Monday, April 24, 2017

#30Before30 - One Year On!


My 30 before 30 challenge began last year, on the evening of my birthday. Good news - today, is the evening of my birthday. Therefore I've battled for a year to try and cross these off of my bucket list - a year ago today I'm sure people eye-rolled and didn't take my post on board but I assure you I've been trying my best to make these happen.

(1) TO GO VEGAN FOR ONE WEEK
Not completed.

(2) COMPLETE A YOGA CHALLENGE
Not completed, although I am a part of a weekly bootcamp class now which is a huge achievement for me!

(3) CLIMB A MOUNTAIN
Not completed.

(4) MAKE A VLOG
I did it! I have a vlogging channel now, with over 100 subscribers - so I like to think I did this one pretty well too. Vlogging has opened up so many doors for me, and I'm so thankful for each and every person who takes the time to watch the videos we create.

(5) VISIT AN AQUARIUM / SEALIFE CENTRE
Not completed. This was always going to be a tough one as I have a very deep set irrational fear of fish. We do have Merlin Passes now so we can access these all year round, but I honestly cannot see me getting over this fish thing any time soon. I'm a coward!

(6) UP-CYCLE SOME FURNITURE
We did it! When we moved home we acquired an old sofa that needed some basic repair. I don't have any photographs as we recently got a new suite, but it saw us through the first six months of living in a new home before we were able to upgrade to something a little lovelier. I also have plans over the next few months to upgrade some of the pieces we have been given while setting up our home, so keep a look out for those coming soon!

(7) USE WILD / HOME GROWN INGREDIENTS
Completed...! Kind of. I used beans grown by the place I work and some berries from the local area to make some goodies - and it felt fantastic. I did originally have this as 'forage for wild ingredients' but I felt that could be a little dangerous (I'd probably eat a bad mushroom and die) so tweaked it a little.

(8) HAVE A PHOTO SHOOT DONE
Not completed, although I am becoming more confident in front of the camera.

(9) MAKE AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING & WEAR IN PUBLIC
I did this! The scarf featured on this instagram photograph of Megan at Willow Park this year is one I made for Mike. I knitted it for his birthday and we all wore it that chilly spring day. Accomplished!

(10) LEARN TO CROCHET
I did this in a vlog that you can view right here!

(11) MAKE MY OWN PASTA
Not completed.

(12) PULL AN ALL NIGHTER
I did this, but not in the glamorous way but any stretch. The usual insomnia creeping in, but thankfully I got it back under control once more. I think taking part in an all night ghost hunt may count as part of this too, right?

(13) RIDE IN A CABLE CAR
Completed at Alton Towers on April the 1st. Myself, Mike, Tristan and Gail my Mother-in-Law went to Alton Towers and we took the opportunity to tick this off of my list. Here is the evidence on my instagram - riding high above Forbidden Valley in a cable car!

(14) GO CAMPING
Not completed.

(15) GO ON AN ORGANISED GHOST HUNT
We did this! You can watch the vlog right here - Ghost Hunting with the Sixth Sense Ghost Hunters at the North West Transport Museum.

(16) OPEN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE
Not completed.

(17) MAKE MY OWN CHRISTMAS CAKE
Not completed.

(18) HOST A DINNER PARTY
Not completed.

(19) MAKE MY OWN JAM
Not completed.

(20) TAKE AFTERNOON TEA
Not completed.

(21) HAVE A WEEKEND BREAK IN A NEW CITY
Not completed.

(22) PASS MY DRIVING THEORY EXAM
Not completed.

(23) GO TO A PARTY IN FANCY DRESS
I did this at my in-laws Halloween party with my little family and Gilliblogs! I did my own makeup and went as a leopard - I got a whole bunch of compliments on it so I don't think I did too badly. Thank goodness I'm creative!

(24) PLANT A VEGETABLE GARDEN AND MAINTAIN IT
Not completed. Our garden has been under maintenance this year to fill in a reservoir the old factory used so we haven't been able to tick this off.

(25) LEARN TO CREATE MILK BRAIDS IN MY HAIR
After many attempts.. This is my go-to style now.

(26) WALK OVER 10 MILES IN A DAY
I actually have a 35 mile walk to do with work in May 2017, so although I didn't manage it this year I certainly have it on the cards in the very near future.

(27) WATCH A SUNRISE
I did this on a regular basis as I worked the early morning shifts at work. I have evidence again, over at my instagram!

(28) SING KARAOKE
Not completed.

(29) PLANT AND TEND TO SOME ROSES
Our house came with roses! I didn't plant them, but I do tend them.

(30) HAVE A MANICURE
I have a manicure each month now. It began close to Christmas as I had the traditional 'works do' and I had acrylics applied. I don't think I can live without them now! Its my one treat I allow myself each month, as I feel so feminine with my nails looking pretty. Little things can make such a difference!

Well, I've done a few!
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