30 Before 30: Three Years On!

It’s my birthday! And that means it’s time for me to watch 11 hours of the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings, have a look at my 30 Before 30 list and do an update. I updated it when I turned 21, then again when I turned 22, and now I’m 23! *gulp*! That’s not early-twenties anymore, that’s just twenties. Next year I’ll be 24 and that’s mid-twenties. To distract me from this revelation, on with the list…

Some of the photos on my Instagram over the year!



1. Complete Pokémon.
Pokémon Yellow was re-released on 3DS for the 20th anniversary but I haven’t got it yet. Honestly, haven’t been playing that many video games. I need to get on this in 2017 since it’s probably one of the easiest to complete on this list. I may buy it for myself as a birthday present!
2. Write a Novel.
Do 10 beginnings count as one? I need to work on finishing projects this year.
3. Earn at least a 2:1 in my degree.
Working on it!
4. Do a 365 photo a day challenge.
I’ve mentioned every year, this is one for later in my life when my life is more interesting.
5. Copy the ‘Three Men in a Boat’ trip.
Not yet! Although at least with my procrastination, there’s less risk of being exploded by a WWII bomb!
6. Take a plane on my own.
7. Start a Podcast.
Remember how 2016 was awful? This idea got delayed because of that. It’s hard to do a podcast when all your hosts are having a hard time in their personal lives. Fingers crossed for 2017!
8. Learn to drive.
I think I just decided what I’m going to do with my birthday money. Time to take that test.
9. Write a will.
10. Own The Walking Dead #1.
I might just buy a reprint and be done with this.
11. Host Christmas.
12. See my brother get married.  
13. Go to Vegas with my oldest friend.
14. Make a quilt.
I have a few patterns ready, I just need some fabric and time now.
15. Own a Hyundai Ix35.
16. Own a collection of mugs that all have meaning.
I’m counting this as done although I’m still collecting. I have an amazing collection at the moment that are all lovely and mean so much to me. 
17. Get back into Archery.
Something I love about these updates is that this list can grow as I do, and I no longer wanted to ‘start a small business’. But something that I’ve wanted to do for years, and clearly need an extra push for, is getting back into archery. So it was time for this to change.
18. Review 200 books. 
I recently finished reading my 200th book, so I’ll have finished this goal when I write up my reviews for my January reads. I can’t quite believe it. I thought this was going to take me all ten years if I’m honest. And all the reviews so far are here!
19. Road trip the UK.
20. Go to SDCC.
21. Grow a bonsai tree and keep it alive.
Last year I had just bought two little saplings that were still alive but not growing. One did end up dying, but the other is finally growing and looking more alive! You can see him in the background of some of my blog pictures here and here. This is in progress!
22. Travel Europe on a train.
23. Cosplay.
24. Go to all the places Ashley wants to bring me to.
25. Learn to crochet and make something.
I learnt to crochet so long ago! I did start a project in 2016 though, a nest-bed for my cat, but I haven’t finished it quite yet.
26. Keep bees.
27. Cut my hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust. 
I did this last year, and I’m thinking of doing it again in 2017 because my hair has grown long again. It’s such a worthy cause and I’m not exactly doing anything with my cut-off hair!
28. Learn German.
I had a weird 30 credits that I needed to take to complete first year because of changing universities and one dealing in 40 credit modules and the other in 60. I saw a German class and knew I needed to take it. It’s been amazing, super helpful and I feel like I’m finally getting my head around the language! Enough that I’m hoping to read a book in German this year
29. Visit the German Christmas Markets. 
I visited Köln/ Cologne in December 2015, that you can see here! It was such an amazing experience that I actually went to München/ Munich in December 2016, that I posted about here! German Christmas Markets really are magical.
30. Act.
I didn’t put this on last years list because I thought it would come across kind of silly, but I’ve actually been going to acting classes since April. My confidence has built up, at least enough to put it on this list publicly. We’ll see!

Four out of thirty- but with six on the way of being done. I’m feeling a lot better about this list then I was last year. Progress is fun.

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30 Before 30: Two Years On!

The past couple years on my birthday I have looked over my 30 Before 30 list to see how I’m doing, what I’ve completed, and what needs to be remembered- and this year is no different! You can see last years post here and my original list here. Sometimes it feels like so much has changed, and other times it feels like nothing has.

1. Complete Pokémon.
Technically, I completed Pokémon X this year. But the game I really want to complete is Pokémon Yellow so call it practice! There are rumours of a yellow re-release for the 20th anniversary so…
2. Write a Novel.
Still working on this one. I’ve started a cosy crime book that is almost completely plotted out and I’m really enjoying writing it when I get the chance. I think I might do one of the Camp NaNoWriMo’s in 2016 to really bang out some words.
3. Earn at least a 2:1 in my degree.
I’m actually changing universities and degrees but all my scores point to a 2:1 so yay!
4. Do a 365 photo a day challenge.
I mentioned last year, this is definitely one for later in my life because my pictures would be super boring these days.
5. Copy the ‘Three Men in a Boat’ trip.
No progress on this one, yet. But I did buy a couple of my buddies copies of the book so fingers crossed.
6. Take a plane on my own.
Nope. Still not done this!
7. Start a Podcast.
This used to be ‘Spend a St. Patrick’s day in Ireland’ but honestly, I don’t really feel like doing that anymore and this list is kind of evolving as I grow up. Anyway, a couple friends and I are going to be starting a podcast in 2016 that we’re super hyped about. 
8. Learn to drive.
A couple weeks ago I got behind the wheel again after being terrified for ages and it just- clicked. And I’m actually pretty good! I think I can pass my test in the next couple months. Hopefully.
9. Write a will.
10. Own The Walking Dead #1.
Unfortunately, the tooth fairy hasn’t left two grand under my pillow lately but hey- a girl can dream!
11. Host Christmas.
12. See my brother get married.  
Done! 
13. Go to Vegas with my oldest friend.
14. Make a quilt.
I went to a talk by Jane Brocket this year and picked up her book so this will hopefully give me some ideas so I can complete this one soon.
15. Own a Hyundai Ix35.
16. Own a collection of mugs that all have meaning.
I have a few but if I didn’t live at home, I’d struggle to have enough cups for a tea party. 
17. Start a small business.
No closer on this one. I think originally, I saw myself with a little Etsy shop but seriously- the time those sellers put into their work is extraordinary. This one might change in the next year. 
18. Review 200 books. 
I think I’m at around 120 for this goal and you can read all of them here!
19. Road trip the UK.
20. Go to SDCC.
21. Grow a bonsai tree and keep it alive.
I bought two little saplings this year and they’re still alive- but don’t seem to be growing. I think I need to do some more research.
22. Travel Europe on a train.
23. Cosplay.
24. Go to all the places Ashley wants to bring me to.
25. Learn to crochet and make something.

I can’t believe I learnt to crochet two years ago and still haven’t made anything. This year. I must.
26. Keep bees.
27. Cut my hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust. 

Done! I finally did this in December! I donated 26 inches and I love having short hair now. The time I save in the shower is incredible. I’ll be writing a post about it soon.
28. Learn German.
29. Visit the German Christmas Markets. 
Another thing I did in December 2015. I visited Köln/ Cologne in Germany and saw so many beautiful and different markets that blew my mind, ruined my bank balance and made my Christmassy spirit soar. You can see my picture heavy post here!
30…

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30 Before 30: One Year On!

Last year on my 20th Birthday I posted up my 30 before 30 list so today, one year on I thought I’d do an update post! Some things on the list I’ve started towards, only one is complete (poor form so far) and a lot are happening this year. 21 is going to be a busy time.

1. Complete Pokémon. 
Still no closer on this one, mainly because I can’t find my old Pokémon Yellow game in all my old things. Trying to find the game might need a major clean-up to happen first. I have been playing Pokémon X and I just got Alpha Sapphire this morning for my birthday so I look forward to playing through that!
2. Write a Novel.
I probably have about 8,000 words towards this goal, but my degree takes up a lot of my writing time. They complement each other though.
3. Earn at least a 2:1 in my degree.
This is going to be something I’m really working towards this year, I’ve been getting good feedback so I think I’m on track. Just need to pick up the pace!
4. Do a 365 photo a day challenge.
I think a 365 photo a day challenge of my life at the morning would be super boring so I’m going to try this one in a couple of years!
5. Copy the ‘Three Men in a Boat’ trip.
6. Take a plane on my own.
This year for this goal I think! I have a friend who lives in Spain and hope to visit her ASAP.
7. Spend a St Patrick’s day in Ireland.

I’m way too delicate to attempt this one this year. One day!

8. Learn to drive.
*groans* I hate driving. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. I’m working on it.
9. Write a will.
That’s not a huge priority for me right now, not sure my family are going to have much of a debate over who gets my comic books!
10. Own The Walking Dead #1.
Not even close on this one! Might have to aim for a reprint.
11. Host Christmas.
12. See my brother get married.  
Done! 
13. Go to Vegas with my oldest friend.
VEGAS 2015! Yeah buddy!
14. Make a quilt.
15. Own a Hyundai Ix35.
I went for a test drive in one today and oh, so beautiful! I have to actually learn to drive and pass my test first though.
16. Own a collection of mugs that all have meaning.
This one is going quite well! In fact, I got a new one I love for Christmas.
17. Start a small business.
18. Review 200 books. 
57/200 so far! You can read them all here! I’m ahead on this goal, I honestly thought last year that this one would take me ages.
19. Road trip the UK.
20. Go to SDCC.
21. Grow a bonsai tree and keep it alive.
I’m still accidentally killing every plant I try and keep so I think I’ll wait until I get some kind of plant keeping ability before I try this one!
22. Travel Europe on a train.
23. Cosplay.
24. Go to all the places Ashley wants to bring me to.
25. Learn to crochet and make something.
I learnt to crochet in 2014 and with my new crochet needles, I should be able to complete this one soon. I already have my first project started.
26. Keep bees.
27. Cut my hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust.
I really have to do this in 2015 because my hair is ridiculous, it’s so so so long and I can’t wait to have short hair for the first time in- 17 years. I must book a haircut soon so I don’t chicken out like I did last year.
28. Learn German.
29…. I still have two spaces to fill!

So that’s my 30 Before 30 list, one year on. I update this page periodically if you’re interested in keeping up to date!

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My 30 before 30 List!

I turned 20 today. The big 2-0. The second decade of my life. The end of the years ending in –teen. The beginning of the end. Too dramatic? Maybe a little. Anyway, since I did just turn twenty I thought I would do something today, other than watching 11 hours of Lord of the Rings as is tradition with me, and I thought with exactly ten years to finish it, that posting up my 30 before 30 list would be fun.



1. Complete Pokémon.
2. Write a Novel.
3. Earn at least a 2:1 in my degree.
4. Do a 365 photo a day challenge.
5. Copy the ‘Three Men in a Boat’ trip.
6. Take a plane on my own.
7. Spend a St Patrick’s day in Ireland.
8. Learn to drive.
9. Write a will.
10. Own The Walking Dead #1.
11. Host Christmas.
12. See my brother get married. Done! Hence the above picture!
13. Go to Vegas with my oldest friend.
14. Make a quilt.
15. Own a Hyundai Ix35.
16. Own a collection of mugs that all have meaning.
17. Start a small business.
18. Review about 200 books in my Book Journal.
19. Road trip the UK.
20. Go to SDCC.
21. Grow a bonsai tree and keep it alive.
22. Travel Europe on a train.
23. Cosplay.
24. Go to all the places Ashley wants to bring me to.

As you can see I’ve only got up to 24 because I couldn’t think of anything else, but I figure I can add to it. I have 10 years after all.
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Blogmas Day 18: A Winter Wedding!

You may have notice that after the three posts I posted on Friday that it was silent on the blog yesterday but I do have a good reason.. Now I love Christmas, I’ve mentioned this a thousand times and I have a countdown to Christmas app on my phone year round. But this Christmas had something special about it that had me super excited and my whole family around. My older brother got married yesterday!



It really was a perfect day. Some people are just meant to be together and Leanne and Rory definitely are. So a public congratulations to them! <3
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