40 Things I Will Do In My 40th Year

In 2018 I turn 40.  Yep, the big 40.  I’m not really quite sure how this has happened and how time has passed so quickly, but for me 40 is the BIG one.  For some people it’s 30, for others it’s 50, but for me…..40 is THE one.  The one where really I feel I should have got it all together.  When I’m officially a grown up (yes yes, I know I’ve been a grown up for years – but it’s only now that I feel it!)  So I’ve made a decision.  This year I’m going to do 40 things I haven’t done before!

Now before anyone says anything, I’m not saying I’m going to do them all for a whole year. And I’m certainly NOT saying that I’m going to stick at them or be any good at them.  


I’m going to do the 40 things I’ve always wanted to do or never have time to do at the moment.  Why?? Well, why on earth not?  

So, here is my list of 40 things I’m going to do in my 40th year!

1. Buy a house (yep let’s start with the BIG one!)
2. Lose 4 stone (and another BIG one!)
3. Take tap dancing lessons
4. Have violin lessons
5. Go to a family festival and camp
6. Take a graphic design course
7. Start selling my photographs online
8. Start a Youtube channel
9. Go walking in the Peak district
10. Travel to Ireland
11. Do a painting course
12. Start a bullet journal
13. Learn to cook sushi
14. Read a different book a month
15. Watch a new film a month (I know these 2 don’t sound big but I never make time to do these anymore!)
16. Catch up with old friends
17. Remember everyone’s birthdays and send cards on time for everyone (this is going to be a challenge!)
18. Go swimming during the school day for exercise
19. Write a fiction book
20. Write an ebook
21. Design an online course
22. Find a new artist to listen to each month
23. Take an art history course
24. Go to the theatre
25. Explore a new town or city a month
26. Learn to make eclairs
27. Enter The Great British Bakeoff (pretty sure I won’t get on but I do want to enter!)
28. Enter and complete a 5K race
29. Learn a foreign language 
30. Take a photo a day of general family life
31. Join an AmDram group
32. Take a First Aid Course
33. Go to a blogging conference
34. Host a dinner party
35. Learn to make vegetarian food and serve once a week to the family
36. Take the children on a plane journey
37. Visit Northumberland
38. Read each one of Dicken’s novels
39. Join a choir
40. Make my blog my job!

That was surprisingly easier than I thought to come up with 40 things that I want to do.  I’ve no idea why I haven’t done any of it before now, but this seems as good a time as any.  

So far, I am on track for number 2, as our diet (or healthy eating is probably a better way to refer to it) begins on the 1st January.  This one is more important in many ways than the others as I’m doing it not only to get healthy myself, but also to help Paul who wants to lose the weight and therefore be no longer diabetic.  Hopefully the importance of the results will keep us on the straight and narrow.

As the year goes on, I shall be sharing with you how I’m getting on and what I’m accomplishing.

I’d love to know whether you’ve done anything similar or what you would love to do if you had the time – let me know in the comments and give me some inspiration to get going on my list!

Mummies Waiting


  1. Cherry, I can help you with two of those — #2 and #26. Glad to see you saying “our healthy eating” instead of “our diet”, since the word “diet” has come to mean a short-term thing to lose weight. I have a post called “Sugar – Toxin or Treat?” that shows how someone who loves baking can live happily on not more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. And my “Cream Puffs – Pate a Choux post also covers eclairs. You have a wonderful year planned!

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      Oh that’s fab Jean – thanks so much. I popped over and had a read of your ‘Sugar – Toxin or Treat?’ post – which was a great read! I’ll definitely check out the eclairs post too!

  2. Oh Wow and wow again, I’m just turned 50 and still haven’t done half of these, I’d better pull my socks up, there are some big ambitions in there, I hope you crack some of them. #TheList
    p.s. Your 40s will be amazing 🙂

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      Oh thank you so much for your lovely comment. Some of what I want to do scare me with how big they are – but we are well on our way to the first 2 – so hopefully the others will be much easier to conquer 🙂

  3. You’ve got a busy year ahead then! I’m 38 this year & buying a house is still my number one too #thelistlinky

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      I know! I think maybe 40 things is a little too much, but thankfully we are well on our way to cracking the first big 2 so hopefully I can get the rest in before a mad rush in December 🙂

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      Thanks so much for the link – I’m loving my bullet journal but have been struggling a little with how to set it out and not spend hours setting it up! I’ll definitely check out your link 🙂

  4. Long before I had my youngest kids, I attempted a 101 goals in 1001 days. Needless to say the kids got in the way and I never finished it but I’m determined I will do it one day.

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