40 Before 40: An Update

At the beginning of my blogging journey, I posted 40 before 40. A list of things I wanted to do before I turned 40. Well, I’ve just celebrated my 31st birthday. Which means that they are only 9 years left. I realise 9 years is still a long time but if I don’t want a crazy year at the end I need to do around 4 a year so I thought this was a good time to update the list with my progress.

The List

  1. Buy a house – Not yet, but we are looking!
  2. Learn to drive (starting with things I really should manage) Done! It did take 3 tests, but I managed it this year.car
  3. …more saucepans – erm…no.
  4. Pay off credit card – no, but they have passed a certain getting smaller milestone so heading in the right direction.
  5. stop having babies – this one is totally done. But I can’t really cross it off until I get to 40 without. But it will definitely happen.
  6. Get a tattoo – no. I can’t commit to one.
  7. Get another piercing or two Done, I got my tragus pierced last summer. I want my daith, forward helix and naval done now too!
  8. Go to America – no
  9. Make the blog a reasonable success (I’m not entirely sure what I want that to be yet)- Getting there. It’s had some success certainly and I’m happy with its progress.
  10. Have a lovely 10thwedding anniversary
  11. Run a half marathon (not a full one, that would just be silly)running
  12. Go to a gig
  13. Go to see a West End show
  14. Try lots of new foods – we do this all the time. But probably not yet enough to cross it off
  15. Make Hunky Husband finally paint me a picture
  16. Read more – does anyone with kids do this?!read
  17. Grow happy, healthy, lovely children – so far so good
  18. Learn how to do makeup properly so I am more equipped to teach The Girl – total fail.
  19. Write a novel (a whole one, not just another opening chapter!) – many opening chapters
  20. Manage to make a lasagne (they never work. I don’t know why. I’m a good cook)lasagne
  21. Learn a language
  22. Go somewhere really hothot
  23. Be happy with my body – haha
  24. Have a job I really love Totally have this now!
  25. Drink more water
  26. Have been to the dentist at least twice! I went twice last year. This reminds me, I need to make another appointment.
  27. Have sex outside…Again – It’s much harder with kids!
  28. Get 1000 twitter followers Next target, 5000
  29. Skinny dip
  30. Get a good camera, and take lots of really good photos
  31. Own our own restaurant
  32. Go to Lego Land
  33. Have something published Not a book, but other things. Still counts
  34. Find a red wine I really love Drank quite a lot in the last year 40 before 40 wine
  35. Go to Oktoberfest
  36. Have some savings
  37. Invest in something
  38. Go to Ireland
  39. Watch Deep Space Nine – This is never going to happen!
  40. Watch at least 50 of IMDB’s top 250 I’ve just sat and counted. While the list changes, so this may not always be true, as it stands today I’m on 89. There’s some rubbish on there though. Shutter Island, seriously?!movies 40 before 40

So, at 31, 8 are ticked off and a few others could be if I was being strict. A fantastic start to my 40 before 40 list I think! Let’s see how many I can manage this year.


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8 thoughts on “40 Before 40: An Update”

  • I really enjoyed reading this, and it sounds like you’re making great progress considering you have many, many more years to go. The question is, though, why are you never going to watch Deep Space Nine? Do you think you should watch but don’t actually like Star Trek, or what? It’s right there waiting for you on Netflix. Although The Next Generation is better. 🙂 #familyfunlinky

    • I’ve watched all of the others. I’m a huge fan. Love Next Gen and Voyager but could never get in to DS9. I’ve seen the odd one but when I’ve tried to watch from the start I can’t get hooked. I recently re-watched Voyager on Netflix and the plan was to do DS9 after. But I failed again!

      I just think Babylon 5 is the space station Sci Fi for me!

      • I was never super into DS9 either because it seemed boring to be on a space station when you could be on a ship travelling around. However, if you’re patient with the first series or 2 then it does get pretty good. The characterisation of the core cast is, as usual with Star Trek, very good.

  • This is a brilliant idea! I might steal it from you… What is Targus? Off to google that… Well done on passing your driving test thats brilliant. I’d love to go to Oktoberfest too! Anyway well done a great first year, 8 down 32 to go eh, good luck! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

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