My birthday is in a couple of weeks, and I’m officially going to be 24 years old! I know that isn’t old, but seen as I still feel like some kind of awkward 17 year old inside, it’s always kind of jarring to be reminded of my age, and the fact that I am, in fact, a grown adult.
Heading into my mid-twenties has really got me thinking about my next landmark birthday – the big 3-0 – and all the things I’d like to have done before then too. Your twenties is generally considered to be this exciting, coming-of-age time of life where you have loads of great experience and really figure out who you are, so it kind of feels like I should get working on that! So I’ve made a list here of all the things, big and small, that I’d like to have done or achieved by the time I’m thirty years old:
- Become a published author.
If you’re a regular over here on my blog, you’ll know that my dream is to become a writer, so in the next 6 years I’d love to have a book published, whether that’s self-published, or traditionally published.
- Finish writing three manuscripts.
I’m kind of ashamed to say that despite my dream to become a writer, I’ve never actually complete a first draft of a manuscript: I always give up halfway through when I’ve grown bored of the story, or thought of a ‘better’ idea. However, I’m currently well on my way to finishing my ‘first’ first draft at 90,000 words and counting, but by the time I’m thirty, I’d like to have completed at least two more.
- Publish some short fiction…somewhere.
Yep, it’s another writing goal, but I’d love to have got some of my short fiction out to the world by the time I’m thirty!
- Grow my blog.
6 years is a long time, but I really hoping I’m still blogging away by the time I’m thirty (providing I’m still enjoying it, obviously!), and I’d love to have grown my blog a lot more by then.
- Read a gazillion more books!
OK, so maybe ‘a gazillion’ is a bit much, but I’d love to have read a lot more of the books I want to read. I can’t say anything like ‘I’d like to have read everything on my TBR list’, because that’s more of a lifetime goal (it keeps growing!), so I’ve had to basically just say ‘read more books!’
- Figure out my career.
When I finished university the original plan was that I would go full time at my part time retail job until I found something else, and figured out my career…two years later, and I’m still working at my retail job! I really like the people I work with, but it isn’t really a job that’s well suited to my super-introverted personality type, and it isn’t what I want to be doing with my life. So I’m hoping I’ll have figured out the whole career thing by the time I’m 30, and be well on my way to doing it!
- Start a(nother) business.
I do already have a small business (my Etsy shop!), but my sister and I have kind of been throwing around ideas for a joint business we could set up, which would be really fun!
- Move in with my boyfriend.
So I’m seriously hoping this isn’t going to take me six years to accomplish! My boyfriend and I have wanted to move in together for so long now, but seen as I work miles away from where he lives and works (I would have a monstrous commute from there!) plus we don’t have the money for a deposit, it just hasn’t happened yet. So hopefully we can save up the money for our own place, and I can get another job soon (and that’s one of my other goals anyway, so that’s two in one!) and we can finally live together.
- Have my own library.
Yep, this is the dream! My boyfriend and I have always said that when we get our own place it’s going to have to have at least one spare bedroom for the library/gaming room (he’s into video games), so I’m looking forward to that!
- Own my own home.
Whilst we’re probably going to have to settle for renting for a while, I’d love for us to have owned our own home by the time I’m thirty!
- Figure out this whole ‘adulting’ thing.
I’d also like to have got the hang of all those things you just have to do as an adult that still sends me scrambling to get my mum’s advice/get her to do it for me. You know, things like sorting out bills, car insurance, ringing the dentist etc.
- Get better with money.
I’d really love to actually grasp the concept of saving, and stop spending all of my money on clothes I never wear, excessive amounts of hair dye and books (OK…I’m not that sorry about the books!) the minute it hits my bank account every month.
- Be a great auntie.
I’ve actually been an auntie for nearly five years, and I hope I’ve been doing a decent job of it so far! However, it occurred to me the other day that in the next few years my nieces and nephew will start to make those all-important childhood memories, and when they look back on their childhoods I really want them to remember me as being a cool, fun aunt, the way I remember my aunties from when I was little!
- Go abroad.
Yep, I’ve reached the grand old age of 24 without having left the United Kingdom! I don’t even have a passport! I’m hoping to remedy that soon though, and have gone abroad (hopefully a few times) by the time I’m thirty.
- Explore some more of my own country.
At the same time I’d love to have seen more of the wonders that my own country has to offer. I used to go walking and camping a lot with my family when I was younger, so I’ve seen a fair bit, but I feel there’s still so much exploring to be done!
- Climb Snowdon and made it all the way to the top!
Last August my friend and I climbed Snowdon and raised £600 for charity, and it was an incredible experience! Unfortunately though because of very bad weather conditions (as in, we were soaked through to the skin, and very nearly blown off the mountain!) we only made it to within half a mile of the peak, so we’ve said we’d love to go again in better weather and go right to the top.
- Get more tattoos.
I already have a few tattoos, but I’ve always wanted more. It’s mostly been a lack of money that’s stopped me getting more so far, but hopefully I can find the cash soon to get the forearm piece I’ve wanted for ages done.
- Get my nose pierced.
I’ve also always wanted to get my nose pierced, but seen as I’ve worked on a deli counter for years where you aren’t allowed piercings (I guess it wouldn’t be too good if it fell in the food…) I haven’t been able to.
- Figure out my style.
I’m absolutely hopeless with clothes, and have pretty much stuck with the whole ‘teenage emo look’ I’ve been rocking since the early noughties, only a little more toned down and boring. So I’d love to figure out a nice, grown-up but still alternative style that will suit me when I’m a thirty year old woman!
- Dye my hair all the colours!
Despite wanting to look a little more grown-up, I can’t see the coloured hair thing going any time soon…not until I’ve dyed my hair all of the bright colours (except bright yellow…I can’t see that suiting me!). So far I’ve been red, blue, pink and purple, and I have some pine green hair dye all lined up for next! It’s safe to say I’m getting there with his goal!
- Figure out how to apply eye make-up without looking like a racoon.
I’ve always wanted to wear eye make-up, but seen as I can’t see a thing once I take my glasses off, it always just ends up looking like I have two black eyes…I’d love to have got the hang of it by the time I’m thirty.
- Become more confident.
In general, I’d just love to become a more confident person, both in how I look, and how I interact with others. I’m quite shy, and am also one of those annoying people who is continually convinced they’re hideous, so hopefully I’ll have grown into my skin a bit more by the time I’m thirty!
- Attend a social event and not be horrendously awkward.
Whilst I’ve gradually grown to be OK with not being a super sociable person (see, Being OK With Being An Introvert), it would be nice to be able to attend some sort of social event in the future without feeling excruciatingly awkward!
- Stop eating like I’m still a student.
I’m still virtually living on Dominos pizza and Pot Noodles, so I feel like I should progress to proper food at some point soon…
- Learn how to cook.
…and I will do that by learning how to cook!
- Quit drinking Diet Coke, and start drinking water.
Literally all I ever drink is Diet Coke, and I kind of feel like it isn’t great for your health? So hopefully I’ll be able to embrace water more in the future!
- Watch all those tv shows and movies I’ve been meaning to watch since forever.
Much like my TBR list, the list of TV shows and movies I want to watch is huge! Largely because I never seem to get round to watching much TV, or any movies at all really, so I’d really like to do more of it.
- Take more photos.
The only photos I seem to have taken recently have been for my blog, but I’d love to start taking more of my loved ones, so I have something to look back on in years to come. Especially as my nieces and my nephew are all growing up so fast!
- Print more photos.
In the same vein, I’d love to actually print out more photos, as I tend to take them on my phone, and then they just sit there and I never actually do anything with them. Hopefully I can start printing them out and framing them, or making a scrapbook or something!
- Do more walking.
I used to love walking as a kid, roaming around the woods with my family during a camping holiday, or taking day trips out to scenic countryside spots, armed with a picnic…it seems like I haven’t done that in years though, so I’d love to get back into it!
So what’s your next landmark birthday? Are there any things you’d love to have done by then?