37 Before 37

37 Before 37



Now that I’ve turned 36, it’s time for me to unveil my next birthday list. In case you don’t know, each year, just after my birthday, I make a list of things I want to achieve by the time my next birthday rolls around. I’m notoriously bad at it, I rarely tick more than a few things off each list, but I persist anyway because I really like making the lists, and by this point, the list is kind of central to my blog!

Unbelievably, 37 Before 37 is my tenth list! As I mentioned last year, each year gets harder and harder, as I have to think of one new thing for the list. I tend to look around the internet for inspiration, but the problem there is that many people make grand lists of big life events that they want to achieve, and my lists aren’t about marriage, houses, babies, etc. They are about the little things that make life a little more interesting!

So here’s this year’s list. Some are a bit silly (e.g. get drunk – on the list because I don’t really drink any more but it’s fun to sometimes have too much!), but I’m going to try hard again to get them done!

  • Tick off three incomplete items from previous lists
  • Watch ten films based on Shakespeare plays
  • Watch ten animated non-Disney films
  • Read all the Poirot books
  • Finish three cross-stitches
  • Knit a blanket
  • Go to Paris
  • Do something amazing for Hannah’s 30th birthday
  • Re-read Lord of the Rings
  • Buy a car
  • Set up a home writing space
  • Get a National Trust or English Heritage membership
  • Have a day out with my sisters
  • Watch 52 films by women (written or directed)
  • Go to ten new-to-me vegan restaurants
  • Have watched ten foreign-language films from this list
  • Bake eight cakes
  • Complete an online screenwriting course
  • Go to the theatre
  • Learn to play my ukulele
  • Have a regular yoga practice
  • Go on five weekends away
  • Start an IGTV channel
  • Establish and stick to a morning skincare routine
  • Feature five Essex Loves interviews
  • Enter a writing competition
  • Earn money from my blog
  • Photograph fifty new blue plaques
  • Re-design my blog
  • Finish watching E.R. and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Listen to 12 audiobooks
  • Get drunk
  • Use 12 new vegan/cruelty-free items
  • Go to a live recording of a podcast
  • Rewatch The West Wing
  • Go to a boot sale
  • Watch all previously unwatched Steven Spielberg-directed films

By the way, if you’re wondering how I got on with 36 Before 36. a round up post is on its way, but time was ticking away and I thought I’d better get 37 Before 37 up and running so I could make a start!

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