35 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 35

Hello, everyone! Today is a lifestyle post, which I don’t do often. May 18th marked my 30th birthday, but I’m not mad about it! I know a lot of people moan about going from 29 to 30 because it’s so old, but the 20’s is such a huge decade for change and personal growth for most people, myself included, and I’m excited to see what adventures the 30’s brings.

I was talking to Always Cleia recently, and she said she was going to create a list of 30 things she wanted to achieve before she turned 30 (she’s since posted it here), and how I should come up with 35 things I want to do before I turn 35.

Read on for my list!

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Hobbies

1. Become a good baker – I’ve always loved baking, but it’s not one of my talents so I would like to improve upon my skills! “Good” is subjective, but I define this word by being proud of my own work. I’m not there yet!

2. Take up piano again – Did you know I used to teach piano to little ones? You wouldn’t know it if you heard me play now, because I suck. I haven’t touched the piano in years, but I would like to get back into it to the point where I can play fluently again.

3. Do calligraphy as a side hustle (again) – Last year, I wanted to start a calligraphy business but it didn’t get very far. I created a calligraphy Instagram account and shared some of my work, but I haven’t posted anything in over a year or taken on any clients! It was tough to juggle a full-time job, blogging, AND trying to start a business. However, it’s constantly on my mind, and I truly believe that if it’s something you can’t stop thinking about, you were meant to at least try pursuing it. I’ve put this into my “hobbies” section because I want to restart calligraphy as a hobby first before committing to it as a business.

4. Read 5 classic books – I’ve always been an avid reader, but since leaving school, I abandoned all the classics. From now until 2024, I am committing myself to reading 5 of them!

5. Finish 2 TV shows with my husband – My husband and I rarely watch TV together, mostly because we’re busy pursuing our own hobbies, we watch different shows, and because I am a serial binger while he paces himself. We recently finished watching The Office together after almost a year, and I loved getting to finish a show with him for once.

6. Finish 2 video games with my husband – My husband’s favourite pasttime is playing video games, and he asks me to play video games with him sometimes. Most of the time, I don’t – I feel like I just have so much stuff to do that playing video games is the last thing on my mind. In an effort to spend more time with him, I’m aiming to finish 2 video games with him by the time I turn 35. Sounds easy, but this is going to be a real challenge!

7. Self-host my blog – I mean, seriously. I keep putting this off because I know it’s going to take some time and effort, but I just need to get it done.

8. Finish an adult colouring book – I don’t know if I have the patience to do this, but I’ve always wanted to do an adult colouring book. One of the things I loved doing the most as a kid was colouring – maybe this will translate into adulthood!

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Personal

9. Start a family – this one is not always in our control, but we would love to start a family in the next few years if it’s something that is meant to be for us.

10. Find a job I love – Some background info: I’ve worked at the same company for 7 and a half years. At 25-26, I hated my job, and dreaded going to work every day, but I ended up with a team of people I enjoyed working with immensely, and I had a manager who is just THE most incredible guy. We worked 12-14 hour days a lot, but it didn’t feel that bad because the work was fulfilling and I felt appreciated. This lasted about 2 years, until the beginning of this year, when we did some layoffs and my group was impacted. My manager also got a promotion, which is so well-deserved, but it means I don’t work under him anymore. Our team is completely different now, and without going into details, work is HORRIBLE. I feel way worse about work than I did before. Something needs to change, and I know that it’s not going to be the company, so it’s going to have to be me.

11. Learn a new language – My husband is Vietnamese but I am not, and while his family tries to be inclusive of me, they’ll often slip into Vietnamese at home or at family gatherings. I’ll have no idea what they’re talking about, which is especially frustrating when they’re laughing about something and I want to be in on the joke, haha! I also think his family would appreciate it if I learned!

12. Treat myself to a spa day – I’ve never been to the spa before. I mean, I’ve been to massage therapy because I get shoulder pain from working on the computer all day. However, I’ve never gotten a true pampering spa experience that is actually relaxing.

13. Throw a garden party – Just cause I’ve always wanted to throw a garden party.

14. Get Lasik surgery – This one scares me! I have extremely dry eyes and it’s uncomfortable for me to wear contacts, so I wear glasses most of the time but I hate it. I’ve contemplated Lasik ever since my friends started getting it, but the idea of someone cutting into my eyes is TERRIFYING.

15. Take one weekend to be completely unplugged – I think this one will be so good for the soul!

16. Adopt from an animal shelter – So this one might not happen in the next five years since I know my husband wants to wait until our kids are older to have pets, but it’s always something I wanted to do. I had a family dog growing up who I absolutely adored, and we had adopted him from the animal shelter. I’ve always wanted to adopt again. There are so many pets in need of a good home!

17. Take a DIY terrarium workshop – channeling the inner hipster in me for this one…

18. Gratitude journal every day for a year – I started gratitude journaling last year, but I only did it for about a month before it fell to the wayside. While I did it, it felt so good for the soul to write down everything I was thankful for, so I would like to start this up again.

19. Take myself on a date – You might be noticing a theme here, that there are a lot of self-care goals on my list. To be honest, I’m always running around being productive and DOING stuff, and I really want to learn to take time connecting with MYSELF in the next few years. The idea of a whole day on my own, exploring the city and doing whatever I want to do is unbelievably appealing.

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Travel/Entertainment

I feel like our travelling will likely come to a pause in the next few years due to goal #8, but I’m still hoping we can get a bit of travel in, so I tried to keep my list reasonable for the next few years. I saw a lot of bustling cities and bright lights in my 20s – NYC, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Paris, and Rome, just to name a few. In the upcoming few years, I have an increased focus on warm, tropical places for the next few years because I’m tired of running around and just want to sit on the beach, haha!

20. Travel to Greece – Greece is a bucket list place for us. We’re hoping we might be able to squeeze this one in before we have kids, but who knows.

21. Go on a cruise – My husband and I have never been on a cruise because they have always seemed boring to us. However, we’ve done a lot of big trips in recent years, and while I’m extremely grateful for all the opportunities we’ve gotten to travel, planning a big international trip can be tiring. A relaxing cruise is looking pretty appealing to us right now! Plus, I think a cruise might be an easier way to travel with children.

22. Swim with sea turtles – This is another item that has always been on my bucket list. I’ve never been able to see a sea turtle in its natural habitat, even when we went snorkeling in the North Shore in Hawaii, where it’s common to see sea turtles. I’m gonna make sure it happens!

23. Visit Australia – Australia has been on our list of places to visit for a while now, and I only wanted to go more after I watched Instant Hotel. I also follow a ton of Australian Instagrammers, some of which I have really gotten to know, and it seems like such a beautiful place!

24. Make it out to the mountains (at least) twice a year – the Rockies are a place that is on a lot of other people’s bucket lists, and it’s almost literally in our backyard, but we rarely make it out in the summer.

25. Visit all of the Disney parks in the world – I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do this one, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try to convince my husband. Considering the fact that my he’s not a Disney fan and we have to fly hours to be at the closest park, we have visited Disney parks a surprising amount of times since we’ve been together. We are missing Disney Shanghai and Disney Paris from our list, which is unfortunate because we have been to BOTH cities, just not the parks.

26. Swim with dolphins – Dolphins are my favourite animal, and this has been on my wish list for almost my entire life. If we do a few tropical vacations in the upcoming years, I might be able to get this off my list!

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FITNESS

27. Do five pull-ups in a row – this is going to be a reeeeal challenge because I don’t push myself enough when it comes to working out lol, but I’m excited for it!

28. Do restorative yoga regularly (twice a week) – I am someone who dislike stretching. When I work out, I tend to do the minimum amount of stretching, just enough to warm myself up so I don’t hurt myself. Fitting with my self-care theme, I want to focus more on stretching in the upcoming years, to allow my muscles (and me!) to relax. I need to make this a regular thing so that I actually feel the effects!

29. Run 5K – I hate running, I really do, but I would really like to push myself on this one. Even if I don’t run an actual 5K marathon, I would at least like to say I can run 5K on a treadmill, even if it’s not exactly the same haha.

30. Do 10 glute bridges with 150 lbs – also a real challenge but one I know that I can work up to if I chip away at it slowly!

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HOME

31. Complete our garden – When we bought our house, the previous owners had a pretty good foundation of a garden, but we’ve been slowly adding plants that we like, and taken away ones we didn’t. It’s SO much work and I don’t exactly have a green thumb, but by the time I’m 35, I’m hoping we’ll be at a place where we’re happy with our garden!

32. Finish decorating the house – We’ve lived in our house for 3 years and we’re still not done decorating, mostly because I gave up halfway as it got too expensive and time-consuming going to Homesense every weekend. If we could finish it up in the next few years, that would be great…

33. Renovate our bathrooms – the previous owners of our house renovated the kitchen and bathroom on the main floor as well as the entire basement, and they did a fantastic job. However, the upstairs was left in its original state. It’s completely functional, but it’s just not as modern as the rest of our house. I would love to do some renovations to the upstairs!

34. Start a herb garden – I keep seeing these adorable herb kits and I really want to try one. The idea of being able to get fresh herbs right from our own home is so appealing!

35. Create a dream patio – I’ve wanted to do this since we moved into our house, and we’ve made 0 progress on it because there were more important things to do around the house. I love looking at patio furniture even though we don’t have a patio, and I feel like having a nice patio will help me achieve goal #13, throwing a garden party!

And that is it! What are some things you would like to achieve in the next few years? I’d love to hear all about it!

23 thoughts on “35 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 35

  1. I’m loving your list! I hope you had a great birthday as well. I’d love to do almost everything on your list as well. Running and myself have a love hate relationship, I ran a half marathon in late 2015 and completely messed up my knee (it’s my fault because I didn’t train) but I haven’t ran since then. I’ve been wanting to do a garden for 2 years! Maybe I’ll do a little fall gardening. You’ve got a great list, good luck with marking off activities.

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    • Thank you so much!
      Good for you for running a half marathon, I don’t know if I could lol! Running and knees are such a fragile thing, my knees hurt when I run on the treadmill regularly and I’m not sure how people can become runners.
      I hope you do create a garden, even if it’s a little one. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so rewarding!

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  2. Happy birthday…!
    I think that’s great you have thought about what you want to do… it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and forget about the things that we truly value.
    Good luck in accomplishing all you want to do!
    I am happy you that you want to come to Australia! I hope you find it as nice as Canada!!

    I think for me, I also have bucket list of places to travel! I still haven’t been to Europe and London! So definitely on my bucket list..!

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    • Thank you so much!
      You are very right, we do get caught up in the moment and the rat race that is life…there are so many things I’m sure we all want to achieve in our lifetimes, and I hope this list helps me remember what I’m living for!

      Australia looks wonderful, and I’ve only learned recently how different the cities can be in terms of climate/landscapes, depending on where you are. I guess it makes sense considering how big Australia is!

      Europe and London are beautiful places to visit! I hope you get a chance to go one day 🙂

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  3. This was so fun to read! I love that your list has a lot of self care involved and that one of your points is to take yourself on a date! I never just go places alone, so the idea of doing whatever you want to do around the city is appealing.

    It would be great if you started up your calligraphy business again! You’re so talented, I’m still following your calligraphy account 🙂

    I really hope that you’re able to find a new job that you love. If you no longer look forward to going in it might be time for a change. Especially with the workload you have, it’s crazy working 12 hour days all the time. I don’t know how you can have time for friends & family let along blogging!

    I hope you are able to start your family and do some travel with your little ones! And the Rockies are such a great place for kids, my favourite family vacations were camping at the Waterfowl Lake campground near Banff with my parents! I remember my parents would also always go on other vacations and leave us with my grandma, they apparently went to disneyland by themselves and left us at home xD

    You should DEFINITELY start a herb garden! You don’t even need to buy an expensive kit, I just have a planter and I go to the greenhouse and pick up a little starter plant of whatever I want. Mojito mint grows like crazy, so one little plant is all you need. This year we’re growing mint, dill and basil!

    I hope you’re able to achieve most if not all of your goals & dreams in the next 5 years!

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    • Ha, the point about going on a date was half inspired by your goal to go on a solo trip, half inspired by my love of the rare occasions my husband leaves the house without me because it means I get some alone time LOL. I know I’m too much of a scaredy-cat to do a solo trip, but I can sure take myself out on the town.

      I don’t know about talent, but it’s something I love to do! I keep itching to start it up again. I need to figure out how to balance work, blogging, life, and calligraphy. Sounds impossible!

      For the most part, I don’t work crazy hours anymore, but honestly I would rather work 14 hour days with my old team than 8 hour days with our current team. It sucks to not feel appreciated – I know how you felt with being passed over for your promotion with no explanation whatsoever.

      You’re so right, the mountains are a great place to bring kids, I never really thought about that! I come from a family of non-campers haha, and I don’t particularly LOVE camping myself, but would love our kids to have the typical Albertan childhood of going camping every summer. My parents never left me to go on vacation by themselves, so when my husband suggested that we could always travel and leave the kids with our parents, I told him I feel like my parents would give me the serious side-eye if we left our kids with them while we went on vacation LOL!

      I saw your little herb garden on your Insta stories! Do you grow yours outdoors, or inside? I never thought about growing mint, but now that you mention it, I definitely want a little mint plant!

      Thank you for giving me the idea to do this, it was fun to put all of my hopes and dreams for the next few years onto paper!

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      • Small steps! That’s great, sometimes it’s nice to just go do things on your own timeline. I also love when I have the house to myself some evenings, it’s so nice!

        I’m sure you’ll figure it out! Do you think you could maybe set aside an evening a week for it?

        😦 It’s definitely time for something new then! I’m sorry they don’t appreciate you there, but there are definitely companies out there that will. You deserve more than to feel like that all the time.

        You could always go glamp-ing! There are so many campgrounds that are making trendier camping accommodations these days. haha I completely get that, you don’t want the side-eye for leaving your kids behind!

        I grow them outside on our deck. They just need a bit of water every day. Because they’re in a planter I don’t really need to worry about weeds so they don’t take up too much time.

        Good luck with everything!

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        • Yes, I definitely need to do something like setting off an evening to concentrate on calligraphy! Or I was watching a YouTube video about side hustles and the guy was saying how you give yourself just one easy goal to accomplish every day that’s related to your side business, and you have to complete that goal that day – by the end of the week, you would have taken 7 small steps towards your business! It’s easier said than done though. I feel like I spend SO much time on blogging – maybe I work too slow haha.

          Definitely! You know how the job market here is though…not great. There’s nothing out there that interests me either! It’s always construction companies or CP Rail or something that are hiring lol.

          I have never gone glamping before, but I’ve always wanted to! I’m going to need to look up some glamping campgrounds in Alberta.

          Oooh good to know! Having them in a planter is a good idea, that way the rabbits and stuff can’t get to them either. I’m excited to start my herb garden now!

          Thanks Cleia, you too!

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          • That’s a great way of thinking about it! Those steps add up over time. I’m always blogging/instagramming, even when Im doing other things I have my phone nearby to jot down ideas or work on a post while I watch TV.. I probably should work on disconnecting lol

            I definitely get it 😦 Just keep an eye out, you never know when an opportunity will show up!

            You definitely should! And good luck with your herb garden!

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            • Hahah I’m the same! My coworker laughs at me because every time someone mentions a TV show, I seem to have already watched it before, but it’s just because I’m always multi-tasking while watching TV…especially blogging, Instagramming, or editing photos! I had to put my phone/laptop away while watching GoT because I feel like that show requires your full attention, and it was painful not being able to multi-task haha.

              I definitely need to just keep searching!

              Thanks, girl!

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              • There are some shows that you really need to actually watch! I’m watching Jane the Virgin right now and I get so lost if I’m too focused on my computer. I guess it’s a good practice to just put all the electronic devices down sometimes.

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    • Also! I might hit you up some time (hopefully sometime this year if I can get my butt in gear) for advice with going self-hosted! As a reader of your blog, it seemed like you had a pretty smooth transition compared to other blogs I know that have gone self-hosted, in terms of me still being able to comment on your blog from the WordPress reader, not having to sign in every time I want to comment, etc.

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      • Oh yes of course! Feel free to ask me any questions, you can dm me or email whenever you decide to make the change. I went with Siteground for hosting and they moved everything for me so it was pretty painless. You can then easily migrate all of your followers to the same site.
        I will warn you though that your traffic might take a hit, I’m only now starting to see growth again after a year and a bit of being self hosted. It’s definitely worth it though for the control you have over your site!

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        • I remember you went with Siteground! I’ve done some reading and that seems to be the best choice.
          Part of the reason why I’ve put off self hosting for so long is I’m scared of the hit to my traffic (the other half is because I’m lazy and it just seems like a lot of work). But honestly my traffic isn’t that great to begin with so it’s not THAT much of a loss haha…and maybe better to do it now than in the future when I have more followers.

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          • I think that blue host is also supposed to be a good option but I haven’t tried them before.
            On the bright side all of your followers will transfer, and you can then make a mail chimp mailing list with a sign up pop up which is really helpful to make subscribers of the people who visit your blog. There are pros & cons! You could also do wordpress premium which I did for a year before self hosting and it has the ability to place ads on your site and your posts still show up in the reader. So many options lol

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  4. I hated my 20s but I loved my 30s & so far enjoying my 40s. I’m past making lists really. For me they just don’t work. There’s things I want to do but if I force myself to do them, I won’t enjoy it because I’m only doing it “for the list”. I tend to enjoy things more when I just go with the flow.

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    • Glad to know you enjoyed your 30s! I wonder if anyone actually likes their 20s. Adulthood becomes a harsh reality, and nobody knows what they’re doing lol. That’s fair that you don’t like making lists, I can see how it makes you feel like you’re just doing something because it’s on your list! For me, it’s gratifying to be able to cross something off a list, haha!

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  5. Good luck with everything on your list and don’t forget to have fun whilst ticking things off! I’ve never had a spa day either but they sound so lovely! It would be a massive accomplishment to finish a whole colouring book 😛

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    • Thanks, Chanelle! I definitely tried to choose fun things for my list, so hopefully I will have fun while doing them! I hope you get a chance for a spa day yourself, we all deserve to be pampered!

      First step is to buy a colouring book…maybe one with fewer pages so it’ll be easier to finish LOL.

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  6. Well done you for doing a list! I’m nearly 26 and want to do the same! You’ve made me so positive with your wish list! X

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