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10 things to do before you’re 39 & 11/12’s.

10 things to do before you’re 39 & 11/12’s.



Ok, here we go, my last year of my 30’s and I’ve been giving it some serious though into how I can make it the best year yet. This is no mean feat as my 30’s so far, have mostly been pretty damn fabulous, but the number 15 features prominently in my life and I’d like to think that’s a sign of good times ahead. I’ve decided my new years resolutions this year, will also include a bucket list of 10 things to do before you’re 39 and 11/12’s.

It looks a little like this;

  1. learn how to use my DSLR camera properly. After 2 years of ownership I’m going sit down and read the manual rather than just stick it on auto and hope for the best. I studied photography A level many moons ago so know the basics, however this was in the era of dark rooms and film SLR cameras so other than composition that knowledge is pretty redundant.
  2. I’m going to take part in Project 365 to make sure I get to do the above!
  3. This is the year of a change in career. My 30’s have all been about self improvement and building a better life for myself and my family. I completed a foundation degree, found a fantastic job, did more work related training than the SAS and picked up some amazing friends along the way but I also hit some big lows and it’s time to venture down pastures new. My priorities have changed and so have my ambitions. This is going to be an exciting, if not scary year and I’m taking a gamble but instincts have never failed me before and I’m ready for a challenge.
  4. Keep blogging and write more useful, meaningful posts rather than just waffle. I want to make friends with Pinterest and share a little of my professional knowledge so it doesn’t get lost as I embark on my next adventure.
  5. Tone up my tum. My body has slow cooked 3 beautiful beings (not in one go!) and although round the clock breastfeeding, having a babes in arms that likes to be involved in everything I do, as well as living in a very hilly village, means I’ve been lucky enough to get back to my pre pregnant weight, things aren’t as trim as they once were. I’m prescribing myself a daily dose of sit ups and planking. My bikini days are well and truly over but I’d like to be that person who doesn’t have to suck it in on the long, painful stroll from changing room to pool every Friday.
  6. Stop picking my nose in the car. Blacked out windows would be the easier option but to save grace I must remember than the windscreen is not an invisibility shield. It’s not lady like and is most definitely a by product of being a single female in a male dominant household but that’s no excuse.
  7. Take up having conversations with my teenager, accept his vocal chords are set to grunt and learn to decipher the different ranges of grunt.
  8. Venture to a toddler group. Time to stop making excuses and drag myself along so Baby R can watch other children smack each other over the heads with cheap plastic toys while I drink crappy coffee. I know all the benefits of these social groups so its time to embrace the biscuits and bugs for the greater good.
  9. Finish all the little DIY jobs round the house. Hubby is in denial of their mere existence so I’m going to show him what happens when its left to the untrained/unskilled/incompetent by doing it very badly in the hope he’ll never let me touch a drill ever again.
  10. Drink more water. I know that’s a really boring one to finish on but I really do need to do this and writing it down means it’s real and not just in my head where I can push it aside while I get on with everything else.

Wish me luck


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  1. 2nd January 2015 / 3:41 am

    Great list! I really need to master my DSLR this year too, I have a beautiful camera sitting there and just continue to use snaps from my iphone!!!

    Good luck! Visiting from #bloggergoals2015

  2. Janine
    2nd January 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Great list. I am so bad coming up with lists like that. #TheList

    • 2nd January 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you, I’m hoping that by writing it down I actually stick to it!

  3. 2nd January 2015 / 10:37 pm

    Love it huni! I was thinking about doing Project 365 but I think I will do the 1 second each day video thing instead. Thanks for linking up to #TheLIst x

  4. 4th January 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Brilliant post! I’m not so happy about this new year myself, as I am now able to say I’m 40 next year! Which at the moment i’m half in denial about and half planning the most elaborate party possible!! Love the Project 365 idea – and I’d love to do this too. It just seems too scary to say a photo EVERY DAY!!! I know that some days I’d forget and then feel like I’ve messed the whole thing up! Though I wish you all the luck in the world with it! Steph xxx #SundayStars

    PS: I thought I recognised the person the person I saw with their finger up the nose the other day!! (Hehehehe – just kidding!)

    • 5th January 2015 / 9:41 pm

      OOO don’t I thought I got away with it! I’m finding the 365 challenge a challenge. I’m trying to keep optimistic about my 40th. I’m not sure I’ll celebrate getting old though.

  5. 6th January 2015 / 11:02 pm

    I could have written these! I even begrudgingly admit to No. 6 – and don’t have the tinted windows to hide behind!
    Thanks for linking in and may 2015 be good to you

  6. 8th January 2015 / 7:54 am

    Ha ha love it, slow cooking babies great term. I too want to improve my camera skills x

    • 8th January 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Probably isn’t the nicest phrase i should’ve used!

  7. 8th January 2015 / 9:33 am

    Great list! Good luck with it. Drinking more water is on my To Do list for 2015 – amazing how something so simple is so hard!

    • 8th January 2015 / 1:16 pm

      Thanks Sian. Something so obvious yet so easy to forget!

  8. 8th January 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Great list, mine is to stop relying on my iphone as a camera…I have two other cameras but just always forget to have them with me!!

    • 8th January 2015 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you. My DSLR is so blooming heavy it’s hard to lug around on some trips.

  9. 8th January 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Oh I love peeking at other people’s bucket lists, to compare and contrast and just be nosey 😉 Sounds like you have some good solid goals and definitely attainable which is a great start. As for the nose picking, hey cut yourself some slack, happens to the best of us (just don’t let the kids catch you as mine have ha)!

  10. 8th January 2015 / 12:36 pm

    Great list! I’ve dragged myself along to a toddler group just today, and I was mentally calculating the germ risks as he picked up random biscuits and tasted the play food! I have made friends with Pinterest and am a little bit in love with it. And yes, I’m reaching for my glass of water now, and pondering how best to get rid of my Christmas paunch! Best of luck with it all, enjoyed reading 🙂 #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 8th January 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you,I chickened out of toddler group this week as I feel i need more mental preparation! Pinterest is going well though.

  11. 8th January 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Very best of luck with working your way thorugh your list. Reading about picking your mose while driving, has however, left me with an unpleasant image. That said, I too must drink more water! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 8th January 2015 / 1:22 pm

      Sorry, push it out of your mind and think of rainbows & unicorns…did it work?

  12. 8th January 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Wow that’s quite a list!! But you sound very determined to do it!!
    Wishing you luck in your 2015 missions! x

  13. 8th January 2015 / 1:41 pm

    I’m with you on the camera one, and the drinking more water! Here’s to achieving your goals! Thanks for linking up with Sunday stars x

  14. 8th January 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I turn 40 this year, and I feel like I need to step things up a gear as well. The water thing is not boring, it’s totally important. I think I may be constantly dehydrated. Good luck with it all!

    • 8th January 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you, I’m still not being as water efficient as I should!

  15. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    8th January 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Found myself nodding along to several of these (learning how to actually use my camera, toning up my tum), and a big YES to number 6! I’m also from a male-dominated family and so will wholeheartedly blame them for my ‘winner picking’ 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

    • 9th January 2015 / 9:48 am

      It was a leap of faith to admit to that but I thought I’m being brutally honest here, so why not!

  16. Honest Mum
    9th January 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Love this, drinking more water is so important and I too am going to get out to more toddler events. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  17. Katie / Pouting In Heels
    10th January 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Good luck! 😉 I agree with lots of these and yes,make the most of your last year in your thirties so you feel excited to be entering a new era soon.

    Lovely post! First time I’ve popped over to your blog but I’m glad I did! 🙂


    • 11th January 2015 / 6:42 pm

      I’m going to embrace 40 but my 30’s have been utterly fabulous. Thanks for popping by.

  18. 11th January 2015 / 12:24 am

    A great list! I’m trying my hardest to achieve number 7 but with twin girls it’s more hormones, wailing and and woe is me’s than grunts 😀 Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars x

  19. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    13th January 2015 / 2:01 pm

    What a great list! I really need to join you on #10 but I’m too much of a coffee addict *sigh*. Thanks for linking up with #sharethejoy – hope to see you again next Monday x

    • 13th January 2015 / 7:39 pm

      I have to be disciplined with coffee as I love it, I’m trying desperately to replace it with water

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