Turning 30 – My 30 Before 30 Bucket List

In August I turned 28, and it really hit home that I’m approaching the big 30! Honestly, I still feel like I’m 21. I know, everyone says that, but most of the time for me it’s true. My first child was born when I was 21, and I’ve been so busy caring for my little humans for the last 7 years that I have kind of forgotten that I’ve aged. Of course, I am brought back down to earth in some particular situations, like when I go out for a drink and realise I’m like a grandma new to the people around me, or when I sit down in a chair and I make and ‘urrrrrgh’ sound (and when I get up again), that is when I realise I’m definitely not 21 anymore!

Since my birthday in August when I realised it was time to face up to my real age, I have been thinking about things that I would like to achieve before I hit 30. It’s taken me 2 months to put together, but I finally have my ’30 before 30′ bucket list. ย Some of them involve my family, others are more personal achievements, and I can’t wait to get started and gain some new life experiences.


  1. Take the kids back to Newcastle & South Shields
  2. Run the Great North Run
  3. Climb Slieve Donard
  4. Take a family trip to London
  5. Learn to Sew
  6. Start a new course
  7. Write a piece of fiction
  8. Get my nose pierced again
  9. Visit Dublin
  10. Go to the theatre
  11. Get a sugar skull tattoo
  12. Go horse riding with Caitlin
  13. Learn to drive
  14. Do some volunteering
  15. Go to a Belfast Giants ice hockey game
  16. Make homemade jam with hand picked fruits
  17. Go to a gaming/ comic convention
  18. Learn to play guitar
  19. Learn how to knit or crochet
  20. Afternoon tea somewhere posh
  21. Learn to to really use my camera
  22. Go to the top of The Shard
  23. Take a canoe/ kayak lesson
  24. Visit Belfast Christmas Market
  25. Go on a family scavenger hunt
  26. Take the kids swimming
  27. Get paid to do some freelance work
  28. Start to learn a new language
  29. Stay in a 4/5* hotel ย –ย Our Stay at the Radisson Blu Belfast
  30. Go to a Newcastle match at St James’ Park

When writing my list, I tried to choose things that ย are a mixture of challenging and achievable. Hopefully I can cross each of the things on my list before I turn 30 in August 2017!
Do you have anything you would like to achieve before you reach your next big birthday? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Kim Carberry October 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Great list!! Everything sounds so doable! Good luck x

  • Reply Claire C October 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Wow! That is some list, I wish you luck completing it!

  • Reply Laura Hartley October 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Great list! Hope you manage to make some progress with it over the next two year. Learning how to use my camera properly is also on my bucket list!

  • Reply Jenny October 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    That's such a great idea, I think I'll be doing something similar but for the big 40!

  • Reply Tori Gabriel October 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I never wrote any kind of list when I turned 30. I'm now 32. Maybe a list would be a good idea. You've got quite a few big goals to cross off. At least you've got time. Good luck.

  • Reply Natasha Kendall October 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    It's so weird how quickly everyone seems to feel like they age after kids! I'm 20 and I bet one day I'll be the same and life will flash by for me but go slow as ever for my friends ๐Ÿ™‚ haha x
    Natasha Kendall | Beauty and Lifestyle

  • Reply Sarah-Louise Bailey October 29, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Good luck with getting your 30 before 30 done – it sounds like you have some awesome things planned in the time between. x

  • Reply Helen Dickinson October 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Fantastic bucket list. I hope you manage to complete your list. You will be able to create some fantastic memories with that list.

  • Reply Ickle Pickle October 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Good luck – what a great list! My next big birthday I guess is 45 next summer – I haven't a list – i could start one for before I am 50 but I really just can't think of being that old! Kaz x

  • Reply Emma-Jane Page October 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Best of luck! I used to dread turning 30, and one of these would have helped I think. I might have to start my 40 before 40 soon (34 in December). I am dreading it already

  • Reply beautyqueenuk October 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Now that is quite a wide and varied list and I am hoping that achieve it all x

  • Reply tracey bowden October 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I never done a list when I turned 30, maybe one for 40 would be a good idea as I am quickly nearing 35! Good luck in ticking some of these off x

  • Reply Catstello October 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Oh I love these kind of lists. I should make one as I'm now 23! Good luck completing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Daniella October 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    My next big birthday will be my 40th and I would like to own my own house by then.

  • Reply Lina - Cookies and Cwtches October 30, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I love a good bucket list! Have lots of fun along the way!

  • Reply Aimee Foster October 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Great list! It's a great idea to do this – I'll have to write a list of things to do before I'm 40 (only 5 years to go!)

  • Reply Jessica Powell October 30, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Awesome list! I turned 27 this year and keep thinking I should make myself a bucket list of things to do before I hit thirty… I just keep procrastinating on the list, let alone the things to go on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #thelist

  • Reply Zena's Suitcase October 31, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Great list, I think there's a bit of inspiration here for a lot of us. There's definitely some things I'll be stealing from it, even though I'm way past 30 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Laura Ferry November 2, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I love that you've written this list, especially as it includes many things about Newcastle! xxx

  • Reply MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) November 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    You'll have a blast making your way though that list. You've got some cool things on there – including a few that I wouldn't mind doing myself!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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