Stories of 2019 #55: 23rd Bucket List

The age of 22 has gone by in the flash. It only seems like yesterday that I was celebrating being 22?! And now within two months I will be 23. This year has been an age of change alongside a constant ‘what am I doing with my life’ thought running through my head. You are in a middle ground of still being very young and trying to be grown up (if possible)…

But a more fun twist on the blog today, I am going to pick 22 things I have achieved since turning 22 and going to set myself a challenge of completing 23 things before the 4th June 2019.

The age of 22

1 – Completed my Master’s degree (woop woop)

2 – Survived living in a flat infested with mould and damp (although this could have health implications later in life lol)

3 – Travelled to the other side of the world solo (ridin’ solo)

4 – Scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef (and saw a huge turtle, which was incredible)

5 – Jumped out of a plane (I mean, it does not get better than that for a highlight really)

6 – Undertook work experience at High Life magazine (British Airways) and went to some cool PR events in London, pretending I was a true VIP

7 – Ate tiramisu and drunk Aperol in Italy

8 – Became a fully-fledge barmaid (I can even change barrels now)

9 – Learnt to surf

10 – Moved back home and spent some time with my mum and dad (still here and I reckon they do not want me to leave)

11 – Learnt to be happy on my own

12 – Read so so so many books!

13 – Flew to Florida with Jess for a press trip and it was the most amazing experience with some #influencers

14 – Became a plant-based hippy

15 – Applied for full time jobs, as in actual careers and had interviews (scary). I know, who knew I was at that stage… No one wants me yet but still

16 – Had a drink in the Dome in Edinburgh (a place I have wanted to go since my first visit in 2016)

17 – Visited family in Perth (something I never thought I would really do)

18 – Found oatly barista milk (may seem a silly one to some but this was a great moment for my 22nd year and oatly will be with me forever lol)

19 – Drove! (I am not a very confident driver and prefer to use my legs but on Fraser Island in Australia, I was designated driver and everyone made it out alive. I was told to speed up as I was going too slow but I am all about safety in the driving department)

20 – Decorated my room (I even built my own IKEA furniture. If that is not an achievement, I do not know what is to be honest with you)

21 – Had articles published in national publications (find them here…)

22 – Met so so so many people from the UK and around the world. From on a hostel bus meeting Tom, on a bar crawl and meeting Rosa to my regular customers at the pub, I have met an untold amounts of interesting, lovely people!

My 23 before 23…

1 – Vlog again (I rewatched an old video and I miss doing it! lol at me watching myself)

2 – See the Dior exhibition at the V&A (one failed attempt, second time lucky hopefully)

3 – Drink sherry and flamenco dance in Seville (this is slightly cheating because I know I am 100% going here) DONE AND DONE 14.04.2019-18.04.2019

4 – Bake more cakes and bread (for maybe exciting projects up ahead)

5 – Try to meditate daily (even if it is only for 2-3 minutes a day)

6 – Practise yoga again (when I was in Nottingham, I went to hot yoga at least 3 times a week and loved it. With no hot yoga or regular yoga classes within walking distance to me, I am going to try and practise it at home)

7 – Go to the new Chia cafe in hitchin (as one of my favourite spots in Hertfordshire, they have now expanded and I need to get myself to their new digs) DONE 12.04.2019

8 – Make seitan (vegan alternative)

9 – Complete a 48 hours offline challenge (no phone or laptop)

10 – Drink champagne at the Shard (very posh, I know)

11 – Plan and book 2019 backpacker trip? (I want to do everything and want to go everywhere and I think I want to do it solo? However, everything is up in the air at the moment and I feel like I am on the pause button…)

12 – Make a smoothie bowl for breakfast (channeling my inner Zen Ven)

13 – Try a charcoal latte (I don’t know why but I am very drawn to them right now) DONE 12.04.2019

14 – Go on a gondola in Venice (cheating again and on my last day of being 22, but how amazing. I am very much looking forward to that)

15 – Attempt to make my own oat milk…

16 – Buy a pair of Veja trainers or Novesta (they look so comfy)

17 – Apply for a secret competition (I will only say if we get it. Top secret stuff)

18 – Have a facial (I am big on skincare and face creams but I have never had a facial? Luckily, I am going on a spa break in May so hopefully, I will tick this one off)

19 – Get out of my overdraft (easy said than done when I am off to Seville next week)

20 – Host dinner party (I did one at Christmas and it went very well. I will return for the summer edition)

21 – Finish Tina Brown’s book (I have been reading this monster of a book for over a year now and it is about time I finished it)

22 – Set sail on a cruise with the simple 5

23 – Celebrate my 23rd birthday in style in Croatia!!!

Hopefully I can add some cool pictures to these ones below.

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