30 before 30, franticly

Arts End of Nowhere 30 before 30Ah, 30 before 30. That picture sums it up entirely: I have a slow trudge through my late 20s before I hit the misty wilderness of my 30s. This is a rite of passage in itself. Like the first wrinkle, grey hair, or time you forget your own name (admittedly, I polished all three off before I even hit 20).

In many ways, the past 12 months have whipped by faster than any other year since time was invented by Jesus Christ himself (I probably shouldn’t have snoozed my way through Sunday school quite so brazenly). I’m losing my once-firm grip on my frivolous 20s and oh good God, as of Friday 15th January, I have 47 days to live… As one in the springtime of my 20s.

On 3rd March, I will not only lose my rights to a whole third off rail travel (RIP, Young Person’s railcard; by your very definition, I am now OLD), but I’ll begin a whole new era of box-ticking. 26-30. That just doesn’t sound pretty.

With the dark ages of my years fast approaching*, and the real playtime so far off**, I’ve decided to give myself some goals to make the most out of the four unencumbered years that lie ahead. You know, before I accidentally marry some awful accountant who makes me live in some chocolate-box village just outside of Reading***.

*I’m pretty sure I’m destined to own a Volvo between the ages of 30 and 50, and will burst into hysterics every time Mother’s Little Helper comes on shuffle

**Shakespeare, you’re smart; but not that smart. Yes, these years will be my ‘second childhood’ but you failed to highlight one important fact: I wholeheartedly plan on being totally loaded (rich, not drunk… actually probably both) by this point in my life so the ‘second childhood’ of which you speak will have all the benefits of infancy… But this time around, I’ll be able to make it rain £50 notes as I take cruise upon cruise to the Galapagos Islands, swilling so many espresso martinis that no one will be able to tell I have any less energy than the Duracell bunny, despite being weighed down by my advanced years and all of that 14-carat gold jewellery. DARLING

A little extra:  Heart and Seoul: why I love this city

***I recently discovered that part of the reason my mother didn’t settle down earlier was because she feared this very fate. That and she was a sassy, independent, career-woman who didn’t need no man *snap snap*

So. My 30 before 30. A lot of it has been lifted straight from my bucket list because killing two birds with one stone never hurt anyone (terrible metaphor, sorry birds).

30 Before 30

Complete: 12
Started: 0
Incomplete: 18

Theatre & film

See Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical.

See The Phantom of the Opera.

See The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Be an extra in a film.*


Volunteer with Contact The Elderly (I’m pretty much one of them, after all).

Take a course in First Aid.

Life admin/finance

30 before 30

Be at least halfway towards a deposit for a buy-to-let (pictured optimistically above). [Update: done! Honestly cannot believe that.]

Extend my lease.

Get a sensible laptop.

Food & drink

Do a wine-tasting afternoon at Camel Valley.*

Actually learn a little something about wine-tasting.*

Same with sake.*

Cook a roast.

Throw a proper, big-girl dinner party.


30 before 30

Go on a Scandinavian road trip.*

Go on an American road trip.*

Go to Big Sur.*

Climb Brown Willy (IT’S A HIKE IN CORNWALL, you dirty-minded folk).*

Learn the Korean alphabet.

Visit Neal’s Yard properly (lunch, spa, the whole shebang).

Holiday in the Isles of Scilly.

Go hiking in Wales.

Climb the O2 arena.

Go to Seattle, worship anywhere anyone from The National has been.

Visit a new continent (either Africa, Australasia, South America or… ANTARCTICA).


Arts End of Nowhere

Win some form of accolade for copywriting/content/the like.

A little extra:  The perfect long weekend in Cornwall


Go on a flower arranging course.

Get a table at the World Darts Championship with a big group of pals.

Do lots of craft sessions with my now-baby niece.

Complete two City Lit courses.


That’s my 30 before 30 list. What’s yours? Link me in the comments section below!


19 comments so far.

19 responses to “30 before 30, franticly”

  1. Tina says:

    Great post! Makes my goal list look far too easy though!
    Good luck! 🙂

  2. Mandy says:

    You absolutely have to see Sunny Afternoon. It is the best musical I’ve ever seen!

    Would definitely recommend a first aid course too!

    • Amy says:

      The best you’ve ever seen? Amazing! I’m going as soon as I’ve got some cash burning a hole in my pocket.

      Did you do your first aid course in London? If you’d recommend the one you took, point me in the right direction 🙂

  3. Sounds like an awesome list! I think I need to write a new 30 before 30, time to get ticking off some goals!

  4. Ayla says:

    Loving your list! You’ve left yourself a bit longer than I did so I’m sure you’ll get much more accomplished 🙂 I’d recommend you visit Africa out of your choices of continents. My favourite place in the world ever, especially Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa.

    I see you’ve underlined American road trip and Big Sur – when is this happening? I’m doing the same thing next month and I cannot wait!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks! I’d love to visit Africa 🙂 I’m heading off to California on the 18th (two weeks today, whoa!). I’ve been looking for the best blog posts on road tripping around the state so let me know if you come across any! Hope you have an amazing time as well; I’ll keep an eye out for your posts x

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