Today is my birthday, I’m 24 which is an age that has always seemed far too old for me. It does mean that I am now a year away from 25, a year which seems to be awarded significant merit as a landmark age. I anticipate it being a busy year for me, and a strange one, it’s the first year where I will not be a student at all!
I decided to list 25 things to do before I hit that oh so big 25!
1. Get a career mentor
I once had a mentor at a previous job, but I couldn’t quite work out what the purpose of the relationship was. I can now see the advantages to having a mentor and would like that as I start to build my career.
2. Meet 25 people
Meeting 25 new people in a year is easy, but I want to meet, impact and develop a relationship with 25 new people.
3. Visit 5 new places
I love exploring places, new towns, countryside, countries. I want to keep seeing just a little bit more of this world.
4. Learn 15 new recipes
I can just about cook to survive, but I can’t cook to impress. In the last 5 years I’ve been in awe of my parents and their ability to create dishes every single night, now I think it’s my turn to start learning new recipes and impress them!
5. Learn to run 5k with ease
I actually dislike running so this is a weird goal. I love sprinting but hate having to run anything that I cannot do at full pelt. 5k is not actually that far though and it would be useful to be able to do it, if I wanted.
6. Try 5 new sports/exercise classes
There is definitely an exercise or sport out there for me that I have yet to discover. I’m thinking Pilates, spinning, weight training, kettle bells, or maybe something completely different.
7. Read 25 books
I love reading but I just don’t make time for it. I want to change that, I want books to replace my night time phone ritual and I want to discover my new favourite novel.
8. Write 25 more blog posts
I also want to write more, develop my blog to fit my purposes – I’m not longer a student. Create better content, write more effectively and enjoy it!
9. Work with a charity
I support a number of charities via donations but I would like to get really involved with a charity and make a real impact on their activities. The hardest decision will be choosing a charity to support in this way.
10. Do a fundraising challenge
This is most likely going to be a punishing fitness related challenge, but I want to do it, and I want to do one which will really test me.
11. Lose *lbs
Being healthy is a huge goal for me, goodbye student lifestyle of sugary energy drinks, takeaways and late nights. And goodbye to the student weight gain. Of course the internet does not need specific measurements here…
12. Write 5 guest blog posts
Time for me to get my name out across the internet, I want to contribute to other blogs, something I’ve been hesitant to do previously.
13. Buy an iron
All 25 year olds need their own iron.
14. Go to 5 gigs
I love live music, but don’t see enough, I want to go and see 5 new bands or singers and just enjoy the moment.
15. Cut my hair and keep it cut
I’ve had my hair long since I was a teenager. I like my long hair, but inevitably I always wear it up and there is no point having it. I want to get the hair cut to a reasonable, maintainable length, and keep it at that point – rather than just regrowing it!
16. Set up a pension
Living the dream…
17. Buy an expensive clothing item
I never spend significant money on clothing, but what I do have I make last, so an expensive item would be well used over its life.
18. Try something new in a restaurant
I’m extremely predictable in restaurants, I know what I like and that’s what I’ll eat. I think it’s time to try something completely different.
19. Go offline for a week…or a day… an hour?
This will be the biggest challenge of them all, but online life is not all that great. Can I switch off though?
If you haven’t seen this video from April, it’s a nice representation of the issues of life online.
20. Learn about money
Got to be done, I’ve already said I want a pension, but I also need to learn about savings, investments – even mortgages will hopefully make my list eventually!
21. Pass my driving test
It’s a little bit of a joke that I have been learning to drive on/off since I was 17. This joke needs to end now!
22. Learn to make 5 cocktails/mocktails
Important life skill!
23. Improve my posture
Slouching is for teenagers, time to sit up tall!
24. Stop drinking energy drinks
I developed a nasty habit of drinking a lot of caffeinated drinks at university, and this crept into the workplace. I need to learn to live a life without caffeine!
25. Try a new hobby