31 Before 31 ~ The Results

It’s that time of year again! I know that I always end up writing a lot about 31 Before 31 in the week of my birthday, and that’s because I have to round everything up and get ready to launch my new list!

This list has been my best yet, in terms of items ticked off. I achieved four from my first list, and five from my second. Then last year, on my 31 Before 31 list, I crossed off eight. And this year, the grand total is twelve! I know that in the grand scheme of things, twelve out of thirty one is not that great, but I’m really pleased that it’s such an improvement on last year!


The first two items I crossed off were number 7 – Visit a new British city, and number 17 – Write a letter to my MP. I managed to visit a new British city really soon after I had started my list, because I went to the Lincoln Christmas fair with my friends Katy and Hannah. Lincoln is a beautiful city and I will definitely be going back! Writing to my MP had been on lists for a few years, and I finally got around to it when I wrote to him about gay marriage. I got a reply, and a comment on the post itself!


Next up were Number 19 – Use a telescope and Number 23 – Complete a cross stitch. I went with Hannah to an astronomy meeting where she was hoping to get some help with her fairly new telescope, and we had a lot of fun looking at the moon. I made a Gandalf cross stitch for my friend Jenny’s birthday.


In July I blogged about Number 20 – Have an international penfriend, and in August I crossed off Number 8 – Visit the British Library. Bev and I haven’t been particularly good at writing letters; at the moment I think we’re on a couple each, but she did send me a lovely birthday card this week (thanks Bev!). My trip to the British Library was part of a fun and tiring day in London playing tourist.


Part of that day in London included Number 9 – Go to the top of the London Monument. It’s a long way up and it started raining when I got there, but I’m so glad I did it! Later in August I crossed off Number 15 – Go to the cinema alone when I went to see The Wolverine.


I also crossed off Number 24 – Give blood in August when I went and, well, gave blood. No major story here! Then there was a big gap before I crossed off the next item on the day before my birthday; Number 1 – Read 26 books; one for each letter of the alphabet.


The last two that I crossed off were completed on my birthday; Number 4 – Bake ten different biscuits and Number 2 – Watch twelve new Hitchcock films.

So there you have it. 12/31 is not all that good, but it’s not all that bad either. It’s more than a third! I’ll be launching my 32 Before 32 list in the next couple of days, and while I’d like to make grand claims about wanting to achieve them all, I’m fully aware I won’t! So I’ll just hope for more than twelve!

11 Comments on 31 Before 31 ~ The Results

  1. Jo Winwood
    November 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm (4 years ago)

    You should be so proud of these achievements!
    How does it work this listing a number of things to do before your next birthday? I ask as my next birthday has a BIG number in it (not one with a nought, I hasten to add!) and it seems like there’d be too many things to list and do.

    • Janey
      November 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jo!

      I’ve done list for the last four years – you can find them all under the tab called ’31 Before 31′ at the top of the page. I just think of a number of things that I would like to do in the coming year and work hard to get them done! It’s hard to think of that many things, so some of them end up being a bit more frivolous than others! You should definitely do it, I’d love to see your list 🙂

  2. sidneyrose
    November 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Well done! I’m looking forward to seeing your new list!

    • Janey
      November 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! It’s almost done so hoping to post it over the weekend 🙂

  3. SiviPanda
    November 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Well done! I really enjoyed reading this post.

    • Janey
      November 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!

  4. Hannah Ackroyd
    November 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Woo congrats on your 12 completed ones! Much better than my 22 before 22 is looking! And I’m running out of time! University has kept me so busy this year!

    • Janey
      November 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s the problem – life gets in the way!

  5. Hazel
    December 3, 2013 at 11:55 am (4 years ago)

    I love this idea, I always find that challenging yourself to do something makes it all the more likely to happen. Well done!


2Pingbacks & Trackbacks on 31 Before 31 ~ The Results

  1. […] It was my birthday, so I rounded up my 31 Before 31 challenge – my A-Z challenge, my biscuit challenge, my Hitchcock challenge, and then the full results. […]

  2. […] saw the end of 31 Before 31 (the results can be found here), and the start of 32 Before 32. I have already made a start on some of the items that are on-going […]

Leave a Reply