My Reverse Bucket List

Reverse Bucket ListHello! Greetings from New York. Right now I’m celebrating my birthday in the Big Apple and as it’s something of a milestone, I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on the last *gulp* 30 years.

There are so many ’30 before 30′ lists out there and they all focus on what a person hasn’t done, as opposed to what they have. That’s why, when I spotted Tara’s reverse bucket list post, I knew I wanted to write a similar list. When we’re always striving to do/be/have more, we can sometimes forget the goals and milestones we’ve already achieved.

So, please forgive the self-indulgence – it is my birthday after all – and have a read of my reverse ’30 before 30′ bucket list. If you’ve had any of the same experiences (or some of them are on your own bucket list) let me know in the comments!

Travelled around Europe on the back of a motorbike
Learned to hula hoop
Went hobbit-spotting in New Zealand
Got married to my favourite person
Learned to dive in Thailand
Colour-coded all my book shelves
Bought a house
Tried my hand at running a vintage stall
Gained a first class degree
Had features published in national magazines
Went on safari in Uganda
Slept on a junk boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Met my literary hero Caitlin Moran (three times)
Planned a wedding
Tried paddle boarding and didn’t fall off once
Tried skiing and fell down a lot
Attended seven wonderful Glastonbury Festivals
Started freelancing even though it was super scary
Learned to French plait my hair
Ran two half marathons
Kayaked the Nile
Dived with manta rays in the Maldives
Trapped and disposed of two spiders (and counting), despite being terrified of them
Started a blog, which is still going after five years
Hung out with koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos in Australia
Spun social media for Worthy FM during three Glastonbury Festivals
Learned to pick myself up when things go wrong
Swum in the Great Barrier Reef
Moved to another country
Celebrated my 30th birthday in New York

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9 Comment

  1. Maria says: Reply

    This is really cool, you have done loads!

    Maria xxx

  2. Tara says: Reply

    I’ve been looking forward to this post! Wow SJ, you’ve achieved so much. Kayaking the Nile!? Say whhhhaaaat! Absolutely incredible. Happy belated birthday, I hope you had an absolute blast in NYC! I look forward to reading about your future adventures. :)

    1. SJ says: Reply

      Thanks Tara! I loved your post so much that I couldn’t not do my own :) Confession time though: I didn’t kayak the whole Nile, just part of it – it was blooming awesome though!

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  4. Lyzi says: Reply

    I love this – such a good idea! It’s really good to look back at what you’ve achieved, and girl, you’d achieved a LOT! Hope you had a lovely birthday xxxx

    1. SJ says: Reply

      Thanks Lyzi! You should definitely give this post a whirl if you haven’t already done so :) It’s nice to reflect for a bit instead of always thinking ‘what’s next?’ :) x

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  6. I love this idea and it’s a fabulous list – well done! I kept thinking I should be doing some kind of 40 before 40 list but I felt like I’d left it too late to cram in stuff so I think I might steal this awesome idea and reflect on the stuff I have achieved over the last decade. P.S. Just had a lovely catch up on your blog – you look like you’re having the time of your life!!! xxx

    1. SJ says: Reply

      Thanks so much Kat! I think you should 100% write a post like this for your 40th – writing it made me realise how good life has been to me, even though it doesn’t always feel like that every day. Let me know if you write one of your own! x

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