I turned 19 last week. One year left of being a teenager, one year until I turn 20. Funny enough I really don't feel 18 let along 19. But alas, I'm inevitably getting older. When I was thinking about turning 19, it made me realise that there is so much I want to do with my life still. I'm fully aware that when I turn 20 the world will still continue to turn, and I will still be able to do things with my life, however I always like to challenge myself. So today, I'm bringing you a list of twenty things I want to do before I turn 20 next year.
Read 10 Books - that's nearly a book per month. I adore reading and have done since I was a child. I love getting lost in the world of fiction, and it used to be one of my favourite ways to relax. I also love that feeling when you finish a book, so in light of this book loving I would like to read 10 different books before I'm 20. First up on the list to read is Paper Towns by John Green.
Lose/maintain weight - towards the end of summer term I had a great fitness routine, with variations in exercise but making sure I did at least 30 minutes everyday. There's no denying this is hard, however I would like to lose a tab more weight but then be able to maintain throughout this next year.
Take part in a flashmob - I just think this would be so cool. One of our plans with the showchoir in the coming year is to do a flashmob on campus to drum up support for our showcases, and this excites me greatly. After watching numerous adverts and films do it it's just been a dream of mine.
Play the ukulele more - sadly my ukulele sometimes just sits in the corner waiting for me to play it again. I do really enjoy playing it, and I'm in no way pro although I feel like the more I play the better I'll become. So far G, F, C and Em are as complex as the chords get...
Meet more bloggers - next week I shall be in London holding a meet up for a group of bloggers, which I am super dooper excited about. I don't want this to be the only time though. Hopefully I'll be able to meet some more bloggers over the next year, whether this is at organised meetups or casual coffee catchups.
Go to the beach - although I'm going to Spain next month, I don't count this. My uni is around a 40 minute train journey to a gorgeous beach, and for the whole of this year we've been meaning to go. Sadly we never got round to it, so it's a must for this coming year.
Be on the radio - now I'm not talking about BBC Radio 1 or anything as big as that, but I really would love to have a radio show on the uni radio station. Don't ask me why, it's just always something I've been interested in and have wanted to do.
Find a church in my uni city that inspires me - I don't think I've ever mention religion on my blog, however it is something I used to be loyal to when I was younger, but have strayed from in the past couple of years. I really want to find a church/place of worship near me that I feel in touch with and inspired by.
Go rollerskating - something fun, something different and something I just really want to do.
Go to the theatre more - I studied theatre up to AS Level, and it's something me and my parents love to do together. There are so many theatres close to me that do great cheap plays, so I'd like to make more of an effort to see some more productions there.
Have a picnic - a few years ago me and a group of friends from school grabs our bags and some food and had a picnic in the local national trust grounds. There was laughter, singing and fresh air, all something I want to do again.
Write more - not in terms of blog posts, although I do want to be a regular poster in the coming year, but in terms of stories. As a 13 year old girl I used to fill notebooks so quickly with the ideas of characters and storylines that would flow from my creative head. Now I can't remember the last time I wrote anything. It's not even like I want to them to be published, there's just something about creating your own slice of world and losing yourself within it. It's a feeling I want to feel again.
Grow some herbs - random I know. My parents have always been ace at growing their own herbs, so it's something I want to be able to replicate. I'm not talking about owning an allotment or anything fancy like that, just a few herb varieties in a pot will do me fine.
Run 3K - although I have been running a lot this year I've not got myself up to the standard where I'd feel comfortable running in a 3K race yet. Also, I'm aware this is a very small distance for some people, however I like to take baby steps to build my stamina and confidence up.
See some live music gigs - going to Radio 1's big weekend really inspired me to go to some more gigs, there's quite a lot of smaller intimate gigs near me so I want to try and make the most of those.
Own a really stunning high end makeup product - I'm talking Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury or YSL standard here. Generally I'm a drugstore girl, student budget often only allows for such, however I really want to save up and treat myself to a gorgeous makeup product which I'll treasure for years.
Own a Pandora ring - after buying cheap rings from Forever 21 and Dorothy Perkins for years on end, which although may look pretty end up turning your finger green, I'd really like to invest in a pandora ring to wear all the time. At the moment I have my eye on the Bubble Stack Ring.
Have a plant in my room, and not let it die - I think it's really time I learned how to look after a plant. I mean, I'm not that bad, but the pretty plant my mum sent me to uni with managed to loose the will to live. I really liked having a bit of greenery in my room so fingers crossed I'll be better the second time round.
Do a cocktail making class - I swear I surprise myself with my randomness sometimes. Cocktails are tasty, and making them looks cool, so I'd like to have have a class in cocktail making to make me feel like I'm a fabulous bar tender who can throw glasses up in the air while everyone gasps in awe. Who am I kidding?!
Appreciate my life - take a step back and look at the amazing things I have, the wonderful people I have around me, and the journey I've taken to be where I am today. So often we get lost in a world of technology, where the need to be a consumer is thrust into our face. I'd like to appreciate the little things, and remember how lucky I am.
20 things, 12 months, 51 weeks. Lets do this.