Tomorrow I turn 33 and I have no issue with getting older at all, obviously it is better than the alternative for a start. For a bit of fun though I am going to do what I have seen others do online and set myself a 40 before Forty challenge.
Since I will have seven years to try and complete my list, I can choose ones that will take a fair bit of saving up for and/or hope to win the lottery for in the mean time ;) Anyway here goes my very long list of adventures and challenges for myself over the next seven years.
See the Northern Lights Visit America and/or Canada – done! We were lucky enough to get to go to Universal Orlando Resort in 2017 in the USA! Bake a cake that isn’t a disaster Raise over £1000 for JDRF Visit Scotland Have a 100% finished house See a famous band or singer live Sleep in a hotel right by the beach, so I can see the sea from bed – done, we stayed at The Land’s End Hotel down here in Cornwall in 2017. Be my ‘ideal’ weight even if only for a week Own a pair of ankle boots which aren’t loud when walking or flat – done, I have a favourite pair that I pretty much live in. Spend a Christmas in a cosy cottage with an open fire Give blood Take a ride in a helicopter Find a hairdresser I trust and will visit more than once, who won’t dye my forehead Go on a cruise Swim in the sea in Cornwall again, I haven’t for years. Go on a whale spotting boat trip – Done with Red Letter Days even if we didn’t see a lot it was still fun! Sleep in a castle Visit Wales Visit all the main big beaches in Cornwall that I haven’t been to yet Have a spa day Visit Harry Potter World before the boys grow out of it – Done! We loved visiting Warner Studios! Own a decent SLR camera – Done, my lovely boyfriend and the boys bought me a Nikon D3300 for my birthday. Eat a macaron, random but I’ve never tried one ha – Done, I tried one when we visited Universal Studios in the USA. Stay in a yurt Run for longer than 20 minutes in one go – Done just before I had to sell my treadmill. Learn to put make-up on properly Try abseiling Walk to the top of Brown Willy – Done in 2018 – it almost killed me I was that unfit, so I want to try ti again without needing to sit down part way up! Sleep in a tree-house or a cosy wooden lodge Walk all of the South-West coast path (not in one go) Make my own yorkshire puddings successfully Drive a Tractor – Simon’s Dad is restoring an old one, I suspect he’ll be hiding the keys if he reads this. Own a white Audi Build a snowman again, we get snow very rarely down here – Done in 2018 Try paddleboarding Visit St Nectan’s Glen Take a photograph of a perfect sunset at Land’s End Feed a penguin Get contact lenses – Done! I don’t wear contacts all the time, but it is nice to now have the option to.
In case you think I’ve gone mad, Brown Willy is a hill that is the highest point in Cornwall! Contact lenses I would love as I have had to wear glasses all of the time for around a year now and I am so fed up of them needing cleaning and getting covered in rain.
Building a snowman would be great for the boys as we very rarely get snow in our part of Cornwall so they haven’t built a proper one since they were around three and four. The macaron bit is because I always see photos of them online and hear people talk about them, but weirdly I have never gotten around to trying one.
I would have put skydiving on my list, but I’ve done it before and absolutely loved every second of it. Now that I have children though I don’t take as many risks as I did before I had them all those years ago.
I’ll keep updating this list as and when I complete things on it, obviously some will be easy but some will take a lot of saving for!
What would be on your forty before 40 or fifty before 50 etc list?