On Turning 27

Two years ago, I drew up a list of 30 things I want to do before I’m 30. This past weekend, I celebrated my 27th birthday so I thought it would be interesting to look back on the list to see what’s left to do!


1) Read 100 classic books

Umm…nope, I’m not even close to reaching that goal! Time to hit the library, I think…

2) Get married

I got engaged last summer so I’m on the right path!

3) Live abroad for at least six months

Nuh-uh. Being realistic, I’m not sure that’s going to happen either. My guy is in college right now so we’ll be staying put for at least the next couple of years.

4) Do a First-Aid course

Not yet…I’ll get around to it eventually.

5) Get my full Driver’s Licence

I swear, (I think) I’m super close to this happening! I’ve just been so busy with work and stuff that I haven’t had the chance to put in much practice lately…

6) Donate blood

Every time there’s an opportunity to donate blood in my local area (happens every six months or so), I’m always sick! You have to be in full health so unfortunately I haven’t had a chance yet. I promise I’m not making excuses, I’m not in the least bit scared of needles and I genuinely want to do this!

7) Completely redecorate at least one main room

I’d love to do this but not sure our landlord would approve…

8) Publish a book

I started working on a little something earlier this month so we’ll have to wait and see how that turns out!

9) Draw up a family tree

I’ve kind of started this but it needs a lot more work!

10) Visit London again

I finally went back last summer and it was so much fun! I might even be planning another trip for later this year…

11) Take a photography course

Nope — I’ve never come across any in my area although I might need to look a little harder!

12) Go skiing

Hasn’t happened yet and definitely won’t happen this year…Maybe some time in 2017?!

13) Adopt another puppy

So…we recently came extremely close to adding the sweetest smallest Dachshund puppy to our household. As in, we’d even started buying things for the little guy! Then we had to face the sad reality that we just don’t have the space in our little apartment. We’re in the process of looking for a house so hopefully we’ll have a new four-legged friend in the summer!

14) Eat lobster and drink champagne in a beautiful restaurant (preferably by the beach!)

I’ve never really been a big fan of seafood but I’d still like to try lobster! This hasn’t happened yet so maybe I need to change that!

15) Get my Master’s degree

Hmm…not sure this will happen. A part of me is still interested in doing this while another part of me is like, nope I’m done with college!

16) Become a mother

Not yet!

17) Become a godmother

Not yet!

18) Visit all 32 counties in Ireland

I had to look up a list so I could check them off and it turns out I’ve been to all bar eight. So Derry, Kerry, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Tyrone and Westmeath: I’ll be seeing you over the next three years! Also maybe Down because I’m not a hundred per cent if I was there or not.

19) Learn to knit

No…I should have made the effort over the winter but that just didn’t happen.

20) Run a marathon

Ha! No.

21) Hold a baby lion or tiger

Omg I need to find out where I can actually do this!

22) Meet and chat with someone really famous

Still hasn’t happened. Not from a lack of trying though, I can assure you!

23) Learn to make bread from scratch without needing a recipe

Bread, no. Profiteroles, yes.

24) Go to New York

I wish! We can just about afford a mini break in Europe.

25) Go to Los Angeles

Same as 24.

26) Do a cooking course at Ballymaloe

Same as 24, really! Since it’s on the other side of the country as well, it would practically be a a mini break in itself!

27) Meet my pen-pal from school in real life

I’m not sure if this could happen but we’ll see!

28) Open a saving’s account for the future

Done! Although I’m glad I only specified open an account and not regularly add to said account…

29) Take a wine class

One day…

30) Go on a hot air balloon ride

We’re doing this! I’ve checked out all the details and I’m so excited! We still need to book in but the season doesn’t really start ’til April so we have to figure out what date will work — but it’s definitely going to be some date in 2016!


2 thoughts on “On Turning 27

  1. Happy belated birthday! When I go to donate blood, I’m usually anemic and they won’t let me donate. A little trick I picked up for saving money: Schedule money to automatically transfer from your checking to your savings every pay day. This works very well if you have automatic deposit because you own’t miss it at all. Good luck with your list and I hope you do a blog post about your hot balloon ride!


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