The thought of turning 25 this year fills me with dread. A whole quarter of a century of life, halfway to 50 for goodness sake, and I feel like as each year goes by I’m achieving less and less. I don’t mean this post to come across negatively in any way – I am happy and healthy and am lucky to have what I have and lucky to have the ability to experience so many things, but I like to push myself. I really want to make 2019 a corker of a year, and I thought 25 before 25 would be a good way to start.
So, in true Abi-loves-to-write-a-list style, I’ve compiled a list of things that I would like to achieve before the inevitable 25th year of life smacks me in the face in September. So grab a cuppa, snuggle down and see what I’ll be hoping to get up to for the next 8/9 months!
1. Go to a festival
I’ve not been to a festival since 2014 and I loved it! I really enjoy live music anyway and I think festivals are a great way to see loads of your favourite bands all in one place, so I’d definitely like to get to a festival this year. At the moment, Reading & Leeds is looking like a winner for me.
2. Travel more of Europe
Travel will always be something I want to do more of, but I’ve got two places on my radar for this year – Copenhagen and Madeira!
3. Go on more UK city breaks/day trips
Again, travel related but I feel I really need to see more of the UK. I’ve really not travelled around that much so I’d love to spend time in places like Bath, Oxford, Liverpool, Brighton, York and many more.
4. Go on holiday with my boyfriend
I think by this point, you get the idea. I like travelling, okay?
5. Go away with friends
Travelling with friends is something I haven’t done too much of, and I would love to do a proper girls weekend away with my uni friends this year.
6. Open a help to buy account
This feels like a very grown up thing to be writing. I’ve been meaning to set up a help to buy account ever since I graduated and just keep putting it off because going into the bank makes me feel really anxious, but I need to start thinking about my future and houses don’t come cheap!
7. Run a 5k
I’m really unfit but I’ve also been really motivated to exercise since the start of the year and have been going to the gym and fitness classes weekly, so I thought why not really challenge myself! I hate running and cardio in general but I’m excited to try and actually complete a race and feel really satisfied (and exhausted) at the end of it!
8. Do more adrenaline activities
I love a good adrenaline pumping activity but I haven’t done anything too daring in a while and I just love the thrill it gives you! I’d love to go to Wales and go on the alpine coaster they have there, as well as a bungee jump or something like Go Ape.
9. Give blood
In my opinion, if you are able to, I think everyone should give blood. I tried to a few years ago but was turned away as I didn’t weigh enough, so I’m hoping now that I’m a bit heavier I’ll be able to give blood this year.
10. Visit long distance friends once a month
After finishing university, I found it really quite hard to keep in touch with friends as we are now spread all over the country. I’d like to try and visit at least one person or take one trip a month to keep in contact with everyone throughout the year.
11. Set up a Goodreads account and read 5 books
I’ve actually already started this goal as I’ve created a Goodreads account already – isn’t it addictive?! I love reading but I find it really hard to make time for it. So I’m going to set a relatively small goal of 5 books before the big 2-5 comes around and see how we go!
12. Cook a roast dinner by myself
I’ve never been much of a chef and to be honest, I don’t find cooking that enjoyable. However, I think it’s important to be able to cook for dinner parties and family, and what is better than a roast?
13. Get my first paid blogging collaboration
Whilst money is by no means my motivation for blogging, it would be cool to be offered payment for something that I have created and have a passion for. I’m not going to force it, but I’m continually working on my blog in he hope that the right opportunity comes up.
14. Keep attending Body Balance classes as often as possible
I used to attend Body Balance classes at uni and I loved them, so I was really excited when I found that my local gym now has a class on a Monday evening. I’ve only been once so far this year, but it was a really great class and I’ve already booked onto more!
15. Volunteer for a charity in the local area
I did quite a bit of volunteering at university for different sections within the student’s union and I really do miss feeling like I was helping people and making a difference.
16. Donate care packages to food bank / homeless shelter
I guess this is quite similar to volunteering but I’d like to put together some small care packages to donate, including things like toothbrushes, tampons etc that may not usually be donated. There are quite a few homeless shelters where I live that I hope will appreciate this.
17. Ride a horse
A bit out there I know, but I haven’t ridden a horse since I was about 4 and just feel like it’s something I should probably do as an adult!
18. Take a cocktail making course
Largely because it involves alcohol, also because it would be such a laugh to do this with a group of friends!
19. Create a university photo album
Maybe I’m old fashioned but I hate that nowadays all of my photos and memories are stored on either a laptop or my phone. I love having physical photos so I thought it would be fun to create a proper photo album like we used to have when I was a kid and fill it full of all of my photos from university.
20. Marie Kondo my life
As a lover of organisation, I was very excited when Marie Kondo recently took the world by storm. So naturally I’m going to “Marie Kondo” every aspect of my life and I cannot wait.
21. Go to more live music events
Kind of the same as my first point about going to a festival, but I’d like to attend more live music events in general, including local bands. At one point, I would do to some sort of gig every week and I miss that environment!
22. Grow a cactus and keep it alive
I’m not naturally green-fingered but a friend brought me a Grow Your Own Cactus kit for my birthday last year so hopefully when the weather gets a bit warmer I can successfully grow a cactus baby and keep it living!
23. Do something different with my hair
I’ve had the same hairstyle for about 10 years now which is frankly a bit ridiculous so I think I’m due a change!
24. Go skiing
My boyfriend has recently been on a skiing holiday and he’s desperate for me to try it. I’m personally not convinced and think it’s an accident waiting to happen, but I’ve agreed to go to the snowdome and give it a try. Wish me luck!
25. Attend more theatre shows
Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore musical theatre so it’s no shock that I have an ever-growing list of shows that I would like to see. I already have a few trips booked in this year so this point has kind of already been achieved, but any excuse to visit the theatre more is a winner for me!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 25 before 25 list! Do you have any similar aspirations for the year? What do you think about goals posts such as this?