The Last Of The 20-Somethings

The Last Of The 20-Somethings

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Today, I enter the last day of my 20s. Oh my gaaaawd. Now, I know that many of my dear readers are already in their 30s and probably giving me a virtual slap in the face and telling me to “pull it together, woman!” but I hope you’ll allow me to indulge in this drama for just today.

You see, the prospect of turning 30 next year doesn’t frighten me so much, but it does give me a really good excuse to set down some goals as to what I want to achieve whilst I can still get away with calling myself a twenty-something year old. I really loved Victoria’s “31 Things” post here  over on Apartment Number 4 and fancied giving it a go myself. I don’t envisage getting them all ticked off, but I’m definitely a person who is far more productive (read: less lazy) when I have a list, so here we go:

  1. Sign up for a half marathon
    I’ve always said I want to run a marathon before I’m 30. I used to be a competitive runner until my 20s hit and I wholly regret giving it up. Let’s get back into it. I’ll add the full marathon to my “things to do before I’m 40” list. Probably. Maybe.
  2. Learn PHP
    I want to learn something that pushes me and is going to actually be useful, both at work and on my site. This is the one. I’m going to do it. *nerdy fist pump*
  3. Start a pension
    Not quite got the same excitement factor as “travel the world” that you’ll find on other bucket list type posts but hey, I really need to get one of those pension things!
  4. Create a menu board
    I am APPALING at choosing what’s for dinner and planning our weekday meals, even more so now I’m a working mum. #aintnobodygottimeforthat. I want to create a menu planner which will go on our kitchen wall – DIY style of course. Coming to the blog at some point in the next year…
  5. Photo a day
    I’m not the greatest photographer I don’t mind admitting, but I do love to document. I’m a big believer in positive mental attitude and I think a photo a day would be perfect for finding happy vibes in every day of Year 29. I’ll most likely be sharing on Instagram, so go follow me if you’d like a look, and feel free to join in! I’ll do a roundup of my faves each month.
  6. Write a will
    Urgh, a grim one to tick off but a total necessity. I own a house and I have a daughter. I feel like now is the time to protect them both legally in case anything happens *touch wood* P.S I welcome any helpful information & links on where the heck to start with this one.
  7. Use my telescope properly
    I have a telescope because I just love the night sky, but like anyone else living in suburbia, those damn street lights ruin it all! I want to take the telescope out somewhere really rural and stargaze properly. I’m thinking the next meteor shower in the peak district would be absolutely wizard.
  8. Grow my blog’s audience
    I love writing this blog. I love all the lovely people (yes you lot!) who I speak to on a regular basis about interiors and home life and everything in between. It’s a hobby that is all mine when the rest of my life is so centred on looking after others. I want to get organised and make it the best it can be. Get out and meet like-minded people. Post more often and not let my drafts folder reach ridiculous levels.
  9. Be brave and hit record
    I want to try out some video content. I’m not saying I want to become a YouTube sensation – not that I’m big-headed enough to think that would happen…But I think it’s important to do something that scares you as often as you can. And quite frankly, getting in front of a camera scares the shit out of me.
  10. Master making macarons
    I had to round it up to 10 somehow didn’t I? I really adore baking but to be honest, cookies are about the only thing I’ve mastered. Time for something new. And if I have to eat all the evidence of failed attempts along the way, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

So those are a few bits I want to achieve before I’m 30. I know age is just a number and actually, am I nervous about being just one year away from the big three-zero? Not really. And you know why? Because I feel like I did exactly what I needed and wanted to during my 20s. I bought a house. I got married. I gave birth to my daughter. I’ve learned not to care about what people think so much. I’ve learned I am a better mum than I ever thought possible. I’ve learned to trust my judgment more. I’ve got a signature drink. I’ve developed a passion for something I’d never thought about before – interiors! And I’d say that’s nothing to sniff at. So let’s go out with a bang and welcome my 30s next year with a big smile, and a new list of adventures I want to have.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’? What’s on it? Where the heck do I start with making a will?

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  • Karen

    Well yesterday I was 37 and I have to say my 30’s as hard as they’ve been have been much better than my 20’s. I really enjoyed being 30, felt like I upped my game a little. I’ve only had one day of being 37 so can’t comment on that experience just yet. Enjoy saying goodbye to your 20’s, they’ll always be there in memory. And happy birthday for tomorrow!!xx

    • You look so much younger than 37, Karen! What’s your secret 😉
      & a belated happy birthday to you too! xx

  • I think that’s a great list – realistic and achievable. I’m currently trying to get more organised and am going down the planner (or attempted planning) route with various things, including menu plans, so will be interested to hear what you come up with. Your list also reminds me that I must get around to writing a will.

    • Thank you!
      I’ll most likely write a blog post on the menu planner as soon as I get around to it, but likewise, any ideas you have to get more organised, throw them my way 🙂 xx

  • Hans

    Happy birthday Karen!
    And don’t worry, I became 40 this year so even in 10 years time you’ll still feel as lively is today 🙂

    • Thank you Hans! That’s good to know 🙂 x

  • Carole King

    A belated Happy Birthday Karen. I love your list! Not going to tell you how old I am but some of these I haven’t even done. Good luck.

    • Thank you Carole!
      Haha age is just a number 🙂 x