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40 things to do in your 40th year!

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There "may be" a big birthday this year and while I am still feeling 19 in my head, I realise that as I hurtle towards being 40 there are some things I would like to have achieved / completed / indulged in* (*delete as necessary).

So if you are looking for ideas for your own bucket list, take a look below and let me know what you would add!!


  1. Go To Scotland
  2. Try Glamping for at least one night
  3. Visit a Castle
  4. Go To Italy
  5. Do a Mud Run
  6. Go to the London Dungeons
  7. Afternoon Tea at the Ritz / Claridges or somewhere like that
  8. Go to a West End Show with the girls
  9. Get a piercing
  10. Visit my Nan’s sister in Somerset
  11. Go to Cheddar Gorge
  12. Try Oysters
  13. Get a new hair style or colour.
  14. Learn something new
  15. Have a makeover and stop using the same techniques I have been doing for past 10 years.
  16. Go to a drive in movie
  17. Conquer my fear of heights by “attempting” Go Ape
  18. Watch a sunrise or sunset.
  19. Do something good for someone who doesn’t know who I am.
  20. Break my habit with sugar
  21. Be the fittest / healthiest I have ever been
  22. Buy (and drink) a really expensive bottle of champagne and don’t feel guilty about it
  23. Do an “escape” room challenge
  24. Do a digital detox for an entire weekend
  25. Travel First Class
  26. Master a cocktail
  27. Update my will
  28. Try a new drink and enjoy it at GONG in the Shard
  29. Book a day off to spend by myself
  30. Write a letter to my 50 year old self and save it in a time capsule
  31. Do an indoor skydive
  32. Go skating on an outdoor ice rink
  33. Dine in a Michelin star restaurant
  34. Buy fresh flowers more often and not always the same ones.
  35. Wear something bright and step away from always wearing black
  36. Go to a music festival …. Or at least watch live music somewhere new!
  37. Take the girls to their first concert
  38. Try Pilates
  39. Go paintballing
  40. Have a party with all of my favourite people


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  1. My 40th birthday post is still waiting to be written. I can't believe we are turning 40 - I am sure we are still 13 reading Just17 aren't we???? Great list and I was happy to see how many I have done. We should meet up and celebrate at some point x

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