30 before 30 – did I do it?!

30 before 30

I write this post as a fully fledged 30 year old.  No longer am I young and cool (was I ever!).  No longer can I ignore the aging process.  But you know what, I am pretty happy to be 30.  I have an amazing husband and family, and I am still following an amazing God who has looked after me so far and brought me on an adventure.  I have no doubt He has even greater things in store for my thirties.  So bring it on I say!  Here is my final run down of what I have and haven’t acheived……

  1. Go geocaching – COMPLETED.  My lovely hubby included this in my pre-birthday presents and downloaded the app on his phone, so off we went to have some geocaching fun (ok so we had some teething issues with the app but I am counting this)
  2. Go on a camping trip with friends. Unfortunately not done this one, but still something I will aspire to do.
  3. Spend a day at a spa- COMPLETED.  Will definitely be making some repeat visits….
  4. Visit 5 new museums – COMPLETED. Visited lots of great museums in the last few years
  5. Knit something – COMPLETED – not sure if you will call this something BUT I KNITTED IT!!!knitting
  6. Sponsor a child.  Definitely want to do this and might look at it as something to start this Christmas time with the boys.
  7. Host a scavenger hunt – COMPLETED.  
  8. Send a care package to someone – COMPLETEDMust make this a more regular thing!
  9. Learn to juggle 
  10. Start a collection – COMPLETED – One of my favourite new things that has come from this is a purpose to having more mugs
  11. Learn yoga – COMPLETED 
  12. Take on a 30 day photo challenge – COMPLETED. Did my 30 days of REAL family life photo challenge last year, and loved it so much that I am planning on doing this again over the summer (want to join me?!)
  13. Visit another country that speaks a different language –  This just hasn’t been in budget for us at the moment, but will hopefully be achieved in the next year or so.
  14. Have a proper exercise routine – COMPLETED  Am using my exercise bike much more regularly than any other exercise I have done before so counting that!
  15. Write an ebook – would still love to do this but not sure what I’d write about – ideas anyone?!
  16. Feed 500 people in my home – I am carrying on with my feeding 5000 target but not done well the last year or so.
  17. Memorise my favourite passage from the bible – COMPLETED Doing Mummy meditations mean that I have memorised loads of passages from the bible, and my favourite one changes all the time.
  18. Sleep under the stars
  19. Learn a new craft/creative skill – COMPLETED Loving exploring bible journaling and expressing my faith in this new creative way.
  20. Make a time capsule to bury in our garden – Not worth doing this with the prospect of moving, but will try to do this in our new home.
  21. See the Lion King musical on west end.  Another that hasn’t been in budget this year, but hopefully at some point we will do this.
  22. Grow my own vegetables – COMPLETED. I’m counting raspberries as a vegetable here.  With potential house move on the cards I probably wont be planting a veggie patch here, but will continue with my wild raspberries!
  23. Take my blog self hosted – COMPLETED. You are now looking at my new self-hosted website, and I think I just about know what that means!  Hopefully it means a bit more flexibility and customizable to what both I and you want.
  24. Reorganize my recipe box and books – COMPLETED.  Had a big sort through and threw out recipes I don’t use and laminated those I do!
  25. Write my will – COMPLETED.
  26. Learn how to give proper massages. 
  27. Take Sam to an ice cream parlour – COMPLETED –  Yey!  We did this one whilst we were on holiday this year and it was so much fun.  Now Sam is totally addicted to ice cream and I found the perfect flavour – apple crumble.
  28. Have a steak at a proper steakhouse. 
  29. Finish Reuben’s cross stitch – COMPLETED – I started this before he was even born and struggled to finish it, so a marathon cross stitching effort the week we were camping meant that I managed to finish this!
  30. Write a 40 before 40 list – COMPLETEDI will publish this later in the week, but excited to start setting some new goals, dreams and challenges for myself. This list has really pushed me and helped me to enjoy life, and that is what I want my thirties to be like.
TOTAL COMPLETED:

I managed to complete 19/30 tasks which I think is pretty good.  The remaining 11 will end up on my 40 before 40 list along with some brand new things.  If you haven’t set yourself a list like this then I would highly recommend doing so.  Having a list of dream, goals, ideas and challenges really does motivate you and mean that your time is spent doing things you actually desire to do. So do it!  (And share some of your ideas with me below…)

30 before 30

30 before 30 – less than ONE MONTH TO GO!!!

30 before 30

one month to go

Yes there is now less than one month before my twenties are over and I have suddenly realised how bad I have been at ticking off things from this list.  My lovely hubby has organised me 30 surprise presents leading up to my birthday, so I am secretly hoping that he is going to help me tick some off!

  1. Go geocaching.  Think I need help from my neighbours mum with this one as she is a geocaching expert!
  2. Go on a camping trip with friends. Probably not enough time to do this now but we shall see!
  3. Spend a day at a spa- COMPLETED.  Thanks to both my lovely husband and some lovely friends I have now had the full spa day experience.  I loved being able to switch off from life, and my most favourite part was the salt and oil body scrub I had at the Belfry
  4. Visit 5 new museums – COMPLETED. Loved looking round all the museums in Hull last summer, and hoping to pop back again this year whilst it is the City of Culture (the fish trail was good fun too!)
  5. Knit something – my mum bought me a knitting book and I still haven’t got round to this!
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Host a scavenger hunt – COMPLETED.  Hope this counts, but I hosted a  Nativity themed scavenger treasure hunt for all the kids on our estate this Christmas.  You can download your own copy here.
  8. Send a care package to someone – COMPLETED. I sent a care package last year to a uni student from our church.  Was a great feeling to bless someone away from home.
  9. Learn to juggle – no comment…
  10. Start a collection – COMPLETED – I absolutely LOVE collecting mugs!  This has seriously made my life better, as everytime I have a cuppa I think back to the time when I got the mug.  Each one has a memory and a story (so much so that I cried when one broke, and Rob went and bought me a replacement from the gift shop!)
  11. Learn yoga – COMPLETED 
  12. Take on a 30 day photo challenge – COMPLETED. Did my 30 days of REAL family life photo challenge last year, and loved it so much that I am planning on doing this again over the summer (want to join me?!)
  13. Visit another country that speaks a different language –  We were hoping to go to Rome this year as part of my 2017 plans , but with house move and other expenses mean this might not happen
  14. Have a proper exercise routine – COMPLETED  Am using my exercise bike much more regularly than any other exercise I have done before so counting that!
  15. Write an ebook
  16. Feed 500 people in my home – Unlikely!
  17. Memorise my favourite passage from the bible – COMPLETED Doing Mummy meditations mean that I have memorised loads of passages from the bible, and my favourite one changes all the time.
  18. Sleep under the stars
  19. Learn a new craft/creative skill – COMPLETED Loving exploring bible journaling and expressing my faith in this new creative way.
  20. Make a time capsule to bury in our garden
  21. See the Lion King musical on west end
  22. Grow my own vegetables – COMPLETED. I’m counting raspberries as a vegetable here.  With potential house move on the cards I probably wont be planting a veggie patch here, but will continue with my wild raspberries!
  23. Take my blog self hosted – COMPLETED. You are now looking at my new self-hosted website, and I think I just about know what that means!  Hopefully it means a bit more flexibility and customizable to what both I and you want.
  24. Reorganize my recipe box and books – COMPLETED.  Had a big sort through and threw out recipes I don’t use and laminated those I do!
  25. Write my will – COMPLETED.
  26. Learn how to give proper massages.
  27. Take Sam to an ice cream parlour
  28. Have a steak at a proper steakhouse
TOTAL COMPLETED:

So I stand at 14/30 tasks completed so almost half way.  I guess that’s better than nothing!  Hoping my last month of my twenties is filled with adventures and fun so I can tick a few more off.

 

30 before 30

30 before 30 – 6 months to go!

30 before 30

So there is now officially only 6 months until I turn 30 and I still have a lot of tasks left to complete on my 30 before 30 list.  Here is a quick update for you all:

  1. Go geocaching.  Still not done – must plan in for one weekend with my boys!
  2. Go on a camping trip with friends. Who wants to go??!  Maybe I will plan a camping trip for my Lifegroup….
  3. Spend a day at a spa- COMPLETED.  Thanks to both my lovely husband and some lovely friends I have now had the full spa day experience.  I loved being able to switch off from life, and my most favourite part was the salt and oil body scrub I had at the Belfry
  4. Visit 5 new museums – COMPLETED. Loved looking round all the museums in Hull last summer, and hoping to pop back again this year whilst it is the City of Culture (the fish trail was good fun too!)
  5. Knit something
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Host a scavenger hunt – COMPLETED.  Hope this counts, but I hosted a  Nativity themed scavenger treasure hunt for all the kids on our estate this Christmas.  You can download your own copy here.
  8. Send a care package to someone – COMPLETED. I sent a care package last year to a uni student from our church.  Was a great feeling to bless someone away from home.
  9. Learn to juggle
  10. Start a collection – COMPLETED – I absolutely LOVE collecting mugs!  This has seriously made my life better, as everytime I have a cuppa I think back to the time when I got the mug.  Each one has a memory and a story (so much so that I cried when one broke, and Rob went and bought me a replacement from the gift shop!)
  11. Learn yoga – COMPLETED 
  12. Take on a 30 day photo challenge – COMPLETED. Did my 30 days of REAL family life photo challenge last year, and loved it so much that I might have to do it again – maybe in April if anyone is up for it?
  13. Visit another country that speaks a different language – hoping to go to Rome this year as part of my 2017 plans so hopefully that will tick this off.
  14. Have a proper exercise routine! Exercise bike is in place in our bedroom and I have been doing some time on it, but this year I am going to set myself a challenge to properly tick this off.
  15. Write an ebook
  16. Feed 500 people in my home – As this currently only stands at 230 I think it unlikely that I will reach this goal, but who knows!  If anyone wants to come round for dinner just let me know.
  17. Memorise my favourite passage from the bible – COMPLETED Doing Mummy meditations mean that I have memorised loads of passages from the bible, and my favourite one changes all the time.
  18. Sleep under the stars
  19. Learn a new craft/creative skill – COMPLETED Loving exploring bible journaling and expressing my faith in this new creative way.
  20. Make a time capsule to bury in our garden
  21. See the Lion King musical on west end
  22. Grow my own vegetables – COMPLETED. I’m counting raspberries as a vegetable here.  With potential house move on the cards I probably wont be planting a veggie patch here, but will continue with my wild raspberries!
  23. Take my blog self hosted – COMPLETED. You are now looking at my new self-hosted website, and I think I just about know what that means!  Hopefully it means a bit more flexibility and customizable to what both I and you want.
  24. Reorganize my recipe box and books
  25. Write my will – COMPLETED.
  26. Learn how to give proper massages.
  27. Take Sam to an ice cream parlour
  28. Have a steak at a proper steakhouse
Total completed:

So I stand at 12/30 tasks completed with only 6 months to go – think I need some help!! Or maybe just a night watching youtube videos.  Any suggestions?!

2017 – plans and prayers

I  hope you have all read my highlights and praise points for 2016!  Every year I also like to pray into the next and make some plans and aspirations for what I would like to do and see happen.  Here is what I have planned for 2017:

  1. Trip to Rome – This has always been something that me and my husband have wanted to do, and so we agreed we would try to save the money to go as a joint 30th Birthday treat.  We already have most of the money stashed away for this so just need to get on and plan it!
  2. Fit back in my wedding dress – 2 kids and almost 9 years have not done my figure much good.  My mum finally gave me back my wedding dress (which had been safely stored at her house until she moved!) this year and I tried it on – very depressing!!  So my aim is to try to fit back into it by our 10th Wedding Anniversary (that’s in 2018 so I have plenty of time).  I will hopefully be motivating myself with a few exercise bike related challenges in the new year so watch this space
  3. Sam starting school – yes I become a mum at the school gate this year.  I am praying loads that I can prepare Sam for this transition and see him start school well.  We have applied to the local Catholic Primary School so praying that he gets in.
  4. House –  Now that the news of HS2 coming through our estate has sunk in, we are praying into what to do next in regards to our house.  Many people have already filed for blight and are planning to move on, so we are really looking for wisdom from God this year into when to move and where to move to.  We probably won’t be moving in 2017, but some guidance is very definitely needed!!
  5. 30th Birthday –  yes this is the year that I turn 30, and far from mourning the passing of my twenties I am celebrating the time that I’ve had so far and looking forward to the next 30.  I still have quite a few tasks to finish on my 30 before 30 list (although very happy to have crossed off “take my blog self-hosted” this month!).
  6. Romesh – As I said in my 2016 highlights post, I have now been working at Teenage Cancer Trust for 5 years.  Every year the charity hosts an amazing series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall with great acts, and every year I say I am going to go and don’t.  Well this year one of Rob’s favourite comedians, Romesh Ranganathan, is hosting the comedy night and WE’RE GOING!!!!  We have been amazingly blessed with a hotel for the night, so just the food to sort out and its paid for!
  7. Blog plans – 2016 has been a year of great growth and planning on my blog after completing my online blogging course in June.  I started Mummy Meditations, and I am hoping to grow this into a supportive community of mums connecting with God guilt-free.  I am praying into ideas to help you all in your daily mission, including creating more free printables and other resources.  There is lots in my head so praying that I can filter out the good ideas from the bad ones!   (to be kept in the loop do sign up to hear more at the bottom of the latest post or this post)
verse for 2017

Last year I also chose a bible verse for the year, which was:

“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Psalm 145:8

That verse helped me lots when I was dealing with tantruming toddlers and also with upset and emotional neighbours.  This year I have chosen the following verses:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

What are you plans for 2017?  Do share below.  And what would you like to see on my blog in the coming year – suggestions welcome!

new years habit for 2017?

If you are still thinking about what resolution to make for the new year, or just contemplating how to make 2017 a better year than 2016, then why not consider joining me and my friend Naomi in doing Mummy Meditations.  There is more info on it here, and we will be creating new and exciting resources for those who commit to taking part in 2017 – just sign up below to be kept in the loop:

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The REAL family life photo challenge – Mum on a Mission takes photos!

 


My 30 before 30 list is really throwing up lots of exciting opportunities and my “do a 30 day photo challenge” one does not disappoint!  I sat down before starting it to think about what I could centre my challenge around – things that make me happy that day, good deeds, funny things, random things?  The list is endless (I did really like the #100dayshappy that went around last summer) but I decided I would need to start my own individual challenge if it is to be meaningful.

So I chose to do a challenge that highlights what my blog is all about – being REAL.  I posted a photo each day for 30 days of REAL family life and REAL parenthood.  I wanted to show my friends and family what it is really like.  Not the touched up, highlights that we normally share on instagram or facebook, but the real moments.  That might mean highlights, lowlights and just the craziness that is parenting!!!

The picture above shows my first four days posts – a real mix of photos that I might not normally post!  And the feedback has been really positive:

“Love this! I remember when I had my daughter, and to be honest, I still do it to this day, I compare myself to other parents. I think to myself “well this doesn’t happen in so and so house”. You only see the photo shopped pictures, the pictures of when life is good pictures! You are one incredible lady for doing this!”

So I want to challenge you all to jump on board and take the REAL family life photo challenge with me.  You can use the #REALfamilylife or just check in at my facebook page to let me know you are taking part and maybe share some of your photos on there too.

I would also love it if you could ask people to donate to Home for Good as part of this challenge.  Maybe you could donate £1 per photo (£30 once you have completed the challenge) or just put a link to their donation page when you start/finish.  The link is http://www.homeforgood.org.uk/give/donate

P.S – in reality I failed at this task!  I ended up posting some photos that weren’t always real (I never got a picture of me sat with Sam on the toilet reading books, or the endless tantrums and trips to the naughty spot – mainly because I was focusing on parenting in those times rather than taking photos) but maybe you can do better than me and I would love to see your attempts!!!


P.P.S here is my favourite photo from the challenge (I will add the rest into a gallery on my facebook page soon)

“How did this happen????!”

 

Update on my 30 before 30


Update!

So my amazing husband reminded me today of our 30 before 30 lists, as he has ticked one off.

 

I have only really started one (though it might qualify for number 14 too) which is number 11 to learn yoga. After a bit of an identity/body image crisis this week in the middle of Matalan, I wanted to take a positive step to change that. So I searched YouTube for “Christian yoga” and did my first beginners session. Feeling very out of shape but enjoying every second of it, I am planning to do it every day (or every other day!) until I learn it properly! It was really refreshing to meditate on God’s word whilst exercising too.

I am also slowly adding to my feeding 5000 list, so hopefully I will also achieve number 16. I really need to add a few more to the list so ideas appreciated!!!

  1. Go geocaching
  2. Go on a camping trip with friends
  3. Spend a day at a spa
  4. Visit 5 new museums
  5. Knit something
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Host a scavenger hunt
  8. Send a care package to someone
  9. Learn to juggle
  10. Start a collection
  11. Learn yoga
  12. Take on a 30 day photo challenge
  13. Visit another country that speaks a different language
  14. Have a proper exercise routine!
  15. Write an ebook
  16. Feed 500 people in my home (as part of my feeding 5000 challenge)
  17. Memorise my favourite passage from the bible
  18. Sleep under the stars
  19. Learn a new craft/creative skill (possibly lettering)
  20. Make a time capsule to bury in our garden
  21. See the Lion King musical on west end
  22. Grow my own vegetables
  23. Take my blog self hosted (and know what that means!)
  24. Reorganize my recipe box and books

30 things before I am 30



It was my birthday last week and I turned the lovely age of 28.  With only a couple of years of my twenties left I started to think about what I want to achieve before I turn 30.  

I guess I have done a lot of the things that are on many peoples check lists – got married, bought first house, had a baby, found a job I love, had an article published in a magazine, won a few competitions. I have also done a few crazy things in my twenties – done a fire walk, a zip slide,  dressed as a sunflower and a pumpkin in public. The things I haven’t really done involve travelling lots of places, as I’m not really a traveler and starting a family has been my financial priority.  

So I have been contemplating what things I would like to do and what things I should do before I turn 30 and here is the start of my list:


  1. Go geocaching
  2. Go on a camping trip with friends
  3. Spend a day at a spa
  4. Visit 5 new museums
  5. Knit something
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Host a scavenger hunt
  8. Send a care package to someone
  9. Learn to juggle
  10. Start a collection
  11. Learn yoga
  12. Take on a 30 day photo challenge
  13. Visit another country that speaks a different language
  14. Have a proper exercise routine!
  15. Write an ebook
  16. Feed 500 people in my home (as part of my feeding 5000 challenge)
 
If you have any suggestions for things I can add to bring this up to 30 then please do share them below!!!