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40 things before 40

August 22, 2017

When I was 28, I wrote a post on Budding Smiles about my top 10 things to do before I turned 30. Then I fell pregnant. Very little had been ticked off by my 30th birthday last year! With 9 years and 27 days until my next milestone birthday (and no more babies!), here’s my list of 40 things to do before turning 40.

1. See as many of my favourite bands/singers as possible

I’ve seen Bob Dylan and Elton John since turning 30. Sadly, deaths of musical greats have massively cut my list, but there are still people including The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Eric Clapton, Placebo, The Who, The Kinks/Ray Davis, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin – many of them are beyond the realms of possibility, but I have a chance at a few!


2. Tick some destinations off of my travel wish list

  • New Zealand
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Hawaii
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Italian lakes
  • Berlin
  • Mexico
  • San Francisco

Just one or two would be absolutely amazing!

3. Go up in a hot air balloon

This was on my 10 things before 30 list, but pregnancy sickness followed by migraines followed by severe hip and pelvic pains, meant that it didn’t happen!

4. Run a half marathon

Well this didn’t happen because of the rough pregnancy as described above – however on October 8th I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon, raising money for MAMA Academy!


5. Own a car I love

I’m not talking an E-Type Jag (although I wouldn’t say no!) but both of our current cars are a bit on the old and knackered side. I’d love for us to be in the position where all the hard work we do enables us to pick exactly the cars we actually want for our family.

6. Do a talk/presentation at an event

I can’t really offer much to established bloggers, but I’d love to do a presentation on something I’m passionate about to inspire others to turn their hand to it. Social media, blogging, writing, starting a business, running – I’m available for hire!

7. Write a book

They say that everyone has a novel in them. I don’t think that I do, but I’ve had it in my head ever since Toby was little that I want to collaborate with a specialist to write an e-book about silent reflux. There isn’t enough around to support families and I’d like to be able to provide more than just my vlogs and blogs of our experiences.

8. Drive a single seater

It would be so much fun to do a track day in an Ariel Atom or similar.

9. Do more TV work

I was on the Victoria Derbyshire show last year, and I’ve been in advertorials for Aveeno and Pretty Clever pants, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I never thoughts I’d be someone who wanted to be in front of the camera but I love it and would like to do more.


10. Do a video editing course

I really enjoy vlogging and would love to get a bit more creative with what I do.

11. Take the kids to a Spurs match

I’m a lifelong Tottenham supporter and would really like to take the mini people to a match when the new stadium is finished

12. Go on a wellness retreat

I have long fancied a wellness retreat such as Homefield Grange – a few days of great, healthy food, yoga, swimming, and sleep! They’re not cheap but I feel like I’d get so much out of it.

13. Buy a villa in Portugal

I’ve always wanted to have a holiday home, and have always loved Portugal. I feel like it’s somewhere we could happily visit every year as long as we could have a holiday elsewhere too.

14. Go to Glastonbury

I feel like the ship may have sailed for me wanting to camp there – a very flooded and muddy Download 2012 is to thank – but Phil and I would both like to experience Glasto.


15. Be part of a peaceful protest

I’ve become far more passionate about social issues in recent years, and I would like to take part in a peaceful protest about something I care deeply about; women’s rights, mental health, the NHS, the treatment of immigrants, education, to name but a few!

16. Eat at ‘Dans Le Noir?’

Ever since seeing the (amazing) British film ‘About Time’ – which everyone needs to see – I’ve been desperate to experience ‘Dans Le Noir?‘ in London. You eat a surprise menu in complete darkness, and they have a vegetarian menu so I’m happily catered for! There’s also a silent disco there, and they’re so much fun!

17. Go to Disneyland Paris in 2022

It’s the 30th anniversary of the park in March 2022, so myself, Phil, the kids, our friends and their daughter (and any other babies they have in that time!) want to go and enjoy the celebrations.

18. See what the bottom of my laundry basket actually looks like

Oh who am I kidding? I’ve got more than 9 years and 1 month to wait before that bad boy’s going to be empty long enough to take a photo.

19. Go sailing

Phil actually completed his day skipper licence before we met, but I’ve never been on a sailing holiday. I’d love to do a weekend in maybe Norfolk and learn the basics of how to sail.

20. Random Acts of Kindness

This has actually been on my mind for ages, and I have a plan that incorporates my online shop – Apples & Pips – so watch this space!

21. See a major athletics event

So I kind of missed the boat with London having hosted the Olympics and, only a few weeks ago, the World Athletics Championships. Ho hum, I guess that means I’ll have to travel elsewhere – Tokyo and Paris will be hosting the Olympics in the time before my big 4-0, while other opportunities will arise in Qatar and the USA for the World Athletics Championships…

22. Complete the 3 Peaks

I absolutely suck at hiking – my lungs don’t agree with the notion of climbing up hills. However I’m all for new challenges and once I’ve completed this year’s half marathon, the 3 Peaks would be a good goal to work towards.

23. Make Apples & Pips a thriving business

I adore my lovely online shop; it’s built upon hard work, passion for amazing UK brands, desire to support a wonderful charity, and a hope to be a go-to name for brilliant baby, toddler, and parenting products. I need to work on my marketing strategy and work my bum off to make Apples & Pips a known name.


24. Wedding photos

Yep – 4 years next month and we still don’t have a wedding album. Serves us right for saving money by not hiring a photographer!

25. Write an article for a magazine

I’ve been interviewed for Women’s Running before, and for my local town newspaper, but I’d love to actually write my own piece and have a by-line to show for it.

27. Own chickens, a sheep, and a goat

Given the size of our garden, this is an utterly impractical ambition. However it’s always been my dream to have a couple of animals roaming free range on a plot of land.

28. Be healthy

The ultimate one – don’t we all want to be healthy? I’m struggling at the moment with extraordinarily low energy levels, concentration, general joie de vivre. I’m not depressed (I know, I’ve been there), but my GP didn’t do the vitamin deficiency tests when doing a blood work up, so as of today I’m none the wiser as to what’s wrong. I want to make some simple lifestyle changes to try and be the best possible version of Hannah.

29. Find out more about my heritage

Whether it’s a family tree, DNA testing, or just some research, I’d love to find out more about the history of both sides of my family.

30. Have a personal styling session with a pro

What to wear, how to exude confidence and happiness, how to have my hair – I need a full style makeover from someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about!

31. Wing walking

A friend suggested this to me yesterday and while I think it’s actually one of the most terrifying things I could ever imagine doing, I like to think I’d give it a go…

32. Take the kids camping

Phil and I used to like camping at the quarry we used to climb at. Used to. Before kids. I’d love to think we could manage the odd camping trip!

33. Get a promotion

I’ve only been in my job for 2.5 months, but I’d like to think I’ll progress at least a bit in the next 9 years!

34. Learn to crochet

This is one of the less likely items on my list, but I’d like to give it a go if I ever get the time.

35. Interview someone I admire

I don’t have a clear goal here; a strong, inspirational woman like Michelle Obama (aim high!), a runner, a successful small business owner, a celeb I actually respect (think Sandi Togsvik, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch – clever people!)

36. Bake a cake

I love baking, but I suck at decorating and I barely ever even think about getting the old mixing bowl out these days. I’d like to change that.

37. Decorate our bedroom

The kids both have nice bedrooms, but ours was perfectly fine when we moved in. That’s fine, but at least a few photos and personal touches to the decoration would be nice.


38. Swim with dolphins in the wild

Fairly self explanatory!

39. Celebrate our 10th anniversary

Both our 10th dateversary and wedding anniversary will fall before my 40th and they deserve to be celebrated in style!

40. Drunk day with Phil

We did this once (pre kids) and it was one of the most fun days I’ve ever had! We have to do it again soon – obviously not when Toby and Martha are around!

So that’s my list of 40 things to do before I turn 40 – what’s on your wish list of life events? A couple of blogging friends wanted to get involved, so I’m now tagging Kate, AmberBex, Donna, Lucy, Halina, Sarah, Kerry, Deborah and Alina to share theirs!

I’d love to hear what you’d like to do over the coming years. Let me know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook.

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  1. Aww I love this – so nice to sit and think about some fun things you really want to do/achieve- especially those that challenge you. Its looks like an exciting 9 years ahead 🙂 xxx

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