This is my last year starting in ‘2’, and as such, I am feeling like the rest of my life it’s creeping up on me with the dirty old 30.
As far as I behave, you can definitely say I am not even close to turning 30, I also look like a kiddo most days – what a surprise – and did I mention the behavior issue? Oh, yeah, never mind that.
But it’s going to be the big THREE-ZERO next year, and while I think I am pretty accomplished anyway in terms of career and overall life – i.e. I am still alive and able to say I do get a regular paycheck – I still think there are quite a few things I should really start on tackling. No, it won’t include your regular ‘get a boyfriend and start a family’ deal as, even if they might be things I eventually want, they do not strictly come on a timeline, I am not a freak that has timelined her life like some people out there – but hey, whatever floats your boat. 30 things to do before I turn 30.
1. Learn to swim
Indeed, I am not a swimmer, and I might have mentioned it somewhere before, but if you know me, you know. I am terribly frightened of water, and even showering comes with a lot of panic and me breathing like a crazy person. So this is definitely something to tackle ASAP, as I want to be able to go on holiday and do all the things other people do, including swimming in super cool places.
2. Go on a road trip with the girls
The best memories I possibly have with my parents are placed in a car while driving up and down Italy, so it is only fair to say I’d love to do the same with just the girls at some point, whether it’s in the UK or somewhere else around the world, because why the hell not?!
3. Complete my right sleeve ✓
Yes, I have said it time and time before, I only wanted one sleeve done, alas I have now changed my mind again and would like to start my second one, though one thing I know for sure is that I have to finish my right one before I turn the big 3-0. Not difficult as I only have a couple of spots left, so bring it on already.
- 2nd March 2020, it is done!
4. Go Skydiving and/or bungee jumping
Yes, since I was a teenager I have always wanted to do this, particularly skydiving with my mom, as she is pretty insane – and I take it all from her. In the past few years, I have developed some sort of fear of heights, that culminated in Copenhagen while walking around the Botanical Garden’s own greenhouse top, never to be repeated again. But I mean, why not jump off a cliff or something along those lines? Once in a lifetime experience, am I right?!!?
5. Donate blood at least once this year
It’s a family thing – my mother is a donor, and someone else in the family is actually a ‘receiver‘ so it’s one close to home – and I’d love to do it at least once this year, so will definitely need to look into it and make sure I understand how it works in the UK? Not a fan of bureaucracy.
6. Dye my hair a funny colour
As per my birthday wish list – find it here if you missed it – I want to go back to have a full head with a funny color. I have been a redhead for a long time – still love it soooo much – and also tried a few more including baby pink, but my inner dream was also to go silver and then a whole load of freehand at any color I can think of with silver as a base. I am looking into it, but for the time being, only trusting my baby sis (or dad) to do anything to my hair so…
7. Go to the theatre ✓
I do get easily bored when I watch a movie, but having been to the theatre a few times, I have actually enjoyed it quite a lot but as it stands, it would be a very very veeeery expensive hobby for me to cultivate quite frequently, plus I need to be really into something to make it worth it – cannot do a blind buy with this sort of thing – and there is quite a few pieces I want to go see so we shall see!
- Have attended Aladdin The Musical on the 3rd May as a birthday present from the ladies!
8. Read 30 books
I have already started, but come May I have only read 1 and 1/2 books…assuming I would have to read waaaay more to reach this, I am quite weary of this one point in particular, and hoping to tick it off soon?
9. Get my nails done at least once ✓
I went to get gel done on my nails, and while the lady was super nice and chatty, it was not what I had imagined, so I never went back. I want to go get those fancy nails where I can get a design done and all of that, so any recommendations in North London would be lush?! Cheers!
10. See the Northern Lights
Given the MAJOR holiday plan for my thirties I have in mind (ahem, Disney World Orlando…) the rest of this year should ideally be spent saving every single dime I can earn, but in the event we can afford a holiday, even just for a few days, I’d love to go and see the Aurora Borealis.
11. Visit Paris (again)
Fred is traveling for work a lot more now, and Paris happens to be one of the places she gets to go to, so why not join her for a long weekend as soon as we can?! I loved Paris when I went, but I was 15/16 so a lot has changed and I’d love to go taste some of the best pastries ever… it is always about food, yes.
12. Visit more of Europe
Because, I mean, why not?! We have already done Barcelona (will post soon) and will shortly be going to Berlin, plus Venice later on this year and maybe Rome again for Christmas, so I see a lot of traveling around already!
13. Visit more of the UK
In July, it will be 10 years since Fred and I have moved to London, and being the lazy asses we are, we have barely gone and visited around. Of course, we did stuff like Canterbury and Cambridge (twice!), then this year we managed to hit Bristol for a day. Since we also are all proud owners of a railcard, we definitely need to make it all worth it and explore more of what we have called home for the past 10 years. I mean it’s crazy, 10 bloody years! This will definitely have to fit in a different post.
14. Let go of a floating lantern ✓
Because we have pets at home, it is become a habit to light a floating lantern on the first day of the new year back home, but because of the wind – and because I am never there over Christmas – we did not manage to let go of even 1 lantern, so we will just have to try again this coming January, maybe decorate them as Martina wanted to do as well.
- 31st December – We try and let go of lanterns instead of fireworks, and this year we definitely managed!
15. Take a photo a day for a year ✓
I am someone who’s reluctant to be in pictures, maybe because I do not come out great in those… but one thing I am also bad at is taking pictures, so I have downloaded an app called 1 Second Every Day which basically will make me take a picture or video a day for the next year. Who knows what it will make me do!
16. Go for fancy afternoon tea ✓
Having been in the country of tea for the past (almost) 10 years, I have to admit I have never been at an afternoon tea, either the fancy or non-fancy version so I think it is only fair I take this off my bucket list once and for all before I turn 30.
- while my auntie was visiting us in January, we treated ourselves to a nice afternoon tea with a view of Hyde Park, lush!
17. Take a class ✓
Whether it is a one-day class or more of a long term thing, I want to at least try and learn something new, it could be food or it could be honestly anything – excludes swimming as that is definitely more than a one-day thing (extremely scared of water should say it all).
18. Go to a fancy meal ✓
And no, I do not mean a run to one of our favorite places – BAO in Fitzrovia – but like a proper Michelin starred restaurant, and there are so many dotted around in London to choose from so it will be a fun one.
- 17th December – Hawksmoor
19. Treat myself to an expensive item ✓
Which is nothing new with me, as it seems like this whole list revolves around pretty much spending all the money…OPS! Maybe this one will have to wait…
- I got a Nintendo Switch back in March!
20. Start to plan my leg tattoos
As my right arm sleeve, it’s almost complete, what a better way than to celebrate by starting on one of my legs?! My father will be overjoyed, to say the least. Pinterest to the rescue, planning in progress already!
21. Go Zorbing
I have found this one by mistake while trying to fill in the last points of this 30 items bucket list and I regret this one immensely, but I cannot wait to bring the girls with me for a run around a green grass space in a plastic ball. A bit like little hamsters, if you know us you will know we only look sweet and adorable, so bear in mind that, people.
22. Pay off my credit card
I knew getting a credit card was a bad idea, but I also knew it would help in the long run to build my credit history, or so they say. Well, like everything else in my life, I got in a bit of a situation so I want to rectify that STAT. I have been working on a budget and hopefully, that will help?! All advice is welcome.
23. Start running (at least when the weather it’s nice!)
Cristina has made me promise we will start running, at least a couple times a week, and when the weather it’s nice. We have of course been postponing it until the weather gets nicer – when will that be, God knows – so this will hopefully be updated soon.
24. Write and publish a total of 100 blog posts
As it says, I am pretty much halfway there, so to a few more blog posts this year!
25. Go to a pottery class
I am fascinated by the idea of making something, then manage to bring it home and use it on a daily basis. There is a place around home that does it, so I want to hit it ASAP.
26. Go to a gig (or two) ✓
While I am the worst concert-goer (I do not move much), I absolutely love a good gig in the park, and this summer in London there is quite a few ones I’d love to go to., also it’s a #perkofthejob so yay.
- I am assuming having a ticket counts in this case?! My Chemical Romance will be a (teenager) dream come true in June 2020!!
27. Get back to bullet journaling ✓
This has helped me in chilling, and calming down after a long week, but as per everything else, I had abandoned it within a few months. This year I got back to it back in February so I am trying my best to keep up with it.
28. Go to the Spa (even for a day)
And maybe just get a facial, which I never had done?! My idea of relax, I think.
29. Cook more, and write it all down ✓
Lately, I got back into cooking, and the girls have been enjoying quite a few new recipes, together with our old classics. Problem is, I never write those down so I end up forgetting what I do and one day won’t be able to make them again, so I want to start writing them down on a nice little notebook for us to keep.
- I have also downloaded an app so I can keep track as we cook and not forget what I had done 2 minutes before, yay old farty brain!
30. Practice Self-Care
Who’s the worst at practicing this?! ME ME ME ME! While I do quite a few things – masks, hot baths every now and again – I want to make sure I do more of it, and decide to ‘turn off’ every now and then to get all my energy back – and not just while on holiday! Whether it’s yoga (can’t write this down without laughing already), meditation, or simply me-time with nails and masks and all things girlie, then the more of it, the merrier.
Sorry for the looooong a** post, I promise it will (hopefully) be all worth the long read, at the very least because you get to know me more! Aweeeeee!
Did you have any similar list to this 30 things to do before turning 30? Share them with me, I’d love to read them! Would you have picked 30 different things? Would you have not picked any 30 things?!
(If you are here for the food though… recipes are all here!)