30 things I’d like to do before I’m 30

This week I’m celebrating my 29th birthday – my last year in my twenties. For a while now I’ve kept a mental list of things I’d like to try to tick off before I reach the 30 milestone.

Here’s the 30 things I’d like to do before I’m 30

  1. Buy our forever home
  2. Spend more quality time with my husband (date nights, phone off that sort of thing)
  3. Spend more time with family (his and mine)
  4. More regular catch-ups with friends (nights out, nights in, coffee, mate dates)
  5. Grow my hair out
  6. Dye my hair – do I go darker or lighter?
  7. Lose weight
  8. Join a gym
  9. Host a dinner party with friends in our forever home
  10. Go ice skating outside
  11. Go to church more
  12. Pay off my credit card
  13. Eat a battered deep fried creme egg
  14. Go horse riding – I’ve never even sat on a horse
  15. Bake a cake (not a packet mix but a proper cake from start to finish)
  16. Do a digital detox for 24 hours (no phone, no social media, no Kindle, no iPad, no laptop)
  17. Donate blood (my appointment for my first donation was cancelled several times -not by me)
  18. Go glamping (maybe stay in a yurt?)
  19. Go on another girly holiday – even if it’s just a weekend away
  20. I’d like to do another professional qualification (masters, diploma, something to continue my professional development)
  21. Do something with my eyebrows (maybe some fancy HD brows)
  22. Run a 5K (not an obstacle course this time)
  23. Have afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Room in York

Here’s some I’ve already ticked off:

  1. Become a fully qualified journalist ✔
  2. Learn to drive ✔
  3. Get married ✔
  4. Go snorkelling in the sea ✔
  5. Take a helicopter ride ✔
  6. Move back to the North East ✔
  7. Start to blog ✔

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My aim is to do as much as I can off this list in the next year and I’ll try to blog as I go to keep you up to date.

Is there anything you think I should add to the list? Is there anything you’d like to do before your next big birthday? Let me know in the comments below.

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95 thoughts on “30 things I’d like to do before I’m 30

  1. hotmessmemoir says:

    Girl, when I turned 30 I thought I had to do a ton of stuff as I was getting “old”. I’m now 40 and here are my lessons. 30’s are a thousand times better than your 20’s. Why? Because you have more money and you have more discipline to say no to yourself when it comes to more food, less sleep and more spending. Welcome your 30’s with open arm!

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    • rachaelstray says:

      It wouldn’t have to be before your birthday you could set it for whatever time you’d like. It’s a cool idea for pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and gives you something to aim for. Xx


  2. shopgirlanonymous says:

    I never thought to do a 30 year bucket list. Of course the final three years of my 20’s were such a whirlwind I didn’t have much time for reflection. The 20’s are fun, live it up, but know the 30’s are also so full of amazing opportunities!

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  3. Lizzie Bee says:

    Oooh congrats on the fact that you’ve already ticked off a few things from your list! You’re super organised. Have you ever thought of doing skydiving? Whenever I think of bucket lists, I think of that (although it’s a bit too scary for me haha). I’d love to go travelling a lot more before my next birthday and have more weekends away rather than just one big holiday.

    Also, happy birthday!

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  4. Travis Lee says:

    Horseback riding, I haven’t done that since I was prob 11 years old. Would love to do that again! I love list like this. Really motivating to keep moving forward as you cross things off! Hope you achieve all of them and more!

    Happy Birthday!!!! BTW I think your layout is really awesome! Great job!

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  5. Hels says:

    Deep fried creme egg?! uhhhh yes please!!! I also want to do a digital detox, sometimes it’s so needed. My next birthday is my 30th too! My main goal was to pass my driving test which I did earlier this year, I think now it’s to find a job I love, and to make more of an effort with my blog!
    Hels xx

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  6. A Cup of Wonderland says:

    Such a lovely list! I hope you achieve it all but my favourite item which I’ve added my to do list now is to eat a deep fried creme egg or perhaps a mars bar! Sounds very tasty!

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  7. ellenbest24 says:

    No 21 sounds awful, mind you the brows on the teenagers going to sixth form down the road from me probably coloured my view… caterpillars But Wow ticked off list “Go girl” no 1 yoy will unfortunately be in the minority if yoy crack that before 30. Good luck with your super ambitious list.But 15…. really go in to the kitchen and get her done! The simplest of ticks ever. Start with a mug cake in the microwave then progress. Pinterest has loads of mug cake recipes. I had my five year old grand son make his own a few years ago he is eleven now and just whips one up for a treat for his mum frequently. It is nce to be here, a good blog to visit.


  8. Maria Miguel Zamith says:

    this is such a well thought initiative ! Loved the idea… And I think I’m going to make a list for myself!
    I was just going through your list and finding some things we have in common ( I really want to run a 5K! ) but I don’t think I’ll let anyone near my eyebrows hahahahaha!

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  9. Victoria says:

    This is a great list! I will be 27 in Feb. So I will be working on my list soon lol. I need to lose weight/ get healthier too. As far as baking a cake goes, I can give you some recipes if you’re interested. I love baking! Muffins / cupcakes are usually easier for me though.

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  10. Ophira B says:

    A wonderful list indeed. It’s so important to have such lists, it gives us a sense of purpose and focus. All the best to you achieving everything off that list.

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  11. Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) says:

    So I wonder how you are doing….you are a mere babe, Rachael! I love this list particularly the cream egg and the eyebrows (my daughter and her friends are obsessed with eyebrows). Cakes is something I am pretty good at – so if you need an easy recipe or some tips, just yell!!


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