The last nine years of my life are filled with many, many memories that I will look back on forever. Some good, some not so good, some plain tragic but all together they make up the decade of my life in which I consistently spent trying to “get my shit together”. I’m proud to report that, despite efforts, I have… not succeeded in that mission. Although I’ve also realised that I don’t think anyone feels that way. Alas, my final year of my 20’s is in full swing and I have decided that it is an appropriate time to make a little wish list of things I would like to achieve over the next year. Here is my 30 before 30!

2020. The vibe I’m going for is “act natural”
Circa ‘94. The vibe I’m going for is “angelic”

That’s right- I’m going to be a 29 year old cliche and, with zero shame, I present to you my list of 30 things I would like to do before I turn the grand old age of 30 next May.

1. Get a (small) Tattoo

Small is the most important word here! This has been something I’ve wanted to do for ages but have been too scared or just not committed enough to one design. But this is the year.

2. Go on a City Break to somewhere new

I am a sucker for a beach holiday however I have realised I have visited very few of the beautiful cities the world has to offer. Paris, Rome, Venice, Madrid..New York (maybe less achievable this year!)

3. Lose 30 pounds

I’d like to put a disclaimer here – I am all about loving the skin you are in and it has taken me a long time to accept the fact that I’m never going to have societies “ideal” body type. However I know what it feels like to be 30 pounds lighter than I am now and I’d like to replicate that feeling. I also feel 30 pounds over the best part of a year is a healthy and sustainable loss. No crazy diets here!

4. Learn to cook 3 new recipes

I’m a terrible cook but I’m currently in a really committed relationship with my microwave and I think we need to break up. 3 recipes might not sound like a lot but achievable is the goal here.

5. Start (and keep) a blog

Focus on the keep part here. I started this blog on the eve of my birthday and I’d really like to keep it up 🙂

6. Watch a West End show

I know the West End is currently going through a really hard time (thanks Corona) but fingers crossed next year it will be back to it’s successful and thriving best. Any recommendations welcome!

7. Have a Fine Dining experience

I’m thinking Michelin star with the tiny portions. Perhaps when I see that West End show.

8. Turn my book ideas into reality

A bit of a stretch but you never know. I have lots of pieces of paper floating around and Word docs with scenes of made up characters. I’d love to make these ideas a reality one day…perhaps this is the year.

9. Invest in a good computer

Be gone with the slow, old laptop and welcome the delightful MacBook Pro.

10. Save,Save,Save

I’d love to kick off my thirties with a decent chunk of money in savings.

11. Get a new job

If I’ve learned anything this decade it’s that, we spend the majority of our time working. Please do something that gets you up in the morning. There is no such thing as the perfect job but being stuck in a miserable one is harder than taking a leap of faith and moving on.

12. Get out more

If lockdown has taught us anything it’s that we should never take advantage of our opportunities to do “things” again. Walks, shopping, weekend trips, cinema dinners etc… I want to have less weekends in and more weekends out!

13. Be Debt Free

I’ve come along way in my debt journey (that’s blog for another day) but I still have a little that I’d like to clear by next May. The feeling of cutting up credit cards – amazing!

14. Commit to an Exercise Plan

I’ve been enjoying doing YouTube workouts in lockdown and I really want to continue as normality resumes. If the gym is out of your price range – that doesn’t mean exercise should be off limits.

15. Complete a Creative Writing course

I’d really like to complete a course this year. And I love creative writing so I have been looking on Open University and FutureLearn for options. There are also local colleges that’s provide courses in this subject that I will be checking out.

16. Finish my To Be Read pile

As some of you may know my Instagram doubles as Bookstagram account! Reading is my true joy and I have about 30 books left in my TBR pile that I hope to finish this year.

17. Learn to be kinder to my body

This is a deep one that I feel deserves it’s own blog post. In summary, after years of tormenting myself over how I look, I refuse to spend my thirties with the same mindset. I am who I am and my body is my body, I may strive to make changes but I should learn to love every version of myself.

18. Go on a Road Trip up north

North of the UK that is. I have been to many beautiful places all over the world however I have shamefully been to very few in the UK. I want to get in my car and go visit some iconic places in my home land- this excites me very much!

19. Try a new hobby

Outside of reading and this Blog I don’t really have many side hobbies and I’d really like to change this. I don’t know what this looks like yet but hopefully I’ll find something that tickles my fancy.

20. Get a better sleep routine

I am the Insomnia Queen! I’ve been a night owl since I was 5 years old but with a 9-5 it’s not sustainable. I want to break this bad habit and start going to bed earlier. I’ll reap the rewards in the long term.

21. De-clutter my life

I’m talking a complete house clear-out. I have so many old clothes, shoes and clutter everywhere that just needs to go. Perhaps a perfect excuse for a car boot sale – at least I could earn a few pounds in the process!

22. Watch a Sunrise

I have never watched a Sunrise…true story.

23. Take more pictures with my family

I am the worst for taking pictures at family gatherings but I’m also incredibly sentimental. I’m setting a goal to take a minute to capture lovely moments with those I love most.

24. Watch more documentaries

I actually really enjoy learning about history but I very rarely sit down to watch a good documentary. I’d like to make a conscious effort to do more of this.

25. Be able to run 5k

To be honest I’d be happy with “walk at a fast pace”

26. Practice mindfulness

This may tie in with getting a better sleep routine. I have friends who rave about ending the day with mindfulness or meditation and have heard it really helps you wind down and stops the over-thinking!

27. Be more adventurous with Fashion

I find myself pretty stuck in a rut when it comes to my style so I’d love to branch out and wear things out of my comfort zone.

28. Watch the “Top 5 Films of all Time”

I am quite the movie lover but I’m almost positive I probably haven’t watched the crowned top movies of all time. So I’m putting this on my missions list.

29. Splurge on something I would never normally

This kind of contradicts the saving goal however when’s a better time to splash out on a birthday gift to yourself than the big 30?

30. Celebrate in Style

Last but not least – whatever I do, wherever I am, ring in my 30th with style. I’d love to be abroad but if Covid has taught us anything it’s that plans might not necessarily go ahead. So, even if I’m just at home, that champagne will be popped!

There we have it, thanks for sticking with me if you got to the end! I don’t know how many of these I will achieve but I’ll give it my best shot. As always, let me know any recommendations for some of the things I have mentioned and let me know if you think I have missed any golden opportunities!

I’ll be bringing this back next May to see how I did – in the meantime wish me luck!

Thanks for reading,

Stacey x

30 Lessons for 30 Years