30 by 30 : Update #1

30 by 30 : Update #1
Quite a while ago I wrote myself a list of thirty things that I want to do by the time I turn thirty (the list is always available to view by clicking on the 30 by 30 tab at the top of my blog). With just over a year left I guess it is about time that I start making an effort to tick some items off my list, a lot of them are easily achievable but just not things that I do in every day life. 
1. Pay off debt  This was the most daunting on my list and thankfully, with my husband’s help, has been completed. I still have debt in the form of a Mortgage and overdraft but I class these as everyday debts, the loans and credit cards were all paid last year – after struggling with debt for over ten years this is a huge relief. 
2. Learn to drive  I am hoping to re-start my lessons this year. We had the money saved for this last year but I kept making excuses to put it off. I am hoping to bite the bullet and book a week crash course and get myself behind the wheel. 
3. Get married  This happened in November 2012, which still makes me very happy. 
4. Go on the London Eye  I have absolutely no excuse not to complete this one.  Husband hates London but I have a real good friend living there and am hoping to plan a visit to see him in the not too distant future, hopefully I can fit a go on the London Eye in then. 
5. Buy a sewing machine and learn to use it  I have a sewing machine and can use it, just not very well! I can do the basics though which is what I wanted so am pleased to be able to cross this off the list. 
6. Get ‘crafty’ – make/upcycle at least 5 items and blog about how to do it DIY Posts here  I had a great year of upcycling and crafting last year, I don’t get much spare time but I really made the most of sitting out in the garden and doing things up last year. 
7. Own a big beefy camera  I am the very proud owner of a Canon 1100D and I love it! 
8. Go for afternoon tea  I have been for afternoon tea several times since compiling this list and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. 
9. Quit smoking  This one annoys me, I used an electronic cigarette a while back and found it a great aid to kick the filthy habit in the butt. Brands such as Freshcig offer a great selection of products including a range of around 18 flavours of e-liquid. I am still semi smoking (in social situations) but am proud of how much I have managed to cut back. I am aware that I still have a long way to go. 
10. Have children/start trying for children  I just need to convince the husband on this one, hopefully this will happen this year.
11. Own a pair of shoes from Irregular Choice  My Wedding shoes were by Irregular Choice and I absolutely love them. I would love to own a few more pairs. 
12. Cook a three course meal from scratch  I still haven’t done this and have absolutely no excuse not to do this. 
13. Do a car boot sale  I’ve done two car boot sales and am hoping to do more this year. The issue that I have is that I don’t drive so can’t do them on my own and my husband takes a lot of convincing to do one. Maybe when I tick number two off the list I will get to do a few more. 
14. Make £100 from selling old things from around the house, clothes, etc- total to date £114.90  This total is larger now, this is just what I managed to make in the year that I originally compiled this list. It is amazing how much money you can make from your old tat. 
15. Visit Cadburys World  Done this and loved it. 
16. Holiday in North Wales We are going to North Wales in April this year, I can’t believe I’ve never been before and am really looking forward to it. 
17. Visit Paris  I have to be realistic here and admit that this probably won’t happen. My priority is to start a family or at least start saving to start one so romantic little trips like this will have to be put on the back burner. 
18. Visit West Midlands Safari Park again  This hasn’t happened yet. I am hoping to go this Summer. 
19. Learn Welsh  This one was quite ambitious, I am absolutely awful at learning new languages, I never have any spare time and I’m not motivated enough. We will probably send our children to a Welsh school so this needs to happen one day, I’m just not sure it will happen in the next year. 
20. Go to a festival  I attended my first festival last year, Rewind in Henley-on-Thames.  
21. Attend a blogger meet-up  I’ve attended several blogger meets and am looking forward to the Cardiff Spring meet in March. 
22. Get over my fear and give blood again  I gave blood for the first time several years ago. I almost passed out and had to lie down with a wet flannel on my head while several people stood around fanning me. I still haven’t got over this fear but I do hope that I will soon. 
23. Go on a cruise  As with Paris this is highly unlikely. 
24. Visit Chester  I am hoping to add a night in Chester onto the end of our North Wales break this April, we leave on the Friday before my birthday so am trying to convince hubby to book into a nice hotel in Chester for my birthday present. 
25. Visit Italy  As with the cruise and Paris this is also on the back burner. 
26. Eat at a Sushi Restuarant  I had a lovely Bento Box at Mount Fuji in Cardiff and cannot wait for my next experience. I am hoping to try Yo Sushi next so that I can get the conveyor belt experience. 
27. Visit Bath  I went to the Bath Christmas markets in December just gone, it was very busy but a great day and such a lovely place. 
28. Hit 500 blog followers  I currently have 645 followers on GFC which may not seem amazing to some but makes me very proud. 
29. Eat at a Michelin Star Restaurant  I need a big occasion so that I have an excuse to do this. Maybe for our second Wedding anniversary in November. 
30. Go to London to watch the Marathon  This won’t happen this year as it is on the day before our holiday to North Wales. Hopefully I can get this done in 2015, my birthday is on the 20th April so depending on the date it falls next year I may or may not get to cross this off before I turn thirty.
All in all I’m pretty pleased with my progress so far, I’ve crossed fifteen items off the list already and should hopefully be able to achieve at least another ten. There are four items that I have pretty much given up on as they aren’t achievable in my current circumstances, there was no way that I would be able to cross everything off without coming into money!
Have you written a thirty by thirty list or something similar? What would you like to do?

*Collaborative post*


  1. 24th February 2014 / 9:35 pm

    You should definitely go to Yo! Sushi, especially on a Monday when it's cheaper. I don't know how good the quality is as I have nothing to compare it to but I just like how much fun it is.

    I have my own list (although not 30 by 30, just a general 'to do' list) over on my blog http://www.peppermintandpearls.co.uk/p/my-list.html 🙂


    • 25th February 2014 / 8:40 pm

      I will go one day, husband isn't very convinced but I am slowly changing his mind on Sushi!
      Your list is quite exciting! I've always wanted a house with bay windows too! x

      Leanne – A Slice of My Life

  2. 24th February 2014 / 9:59 pm

    It seems like you are definitely getting through that list. I would love to learn Welsh as I spent a lot of time there growing up and I would love to go to Italy – I'm hoping to go there for my honeymoon.


    • 25th February 2014 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! Typing this update surprised me quite a bit, I didn't realise just how far I'd got! x

    • 2nd March 2014 / 7:05 pm

      Just need to action them all now. x

  3. 25th February 2014 / 10:16 pm

    This is pretty good progress! On learning Welsh, you'll be amazed how much you pick up if you send your children to a Welsh school 🙂 Might even be more effective than lessons, they never teach you anything particularly useful in those unless you want to constantly talk about the weather! x

    • 2nd March 2014 / 7:05 pm

      My sister is picking quite a bit up since her daughter has been going to the Welsh Nursery, maybe I should just wait then! x

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