It's my 30th birthday today - wahey!! Rather than freaking out I'm looking forward to my thirties - more confidence, self-assurance, money and solid friends than in my twenties means it can only get better! I never really had a bucket list of what I wanted to do by the time I was 30, but it got me thinking what have I done? Quite a lot it seems! Here is my top 30 list of things I have done by the time I'm 30...
- First up, I have my health, happiness, great family and friends and that is an achievement and something to celebrate in itself!
- Won a Blue Peter badge. I can't really remember what for, something to do with a poem about a squirrel I think! Anyway, I have one...
- Had a great music education - first from my mum, then various friends leading me to have a crazy memory for songs!
- Learnt to drive and only recently gave up my beautiful purple Mini I was riding around in for 9 years.
- Ran a 5k Race for Life back in the day when a minute of running would make me keel over.
- Learnt a language. I wish I was fluent but conversational Spanish has got me through most of my travels, especially Argentina where not many people spoke English and I had to somehow get a new SIM card.
- Swam with dolphins (this one always seems to be up there in most people's bucket lists)
- Gained a first degree - but made sure I had as much fun at uni as possible as well as getting a good degree of course.
- Stayed up all night talking shit with friends. This one is mostly at uni, then passing out, then looking at our digital cameras (that's how old I am) the next morning to see the evidence of what happened the night before.
- Visited the Pyramids. I even climbed inside one (don't bother, not much there), and rode a hot air balloon over the Nile.
- Met Royalty - not the Queen unfortunately but Prince Charles, so the next King and I are besties.
- Seen a billion stars one evening in Montana - so breathtaking!
- Travelled solo - quite a lot actually. When I left my parents at Heathrow for a year of solo travel, I was the most scared I think I've ever been. But it was also the best thing I have ever done. When you can get through various situations travelling throws you into, not much can phase you.
- Loved. A lot. I've also been through my fair share of heartache but I don't regret any of it.
- Also laughed a lot. Laughed so much I've cried, not been able to breathe, stomach muscles hurt, the works. And please bring more of these laughs on!
- Taken a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately I was crazy hungover for it but still AMAZING
- Dived the Great Barrier Reef. I got my PADI certificate here and I think it may have spoilt me forever as it was the most beautiful diving spot. The night dive with sharks was especially thrilling!
- Eaten many weird and wonderful things. We're not talking I'm a Celebrity trial standard but I'm quite adventurous when it comes to food - eating not cooking.
- Camped at Glastonbury in ridiculous mud and saw Beyoncé live - definitely a highlight but I don't feel the need to do Glastonbury again
- Bungy-swung through the rainforest - not jumped, but swung. Trust me, terrifying enough. Never again
- I have been Pudsey Bear. That's right, I am Pudsey!
- Danced like a madwoman at Rio Carnival
- Seen and travelled to so many incredible places I can't list them all here but highlights include: Iguassu Falls, Sydney, Queenstown, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, and my thirst for travel never goes away.
- Overcome some really bad times. Especially years of insomnia where I was at my lowest. I got through it with a combination of a lot of things, support from friends and family but also meditation - give it a go if you never have.
- Learnt to cut out the bullshit. For the most part anyway. Mindfulness and yoga is a big part of this and I love them both.
- Kept this blog going for quite a while. I'm no way near a 'big blogger' and I go through phases of blogging but I do enjoy it and am really grateful for the people I've met through my blog.
- Learnt the best beauty for me. I have accepted I have a round face, will never have strong brows, and that's OK. Same with fashion - thanks to Kim K and J Lo for making big booties OK!
- I have my own flat. With the help of my parents (of course in London!) and I love it. London has to be the best city in the world.
- Without sounding too much like a jerk, I've stayed true to myself. More so as I've got older and more sure of myself, but if someone has asked me to do something I don't believe in/don't want to do, it's OK to say no.
- Finally, I've made it to 30! Well done me.
Here's to another 30 years.