AD | The title of this post could have been a lot simpler, had I labelled it was it really is, a bucket list. But honestly, I’m not a fan of the phrase or the meaning behind it. It’s awfully morbid and feels so final. Why should the reason we do things be because we’re going to die, not because we want to live and experience these things? Well, that’s how I see it anyway. So today I’m talking about my 10 year goals. Not my bucket list.
I’m definitely not where I wanted to be or expected to be by the age of 26. Things happened. Shit went down. And life just didn’t pan out how I wanted it to. I’ve been extremely bitter about some of it for a long time. I’ve beaten myself up. Cried over it. And I’ve wondered over and over again what my life would have been like if X hadn’t happened.
But then I pull my big girl pants up and get on with my day. Because no amount of beating myself up and crying is going to change the past. There’s nothing I can do to change what’s happened. But I can set myself goals, experience new things and try and redeem myself going forward. At 26, 10 year goals will take me to 36, which is still very young. I have the tendency to think I’m running out of time when I’m really not.
Don’t look backwards honey, you’re not going that way
So without further ado, here’s a quick run down of some of my 10 year goals and things I want to do and achieve within the next 10 years. If they happen, they happen. If they don’t, at least I had something to aim for.
Move out and rent or buy my own place
Yes, I’m 26 and still living with my parents. And so what? People are so damn judgmental when it comes to this topic and I honestly don’t see anything wrong with still living with your parents in your 20’s. Or living on your own in your 20’s. Living with a partner, with friends or living in a freaking Coven in your 20’s.
But of course, I would like to have my own space one day. I’m excited about the whole prospect from looking at properties, to the actual moving process and hiring a moving company such as Calgary commerical movers to get my belongings from A to B and of course, decorating it how I like!
Go to a Grand Prix
If you know me by now, you’ll know that I love Formula 1 and Motorsport. I’ve been to a couple of racing events, including the DTM last August and the Blancpain GT Series just this weekend. But I’ve never been to a Grand Prix. And I hope that’ll change at some point over the next 10 years as it’s pretty high up there on my 10 year goals!
Silverstone isn’t too far from me, only a couple of hours drive so logically that would be the easiest one to go to. But personally, I’d much rather make a holiday of it and go to one of the international Grand Prix so I can experience a different country and culture at the same time as watching my favourite sport! Azerbaijan and Bahrain are high on my list.
Really make it as a blogger. Like, really
I know that sounds silly the way I’ve worded that but I really do mean it. Blogging is my biggest passion and the only thing I’ve ever stuck at and just enjoyed more and more as the years go on. I’ve always been a quitter. Someone who gave up on every hobby, every past time, every musical goddamn instrument. So knowing I found a hobby which I somehow managed to turn into a job and continue to love more and more really means a lot to me.
I’m incredibly proud of how much I’ve achieved through and with my blog. I’ve worked so hard on it. Gone through really crappy months where I’ve wondered if it’s worth it. But also had amazing opportunities like a complimentary stay in a hotel and a 3 course meal. Both of which are valid experiences. But in 10 years, my goal really is to own this thing and create a sustainable life and income from my own creation. What a dream.
Do something that really matters
Going through life wondering if anything I’m doing really matters is something I struggle with quite a lot. Most days I’m okay. But then out of the blue I’ll get hit with that wave of, ‘good God, you are utterly useless to this planet’. I’m sure I’m not alone in those feelings.
I’m sure I do and have done things that matter to people. I have a habit of never giving myself credit where it’s due. I raised over £900 for Cancer Research all on my own just a year after I started my blog by doing a sponsored readathon, which looking back was pretty amazing. But this is something I want to do. Need to do. For me and for the person or people that really need it too.
I’d love to hear what things are on your 10 year goals list. Are any of them the same as mine?
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I don’t have a 10 year plan myself but there are things I want to do. That I haven’t had chance to do yet. I think it’s great you haven’t called this a ‘bucket list’ and completely agree that you shouldn’t have to wait until your getting older to experience these things. Why wait until your on deaths door (so to speak).
I cannot say that I have a ten year plan as I tend to plan my life more on a yearly basis, but I also want to grow my blog. I am still new to it and I am not sure where it will/would/can/might etc take me, but I definitely want to grow it. And always on the list for me is to travel and see new places.
I love the idea of ten year goals. They do sound much better than a bucket list and gives you a more solid timeline to get those things done. Your ten year goals look great. You’ve inspired me to sit down and work out my own ten year goals.
Thank you! 😌
I have often felt like I’ve failed at life because I’m half way through my 20s and I feel like I’ve achieved not a lot! But, like you said, being 36 is still incredibly young, and we definitely have time to achieve our dreams. I sometimes feel like I moved out of my parents house too quickly! I moved out when I was 23 and by the time I had saved so much money living at home even with paying them rent money. Now living in my own place I realise how much money it costs to live!! I’m sure you can achieve your 10 years goals, I like this idea, I might write some down for me!
Wow, I really admire that you did that so young! I bet it was such a learning curve 😌
I really want to buy my own house – it’s top of my list x
You’re much closer to it than I am!
OMG you HAVE to go to a Grand Prix!! xx
I really want to! Hopefully next year 😌
Ahh I love this post! You’ve inspired me to do something similar on my blog if that would be okay with you? Will of course link to your post too. You’ve set yourself some great goals, and you seem so motivated! I totally agree there’s nothing wrong with living at home when you’re in your twenties, people are so judgemental! xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
Absolutely, I’d love to read your goals too! 😌
I really loved reading this blog post darling, so positive and motivational. I’m more than sure that you will have all of your goals achieved in ten years. I’m sending you all of my love and all of the luck! 🌸💜
With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com
Thank you, I do hope so 😌
such great goals!
Mollie | https://mollieclarke.co.uk
You have totally got this! I’m looking forward to reading about all of these goals later on.
Thank you 😌
I’m 10 years on from you 😖
those are some great goals Jenny, I have every faith you’ll reach them, the blogging one you’ll smash as you’re flying already.
I’d have to think about my goals, ultimately I’d like to be doing what I love every day.
Thank you so much! 36 isn’t old at all! 😌
It feels it some days 😉
Great post! I really enjoyed this read. I am also 26 and have 5 year goals rather than 10 years which are,
1. Be a published author
2. Travel to atleast 2 of the counties on my bucket list
3. Have my dream car
4. Have an unlimited income from blogging.
We’ve got this!
Wow, those are some goals! Good luck!
This is so true, there’s so much pressure in your 20s to figure your life and get shit done when in reality there’s still SO much time. I don’t really think about 10 year plans often. I guess growing my blog would be the obvious one. I’d LOVE to have a restaurant one day but think that’s more of a 25 year plan 😂. I’d like to tick a few more places off my travel bucket list. And I want to see Roger Federer play before he retires, but that’s realistically a 1-2 year plan 😂😂 x
Oh my god you’d be amazing at having a restaurant!
Beautiful goals! I aspire to make it as a successful blogger one day too!! 💕 great post and I hope you have a great day!!
Thank you x
At 48 & with such crappy health I’m just glad I make it through to the next year. lol In all seriousness though I really don’t plan that far ahead. I just like to take each day as it comes. I don’t really have any goals I want to achieve, well none that I can think of right this minute. Maybe, just continue with my blogging and get better at it? You have some great goals set though! 😀
Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post
Thank you x
I’m 25, now approaching 26 and I really understand what you mean. Our goals are very similar.
I’m 27 this year! I think this is a funny age!
Some great ones here! I want to write a list 🙂
Go for it!
Moving out is one of my goals too x
Think that one is probably on everyone’s to-do list at some point!
I lived alone for a while (actually 7 years) but I ended up back with my birth parents because I just wasn’t coping alone, I’d always struggled to function and maintain basic household tasks PLUS self care (and full time work, study etc etc etc) and when I burnt out I ended up back with my folks.
It’s far from ideal but it is a roof and some care from my Dad.
I think in ten years I would like to have published a few recipe books.
That’s a great goal to have for 10 years! And definitely no shame in moving back in with your Dad. If it was right for you 🙂
I can relate to not being where I thought I would be by a certain age. Love your post. Keep pushing and you will definitely achieve all your goals! 😊
Thank you 🙂
I love the phrase 10 year goals rather than Bucket List – the latter sounds so corny! I feel the older I get, the more I am able to look back at what I have achieved as well as make plans for the future. It seems that by 26 you have achieved so much and had so many wonderful experiences. It’s great to have life goals, but, as you are doing, it’s great to take stock of what you’ve already done … and own it! xxxx
Thanks so much! And I agree, corny as heck!
Hand up if you still live at home 👋, I do! I’m nearly 29 too! 😬 I get on immensely with my parents but I would love to have my own place. It’s just so damn expensive on your own, isn’t it? (And I keep booking holidays 🙈). I hope I have my own place with my own family in 10 years, but we will see what life brings!
Exactly absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. I’d rather have some nice holidays too!
I love the idea of setting a 10 year goal plan. Those are great goals and I am hopeful you will get to each and every single one before the 10 year mark. Going to a GrandPrix show sounds fun! I’d love to go to a couple events this god willing of course. Blogging has its ups and downs but totally worth it at the end. One of my goal would be to stay consistent, be more organized and really push through to make my blog grow. Your post was very inspiring and fun to read. Thank you!
You’re welcome 🙂 Thank you for commenting!
I love this post Jenny! 😊
I too am not a huge fan of the term ‘bucket list’ and have often thought about the things I’d like to achieve in my life.
One of the major things for me would be to make it as a blogger too. I’d love to give a motivational speech one day and be able to share my passions with the world and for it to be truly seen.
Actually there’s loads I’d like to achieve thinking about it!
Love Lozza xo
You’re braver than me, public speaking is my worst nightmare! Very best of luck with your goals too! <3
These are some great things to have on your bucket list. Like you I would like to move out and own my own house. Hopefully when the prices come down a bit haha! You are already a fantastic blogger so things will only go strength to strength for you! I love reading your content as so does everyone else! Good luck with these goals! I would like to move into a career I am really passionate about and become happy in my own skin and not constantly pick at every little thing xx
Thank you so much that’s such a lovely thing to say! Yes, house prices are ridiculous at the moment aren’t they!
I wish I could come up with such honest goals in my last job interview when the interviewer enquired about my five year plans. May you achieve all your goals Jenny.
Well hopefully this gives you a bit of inspiration if that happens again!
oh yes, a lot of what is on your list is also on my list. I would also like to move out of my parents home. I don’t mind living there because i know living alone would be bad more my mental health but i would like my own space. i would also love to be successful at this whole blogging thing. i’ve only been thinking of it in the terms of a full blown career for the past year so i still have a lot of room to grow but yeah again, having something that’s fully me and mine would be great. in terms of doing something that matters, this will sound cheesy but you already have. this blog matters, your openness with helping bloggers and your struggles with anxiety matters and has at least helped me. xx
mich / simplymich.com
That’s lovely to say. I’d just like to do something bigger – like these people that volunteer abroad or help the less fortunate. That sort of thing 🙂
I completely agree with you Jenny, I’m not a fan of the bucket list phrase, I always associate it with the ‘kick the bucket’ phrase, it sounds so final! These are some great goals, I’m sure you’ll achieve them! xx
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Yes, me too! I hate it!
Honestly, the first half of my 20s did not pan out how I planned at all! Then when I was 26, I dropped it all and went travelling, and as cliche as it sounds, my life has changed immeasurably since then. I have a different attitude to life and I’m trying to settle down now, but with a new mindset. My point is it’s not too late to live your life the way YOU want to. 🙂
Also YAY I’d love to go to Silverstone too! I was really happy that we managed to go to the Australian Grand Prix, so much fun!
That’s great to hear. My 20’s definitely haven’t been what I hoped or expected. I’m not one to go travelling but I know it’s never to late to change your life 🙂 Oooh that’s amazing! Bet it was an incredible experience.
I’m 27 and things did not pan out the way I wanted them to either. This year has been really crappy for me. You are right about being a big girl and getting on with the day. There is no point dwelling on the past and ruminating over what should have been.
Very true. It achieves nothing!
Loved this post Jenny. I wish you all the best in achieving your goals.
If you don’t mind I would love to write a post in the future detailing my goals for the next 10 years, and link back to your blog as the inspiration. They are rather lengthy! Lol.
Absolutely, go for it! I’d love to read your goals 🙂
I hope you all achieve your goals, they are totally within reach x
Great goals! Thank you for sharing! BTW I’m 50 and still wish I was living at home! So screw the judgmental people and haters! I have no doubt that you will accomplish everything you set out to do!!
Thanks so much 🙂
Great post Jenny, you’ve inspired me to start thinking about my own 10 year plan. I’ll be sharing my own post soon (hope you don’t mind), I have tagged you in the actual blog post. Don’t mind all those judgemental people out there. I believe we are all running our own race at our own pace and will get where we want to be eventually.
Course not, would love to read your own goals!
A very inspiring article, you’ve given me a lot to think about.
I’m glad 🙂
I’d absolutely love to go and watch a Grand Prix live too. One of my goals was to cheer on Jenson Button, then he went and retired!! Love your list 🙂 xx
Holly | http://www.gollymissholly.uk
Awh no! Bloody Jenson haha! Well maybe you can cheer him on elsewhere in his GT series?
These are great and achievable goals! I hope you get to tick all of them off – good luck 🙂
Thank you 🙂
I hope we all achieve our goals!!!
Me too 🙂
There are a lot of things I would like to do in the next ten years but who knows if they will come true or not!
No harm in dreaming though right?
I’m about to turn 24 and still live at home, and in fact I can name on one hand how many of my friends have moved out. We are all from London, and want to stay here so it’s not easy to move out. I have very similar goals, let’s see what happens!
Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd
Oh it’s definitely not easy when you’re in / near London with the price of everything here. I don’t like living near London and would move further out in a heartbeat but it’s just not as easy as that!
I really like this – and I totally know that feeling of not being where you want to be or ‘should’ be by a certain point in your twenties. People are very quick to judge, but you just have to do what works for you!
They really are. There’s no rule book saying you have to have done a certain thing by a certain age either!