This time last year I was on the eve of turning 30, and I wrote myself a list of 30 things I wanted to do to celebrate being that old. I’d originally wanted to do a ’30 before 30′ before realising that I only had six months left by the time I thought of it, ha. Some of the things were fun, some were to challenge myself and some were to make other people happy.
I completed my list yesterday, and since my birthday is tmrw I’m pretty pleased that I managed to get everything done within the deadline! I thought I’d do a little run down of each thing (in chronological order of completion), since I didn’t get around to writing blog posts for everything like I’d intended to (oops).
1. Buy a hammock Completed: 27th June 2013
Ah, the hammock of joy. God I love this thing. Q bought me the hammock as part of my birthday surprise and it was the absolute best thing ever :) it gets a lot of use – it’s equally great for snoozing in the sunshine and working from while snuggled under a duvet. Mmm.
2. Buy a set of personalised stationery Completed: 12th July 2013
I have always wanted personalised stationery, so I bit the bullet and bought this beautiful set from Cerulean Press on Etsy. Fun fact: it’s so beautiful that I haven’t had the heart to actually send it to anyone. Oops!
3. Pick 30 recipes for our family cookbook [32/30] Completed: 24th July 2013
We love to cook, so we’re planning on making a cook book of our favourite recipes. We’ve picked them, so now I’ve added “print the family cook book” to the 31 for 31 list :)
4. Donate £100 to charity [£101.75/£100] Completed: 26th September 2013
This was one of the easiest ones to complete – a lot of people fundraising for things and a couple of monthly subscriptions knocked it out in a couple of months.
5. Give blood Completed: 14th October 2013
Another simple one – I was planning on giving blood more than once but then I got a tattoo done in January, so I couldn’t. Oops! I’ve put it on the 31 for 31 again because it’s important to do, and I can.
6. Learn how to make truffles Completed: 6th November 2013
Omm nomm nomm, truffles. Big thanks to Sophie P for buying me the ingredients to make these! The story is on Go Mighty, too.
7. Have another portrait shoot with Q Completed: 10th November 2013
Our lovely pal Amy agreed to take some photos of us and I think they came out really well! :) This is a nice tradition to continue, I’m looking forward to doing it again this year :)
8. Learn how to replicate my favourite M&S salad Completed: 15th November 2013
Goats cheese, Iranian cous cous, lentils, peppers, sundried tomatoes, peas and an amazing garlic, basil and honey dressing. It took me a while to get this but man was it worth it.
9. Make an extra donation to Kiva Completed: 15th November 2013
Kiva is one of those charities that I’ve been using for a while – you lend out $25 at a time and then when it’s repaid you can lend it out again. Hence why I’ve invested $53.75 but actually been able to lend $300 :)
10. Take my mum and sister for a spa day Completed: 16th November 2013
I actually didn’t get a photo of us at the spa, ha, but I promise we did go. This photo is from the roof above the pool, which I thought was kind of pretty. We managed to keep it a surprise from my mum and booked it for her birthday weekend so it worked out pretty perfectly! :)
11. Take a pole dancing lesson Completed: 18th November 2013
This was a very fun goal to tick off :) The story is at Go Mighty, if you’re interested :)
12. Upload a solo ukulele cover Completed: 23rd November 2013
An aside: it’s practically impossible to grab a still from YouTube where you don’t look like an idiot, apparently. This one was of the hardest goals – I really don’t practice my uke enough and this took about 8 goes, ha. Still, I did it and I don’t think I sucked that badly. Check out those 200 views, too ;)
13. Throw a Life List party Completed: 26th January 2014
I wrote a biiiiig post about this with lots of photos over on Go Mighty, so if you want to read more about it head over there! We’ll definitely be doing it again and I for one cannot wait :)
14. Sponsor a child in a third world country Completed: 26th January 2014
I did a bit of research and ended up choosing Plan UK as they’re not overly religious and the money goes towards the local community. I’ve already had my first letter from my sponsee, which was a really lovely surprise!
15. See 30 films at the cinema [30/30] Completed: 26th January 2014
I managed 52 films at the cinema last year, making good use of my Cineworld Unlimited card. There were some amazing films over the past 12 months, so I’ve added “re-watch 31 of my favourite films” to my 31 for 31 as an excuse to rediscover the magic of a few of them :)
16. See two comedy shows [2/2] Completed: 6th February 2014
We went to watch the final of the WUSA (Wales Unsigned Act) which was lots of fun, then popped back a few months later to see one of the group comedy nights. It’s a good way to see a few comedians at a time!
17. Design and build my freelance portfolio website Completed: 23rd February 2014
I wrote about this one on Go Mighty – it took me a while but I’m so glad I added this to the list, it pushed me to actually get my shit sorted and now I’ve got lots of lovely clients to show for it. Yay!
18. Write 30 letters [30/30] Completed: 23rd February 2014
I wrote about this one on Go Mighty, too. It was a lot of fun, but I haven’t written many letters since! Must rectify that :)
19. Re-read 30 of my favourite books [30/30] Completed: 18th March 2014
Ah, The Time Traveler’s Wife. I re-read this every year and it gets better every time. The rest of the books were fun to re-read too, like slipping into a warm bath on a chilly day. Books – you are the best.
20. Visit two new UK cities [4/2] Completed: 22nd March 2014
A quick overnight trip with Q – altho we probably could have done Gloucester in an afternoon and not missed much, it’s pretty small!
I went to Swansea with my Mum and Q, who went to uni there. We had a giant rack of ribs for lunch, popped into the waterfront museum and then had a Joe’s ice-cream and a wander over to the Mumbles :)
Then Mum, Amy and I took a mini road trip to Wells, Stonehenge and Salisbury which was a lot of fun! Lots of cathedrals, unsurprisingly.
We managed to hit Stonehenge just as the sun was setting – it was kind of magical you guys.
21. Pay off one of my credit cards Completed: 2nd April 2014
Done done done! I’m actually only about £600 away from being completely debt free now, which is a WONDERFUL feeling.
22. Read 30 books I’ve always wanted to read [30/30] Completed: 5th May 2014
This was a fun/torturous one to complete – I inadvertently left the longest books to the end, ha. Some of them were a complete waste of time *cough* The Memory Keepers Daughter* but I did also read some lovely books, so it balanced out nicely in the end :)
23. Shoot 12 rolls of 35mm film [12/12] Completed: 12th May 2014
This was so much fun to complete! You can see the highlights from all 12 rolls here, it’s really made me want to shoot more 35mm and less digital in general. 35mm is so dreamy.
24. Buy prints from 10 of my favourite artists [10/10] Completed: 22nd May 2014
I bought prints from:
- Dianne Tanner
- Amber Marlow
- Sarah Anne Wharton Kuln
- Ben Jones
- Laina Briedis
- Mike Stimpson
- Deborah Cardinal
- Sami Kelsh
- Leni Kauffman
- Amy Walters
And I strongly suggest you do too. It’s so lovely to have a house full of original artwork :)
25. See a West End musical Completed: 1st June 2014
We saw Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre (Q bought me theatre vouchers as one of my 30th birthday presents) and it was just magical. The set was unbelievable, so clever :)
26. Leave 30 lovely notes for strangers [30/30] Completed: 1st June 2014
This was one of the more interesting challenges of the year – I enjoyed writing them but finding places to put them proved a little challenging! For the most part I don’t know what happened to them but I did notice this tweet about one of them, which was kind of nice!
27. Crochet a blanket for Arthur Completed: 9th June 2014
This was definitely a challenging goal but equally as rewarding. Sophie gave me a quick couple of lessons and after an aborted granny square version (who wants to sew in all those ends?!) I settled on this easier, stripy version and the good news is that my nephew really liked it. Now I just need to make one for #Chongcat as he took quite the shine to it too ;) )
28. Play laser quest Completed: 21st June 2014
This. was. awesome. Eight of us made it down to Barry Island Quasar (hell, you’ve got to do these things in style, right?) and played two games on one of the hottest days of the year so far. I was absolutely rubbish (seriously, I was the worst player in both games, lol) but it was so much fun that I totally don’t care.
29. Have a picnic in two Cardiff parks we’ve not visited before [2/2] Completed: 24th June 2014
1. Heath Park
Q and I made it to Heath Park on the 1st of April and then it rained and rained and rained for the next few days so I felt quite smug about fitting it in! It was nice although we did get continuous bothered by all the dogs who wanted a slice of our awesome picnic action, heh.
2. Victoria Park
Kate, Chris, Arthur and I headed to Victoria Park after a tip-off from Amy that there was a paddling pool for toddlers. It was a big hit with Arthur and it was definitely nice to dip my toes in on a warm day!
30. Go swimming 30 times [30/30] Completed: 25th June 2014
There was one point where I didn’t think I was going to get this goal completed and it made me so angry about missing out on one item that I stepped up my game and finally completed this one two days before my deadline. This is a photo of the beautiful pool we had in Greece in August – I didn’t actually count any of my swims from the holiday since I didn’t measure the distances, but I did swim every day so I probably should have!
So, that’s it! My 30 for 30 was a whole heap of fun, I’m fully expecting my 31 for 31 to be even more so :) Yay, lists!