me really wanted to make this year count. I’ve learned a lot in this decade, and feel it’s only right that I sign it off with some accomplishments. So forever in the name of self-development, I decided to give myself the challenge of doing thirty things before I’m 30.
I’ve not led the most extreme life, as I’m an avid goal setter, I tend to do most of the things I want to when I want to, and I suppose you could call that quite the luxury.
I’ve done most of the usual stuff that they recommend on Pinterest; got a tattoo, bought a house, lived alone, written a book, had a pet, gone on a long distance holiday, got a piercing, etc.
So when I sat down to create my list, I was at first a little baffled about what could go on it. There were definitely some things from my bucket list that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, but as I scoured the internet for inspiration I realised that I couldn’t just add any old thing on this list, it had to mean something to me.
To help me get my list going, I asked myself the following;
What do I want it to achieve?
Why do I want to do it?
For me, I either want to have fun or learn something new and perhaps some of this stuff is just because I want too! – Sometimes we shouldn’t even need a reason.
Admittedly I’ve given myself a pretty tight deadline considering I’ve now only got ten months to finish this list – but hey – what’s the fun if it’s easy!
Now the crux of it is, I don’t actually have a full list of thirty. I need six more. So, once you’ve read my list, I would love it if you could suggest something in the comments below.
In no particular order here’s my list;
1) Learn Sign Language
This is something I’ve been interested in doing for a while. I feel like communication is so important and I would love to have the ability to talk to more people.
2) Start my blog shop
I’ve been toying with this idea for well over a year, and basically I just need to get on with it!
3) Give blood (I’ve put this off for long enough)
I don’t like blood. Hence why I’ve been putting this off. But as a healthy person who doesn’t drink or smoke, I really should do my bit and stop being such a big baby.
4) Get my nails done by WAH Nails
I’m OBSESSED with great looking nails, as you will notice from my Instagram. And WAH is the mecca for awesome nail art, so at some point this year I’m going to pay them a visit.
5) Host a dinner party
I love the idea of bringing together my nearest and dearest over some good food. I have friends over individually but never had the opportunity to have a big group of friends over. Now that we’ve got more space and a bigger table, I’m determined to fill it with those I love.
6) Take-up piano lessons again
I played piano in my teens but then dropped it during my GCSE’s to study. Unfortunately, I never took it back up after the break and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed.
7) Learn flower arranging
Fresh flowers make my house a home, and I buy them every few weeks from our local market. I would love to know how to arrange them properly rather than just shoving them in a vase.
8) Walk all three peaks
Fitness challenges are something which have always kept me on track with my health, but as my knees and hips can no longer take long distance running, I felt that a walking challenge would be a great way to get friends and family involved and get outdoors.
9) Stop saying yes, start saying no
I’ve come to the realisation that I’m a people pleaser. Unfortunately, this isn’t always a good thing, and this year I want to make sure that I say yes to those that matter and no to the things that don’t.
10) Start volunteering
I would like to give back more this year and volunteer at projects that are close to my heart. We can all commit some small amount of time to something, and even that can make a big difference.
11) Dye my hair a vibrant colour
Why the hell not! I loved the idea of having pink hair when I was 16 and thanks to the advancements in hair colour I could now have it. Watch this space.
12) Have my portrait taken
Admittedly I got this inspiration from Pinterest, but I thought again – why not document my last year of my twenties.
13) Learn Acutonics
When in Canada I discovered Acutonics, a holistic vibration therapy. Nowhere in my area currently does this, so I would like to learn it and help others discover its magic.
14) Start the habit of yoga – every damn day
I got into a really good habit of doing yoga last year, but this year I want to take it up a notch and be able to fit in some practice every day. Even if it’s 20 minutes or an entire afternoon, I want to make it a significant part of my life.
15) Own a polaroid camera
I just love the idea of having instant images that you can keep. Rather than collating them online for them never to see the light of day!
16) Stop taking life so seriously
I’m notorious for this, and think I need to learn to lighten up!
17) Dance in the rain
As part of one of my favourite inspirational quotes, I just thought, why not – I can imagine it feels pretty good, so I’ll let you know how it goes.
18) Stop emotional eating
Whether stressed, bored or upset I reach for the share bags. Instead of eating my feelings I need to face them.
19) Knit a jumper
My mother and grandmother are incredible knitters and I feel like I’m letting the side down not being able to even put a stitch together.
20) Go abroad at least twice
Well, luckily my first holiday of the year is booked. We’re off to Madrid in March, but now I just need to book our road trip around the south of France.
21) Take care of my skin
I let this slide a little last year. I got into some bad eating habits and became quite lazy with my evening routine. Therefore I want to ensure that as a good habit, I look after my skin. After all, this is probably going to be important if I want to keep these youthful looks in the next decade 😉
22) Buy less, make more
We buy so much crap and get influenced constantly to buy stuff that we just don’t need. I want to make a conscious effort to buy less and make more.
23) Find a blog photographer
As I would like to continue to improve my blog, I would like to find a photographer who can help me create beautiful shots alongside my posts. Unfortunately, myself and my partner just don’t have enough time together to do this, so I need a partner in crime that doesn’t mind looking at my face all afternoon!
24) Have a holistic therapy every 3 months
In the rat race of life, we can forget to take care of ourselves, and this is something I have most definitely neglected. Therefore, getting into the habit of rewarding myself with a massage or Reiki at the end of every three months is something I feel would improve my overall health and wellbeing.
Now that’s 24…. I need 6 more.
Thanks to my new Best Self Journal, I have already began to plan many of these in.
Let me know your thoughts on my list and if you have any suggestions to make it to the big 3.0.