It was my birthday recently – I turned 24, which pushes me frightfully close to no longer being eligible for a Young Person’s Railcard (I sure have my priorities sorted…). Time seems more precious as you get older, and I’ve decided I want to mark the next year by celebrating 25 life-affirming things I do in the next 12 months, before I turn 25.
I don’t want to write a bucket list with items to cross off, I want to stay completely open-minded, and allow experiences to happen as and when. I want them all to be very different – experiences which shape my identity, or are just plain awesome. Saying that, there’s definitely a few things I hope I’ll be able to achieve, including giving blood and taking part in a charity event – watch this space!
You can find the list below, which I’ll be updating over the year:
2.) Saw my favourite band, Madina Lake, in their reunion tour in Cardiff.
3.) Visited the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff (and volunteered to help in the interactive element!)
4.) Went to a wedding as an adult (weddings were always the thing I got dragged to by my parents – it was wonderful to attend as a guest in my own right for the first time)
5.) Started practicing yoga regularly (I love how it makes me feel, and I’ve found the time to work it into my weekly schedule)
6.) Went on a road trip to Cornwall for a week
7.) Went on a steam train for the first time since childhood (possibly the most excited I’ve been all year)
8.) Helped to deliver an amazing event at work (such a confidence boost!)
10.) Successfully extended my contract at work – more hours, more opportunities to grow in a job I love!
11.) Got taken on a date, a real date, with dinner in a nice restaurant, a big box of chocolates, and pretty flowers (and I never thought I was a flowers kind of girl before then!)
12.) Saw my Mum get engaged to her partner – I couldn’t be happier for her!
13.) Stayed at the fancy Crowne Plaza hotel in Plymouth, dining in luxury in the penthouse for breakfast, with views overlooking the city… beautiful!
14.) Played Dungeons and Dragons for the first time with some of my best friends in a big, snack-filled nerdy sleepover.
15.) Celebrated the Winter Solstice with my best friends, with bacon sandwiches cooked over a fire, and baked apples with cinnamon.
16.) Visited my brother’s home in beautiful Oxford, complete with a speed tour of the city in the afternoon.
17.) Spent an evening in a Harry Potter inspired bar (which made the nerd in me very, very happy!)
18.) Started running my own regular event at work (successfully!), essentially being paid to be creative and make children happy.
19.) Bleached my hair blonde (it went a sort of funny yellow colour for a while, that was… interesting) and experimented with dye in ways I haven’t done for years.
20.) Made several amazing new friends who have made my social circle a little bigger and brighter
21.) Experienced real snow!
22.) Moved out of my family home – I’m ecstatic that this has finally happened after years of planning!
23.) Learnt how to cook! I now know enough recipes to actually feed myself on a regular basis, without reaching for a can of Heinz Chicken Soup. Some dishes have been tastier than others, but it’s all been a learning curve.