A few days ago, I admitted that my 25 Before 25 list had been a bust. I'd made the goals in a hurry, more for the sake of having content for the blog than creating a list of things I genuinely wanted to achieve. As a result, I only did nine of 25 things on that list because most of the goals just didn't resonate with me. I'm not going to go out of my way to do something I don't really want to do.
Despite this, I am still very enthusiastic about the idea of having a 30 Before 30 list. I only gave myself two years to complete my 25 Before 25 list, whereas as I will have five years to complete my 30 Before 30. I have also thought very hard about what I want to include on this list to ensure it's something I will genuinely look forward to completing and thus, increase my chances of success.
In due course, I will be creating a dedicated "30 Before 30" page on my blog so people can keep up with my progress and I also intend to do monthly check ins this time round to keep me motivated and on track. I've worked out that I need to be ticking these off at a rate of six per year; this sounds more than doable to me!
1) Pay off my credit card and Very account then cancel them both
My real goal here is to get rid of my debt and learn to live within my means but that's a little too vague to be a real goal. I am currently on track to have got rid of these two sources of credit by January 2017. I am hoping that by getting rid, I will find it a lot easier to live within my means. I'm 25 now and I want to start taking a more grown up approach towards my finances.
2) Pass my driving test
This has been on my To Do List for a very long time. In September last year, I started lessons again and made a really good go of it; I even passed my theory test again after I let my first certificate expire. Unfortunately, I had to stop lessons in January so I could focus all my finances on moving to Reading instead. Now I've moved I want to start lessons again and get this done and dusted. I think I will wait until next year though as I want to focus on removing my debt first.
3) Get a car
I'm a very, very nervous driver and I know that if I don't have a car immediately after passing my test that I use on a regular basis, I will end up becoming so anxious that despite having a licence, I will never drive again, defeating the whole point of passing my test in the first place.
4) Save £5000
Traditionally, I have been terrible at saving money and when I moved out of my mum's house for good in 2014, my financial situation got so bad I no longer had money to try and save. If my first 30 Before 30 goal is successful, I should have some extra money kicking around by 2017. My real want is to have a house deposit saved but I know what I'm like, so I went for a more realistic goal of £5000 instead.
5) Visit Asia
The only two continents I've ever set foot on are North America and Europe. I really want to change this! I could have gone for Australasia or Africa but Asia is the one I've researched most and so the most likely to happen before I am 30.
6) Go to somewhere in the USA that isn't New York
Despite having a degree in American Studies and naturally, a huge interest in the USA, I've actually only ever been to Manhattan. There are so many other places in the US I'd like to visit - California, Oregon, South Carolina and North Carolina for a start, that it'd be great to aim to do this within the next five years.
7) Visit somewhere in mainland Europe that I haven't before
I've now been to Paris 3 times, Lake Garda/Verona/Venice twice and Benidorm more times than I can possibly count. It's about time I saw somewhere different in Europe! I am thinking Prague, but we will see.
8) Go to Versailles
As mentioned above, I've already been to Paris 3 times, but, despite my huge love for Marie Antoinette, I've never been to Versailles. What am I playing at?!
9) Go abroad alone
I am definitely a bit of a loner. Don't get me wrong - I love socialising but generally I am much happier doing things alone. For example, I always go to gigs on my own because that way I get to see whatever bands I like on whatever terms I want. I've never been abroad alone though, but I would really love to.
10) Visit 10 new places in the UK
While travelling the world is such a tempting prospect, there are so many great places on my doorstep here in the UK. I would love to explore more of my homeland in the next five years. I will make a list of my top 10 soon.
11) Go to Stone Henge
Despite living in Swindon for like, a year, with Stone Henge a stone's throw away, I've never been. Last time he was in the UK, Wednesday 13 was posting Instagrams from there which naturally, made me realise I had to go too.
12) Go to the Natural History Museum
Since moving down South, I've more than quadrupled my number of visits to London. I've done a fair few touristy things now, but still not enough. I really wanna go see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and if I put this on my list, I might finally get round to it.
13) Go to a theme park
OK, this is on my list every damn time. I think I need to make friends with some thrill seekers and just get this done. I'm terrified of rollercoasters but also really enjoy them once I'm on there and I do wanna experience it again some time.
14) Spend a birthday in Aberystwyth
I spent my 19th, 20th and 21st birthdays in Aberystwyth whilst I was there for university and I also went there for my 24th. I was desperate to go back for my 25th as well but unfortunately my funds were too low. Even after all this time it's still my happy place and where better to spend your birthday than in your happy place?
15) Go swimming in the sea
I love the sea and I love swimming but I haven't been for ages! I thought it'd be nice to put the two together and aim for it as a goal. Maybe not in Aber though...!
16) Have a professional massage
This too has been on my list for ages but my finances and lack of organisation have always stopped me. I am hoping this one comes sooner rather than later as my neck is messed up at the moment!
17) Read 260 books
This works out at one book per week for five years and considering I've been reading one book per week since 2016 began, I am already well on track to achieving this goal.
18) Sit on the Iron Throne
It is absolutely no secret that I adore Game of Thrones and I judge people based on who they want to see sat on the Iron Throne by the time it ends. At some point, I'd quite like to seat myself on the Iron Throne too.
19) Grow my nails until they sit over the end of my finger and keep them like that until at least the day after my 30th birthday
Ideally the goal is "stop biting my nails" but it is far too vague to say that - this way, I will know for definite if I have failed or not
20) Try out a high ropes course
When I was younger, I did a low ropes adventure course at Center Parcs and I loved it. Now I'm older, I'd love to go back and try the high ropes version out or something like Go Ape. I'm actually going to Center Parcs in October with a bunch of bloggers, so we'll see what happens.
21) Go camping
Some of my fondest holiday memories from my teenage years involve camping and well, it's been too long since I last went.
22) Go to a fireworks display on Bonfire Night
I cannot remember the last time I deliberately went to see some fireworks. I tried the past few years but for whatever reason, I've never managed it. Some time before my 30th birthday I will see a fireworks display dammit.
23) Attend a Halloween celebration in fancy dress
I haven't dressed up since 2013 and I don't even remember that because that devil vodka was involved. This is ridiculous as Halloween is my favourite holiday and it's positively outrageous I haven't dressed for ages. Although I did go see Wednesday 13 last Halloween so it wasn't so bad.
24) Take my youngest siblings on a day trip
Once I've passed my driving test and got my car, I'd love to take my youngest siblings, R + F, who are currently 5 and 6, out on a day trip, maybe to Whitby or Scarborough. My other siblings are of course welcome to come!
25) Go see a band/artist I haven't seen before
The last time I saw a band that wasn't Wednesday 13 or Marina and the Diamonds was 2012. Shame on me!
26) Join a gym
I've decided that the only thing that is going to motivate me to get active is actually paying for the privilege - I want to join one with a pool and classes as I am far more likely to enjoy swimming and something like Pilates than I am slaving away on a treadmill.
27) Complete an Instagram photo challenge
This seems a lot better than "take more photos"
28) Try horse riding
The vast majority of my time in 2015 was spent playing an online horse riding game. It kept me sane when I was on sick leave from work. I loved it. Still do, I just don't spend as much time on it as I did. However, it's got me thinking that I'd quite like to try horse riding for real.
29) Go to the theatre
Preferably to see Dr Faustus with Kit Harington but I'm skint and time is running out! Either way, I really miss going to the theatre as I haven't been since A Level drama.
30) Take up a non-internet based hobby
I haven't quite decided what this will be yet, but it will either be colouring in (wow...) or cross stitch. I just need something that takes me away from screens! Reading doesn't count any more because I often have ebooks from the library on my tablet.
Phew! That's a lotta goals. Wish me luck!