Today I turned 27 and I’ve had a great day celebrating with my family (more on what we did for my birthday soon), and it’s got me thinking about things I have done in the last year and things I want to achieve before my next birthday (plus, I love any excuse to write a list).
This has been a pretty big 12 months for me: I got married, celebrated 1 year at a job I love, and travelled to Europe (a lifelong dream of mine).
I’ve settled on 28 things, because 28 things to do before I turn 28 has a nice ring to it, plus it’s a convenient number to aim for!
So here are the 28 things I want to do in the next 365 days (in no particular order):
1: Continue exercising regularly and looking after my body – self explanatory really. I’ve always struggled to make exercise a priority and a regular part of my life – this is the year. Still loving Xtend Barre!
2: Celebrate one year of writing my blog – I can sometimes lose momentum on things like this so it is my aim to keep at it and not lose focus!
3: Repaint our spare rooms – we’ve been saying we’ll do this for the last 18 months so I definitely want to get it done already!
4: Meet up with friends more – life is busy, and it gets way to easy to not make the effort. Before you know it it’s a good couple of months (or longer) since I’ve seen some of my friends. Some I haven’t even seen since my wedding last year. That is terrible and needs to be rectified immediately!
5: Sleep better. I had a great (if grandma-esque) sleep pattern until we went to Europe. I’ve struggled to get it back to where it was since we’ve been home. My ideal sleep pattern is bed by 9.30 or 10pm (yep, I’m old) and then up at 6am(ish). I need lots of sleep, okay.
6: Read at least 28 books (that convenient number again) – I love reading. I tend to go through phases where I do nothing but read in my spare time, and then other times when I get so busy I just don’t have time. But I really do love reading and it makes me feel relaxed and happy to do something that I love.
7: Study something, even it is just on my own – I miss studying and learning, I really do. I would love to take a French language course or something but even just reading a whole lot on a particular subject I know nothing about would do.
8: Learn to knit – I really want to learn, it looks pretty awesome and I’m really jealous of all the Instagram photos I see of people who can knit. I’ll need to rope my mother-in-law into teaching me.
9: Wear everything in my wardrobe once – I have a lot of clothes and I need to actually wear some of them more. (Cue Fox in Flats Style Dare next month!)
10: Take more photos – I really enjoy photography and I really need to make more of an effort to take more photos and go out on weekends to take them! FMS Photo a Day should help with that.
11: Continuing on from that, I really want to do every day of the FMS Photo a day challenges – I start with good intentions every month and lose steam part way through. I really want to be able to have taken a photo every day for the challenge over the next year.
12: Sew more – I have a sewing machine that my mum gave me and I do enjoy it. I get a bit nervous making or altering clothes that I’ll mess it up but I just need to get over my lack of confidence and just get on with it!
13: Spend a weekend away from technology – the concept of ‘unplugging’ is a hard one for me, I’m pretty much always with at least my iPhone so it would be a bit scary to unplug for a whole weekend and not use any technology. I think it would be worthwhile to unplug every now and then though.
14: Paint something (other than a wall) – just to see if I can. I like the idea of painting (especially with acrylics – watercolours seem too hard) but I’ve never really done it. I’d like to see if I would be any good and could do it as a hobby, but I won’t know until I try.
15: Be more patient – I’ve been getting better at this (just ask my husband!) but I could still be much, much more patient!
16: Take a weekend away somewhere new – given that we have just come back from a big overseas trip and are trying to save money this will likely be a local trip to somewhere new, but a little weekend getaway would be awesome.
17: Have family Christmas at our house – last year we had Stu’s family here for Christmas and this year I think we will have my family staying with us for Christmas. This will be my first year hosting Christmas for my family so it’s a bit exciting for me.
18: Enjoy the outdoor areas of our house more – I want to get some good outdoor furniture for our back deck (currently there isn’t any) so hopefully we’ll spend some more time outdoors when we get that. We have a daybed on our front porch and really need to make better use of it when the weather is beautiful.
19: Actually enjoy the summer this year – while in Europe I went swimming at a beach (or what passes for a beach – way too many pebbles for my liking) for what I realised was the first time in two years! We also spent lots of time walking and outside enjoying the weather, something we just don’t do at home. I definitely want to enjoy and make the most of the coming summer this year.
(photo taken by me on the Isle of Capri)
20: Make more ‘investment’ purchases with my clothes, rather than buying ‘fast fashion’ – I want to refine my wardrobe a bit more and start adding some better quality versions of things I love.
21: Have more people over for dinner – I love playing hostess and having our nearest and dearest over to share a meal and some chatting, and would love to do it more often.
22: Try more new recipes – I can get stuck in a bit of a cooking rut. I have the recipes I know and love and end up just making the same meals a lot. I really need to challenge my culinary skills and try something new.
23: Save more – a terribly uninteresting but necessary goal. My husband and I are both not savers, something we are trying to improve. Europe kind of decimated our savings so we’re slowly building up again.
24: Pay off our car – somewhat related to the above point. I ‘adopted’ this debt when I married my husband. I’ve never had a car loan, but he does have one so I’d love to pay this off completely in the next year and put all that extra money into the mortgage.
25: Spend some more time with my brother – given that he lives in Sydney and I don’t, it somewhat complicates the issue. But we’ve had him come stay with us before and it’s been so much fun. We’re only 18 months apart in age so we’re into that time now where we’re both adults and can have a different relationship to when we were growing up. It’s a lot of fun when we do get to hang out, I just need to make it more of a priority.
(me and my ‘little’ brother)
26: Do the Colour Run – Stu and I were signed up to do it earlier this year but his knee was still pretty bad so we gave it a miss. I still really want to do it, I think it is coming to Canberra again sometime soon so that will be my chance!
27: Make more effort with my hair – I get really lazy and just do a ‘donut bun’ most days for work. I want to get some more easy everyday hairstyles into my repertoire.
28: Have fun! Above all, I just want my 27th year to be lots of fun, and I’m sure with my husband it will be. We have so much fun together and just love being together so I know this will be an easy one to achieve!
(Stu and I in Prague, photo taken by me)
Do you ever set ‘goals’ for yourself when it comes up to your birthday?