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24 at 24 (& little birthday giveaway) 

Good morning everybody. Today’s post is in association with 4th September because today is my birthday. Yay happy birthday to me! Actually, you may be surprised to know that I don’t like my birthday all that much really and we’ll get to that shortly but I felt somewhat obligated to write something today because I think I’ve done that every year since starting my blog. 


I don’t particularly like my birthday for a whole bunch of reasons. The first one, is that I don’t like getting older. Which is a pretty standard worry I guess. I also don’t like fuss and too much attention. I feel bad when people buy me presents and just generally don’t know what to do with the extra spotlight for that one day. But the main thing I don’t like about this day of the year is that it makes me think. It’s makes me think about the age I am and all the stuff I haven’t done yet. All the people who at my age or younger have achieved so much more, been much wider afar and experienced more deeply. It makes me sad and in actual fact I remember spending the night before my 16th birthday sobbing my eyes out in bed.

So, although those thoughts won’t escape me and I’ll probably have a sombre moment or two at some point during the day, I wanted to try and make this post a little different and use it to celebrate and reflect and reminisce about the stuff I have done. Rather than worry about the stuff I haven’t.

So I’ve compiled a list of 24 things I have done, seen, been to or achieved in these first 24 years of my life. Both big and little things because sometimes, the little things count just as much:

  1. Danced on stage in a show 
  2. Started a business 
  3. Been skiing 
  4. Got a tattoo 
  5. Went to Disneyland (3 times!)
  6. Been in a TV studio audience 
  7. Had a boating holiday 
  8. Went up the Eiffel Tower 
  9. Visited France (6 times and one of those included an exchange visit with a French art school!)
  10. Had a quote from my book reviews printed in a book (a few times!)
  11. Got a dog 
  12. Went to a Motorsport event 
  13. Created and maintained a successful blog 
  14. Visit Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria (twice)
  15. And Majorca, Spain and Bulgaria (wanted to group these together)
  16. Been surfing / water skiing / rock climbing / abseiling (I felt these should be rounded into one)
  17. Been to lots of music gigs (it would literally take me forever to name them all but I do pride myself on how many I’ve been to! But my favorite will always be Green Day, Milton Keynes, 2006)
  18. Raised money for charity (over £900 in 2014 for Cancer Research UK!)
  19. Learnt to drive 
  20. Been swimming in an outdoor pool in the middle of the French Alps, surrounded by snow 
  21. Battled and battled anxiety and finally learnt that I am the master of my own mental health
  22. Learnt to play the drums
  23. Been to the theatre (Blood Brothers, Woman in Black and Wicked)
  24. Had the best teenage years I could have ever hoped for

And because it’s my birthday, I wanted to give you guys a little gift. It’s not much but I’m giving away a £5 Amazon gift-card here.

So there we have it: my lil 24 before 24 list. And remember, it’s never, ever too late to start a new adventure.

Giveaway T&C: This giveaway is open internationally and the £5 will be converted into the winner's currency. The giveaway starts on 4th September and ends on the 18th.



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  5. WOW! You’ve done more in your 23 years than I have in my 33 hahaha.
    Happy birthday, Jenny! I hope you have a fantastic one 🙂

  6. I have had a job forest over a year and half, it’s part time but still am achievement in my eyes, Happy belated birthday

    1. it won’t let me edit my post, but that’s meant to say for just and an achievement

  7. Grass monster says:

    Happy Birthday lovely – Best thing has been the books i have read this year, makes me escape! 💕💖💕

  8. readandseeksa says:

    Wow, this is so impressive! I feel like a total slacker 🙁 But thank you for being such an inspiration 🙂

    Nihaad – Read & Seek

  9. Happy Birthday.. I have managed to lose weight and be much healthier.. after a BAD health review I decided to do something about it 🙂

  10. Happy birthday!!! You’ve done so many exciting things!

    1. Thank you!

  11. Happy belated birthday! I do know what you mean about not liking your birthday – I find all the attention on me on that one day very disconcerting (how on earth I’m going to survive my wedding, just 3 days after my birthday next year, I’ll never know!) and I often get a bit sad about all the things I thought I’d have done by now that I haven’t. But cake’s always nice 😉 x

    1. The best thing I achieved this year was getting engaged. Is that an engagement? I feel like it should be. Haha!

    2. Cake is definitely nice and often makes things a lot better hehe! I just had a slice of mine from yesterday and my GOD was it good!! And getting engaged is definitely an achievement, congratulations! And don’t worry about the wedding just yet but I can imagine how completely and utterly daunting it must be for someone who doesn’t like attention! You’ll be fine 🙂 xx

  12. Happy birthday! I hope its a great one. I moved house! Super proud of myself to have it done within 3 weeks.

    1. Thank you (: ooh congrats how exciting! Wishing you many happy moments in your new home!

  13. Happy Birthday Jenny. I don’t really like heights but I managed to walk to the top of a 65ft tower, jelly legs at the top but managed it.

    1. Thank you (: wow! Congratulations that’s a huge achievement!

  14. I’m not entirely ok with the fact that you went to Bullet in a Bible.

    1. Hehehe OMG it was so good- hands down one of the best days of my life.

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 happy 24th! I achieved the ultimate awesomeness: I had a baby! He’s amazing.

    1. You’re welcome and Thank you (: Wooohooo congratulations! 👶

  16. Happy Birthday!

    1. Thank you (:

  17. Happy Birthday Jenny! We’re the same age now, and I feel you on the feeling described whenever you hit a new age. I feel the same way too. I guess at the end of the day, it’s all about making the best of it. I really hope you celebrate to some capacity or another today. Here’s to another orbit around the sun!

    1. Thank you (: and yes I agree – I didn’t really do anything, watching the Grand Prix with my boyfriend (my favourite won so an extra bonus!), had a dominos pizza and opened some pressies so very low key xx

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