As you may or may not know, I have just turned 22 and as scary as I find it that life is just flying by, it made me think of certain things that I wanted to achieve by the time I was a certain age and never did.
This is just a list of things I’ve thought about for a few weeks before my birthday so they may change during the year and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this blog post during the year 🙂
If you guys have done this before and have any ideas then comment below and let me know 🙂
1) Join the gym & go regularly. Okay, I know this is usually for the beginning of the year and it might never happen because I am beyond lazy, but I needed to put it on my list so that I know I need to do it! Not only will it get me fit, I will also (hopefully) meet some new people and get to take Zumba classes, which I’ve always wanted to do!
2) Visit New York. New York at Christmas time was the dream (Home Alone 2 anyone?!), but after researching and finding out exactly how expensive it is, I think I will settle for pretty much any time of the year! I think I would find it magical and there is just so much to see, so many amazing places to eat and drink – think I need to book my ticket ASAP!
3) Travel alone. I’ve always wanted to do this, pack a bag, book a ticket and wave goodbye. In reality, it is a lot harder than that. I’ve always had a travelling companion and I don’t know how I would feel about eating and drinking alone. Although, with a good book, company is never far away right?
4) Design and get a tattoo. Getting a tattoo has been on my bucket list for years and this year I’ve decided it will happen. I already know what I want, so I just need to design it properly and get my butt down to the tattoo shop! Watch this space!
5) Make more of an effort to see friends who live far. I’m lucky enough to have amazing friends but sometimes it’s not always possible to see them at short notice, especially with work and everyone’s busy schedules. But I think if both parties make the effort, you can always find time for loved ones.
6) Find a pen pal. Oh em gee. I’ve always wanted to do this! Preferably to someone who lives a completely different life to me so that we would have tons to talk about. Also I would be super excited to get a letter in the post every now and then. Right now I just get bills, and let’s be honest, they’re just no fun for anyone.
7) Read a new book every week. I am a complete bookworm for anyone who knows me, and since I received my kindle at Christmas, I haven’t put it down (although I still love hard copies of books). I love getting engrossed into a new book and learning about the characters, and I love the twists and turns of each story. It will most likely be more than one book a week to be honest…
8) Stop cyber stalking people I don’t give a f*ck about. I doubt I’m the only one guilty of this, but yes its something I need to stop doing. It’s more that I get bored and I’m also nosy, but I have realised I do have better things to do than stalk these people because I genuinely do not care about what they’re doing.
9) Learn to say ‘no’. I feel like life is too short to do things that you don’t want to do with people you don’t really like. Next time, I’m going to say no if I’m not 100% about something, because if I don’t enjoy myself then I only have myself to blame!
10) Take a cooking class. One of my greatest hobbies is cooking, it completely relaxes me and I love learning new recipes. Because I live in London I feel like taking a class would be a lot more accessible so I’m going to do my research into it. I also hope to meet more like-minded people as well as learning new things.
11) Go offline as much as I can. Again, I’m super guilty of being online for the majority of the day and I think it would genuinely do me some good to stay off my phone and spend more time in the moment. I don’t know how long this will last to be honest (can anyone say addiction?), but I will definitely try!
12) Visit more places around the UK. I feel like whenever someone mentions travelling, I envision a plane ticket and a posh hotel. I never think of all the lovely places we have here in the UK, such as Cornwall, Lake District and the Cotswalds to mention a few.
13) Stop trying to follow trends and dress for me. Fashion has never been my strong point, I’ll be the first to admit that! But even I have to wear clothes (stating the obvious). So this year I’ve decided to wear clothes that actually suit me and even if I get called boring, at least I know I’ll be comfortable with my clothes!
14) Make more time for myself to read, nap or just chill. Sometimes the relationship with yourself is the one you need to work on the most, which is why I really want to make more time for myself and learn to be okay in my own company.
15) Learn from my past mistakes but don’t beat myself up about them. The person I am most hard on is myself. I find it difficult to forgive myself when I do something wrong and it’s something I need to change. I do try and learn from my mistakes as often as I can but I think I can work on it.
16) Stop apologising for being myself.
Q: Why should I apologise for having my opinions and feelings?
A: I shouldn’t.
I can’t stand people who want me to adhere to their feelings 24/7 when they can’t adhere to mine. Simple.
17) Go skydiving. This has been on my bucketlist for years and it has to happen this year! I wouldn’t say I’m an adrenaline junkie or anything, but I need to take the plunge because I know I will love it! It will also give me something to look forward to and get excited about.
18) Stop holding grudges. I am a very stubborn person and I also have a good memory of when people piss me off. Not a good combo and it’s one thing that I don’t like about myself, which is why I’m going to work on it.
19) Cut down friendships with people who don’t bring anything to my life. This is not as easy as I thought it would be because I have tried this before, but I genuinely do think some people are just toxic and need to be deleted!
20) Make friends with people who make me happy. As a contrast to number 19 is that you do need those positive lovely friends around you because those vibes are so much nicer than have people constantly being negative. Arghhhh
21) Be more willing to help others, even when there’s nothing to gain. I actually feel like this could be quite difficult because when most people do something good for someone else, it’s usually because they’re getting something out of it too. I’m not saying that you need to feel terrible to do something good for someone else, but trying to not see your benefits would be a good thing to do.
22) Find my passion in life. I have a few hobbies that I enjoy doing, but I feel like I want something in my life that I have so much passion for, and I don’t think I’ve found it yet.
23) Be grateful for everything that happens, good or bad. Last but not least, be grateful. It sounds simple, but I feel like I never do this (or at least not as much as I should).