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10 before I’m 20

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I’ve been blogging for well over a year and am yet to write a bucket list, shame on me!  I thought about making a lifetime bucket list (not just for blogging of course, just because it’s a nice thing to do) but within a lifetime seemed a little too vague/would require too much patience.  I considered a ‘before I’m 30’ too, but even that seemed too distant.  30 is nearly double my years on the planet!  Anyway, I settled on 20.  Just a few goals…

Run a proper race.  This was in my 2014 goals and I didn’t get round to it, so maybe I’ll have better luck with an extended deadline!

Learn (properly) the art of roast dinner making.  Just one of those survival skills you ought to have isn’t it?  I’m quite good in the kitchen usually but haven’t completed the roastie job completely on my own, yet.  It’s the bloody gravy that does it.

Learn to drive.  Pretty standard stuff.  I wasn’t in any rush to start lessons when I turned 17 as I haven’t a car waiting on the drive (nor a need for one) but by 20 I think I should probably be on the road.  I still find it scary thinking of people 2 years younger than me driving in America!

Experience some other countries properly.  Staying for a month or so somewhere would be great; long enough to absorb some of the ‘vibes’ of somewhere, long enough to feel comfortable and get your bearings, long enough not to cram everything into a week’s holiday.  Don’t know where yet, fire me your recommendations!

Display more photographs.  Considering how many snapshots I have of me, my friends, places, whatever random stuff is taking up camera roll space, it’s a bit ridiculous to have none on the walls at all.  New room = time to decorate with alllll da pictures.  Can’t wait. 😀

Broaden my circles.  Recently I’ve been making friends with people both younger and older than me; I think age is irrelevant anyway and the wider the range, the better in my opinion!

Start a degree, without tying myself to any given place or time.  Flexible learning should work well for me in that I’ll be able to study whenever and from wherever, so I’m looking forward to starting ‘uni’ whilst getting out into the real world too.

Experience more different events.  Sounds silly but it was actually such a laugh watching the panto the other night!  It’s something I’d never have thought of going to if my friends weren’t in it.  Before I’m 20 I’d like to visit as many weird and wonderful events and places as possible, making for funny stories to tell if nothing else!

Try more fitness activities.  Pole fitness being top of the list, it’s fascinating to watch!  Working out is a habit for me but I feel like I should combine it with having fun, learning skills and socialising more often too.  Not to mention abs toning – that flinging-yourself-around-a-pole business looks seriously tough on the midriff!

… you give me a challenge for no.10!

I’ll be 20 by 2017.  Whatttt?

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    2nd February 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I love posts like these, I find them very inspiring in some way. I definitely feel ya with the whole ‘exploring other countries’ thing! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, money or even guts to do so though.

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I love reading them too, don’t know why it took me so long to get round to writing one! We’ll travel the world someday yeah? 😛

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    3rd February 2015 at 3:45 am

    I like reading this list of goals. Funny how you know what a “bucket list” is, as other English people seem not to really know what that is. I don’t make gravy much, but if I invite my sister over for dinner I make her do gravy for me. I would also like to make better roast beef. Well, practice makes perfect, so I should just give it a try. I tend to roast other meats – chicken, pork and leg of lamb being the top three. As for foreign countries, I have never been to Iceland. Or Portugal? These are not recommendations, as I have never been those places. Pole fitness had a bit of a vogue here, but I never tried it or saw it. It sounds like fun. I tried belly dance. I don’t know what to suggest as number ten. But I want to contribute. How about printmaking? You enjoy drawing and your backwards writing would be super useful. I have done lithography (printing from stone), etching, linocut, woodcut, all that stuff. How about learning another language? How about upping your Youtube game? Do you play any instruments? My daughter started ukelele at school and now I want to play too. Anyways, if you choose something, let us know, otherwise, nine is a nice number too. Who says everything has to be multiples of ten?

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 8:52 pm

      I’m glad you liked reading! Maybe I’ve just heard the term loads in blog land. 😛 Similarly, I don’t think anyone but Brits has gravy quite the same haha. I’d like to make better roast anything! Lamb is my fave. My friend went to Iceland recently and loved it, so that’s definitely on the list! Ooo belly dance sounds fun too. Yes printmaking sounds fab! Maybe my backwards writing skill might finally come in handy. 😀 I’d love to do more youtube, thing is I’m just about managing blogging and college work atm, so would probably be unrealistic to think I could keep up regular YT videos too. Maybe I’ll have more time for all of those things sometime before I’m 20!

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    3rd February 2015 at 8:20 am

    Really interesting goals! I would love to run a race by the time I’m 20 too, as well as (hopefully learn to drive) and experience more things in general! Good luck with all of these! Just to let you know I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, here’s the link: http://www.hanniemc.co.uk/2015/02/one-lovely-blog-award.html
    Hope you have a great day 🙂
    Hannah x

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Hannah! Just experiencing more in general is basically my main goal haha. Thank you so much for nominating me! 😀

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    3rd February 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Nice bucket list! I’ve started mine a few years ago, filled with 100 things I want to do before having children. This includes visiting Iceland, learning how to write Arabic, baking a proper cheesecake or a soufflé, riding a horse… I’ve completed 25% of it already, and considering I don’t see myself with a family before another 10 years or so I have plenty of time to do it all!
    Learning how to drive a car is also something I should do. I never really had money or time to do it, but I know I’ll be needing a car before I ever know it, so I need to save or make a loan or something!
    As far as spending some time abroad is concerned, why not think about Erasmus when you are at the uni? You can spend just one semester or a whole year and it’s a great opportunity to meet people from everywhere in the world, visit, learn… and still be near home so it doesn’t sound too scary! Or, you could also decide to do quite the opposite and fly to Eastern Asia or Oceania!

    For your 10th, I would suggest to try to learn a brand new language! My boyfriend is currently learning Swedish through Duolingo and he says it’s very intuitive and entertaining!

    Hope you’ll enjoy yourself a lot in your “tasks”! 🙂 xx

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you! That’s an interesting take on a bucket list, experiencing your life whilst it’s still totally your own I guess! Learning to write Arabic… ambitious!
      It’s weird seeing people my own age driving, I just don’t see myself doing it for another couple of years yet! No real need as I haven’t a car and have a bus pass for college anyway.
      I’m hoping to do an Open University course so can basically study from wherever I want, so all over the world! That does sound fun 😀 I think I should get to grips with another language really, I’m already missing studying German!
      Thank you! Lots of luck with yours too. 😀

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    3rd February 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I like your bucket list, wishing that i made one before turning 20! I think that mastering the art of roast dinner making is definitely one of the most important things to master before reaching 20, how are you going to cook delicious sunday lunch without it?! I really want to try out experiencing more countries and cultures, I finally have the time and money to do a bit of travelling and a constant feeling of wanderlust which im dying to satisfy! Im totally planning a long trip travelling around Italy this summer, its somewhere that I have always desperately wanted to visit and such an amazing country! Good luck achieving your bucket list 🙂


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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Ahh nothing to stop you making one now! Haha what sort of incompetent human would I be without the ability to make a roast dinner ey? 😛 Money is always a difficult one so I’ll just have to see how things go but hopefully my options will be flexible enough to make it work at some point.
      I haven’t been to Italy yet, jealous! Thank you! 😀

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    4th February 2015 at 10:35 am

    Ah, a good old bucket list. I’m glad I wrote my new one for before I’m 30 but realising that its only four and a half years away makes me feel so old! Haha. Still, there’s plenty of time to get stuff done! You’ve got some really great things on your list there. I too need to display more photographs. I have a few from my wedding but there’s a few of my nephews waiting to be put up and a tonne of them just sitting on my memory cards. I guess that’s the problem with digital cameras!
    Debi x

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:17 pm

      I remember reading your bucket lists! It feels weird to be anywhere near 20 to me haha! Everything is just kept digitally which is a shame I guess – it’d be nice to have more physical photographs to appreciate!

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    4th February 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I think the only thing from this list I did before I turned 20 was start a degree – good luck with all your goals! 🙂
    Megan x
    London Callings

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:18 pm

      I have no idea how many I’ll actually complete haha! Thank you 😀

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    4th February 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I love a good old bucket list! I think they’re a great way to get to know someone and see where they like to spend their time.

    I learnt to drive as soon as I could at 17, I’m now 25 and haven’t had a car, or really the need for one, but I still love that I can drive if I need to or wanted to.

    I like the idea of experiencing the different events, I never thought of that one before. I have a goal to visit somewhere new each month, but I think I will broaden that to ‘something new’ instead. That sounds like I will get the most out of my goal.

    ~ K


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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Kerri! I suppose you can tell quite a bit about someone based on their thoughts about the future.
      I suppose driving would be a handy skill to have for whenever I might need it!
      The broader the goals, the easier to achieve I reckon. 😛

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    4th February 2015 at 10:23 pm

    These look like great goals! Pole fitness is killer, go for it! I also nominated you for the infinity dreams award, check out my latest post! x

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you Carys! It looks so painful but so much fun. Ahh thank you for nominating me! I’ll check it out 😀

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    5th February 2015 at 10:20 am

    great list chick, I wish I was your age so much time to do things. I’ve just put together a 35 at 35 list!

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      lily kate
      5th February 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Lauren! I’ll have a read! I don’t think age makes any difference really!

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    8th February 2015 at 5:38 pm

    These are great goals! I’ve got a 15 before 30 list as well and I love having it just to remind me to get off my butt and do some stuff 😛 I always find other people’s lists so interesting. Learning to drive was one of my biggest achievements I love it!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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      lily kate
      9th February 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Jordan! Good luck with yours! It’s so weird that people in my year at college are passing their tests already, it seems like there’s so much to learn!

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