25 before 26

25 goals to complete before my 26th birthday

Someone asked me how old I was last week. Without thinking I said 24. Then I did the maths and realised that I am actually 25! Obviously my last birthday wasn't that memorable - I was ill and spent 4 days sleeping, emerging only to make myself some birthday pancakes. I feel that I'm too young to be forgetting how old I am, so I'm setting myself some goals before I reach my 26th birthday - one for every year I've lived so far. Hopefully this will help me remember when someone asks me the age-old question. So without further adieu, here they are:

  1. Sleep in a yurt
  2. Roadtrip around New Zealand
  3. Spend New Year's eve in Sydney
  4. Hand in my confirmation report
  5. Pass my confirmation viva
  6. Finish reading the Hobbit
  7. Watch all LOTR and Hobbit films
  8. Buy a food processor
  9. Collate recipes into one place
  10. Bake carrot cake
  11. Juice everyday for 1 week
  12. Cook a food I've never tried to before
  13. Plant something
  14. Do 1 chin up
  15. Do 25 pushups in a row
  16. Get lead jammer in an open bout
  17. Get rid of 25 items
  18. Buy a new bike
  19. Buy a camera
  20. Get a tattoo
  21. Learn to weave
  22. Learn to play 5 songs on the ukulele
  23. Learn how to solve a rubik's cube in under 5 minutes
  24. Send a postcard to Postsecret
  25. Blog 25 times

Some goals are adventurous, some are necessary for me to move on in my PhD (I'm looking at you confirmation report and viva) and others are just plain fun. I think you get a sense of my personality with the selection - lots of the goals are food or exercise based.

I plan to complete each goal by writing a blogpost about it, so expect to see 25 posts about this feature coming your way before March 4th 2015.

Has anyone else set them self some challenges to meet before their next birthday? I'd love to hear from you!

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