Last year as my 36th Birthday rolled around, I realised that I would be turning the big 4-0 in 4 years time, and I realised that now was a good a time as any to start doing all the things I dreamed of doing! And along the way find new things that I never ever dreamed I would do.

After having just returned from Egypt this weekend and with the end of 2016 in sight and now less than 35 months to go, I decided to take stock and see if I am at least a quarter of the way to achieving this list.

I was pleased to see that some big ticket items can be ticked off, but am still anxious about a few of them, some are really tough, and so next year I am going to have to work hard in the hope that the ones I leave till last will be easy and lots of fun!

I would strongly encourage everyone to start a list, largely because it allows you to take stock of your life, you start to focus on the things that matter most and it challenges one out of their comfort zone!

  1. See the Northern Lights (Finland 2015). (I also rode a snowmobile for the first time!).

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2. Get a family pet – April 2016 (In this case we got two – Emma and Ella).

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3. Venture to the Victoria Falls – April 2016 (and I was lucky to also viist Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana for the first time too!). Still need to see the Big Five in the wild though – leopards are proving to be very elusive!

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4. Be debt free – August 2016. This is not the most glamorous thing but I figured my Bucket List should include all facets of life, and so it has Financial Goals too.

5. Swim with Dolphins – Mauritus August 2016

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7. Take a class I’ve always wanted to – Photography Lessons September 2016

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8. Treat myself to an expensive accessory. In this case, Liam had the go ahead to buy me a really, really nice watch for my 37th Birthday.

9. View thw works of Van Gogh – Amsterdam September 2016 (and had the added advantage of discovering Amsterdam, my new favourite city!).

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9. Gaze at the Great Pyramid of Giza – Cairo, Egypt December 2016

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10. Ride a Camel – December 2016 (I’d never really thought about doing this, but it pops up on ever to-do-list so I just had to!).

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