Thirty before thirty

So…I turned 29. One year left of my 20s, and I do think I have been overthinking a little. It does feel like I’m coming to the end of an era, plus Jared and I have recently decided that we can no longer refer to ourselves as a ‘young couple’ – it doesn’t seem right. It’s not all doom, gloom and wrinkles though, according to the internet, our 30s are the best years of our lives, so I’m going to try and develop some enthusiasm as they approach (swiftly).

To welcome this milestone in a year’s time, I thought it would be nice to write a list of things to do – a ‘thirty before thirty’. I turned to the internet for some inspo, but it seems that people are into designer handbags, designer shoes, fancy cars and ridiculous purchases. Seeing as though none of those are up my street, I’ve had to dig a little deeper than I anticipated.

Here is what I came up with:

  1. Make a dress to wear.
  2. Go on a girls weekend away.
  3. Start looking after my skin a little more.
  4. Have a party (for my 30th). This scares me, no end.
  5. Read the top 5 best English novels.
  6. Complete a triathlon.
  7. Have a full body massage.
  8. Complete our family photo books.
  9. Learn how to crochet properly.
  10. Lose every scrap of baby weight.
  11. Have blonde hair.
  12. Wear a dress every day for a week.
  13. VIsit a new country.
  14. Go surfing.
  15. Give something up for 30 days.
  16. Eat out for breakfast.
  17. Attend a festival.
  18. Learn how to make macarons.
  19. Learn a tricky piece on the piano.
  20. Go camping.
  21. Have a go at meditating.
  22. Find a perfume I love.
  23. Go to a music concert.
  24. Take a short course. I’ve always fancied trying calligraphy.
  25. Become better at talking to new people.
  26. Wear my hair down for a week.
  27. See a podiatrist.
  28. Be able to do 30 press ups in one go.
  29. Make our garden look beautiful.
  30. This is up to my lovely readers – I’d love your suggestions. Send some my way, and I’ll choose one of them!


E xx



  1. 21st July 2016 / 8:55 pm

    What a great list! I’m 29 in September, it’s a lot of pressure isn’t it? The last year of your twenties! I’m kind of thinking it might make me feel a bit more like I fit in, since like you I have three children I’m mostly a twenty something surrounded by 30 somethings… Do you find the same? I was thinking about doing a 30 before 30 list too but it does scare me a bit, 30 things is a lot and a year goes so quickly when you have kids! What a great year you are going to have though!

    • Esther
      25th July 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Absolutely! Just one year left of such a great era. My 20s have been fantastic. Weirdly, all my mum friends are really quite young…young being my age though…so not actually that young. You should totally do a 30 before 30. The beauty is that you can make it whatever you want it to be! xx

  2. 21st July 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Oh wow, some great aspirations for the year! I think it’s a great idea to make a list, as someone who would love to be 30 again, it’s safe to say your 30s fly by. And as for what I’d add to the list? On the basis that you’ve already got surfing, I’d recommend open water swimming. Maybe an organised event or just a safe place to go for a dip. It’s an invigorating experience and one that gets a bit addictive.

    • Esther
      25th July 2016 / 11:30 pm

      I am definitely one that loves swimming in open water. I may have to go again after reading this. Swimming in the sea honestly makes me feel like a new person, and I can see how that could become addictive! xx

  3. Zoë
    21st July 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Sing in a choir
    Use every stitch setting on your sewing machine
    Learn (some of) a new language (or refresh one you used to know)
    Build something in your garden
    Learn a folk song by heart
    Write a letter
    Learn the players’ names in Jared’s football team
    Z&A xxx

    • Esther
      25th July 2016 / 11:33 pm

      Some fab ones Z & A! Thank you! xx

  4. 21st July 2016 / 11:18 pm

    Oh you young pup, I have two weeks to go before 40!!! My only thoughts are to do what you love, do what makes you happy, do what makes you smile, be kind, be nice, be brave, love and be loved. Beyond that, little matters xxx

    • Esther
      25th July 2016 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel! WOW! Two weeks hey? Enjoy them! and you still look extremely young let’s face it? x

  5. 29th July 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Oh I love this! You may not be a young couple anymore but you are still very much a young family 🙂

    I love how girly some of your list is – make a dress to wear, wear a dress for a week, wear your hair down for a week. They are things I would struggle with!

    Number 30… How about, watch a silent movie, go to a drive in movie, spend an evening with your most best of friends, watching music videos on YouTube, eating snacky food and playing board games. Or, Stick a pin in a map and go there for a day/weekend, Paint your nails a colour you would never, ever have chosen before or climb to the highest point in your county and look at the world from above.

    I look forward to seeing how you get on x

    • Esther
      9th August 2016 / 10:43 pm

      I’d love to wear a dress for a week? I always think that because I have kids it’s not possible, but it totally is!…maybe once I’ve stopped breastfeeding though!

      Thank you for your suggestions. They are fab! I’m going to choose one of them soon! xx

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