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50 things to do before I’m 50 | a bucket list

I seem to have reached that stage in life where you start to think about all the things you haven’t had a chance to do … the end is looming (hopefully not too nearby!) and it’s time to build a bucket list!  As 2020 kicks off, I will turn 48.  2 short years until I hit the big five oh, from where it is all downhill (or so I hear!).  What is one to do? Create a bucket list of course!

the bucket list:  50 things to do before I’m 50

  1. Spend new year in New York (though not necessarily in Times Square – I no longer have the bladder for that kind of shenanigans!)
  2. See the Northern lights
  3. Participate in Blogmas
  4. Grow something to eat (technically I have already done this, but I would like to try again)
  5. Volunteer for a good cause
  6. Eat in a Michelin star restaurant
  7. Journal at least once a week for a whole year
  8. Take a photo every day for a whole year
  9. Stop drinking fizzy drinks
  10. Spend a weekend away in a remote cottage with a log fire
  11. Make a healthy lifestyle change – improve diet, reduce sugar and meat intake
  12. Stop wasting food – meal plan, stick to it, use up the leftovers
  13. Travel to Italy
  14. Use my DSLR camera more
  15. Finish a wearable knitted garment for myself
  16. Bake bread
  17. Have a girls weekend away with Nikki and Jen
  18. Get a new hairstyle
  19. Make pasta from scratch
  20. Blog consistently for a whole year
  21. Have a movie marathon – e.g. watch every Hitchcock film over the course of a month
  22. Spend a weekend visiting London as a tourist
  23. Go to the movies on my own
  24. Read a book by a roaring log fire
  25. Make a gingerbread house
  26. Go fruit picking
  27. Read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  28. Hike up a mountain
  29. Drink tequila, for old times’ sake
  30. Cook from one recipe book for an entire week
  31. Cook every recipe in one cookery book
  32. Reduce my number of unread books to fit on the bookshelves in my bedroom … no double stacking!
  33. Enter a competition (preferably something creative!)
  34. Complete a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  35. Drive in a foreign country
  36. Complete a 30 day yoga challenge
  37. Pay for a stranger’s meal
  38. Read 10 classics
  39. Complete (or at least start!) a management qualification
  40. Drink only water for an entire week
  41. Go to a sporting event
  42. Travel on the Orient Express
  43. Visit Amsterdam
  44. Read 10 more books on the BBC’s 100 books to read before you die list (see my progress here)
  45. Pick an author with a backlist of at least 10 novels and read all of them (Stephen King? Margaret Attwood?) (see my progress here)
  46. Sew a wearable capsule wardrobe
  47. Participate fully in a reading challenge
  48. Make a rainbow cake
  49. Escape from an Escape Room
  50. Read 10 more books from the Guardian 100 Best Books of the 21st Century (see my progress here)

Looks like I better get started!

I’d love to hear what’s on your bucket list …  Let me know in the comments below!

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