My 40 before 40 Personal Challenge

I love the idea of challenging myself to do some achievable and meaningful things before I hit the big four zero. I’ve got just over 3 years left at this point, so I’ve got a bit of time – but I know with the speed at which I manage to get things done, I’ll need every minute of it. These are personal goals that are things I’ve always wanted to do but never got around to, as well as things I’d like to re-experience. I tried to keep it fairly realistic, because I know that I don’t have the finances to head to the Galapagos Islands, or the health to jump out of a plane.

I read the Independent’s list of 40 things to experience before 40 and to be honest it seemed a wee bit… well, ridiculous. Compete in the Ironman Triathlon? Climb Mount Everest?! Run a 100 mile race? Okay I’m not superman here ya know.

This isn’t a life bucket list, just a challenge to myself to live life to the full in a realistic way and think about the things I want to experience (and stop procrastinating!). A kick up the butt to me, if you will. I was never blessed with good health and I haven’t managed to win the lottery yet, but I feel incredibly lucky to have made it this far and have amazing and supportive friends and family and I want to continue to enjoy every moment.

I’ll be updating this every year.

So here are the 40 things I hope to do before I’m 40, wish me luck! I hope some of these things resonate with you, and I’d love to see your list or your suggestions if you have any!

I'm sharing my list of 40 things I want to do before I'm 40, including family, food, travel and self-improvement. Share your bucket list items too!

My 40 before 40 Personal Challenge

  1. Go to a music concert of some kind
  2. Go to the theatre
  3. Ride a rollercoaster
  4. Perfect a complicated song on the piano
  5. Go on a family bike ride
  6. Row a boat
  7. Watch national level show jumping (in person)
  8. Have a professional family photoshoot
  9. Read 100 books
  10. Go ice skating
  11. Bake and decorate a Birthday cake
  12. Eat vegetables that I’ve grown from seeds
  13. Host a party for 10+ people
  14. Have afternoon tea at a 5 star hotel
  15. Eat a meal in a Michelin starred restaurant
  16. Drink a fancy cocktail that I’ve never tried before
  17. Drink an expensive (£50+) bottle of wine and don’t worry about the price
  18. Go camping as a family
  19. Swim in the ocean
  20. Go on a family cruise
  21. Visit a new country
  22. Visit Stonehenge
  23. Get to the top of Snowdonia Mountain
  24. Celebrate New Year somewhere that isn’t home
  25. Visit the Isle of Wight
  26. Go back to the hotel I originally met my husband at in London
  27. Go on holiday with my mum – anywhere!
  28. Write a book
  29. Improve my Welsh speaking ability
  30. Make my own clothing
  31. Learn to drive
  32. Get into a healthy weight range
  33. Volunteer for a charity
  34. Complete Couch to 5k
  35. Stop biting my nails
  36. Make a Will
  37. Finish decorating the house
  38. Create a beautiful garden
  39. Go full Marie Kondo on the wardrobe and drawers
  40. Make a full time earning (minimum wage is fine!) from my writing work.
I'm sharing my list of 40 things I want to do before I'm 40, including family, food, travel and self-improvement. Share your bucket list items too!

So do you have any things you’d like to do before your next big milestone? Whether it’s 30, 40, 50, 60 or beyond, I think it’s always good to keep setting ourselves personal challenges to make the most of the things we have.

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