40 things before 40 – update

So let’s recap – just over a year ago I posted on my blog a list of 40 things to do before I’m 40. I reminded myself of that list again today and I’ve actually ticked off a huge chunk of things without even realising it.

1) Run a marathon – done last April


Brighton marathon 2012

2) Learn to speak French – epic fail. I did start to learn Polish though.

3) Train to become a personal trainer – started, but not really done much. I have got my qualification to be a running coach though – does that count?


5) Complete a triathlon – not a priority at the moment

6) Wear a bikini – done, done done! 🙂

7) Go to Venice – done July 2012


8) Get a six pack (stomach not beers!) – not done, but fairly happy with my stomach


9) Have a photo shoot done – done May 2013

10) Buy a pair of Christian Louboutins – one day!

11) Set up my own business – done

12) Climb Mount Elbrus, Russia (5642 metres)

13) Trek in the Simian mountains in Ethiopia (4543 metres)

14) Go on safari – later this year

15) Climb Everest (8848 metres) – not sure how realistic this one is!?

16) Learn to rock climb properly – on the list for this year

17) Finish doing up my house – not applicable now

18) Practise yoga at least once a week – fail

19) Walk the length of the South Downs Way (100 miles) – one day

20) Climb Aconcagua, Argentina (6962) – got some other mountains in mind, not this for now


21) Visit Italy – done July 2012

22) Get into a size 8 – i’m working on this now! 🙂

23) Take a creative photography course – maybe next year?

24) Learn to love myself more – ongoing

25) Go back to Kilimanjaro (5895 metres) and actually reach the summit – not on the list for this/next year

26) Go free diving

27) Get my pilot’s license

28) Have a picnic in the Ashdown forest

29) Run a 5k in 25 minutes or under – this will be done this year for sure!

30) Read one book a week – read some books lately, but not one a week

31) Visit Yosemite National Park – not on the list

32) Visit the Fat Duck

33) Go to a fancy dress party

34) Visit Sheffield Park Gardens

35) Learn to paraglide – maybe this year?

36) Give a presentation without having a panic attack beforehand – ongoing

37) Realise that if I can even think about doing 4, 12, 15 and 25 then giving a presentation is easy!

38) Make more friends, especially those who like me for who I am – working on it this year!

39) Learn to play tennis – hmmm, unlikely

40) Write a book – starting this year

What’s on your list?

9 thoughts on “40 things before 40 – update

  1. That is a good question! Not sure if I’ll follow your format on this one, mine might turn into a novel if I’m completely honest.

    Become a dancer (@ age 26)
    Attract new clients to my new business
    Do a 30min workout every weekday
    Go to Amsterdam
    Grow a new sector for my new business
    Have a UK break at least once a year until I cover all it!

    Great piece

  2. Love this list! I think that becoming a running coach definitely counts. 🙂

    I don’t have a hard and fast list. Although I found one that I wrote 10 years ago that is pretty amusing.

      • Owning a Great Dane is on the list (which I haven’t done yet!) and having a kiddo is on there (and I’ve since had two!). I should dig it out of the drawer again and take a pic. 😉

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