30 before 30

I am not ashamed to admit that one of my favourite things to do is making lists. I love planning and setting goals and ticking things off just feels so satisfying. Recently, I have seen a few 30 before 30 videos floating around YouTube and I just loved the concept – it feels more achievable and a little bit less daunting than the typical bucket list and it also gives you a purpose and things to look forward to until the end of your twenties. Anyway, me being a list-enthusiast, I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon but I wasn’t going to jump on it alone – me and Elle, a fellow blogger, have wanted to do a collaboration for a while and thought this would be a great opportunity. Seeing other people’s goals – small or large – is always inspiring and can give you a new outlook and of course things to add to your own list. So if you like bucket lists as much as I do, you should head over to her blog post and learn about the 30 things she wishes to achieve before turning 30! And in case you need a break from lists, check out one of her other posts – Elle blogs about a variety of topics ranging from beauty and fashion to spirituality and empowering women. But now, without further ado, let’s talk about the things on my list. xx

  1. Get a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Quite ambitious considering I haven’t completed my bachelor’s degree yet but I know I’ll get there eventually.
  2. Spend some time in Canada. If you have been following my blog for a while you know how much I want to visit Canada and live in Québec for a few months. This also goes hand in hand with my next goal…
  3. Improve my French. I love the French language and really want to spend time in a French speaking ‘country’ again.
  4. Visit Norway. Because its nature is bloody stunning. Apart from visiting Oslo, I really want to see the Northern Lights and spend a night stargazing.
  5. Learn how to play the guitar. My dad got me a guitar as a Christmas present a few years ago and so far I’ve yet not gone further than learning the basics.
  6. Visit Iceland. (let me be a cliché and add visiting the Blue Lagoon)
  7. Go on a horse riding trip, preferably in Iceland. That would be a childhood dream come true.
  8. Listen to a concert at Royal Albert Hall.
  9. Become a mental health advocate. I have recently published a post in which I talked about self-care tips and I’m planning on talking more about mental health in the future as it’s a topic very close to my heart.
  10. Improve my photography skills.
  11. Go to a proper festival. I keep mentioning this in my New Year’s Resolutions every year and still haven’t been able to tick it off my list. Any festival recommendations are much appreciated!
  12. Visit Mexico. Partly because of the stunning beaches, partly because I could happily live off tortilla chips and tacos for the rest of my life.
  13. Learn a relaxation technique and practice mindfulness more frequently. Explore my spirituality.
  14. Read more classics. I love reading the classics and I got a very long list of books I’m planning to read. One of my all time favourites is Jane Eye and I’m currently reading Oliver Twist, I book I can whole-heartedly recommend.
  15. Visit Budapest. I’ve been wanting to visit this city for ages and I keep hearing other bloggers rave about it.
  16. Learn how to defend myself properly. I love doing Krav Maga and even though I have already learned a lot I still have a long way to go. I find martial arts incredibly empowering and they’re one of my favourite forms of exercise as well.
  17. Learn how to cope with negativity and criticism without it impacting my self-worth.
  18. Become more environmentally conscious. As you probably know, I am passionate about the vegan lifestyle and sustainable living and I really want to adapt a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. One step at a time.
  19. Travel along the Garden Route. In case you don’t know, the Garden Route is a popular route along the coast of South Africa, starting in Cape Town and ending in Port Elisabeth. I miss South Africa everyday and I can’t wait to go back one day.
  20. Visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Partly because I’m interested in the culture and stunning nature, partly because one of my favourite people happens to live there.
  21. Learn Spanish.
  22. Write a book. Being an author was my childhood dream and it still is my dream now.
  23. Write a personal blog post about mental health and publicly talk about mental health.
  24. Speaking of mental health – learn how to be okay in my skin and practice self-love. The relationship we have with ourselves is so important and I’m working towards accepting myself and see my weaknesses as opportunities for growth, rather than flaws.
  25. Explore Asia. I have never visited Asia but keep your fingers crossed that this will change this summer.
  26. Keep pet snails.
  27. Watch Les Misérables. I have seen the film and really want to watch a stage performance of it!
  28. Move into my own place or at least rent a flat. Student rooms are convenient but I can’t to have my own space.
  29. Volunteer for Age UK or a similar charity. No one should have no one. Luckily my grandparents still have each other but the thought of them being lonely absolutely breaks my heart.
  30. Last but not least, take life as it comes and don’t be afraid of change. It can be daunting but it also is what makes life interesting and beautiful.

What is on your list? xx

Don’t forget to check out Elle’s blog! x