Birthday Bucket List

Jess McGlynnMay 18, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!!  Today is my (whispers) 29th birthday.

I can hardly believe it actually, I still feel like I’m about 18 some days and I look around and wonder how on earth I got to the place I am!
So, as I nudge ever closer to the big 3-0 I was thinking about some of the things I might want to do this year, some of the things I have wanted to do, or thought that I would have done by now and just haven’t yet gotten around to it.

Of course, I am a terrible person for resolutions and I very rarely see them through to completion so I don’t think that a ’30 by 30′ type of post would actually be any good for me; I’d start off really well and then just end up getting distracted by other things, reach 30 and that would be that!

But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t at least give some intention to this last year in my twenties.  After all, I’ll never get to go back and do it all again so I should make the most of it, right?!

So here are some very loose guidelines on things that I might quite like to achieve before next year on my 30th birthday:-

Learn an instrument
I think it was some time in 2012 that I came into the possession of a piano (don’t ask how because I don’t remember) and I had all this fire about learning to play.  I never did, and when we moved we couldn’t bring the piano with us so that sort of went out of the window.  However, now that both Meg and Eli are in school and I have a little more time during the day (haha…) I’d quite like to learn either the keyboard or the flute.  I have always wanted to learn to play the flute but ended up learning the clarinet at school because my fingers were too small for the flute apparently…I’d like to think I’ve grown a little since then and would love to give it a go.

Travel somewhere new
Travel is such an important thing for myself and James and we talk about it all the time; the places we want to visit and the experiences we want to have.  Somehow we just never get around to sitting down and booking those plane tickets though.  This year I’d like to try and go to at least one new place, maybe somewhere in Europe?

Finish my second book
Writing on my second book has completely ground to a halt as I’ve been caught up with blogging and vlogging and freelance work but the story is still there, ticking away in the back of my head.  I’m pretty sure the characters are going to start shouting at me any day now so I’d like to try and factor more time into my week to write and to actually get it finished and published.

Take a risk
Yeah, I know this one is probably the vaguest thing on my list but I’d like to take a risk this year.  I don’t know whether that will be job related or travel related; whether it will just be me stepping out of my comfort zone in some way and trying something new…I don’t know what it will look like but this year I would like to try.  Hit me with some ideas if you have any!

Master bike riding
Okay, so don’t laugh but I haven’t actually ridden a bicycle in about 14 or 15 years.  I can ride a bike and I don’t count the spinning bike which I do once a week.  I’m talking about an actual, physical bike.  I love the idea of cycling around the village with my little vintage bike and basket on the front loaded with local fruit and veg…that might be a pipe dream but with the kids learning this year and James being such an avid cyclist, I think it’s time I got over my fear of falling on my face and re-master the art of bike riding.

So there you have it, 5 seemingly simple ideas that I should definitely maybe hopefully be able to achieve by the time I’m 30 years old!!

What do you reckon?!


  • Pinay Flying High

    May 24, 2016 at 08:55

    Great list! I play the piano but I can't read notes, I just play a song by ear. Although I wish now that I can read notes because it's just cool to be able to play a piece when you see a random piano somewhere. Lol.

  • Louise Fairweather

    May 24, 2016 at 08:55

    Happy Birthday! Gosh what I would give to be 29! I think they are all do able. I jumped out of a plane for my 30th and am in denial about my 40th!

  • Kim Carberry

    May 24, 2016 at 08:55

    Happy Birthday! I hope you're having a great day!
    I hope you achieve everything over the next year x

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