40 Things Before I’m 40

Every year I write an annual bucket list of things I would love to try, tick off and achieve over the course of that year. But Hannah recently wrote a list of 40 things she’d like to do before she turns forty and she tagged me to share my own list.

40 Things Before I'm 40

I turn 33 next month so I have seven years to go before 40. I have never really had any big aims in life – just to be happy and healthy – so it’s nice to think of things I’d love to do in the next seven years. This list really made me think as there’s an infinite number of places to visit, foods to try, activities to attempt and fears to face but this list should focus on the most important, the ones I want to do as soon as possible and the things that I really think I’ll be able to tick off in that time frame.

So here is my 40 before 40:

  1. Get my teeth straightened
  2. Convert our loft – or move house
  3. Have a Michelin starred meal
  4. Have Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson
  5. Stay at Crazy Bear, Beaconsfield
  6. Do a Try-Dive Scubadive
  7. Go Snorkelling
  8. Go on holiday to somewhere in the Indian Ocean
  9. Go on holiday to the Caribbean
  10. Go on a cruise
  11. Go to Lapland
  12. Visit New York
  13. Go to Blackpool
  14. Run 5k
  15. Go parasailing
  16. Get fitted for a bra at Rigby & Peller – and buy fancy underwear whilst I’m at it!
  17. Get a cleaner
  18. Go camping
  19. Ride in a helicopter
  20. See Ed Sheeran in concert
  21. Watch all of the Top 100 Movies
  22. Go to a drive in or open air movie
  23. Ride in a hot air balloon
  24. Start a Limited Company
  25. Go offline for a whole weekend
  26. Get rid of my fear of water – being out of my depth
  27. Go on a barge
  28. Have a hair and makeup photoshoot
  29. Go for a Stylist appointment at a department store
  30. Read the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe books
  31. Play Risk
  32. Teach the children Monopoly
  33. Stay somewhere with a hot tub
  34. Do GoApe – again
  35. Get my wedding and engagement rings resized
  36. Watch 24
  37. Go to Ireland
  38. Fly in an upgraded cabin class
  39. Do something amazing for our 10th anniversary
  40. Have a birthday party

I really enjoyed writing this list and hopefully I’ll be able to tick a good chunk of them off as the years go by – I’ll update you with my progress every so often!


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    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. That is a fantastic list….There is lots of things you have mentioned which I would like to do. I don’t think I could manage to go offline for a whole weekend though.
    I am 40 in just over 2 years. I think I am going to have write a post like this.

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