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My #30before30 Challenge

My #30before30 Challenge

First of all, I’d like to say a very happy 30th birthday to my gorgeous guy, Sam, who turned 30 last week! Happy birthday Sam, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year 🙂

It was a lovely week of celebrations and it got me thinking about my own 30th birthday and the things I’d like to accomplish before I hit this milestone.

I’m sure you’re already familiar with the 30 before 30 challenge. It’s where you write a list of 30 things you’d like to do before you’re 30 and you challenge yourself to get them all done.

It’s not that I think 30 is ‘old’ or there’s anything I can’t do once I reach 30 (except wearing denim cut-offs that expose the bottom of bum cheeks, you shouldn’t do that once you reach 30). It’s more about having goals and the motivation to do things, rather than saying, ‘I’d like to do this one day….’ and that day never comes.

I’m 27 so I have a while to go but this means I can make my #30before30 list really, really epic.


I’d like to say a massive thank you to each and everyone of you who has helped me to put together my 30 before 30 list. I asked for some ideas and inspiration on Facebook and Twitter and you sent over so many suggestions! It was hard to whittle it down but here are 30 things I’d like to do before I turn 30…

#30before30 challenge


  1. See the Northern Lights
  2. Learn to ski
  3. Take a road trip around the coast of Wales
  4. Go camping in Scotland
  5. Stay in a castle
  6. Go in a hot air balloon
  7. Learn to paddle board
  8. Stay in a water hut (one like this in the Maldives)
  9. Stay in an igloo
  10. Have an outdoor cinema in my garden
  11. Visit Norway and sit on Trolltunga ledge
  12. Go back to Dubrovnik
  13. Learn to cook the best Thai red curry from scratch
  14. Start vlogging (argh, this scares me!)
  15. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  16. Run a half marathon somewhere other than in the UK
  17. Take a yoga holiday somewhere really exotic
  18. Get back in shape (like I was when I was 20!)
  19. Do a photoshoot with a professional photographer
  20. Complete a 365 photography project
  21. Create a yearlong scrap book
  22. Finish decorating my house
  23. Find the perfect jeans
  24. Get my hair chopped short
  25. Take 5 online courses to learn something new
  26. Have an adventure in a campervan
  27. Knit something cool and actually wear it
  28. Run every day for one month
  29. Spend a fortune with a personal shopper
  30. Make someone’s dream come true


And if you fancy taking the 30 before 30 challenge too (or 30 before 40, 50, 60 or even 70) please do join in and share your list!

What’s it really like to ride in a hot air balloon?

Thursday 8th of June 2017

[…] And just like that, I’d ticked off a major experience from my bucket list. […]

Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

Friday 30th of January 2015

Seeing a glacier in Patagonia is something you won't regret Monica - it totally blew me away so maybe that could make your shortlist?!


Thursday 29th of January 2015

Swim with dolphins in Melbourne's bay and graffiti a wall down our wonderful lane ways. :) Hope to see you in Melbourne sometime.


Friday 30th of January 2015

I do LOVE Melbourne and I was on a backpacker's budget last time I visited so it would be nice to go back and see it properly!

Sonia - Nel Paese Delle Stoviglie

Wednesday 28th of January 2015

I share some of mine for this year, hope you like it :) - Go to NY for work (it means I can spend night out with my colleagues in cool places that otherwise I will never know) - Come back to Japan and buy lots of kawaii stuff and make-up - Learn how to do the perfect macaron, so I can stop buying them in super expensive bakeries - Try again fake lashes and go out for a crazy, fun night with my best friends



Friday 30th of January 2015

Good luck with yours Sonia! I think Japan is going to make it onto my list too.

Jess Rayner

Wednesday 28th of January 2015

You should definitely come to Australia and do a few things here. Have you been to Fraser Island? It's the biggest sand island in the World (I think) and it's AMAZING.

Also, love your blog. First time here and it wont be my last!

Jess xxx Mismatched Knitwear


Friday 30th of January 2015

Thanks Jess. Yea, I spent 18 months travelling around Australia (before I was blogging properly) and I LOVE Fraser Island. Maybe I should go back and capture it all on camera.