33 Before 33

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This year, I turn 23. I’m very much enjoying my 20’s but can’t help but think about how quickly it’ll be over (translation: I’m having a premature quarter life crisis) and how many things I’d still like to achieve while I’m still young. So.. Lo and behold, my 33 before 33 list. A 10 year bucket list, if you will.

I’ve concocted a list of things I’d like to do and achieve before I’m 33; some are quite unrealistic others, I know I will be doing – I wanted a mixture of things with varying degrees of difficulty and impact.

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1) Finish my manuscript or if I’m really lucky, get a book published I’d like to think this won’t take 10 years but I’m giving myself some leeway.
2) Visit my best friend in Scotland I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this this year. Plus, I’ve never been to Scotland! So two birds, one stone and all that.
3) Volunteer/raise money for an animal charity
4) Get a figure I’m happy with I’m hoping this won’t take 10 years but as someone who has extremely low self-esteem, it may be something that I always struggle with but it’s worth a try.
5) Visit at least 5 places I’ve never been before (In the UK or abroad)
6) Get married 
7) Have a baby That’s right… I want to venture into the world of motherhood. Not this very second but sometime in the next 10 years.
8) Read all the books currently on my bookcase Probably the most unrealistic thing on here.
9) Get my driving confidence back Since being diagnosed with anxiety 3 years ago, I’d lost a lot of confidence driving and it made me really panicky – I’d love to be able to just jump in a car again without a second thought.
10) Get another tattoo I have no idea why I’m so scared to get one as I’ve already had one.
11) Stay over-night in a zoo
12) Take my kid/s to Disneyland 
or just go by myself. Whatever.
13) Save up a decent amount of money for the future
14) Go on a spa weekend
15) Meet an author Believe it or not, I’ve never actually met one in person!
16) Get a rescue dog
17) Go on a road trip around the UK coasts
Something I’ve always wanted to do!
18) Learn to and successfully cook a full roast dinner
19) Write down one thing that has made me happy/grateful that day, every day for a year
20) Get 5,000 blog followers Who knows if I’ll be blogging in 10 years but I’d like to hit this milestone.
21) Meet more of my blogging friends
22) Go camping Sleeping in a tent, in the garden, for 1 night constitutes camping in my eyes
23) Get a telescope
24) See a grand prix or some sort of racing event
25) Grown my own vegetables I know… I sound like an old woman but I think they’d be nice.
26) Donate a Christmas shoebox to a shoebox appeal charity during 5 Christmases
27) Start drumming again I have my drum kit in my loft which I haven’t played in over 2 years. I want to start drumming again so much because I absolutely love it. Whether it’s for 2 weeks or 10 years.
28) Have a picnic on the beach Because aww.
29) Name a star; either after myself or someone I love
30) Do an A2/A1 montage drawing of Disney characters
31) Visit the fairy pools in Scotland
32) Go go karting
33) Have an unforgettable adventure

So there we have it! My 33 before 33 list. I’m feeling so inspired after writing and thinking about this list that I already have plans to try two of these things. I will update this regularly and cross off any that I manage to do and link blog posts to any that I write about (e.g travel related ones).

Now tell me, what would be on YOUR list? Something that you’ve always wanted to do or things on your own bucket list? I’d absolutely love to hear about them and share the inspiration!

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59 thoughts on “33 Before 33

  1. Love this post, it’s really inspiring. We definitely have some similar goals, particularly the children and TBR books!
    I sometimes can struggle with driving confidence and I don’t really have anxiety – I found taking little trips at night when the roads are quiet to be the most helpful!
    As ever, excellent post Jenny! Xxxx

    • Thank you so much Katie 🙂 I’m genuinely worried about the bookcase one hahah it’s the only one on there I look at and think “Nope”.

      That’s a really good idea – I don’t actually have a car at the moment so that DOESN’T help haha and my parents car is an automatic which I wouldn’t be driving anyway so I’m in a bit of a pickle haha! Xxx

  2. By formulating what you want I really believe it increases the chances of them happening! I’d also love to
    1) cook a full roast (although letting husband do it isn’t so bad)
    2) grow my own veg (not old woman-like, ECO dahling!)
    I also really need to 3) learn to drive (very much lacking confidence in even starting!)
    4) Finish my next novel (it’s just one word at a time)
    5) Learn how to make a cake… (even though I prefer a salty olive most days)
    And 6) go on a Safari and stroke a Lion (well, not all goals are simple)
    I’m going to expand my list off line now… thanks for reminding me of setting goals! X

    • I wholeheartedly believe that too! Even just general every day to-do lists, I’m MUCH more likely to get stuff done if I write it down 🙂

      Go on safari is something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do! Would be an incredible experience! 🙂

      I’m so glad this post inspired you to write more of your own goals! I hope you’re successful with them all! 🙂 xx

  3. I’m 66 this year, so I’ve only got one item on my bucket list:

    1. Make it to 67

    In actual fact, I’ve done so much with my life, I’ve really not got anything left for a bucket list.

    Apart from finishing the book, that is

    John 🙂

    • Aww John, I absolutely love this comment! It’s so fantastic to hear from someone who’s been there and achieved what they want to achieve and is happy with their life! It really did put a smile on my face 🙂 Best of luck with your book!

  4. What a great, inspiring post Jenny I love it! Scarily a lot of the things I want to do are happening this year – starting a blog, getting a media-based job and buying my own house! They will all be complete by the end of summer, scary and exciting times!
    But, the other things I’d like to do are similar to yours, I’d like to do a trip round America, start riding a bike again (long story), become happy in myself, especially with my weight, finish my novel (and hopefully get published?!) get married, have an exotic, beachy honeymoon and then start a family. I feel old just saying all that!

    • Thank you so much Laura!

      Ooh how exciting! Everything seems to be happening at once for you! Congrats on everything – buying your own house is such a huge achievement!

      We have pretty similar goals too! Except ride a bike… Haha! I’d like to hear the story there 😛 It’s amazing when you think how “grown up” all this stuff sounds when really, we’ll probably be doing it soon! xxx

      • I think that’s what scares me so much, I think getting married and having kids seems so ‘old’ but I’m only a few weeks away from turning 24 so it’s not really that unrealistic!

        Thanks so much 🙂 we get our own house in June and I can’t wait! It’s slightly daunting (and bloody expensive!) but I’m looking forward to having somewhere that’s ours – its not quite the same at the moment when we’re renting.

        The bike story is just one of many examples of my clumsiness- when I was about 16 I rode a bike home from my friends, fell off it turning a corner, landed on a pebble and gauged a hole in my chin! I didn’t know I’d done it until my nan opened the door and saw the blood pouring down my chin… I handled it well (fainted) and never got on a bike again…. woops! but the sunshine always seems a good time to do a bike ride so I’m determined to do it!

      • Hahaha ohh Laura! I don’t want to laugh but that made me smile 😛 You poor thing! I’m sure you’ll be able to get on a bike again one day – even if you make sure someone’s there to help you 🙂

        And I agree it is scary! I can’t wait to have my own place too and decorate it – that’s the thing i’m looking forward to the most – the decorating haha! 😀 It’ll be a great experience for you! xx

  5. Very inspiring bucket list. I’d also love to go and see a GP or racing event. Also on my list would have to be visit Australia, and especially do the Ramsay Street tour (huge Neighbours fan), and to perhaps find love and romance that isn’t just inside a wonderful book of fiction!

    • Thank you Rachel! My boyfriend is F1 mad so it’s looking likely that i’ll be going to one at some point haha! Ooh Australia sounds amazing, I hope you manage to go one day! And everything is crossed that you’ll find your real-life prince charming too! 🙂 In the meantime, books are pretty good boyfriends 😉 xx

  6. Oh that’s a great idea, allowing 10 years to do it! I did a 30 before 30 when I was 28 but there was just too much to try do in just over a year. I might do a 40 before 40 which would give me 8 years, although that sounds really old haha!!

    • Thank you! There was no way I could afford to give myself any less than 10 years! I’ve seen a few of the 30 before 30 posts and 2 years isn’t a particularly long time but hats off to anyone that achieves anything on their lists in such a short amount of time! 40 before 40 sounds great! It’s not old at all 🙂 xx

  7. This is an incredible and very inspiring list! I’m 26 and I haven’t accomplished half the things you have on here. I really hope you manage to achieve everything you want to! 🙂 Also – staying overnight in a zoo would be so freaking fantastic! ::D

    • Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment! We’ll see how many I actually manage haha and 26 is no age at all! 🙂 Staying over-night in a zoo would be so much fun wouldn’t it! Lots of zoos near me have lodges that you can stay in a go for late night walks around the zoo and see the animals sleeping – it sounds so magical!

    • It’d be fantastic wouldn’t it? My best friend got a publishing deal and a book coming out next month so she’s my main inspiration for writing at the moment! 🙂 And same, although I did leave that one off the list as I know how hard it can be to afford your own place at the moment. An apartment would be lovely 🙂

  8. Aw i love this post! I’ve been meaning to write a bucket list of places I’d love to travel for ages now but just haven’t got round to it! But in the next 5 years I’d definitely like to visit Dublin and New York 😊

  9. Aw i love this post! I’ve been meaning to write a bucket list of places I’d love to travel for ages now but just haven’t got round to it! But in the next 5 years I’d definitely like to visit Dublin and New York 😊

  10. Great list! I’m trying to read my whole TBR this year. The trick to reading all your books will probably be not buying any new ones until you have… but that is SO hard! Still – sometimes it isn’t about completing these sorts of lists but about the fun you have along the way.

    • Haha I am NEVER going to do it if I keep adding more books! 😛 It’s too hard not to get new ones! I’m hoping to make a list of all the books I currently have on my shelf and stick to those 🙂 I totally agree, I’m not only looking forward to completing them, i’m very much looking forward to planning them, being excited about them too! 🙂

  11. Fantastic blog post, Jenny!

    I’ve always wanted to make a bucket list but never got round to it. I suppose my main goal right now is to complete my manuscript and get published by the time I’m 25. (Wishful thinking probably haha) but one can hope!

    Love your list! There’s a few on there I’d love to do myself like visit places I’ve never been and go on a road trip in the UK 🙂

    • Thank you so much Sally! Awh, it’s not wishful thinking at all! If you work hard (which you do – I’ve seen on Twitter haha) it’s completely possible 🙂 I’ll look forward to the day I go on Amazon to buy your book! 🙂

  12. Brilliant idea for an ongoing post. Looking forward to your journey as it should be interesting. I’m too old now to be making any kind of list, as each day that I actually wake up is a blessing, but none of that stops you wanting, does it?

    • Thank you! I hope I don’t disappoint by not ticking any of it off haha! 😉 Counting each day as a blessing is something you should do at every age – I’ve definitely realised I should be doing more of that lately too. It’s never too late to set yourself another goal! Even just a small one 🙂

  13. Jenny, from one much older, may I just say ~ work hard, keep believing, and you will make your dreams come true! This I know! You are already well on your way with the fine job you are doing with your blog.

      • Probably the vegetables and the TBR shelf (oh jeeze, I don’t even want to think about that one), and the travelling, too, I bet. And the getting a novel published! I’ll have a think about it and we’ll see. 🙂

      • It’s nice to see more people wanting to grow their own vegetables haha! I thought that was a silly one at first but I’m actually really looking forward to giving it a go!

      • I think things like growing vegetables and learning to knit are really important. They give people a sense of where we come from, and what we can do if we set our minds to it! Smaller goals means more satisfaction when you can cross something off your list and feel good doing it, right? 🙂

      • I completely agree! I learnt how to cross-stitch two years ago and loved it – it was so relaxing 🙂 And definitely – I didn’t want to cram my list full of massive goals, I wanted smaller ones too that I know I can / will achieve 🙂

  14. What a wonderful list of things you want to do before you turn 33 Jenny. You must venture up to Scotland it is well worth a visit! Particularly Edinburgh, I’m a bit biased as I grew up there. I got married at 23, so that particular age brings back happy memories, had my kids in my early thirties, yes, those years are so precious enjoy! And 5,000 followers looks like you are well on the way to that challenge, good luck with that and your writing. As to the figure bit that rings a bit of a chord with me at the moment, lost a massive amount of weight, before an operation last year and now seem to be slowly putting it all back on again, uugh! So annoying but I’ve only got myself to blame, I love my food too much!

    • Thank you so much! I can’t wait to visit Scotland 🙂 23 sounds like a brilliant age – I almost can’t wait to grow up! Oh dear, well you’re not the only one that enjoys their food too much! I don’t want to lose weight, it’s exercise I need to up my game with! There’s no WAY I could sacrifice my food! 😛

  15. That is a pretty extensive list but you have plenty of time to get all of those accomplished. And it is very inspiring to set your goals and dreams at such a young age. I know at 28 that I wish I would have done more with my “younger” years haha.

    • When I started writing it, I did occur to me that 33 was quite a lot which is why I tried to make it a “do-able” list of both big and small things! I have had a couple of re-reads through this since writing it and been thinking, “Hmm.. Why did I put that on there exactly?” Haha! But it’s done now 😛 28 is no age at all! You’re still young!

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