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36 Before 36

36 Before 36

It’s time to unveil my new birthday list! For the unitiated amongst you, I’ve been writing a birthday list since the year I turned 28. I pick a number of things that I would like to achieve between my birthdays, and inevitably fail to cross a large number of them off…

Unbelievably, this is my ninth list! It gets harder and harder every year, because of course, the number increases by one every time I make the lists! But I’m pretty pleased with this year’s goals.

It’s been a bit delayed, due to the fractured wrist that I have had to deal with, so I now have only a little over 11 months to complete these goals. But I’m nothing if not a tryer!

  • Visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library.
  • Watch a film for every year I’ve been alive (1982-2018).
  • Keep a bullet journal.
  • Film a second a day for three months.
  • Record a podcast.
  • Send 12 Postcrossing postcards.
  • Go to Bath.
  • Get a third tattoo.
  • Go to Ballie Ballerson.
  • Get a piercing.
  • Climb the O2.
  • Visit Sky Garden.
  • Give blood.
  • Cook one new recipe a month.
  • Read five from The Book of Forgotten Authors.
  • Work on my family tree.
  • Visit five new museums.
  • Read five Christmas books.
  • Increase my Instagram following by 15% (currently at 518)
  • Send birthday presents/cards to all my family members and friends.
  • Buy five poetry books.
  • Volunteer.
  • Plan something amazing for my sister’s 50th birthday.
  • Have watched 30 from the BFI 100 Thrillers to See Before You Die list.
  • Read all ten from the Guardian Top 10 books on Rural America.
  • Read all ten from the Guardian Top 10 modern epistolary novels.
  • Take a trip to a new town or city every month with Hannah.
  • Bake ten cakes.
  • Meet up with my teenage best friend.
  • Start a newsletter.
  • Take a driving test.
  • Buy no new clothes for an entire month.
  • Ask twenty people to recommend a book, and read them all.
  • Attend a film festival.
  • Leave the country for a holiday or mini-break.
  • Re-decorate my bedroom.

Wish me luck!

 

35 Before 35 Part III

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26. Read more diverse authors
I very rarely include anything quite so vague on my birthday list – this is the kind of thing that can usually be found on my New Year’s in-lieu-of-resolutions list. But I didn’t want to put ‘Read xx amounts of books by people of colour’, because it didn’t feel right. Instead, in an attempt to diversity my reading, I’m going to try and seek out, in the first place, non-white authors, and I’ll have to judge at the end of the year if I can tick it off. (I know, by the way, that diversity doesn’t just apply to skin colour, but I think that this is the area in which my reading is most in need of a shake-up.)

27. Read ten novels on which films are based
This has been on a list before, but funnily enough, I didn’t tick it off (the sheer number of things over the years that I haven’t ticked off is astonishing). I’m going for it again, and I am hoping to include some books which have big screen adaptations on their way.

28. Start writing my novel
This has been on just about every list since I started making them, but of course, it doesn’t happen because I’m the laziest person you could ever wish to know. For my birthday I received a workbook that promises to help me, so with the seed of the idea that I have for a story, I’m hoping to give it a go very soon!

29. Visit ten bookshops
Another one that has been on the list before, and I made a good start on it, but didn’t tick it off. Bookshops are my happy place, so it’s no chore to visit them and blog about them.

30. Visit Westminster Abbey
I’ve never been to Westminster Abbey, despite my dad working there from time to time. I’m going to do it this year, I promise!

31. Visit Bognor Regis
I have a very good friend who lives in Bognor, and has done for some time, and yet I still haven’t been to see her. Time for a visit to the seaside.

32. Go to five book events
I love book events, big or small, so whether it’s a local library talk about a book, or a big book launch, I’m hoping to fit in at least five over the next twelve months.

33. Film a second a day
I tried this last year, and got as far as blogging about December and January, and filming February and uploading it but never blogging about it. They are amongst my favourite things to watch, a real snapshot into my world, and I wish I had kept up with it. So I’m adding it to this year’s list again, in the hope that I can keep up with it.

34. Visit Gold Hill
I have rather a lot of ‘Go to…’ items on this year’s list, but this is a last-minute one that changed locations three times before I settled! Gold Hill is in Shaftesbury, which is in Dorset, and it’s most famous as the ‘Hovis Hill’ (from the advert), but it’s also where my granddad was born, and despite this amazing familial connection, I’ve never been (unlike most of the rest of my family). So I’m determined to head there this year, even if it’s for a fleeting visit.

35. Complete a cross-stitch 
This has been on my list before, and I’ve ticked it off before, but I want to do it again. I love cross stitching, I just need to be realistic about my ambitions – I tend to think too big and then never find the time to complete them!

So that’s my full list – there are rather a lot of repeats from previous years, but thinking of 35 things is really, really hard! I say it every year, but I’m really hoping that this year I’ll get through a few more. We will see; I’ll keep you updated!

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35 Before 35 Part I

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With an efficiency that surprises even me, I am here to share the first part of my 35 Before 35 list! I always separate the list into a number of posts, because I think it makes it a little more interesting – I like to waffle a little bit about the reasons for my choices, and that would make the whole 35 in one post a little long!

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1. Dye my hair
To anyone who knows me, this may seem a bit of an odd one – my hair is dyed, and has been for years. But I really want to get it to a colour that I love, and not just the same old red-for-a-while, dark-for-a-while. I would like to dip my toes in the pastel trend, or maybe go for the increasingly popular grey – I’ll have to see!

2. Visit ten cinemas
I go to the cinema fairly regularly (or at least I usually do – travel woes are causing issues at the moment). But that’s to my local multiplex, and I’d really like to explore some of the other cinemas around the country. Let me know what your favourite cinemas are!

3. Go on a date
I put this on my list a couple of years ago, but never achieved it (shocker), so I thought I’d give it another go.

4. Go to Berlin
This is quite ambitious, but my friend Hannah and I have made tentative plans for a city break in Berlin next year, so I hope putting it on my list will encourage me to do it!

5. Record a podcast
Again, this was on last year’s list, but I’ve repeated it because it nearly happened, yet didn’t quite come off!

6. Take a driving test
‘Pass a driving test’ feels a little too ambitious, so I’m going with taking one, and hoping I pass!

7. Get new glasses
I desperately need to have an eye test, firstly because I think my prescription has changed rather drastically, and also because I really, really want new glasses!

8. Go to Canterbury
I have been to Canterbury once, to visit a friend at university, and I really liked it. I now have another friend at university there, and I want to go back!

9. Get a third tattoo
I’ve actually achieved my tattoo goals for the last two years, so the odds are good, though my next tattoo plans are a little bit more ambitious this time around, so I need to save up!

10. Photograph 50 Blue Plaques
I love Blue Plaques, and I always try to take photos of them when I see them, but this is a concentrated effort to find them! I have a very handy app that I forget is on my phone, but I’m going to be using it to find them when I’m in London.

11. Compile a top 50 songs list
A little while ago I tried to list my favourite 50 songs, but didn’t get very far. It’s a constantly changing list, but I’d like to try and make it at some point this year!

12. Throw a Gilmore Girls party
This is just a little bit of a cheat, as I already have a Gilmore Girls party planned. Actually, ‘party’ is probably overstating it a little, as it’s more of a gathering. But it’s Gilmore Girls-themed, and it will involve watching the new episodes, eating lots of food, dressing as characters, and having fun. A party it shall be.

13. Listen to an album a week
Another musical goal! I don’t listen to much music at all these days, save what I hear on the radio. When I do listen to Spotify, it’s usually playlists, so I thought it was time to discover more albums! I’m planning on listening to albums, old and new, and doing a blog post each week about them. We’ll see how that turns out – I’m notoriously useless when it comes to series of any kind on this blog!

That’s the first instalment of 35 Before 35, check back tomorrow for the next bunch!

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34 Before 34 ~ The Results

Yesterday I turned 34, and as such, the deadline for my birthday challenge has now come and gone. It’s most unlike me to be rounding things up so soon after my birthday, but in all honesty, it’s not going to take too long – I did very badly!

In all the time I’ve been doing birthday lists (34 Before 34 is my eighth list!), I’ve always done badly, never ever ticking off even as many as half. It gets harder every year, because obviously I have to add another item, and I’ve gone from 28 when I started, to 35 on my next list. But making the list and trying to tick things off is almost as much fun as actually doing them (I say this every year), so despite my failure each year, as long as I blog, I’ll be making a birthday list!

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There are a couple of ticked off items that haven’t had their own blog post, as I just didn’t get around to it! One is Knit a Blanket; something I actually ticked off months and months ago, in March. Back then my niece was expecting the little baby that we now know and love as Peggie, and I decided to knit her a blanket for her nursery. I was really pleased with how it turned out – the chevron pattern is lovely and I loved the colours that I chose!

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Another one I haven’t written about yet is Make my bedroom walls look pretty – and I am not sure that I have quite achieved it to my own satisfaction, but it’s so close that I’m ticking it off! I have a poster that I bought from one of those photo apps (I can’t remember which one) of some Instagram photos – until Peggie was born it had a photo of just about every member of my family, plus most friends and their offspring. I’ve also got a mirror in my bedroom that is adorned by various bits and pieces, photos, patches, and other things I love. And then, of course, I have a signed Movie Doctors posters taking pride of place on the wall – it’s genuinely one of my most prized possessions! I also have a Harry Potter print that I received from Janet in last year’s Thrifty Swap and although it’s perched on a stack of records, it’s not on the wall yet. It will be soon though – my walls are a work in progress!

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I ticked off Go to Liverpool in August, when I headed up there for a weekend. I really loved the city, and I’m so glad that this was one of the few that I did tick off from my list, because it’s a fairly big one. I have also ticked off Try yoga, even though it was pretty much just a couple of days before I let it slip again.

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Start a scrapbook/journal/diary is only really something that I’ve been able to tick off recently, and it’s my favourite thing currently – it’s exactly what I want it to be and it’s not often I can say that about something creative in my life! Get another tattoo was another thing that could so easily have slipped past without being ticked off – it took me years to get the first one and then no time at all to get the second one. My Mary Poppins tattoo has faded somewhat since this photo was taken, but I still love it!

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Another one that I ticked off some time ago but only blogged about last week was Go to a theme park – I went to Thorpe Park in June with my friends and had a lovely time!

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Finally, I did Have a driving lesson, in fact I had several, but I’m on a break from learning at the moment, due to issues with my instructor. This break has gone on for too long, I need to pull my finger out! And as I mentioned, I ticked off Have afternoon tea earlier in the year when my sisters and I went out with my niece tea and cake in lieu of a baby shower, when she was expecting the beautiful Peggie.

So that’s that – I managed a paltry nine! My best achievement is 12, back during the heady days of 31 Before 31 – I wonder if I’ll ever beat it! My plans for 35 Before 35 are already taking shape, and I’m hoping to have the full list up by the end of next week, so I can get started on them straight away. Thinking of 35 things is a challenge, so if you have any ideas, let me know!

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34 Before 34 (Part III)

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It’s time to share the final part of my 34 Before 34 list. I’m already making a start on some of the items; I’m loathe to say that I’m hoping this will be my best year ever, but I do plan to try extra hard this year!

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24. Go to ten museums
I just love going to museums, and not just the big ones in London. I am particularly fond of the small local ones, especially in the villages near to where I live. So I’m going to make a conscious effort to go to more, and any that I go to will count, not just new ones.

25. Film a second a day
I love the idea of filming just one second of my day for a month, and then stitching them all together. Since I saw Chef, in which a character does just that, I decided to give it a go. I’m already partway through December, so we’ll see how that goes, and then I’m planning to continue for the rest of 2016.

26. Go to a theme park
Traditionally, this goes on my What to Do in… list, which I make in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions. But it’s going on my birthday list this year, because I’ve not actually been to a theme park since 2011!

27. Have a driving lesson
I can put it off no longer, it’s time for me to learn to drive. When you have to have a day off work because you have no way of getting in, it’s probably time for things to change. I don’t want to put ‘Learn to drive’ on the list, because the chances are that I’ll need more time than a year to get any good at it, but I have to at least start lessons!

28. See a film outside
This was on my 33 Before 33 list, and I had tickets for an open air cinema, but I didn’t end up going in the end! There are more and more open air cinemas every year, so this shouldn’t be hard to do!

29. See a play at the National Theatre
I went to the National Theatre recently and had a drink in the cafe. While I was there, I went to the toilet just as the plays in each theatre was starting, and I felt a little frisson of excitement, and wished that I was going to see something! They regularly offer reduced tickets, and there are some amazing looking productions coming up, so I’m going to go!

30. Have afternoon tea
I’ve had afternoon tea a couple of times, but it’s not as regular in my life as I would like.

31. Watch ten films from 1982
There are plenty of wonderful films from the year I was born, so I’m going to watch some of them! These will be all films that I haven’t seen before.

32. Read a book for every letter of the alphabet
This was on my list a couple of years ago, when I did it by author’s last name. This time it’s going to be an A-Z based on book title.

33. Have watched 15% of the films from 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
I recently bought this book, which made me realise how many amazing films I haven’t seen. I know it’s a fairly arbitrary list, but I love a list, no matter what it is, so I like being able to tick them off, or be inspired to watch something new. I’m currently at just over 11%, and I’d like to get up to 15%, which means around 40 films from the list.

34. Bake 8 different tray bakes
It’s been ages since I did any baking, or had a baking item on a birthday list. Tray bakes seem fairly easy, but we will see!

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