As I mentioned in a previous post, on April 3 I will be 25 years old. This feels like some form of milestone and it’s clear that I’m no longer as young as I think – in other words, it’s time I realised I need to grow up.
So, here are my 25 (grown up) things I plan to do/aim to achieve from the age of 25 onwards (in no particular order):
1. Open a savings account
I’ve been working for a good few years now, but I haven’t saved a single penny – I want to have savings and a sense of stability, so 20% of my wages will be going into a separate account every month. Plus you never know what a rainy day may bring.
2. Start taking care of myself
I used to think ‘we’re only here once, live how you want’ – and although I still stand by that to some extent – I’ve come to realise you need to look after what you have or you won’t be here for very long. So, it’s plenty of water, healthy eating and exercise, plus lots of moisturiser and sleep.
3. Improve my posture
Years of dancing and gymnastics should mean I have a good posture, but instead I pretty much have a spine shaped like the letter ‘J’. Sitting for a long time straight-backed is a nightmare, but improving posture is supposed to do wonders, so I’ll give it a go and attempt to sit like a lady instead of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
4. Buy my own house
After renting a flat last year, I really want my own property that is just mine. A home that I can paint how I like, a garden I can potter around in, and somewhere where Denver and I can chill. Nothing too big or too fancy, although the ultimate dream is a little secluded cottage surrounded by wild flowers.
5. Start a record collection
Watching films like High Fidelity and listening to the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Velvet Underground have made me desperate to start my own record collection. I love the idea of cataloguing, framing and playing them – vinyl is the only way to listen to that kind of music.
6. Write a book
My friends have been telling me for quite some time now that I should write a book – I’d love to, but finding the story seems to escape me every time I sit down to write. I have the first two chapters of about four books all saved on my computer. One day I will just sit and write whatever it is that’s circling around my brain – we’ll see.
7. Take up yoga
I’ve played around with yoga, I like that it isn’t a strenuous form of exercise and it did sort my back troubles out. I always find that people who do yoga really have their shit together, and I want to be one of those people. That and I’d just like to be really flexible again.
8. Read all the books on my list
There are a stack of books sat in a box in the spare room that I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet. When I was younger I could read a book in a week, nowadays it takes me about two months. I’d love to get back into the reading swing of things and plough through that stack.
9. Watch everything on my list
Films and TV series are something that I build my life around (sad but true). I finally joined the 21st century and got Netflix, which means I now have 205 things I want/need to watch. This includes Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy and Silver Linings Playbook.
10. Plan and take a road trip across America
When sitting in the office is taking its toll, I drift off into my little daydream about driving down Route 66 in a cherry red pickup truck. The windows are down, sunglasses are on, Denver’s on the passenger seat with his head out of the window and we’re listening to American rock power ballads. The fantasy will become a reality.
11. Move to Scotland (with a stop off in Yorkshire)
For some reason, I’ve had it in my head that I’d eventually like to wind up in Scotland – I think it’s the secluded beauty that I like the idea of. Where in Scotland, I’n not quite sure – Iona maybe. There’s also a slight fascination with Yorkshire thanks to the picturesque scenery and Wuthering Heights-style romanticism.
12. See the Northern Lights
I think everyone should experience something like this and I hope that I will get to visit Norway and see the wonder that is the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis if you prefer). There was a sighting over various parts of the UK recently, but I had no such luck. Boo.
13. Sleep under the stars
This kind of ties in with number 10 – filing the back of the pickup truck with pillows and blankets, and just spending the night under the stars. I’m not particularly bothered if there’s a man beside me – that part I can take or leave really – but that freedom of gazing up at the sky before drifting off to sleep would be amazing.
14. Go to New York at Christmas
New York is the number one destination on my ‘places to visit’ list, but only at Christmas time. I want to ice skate at Central Park, go to Serendipity III for ice cream and stay over until NYE so I can see the ball drop in Times Square. Plus there’s the guaranteed snow and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – eek!
15. Fall in love
Honestly, I’ve thrown this one in because I feel I have to, as I’m genuinely not overly interested in love. I don’t really think it is a real thing – merely a fantasy and a combination of hormones. But, until something or someone proves me wrong, my motto is: walk away from good-enough, in search of can’t-live-without.
16. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland
Visiting Ireland is something I’ve wanted to do for years, but I think the Irish in me would only love to go during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Again, the beauty of the place is a big draw-in and I imagine standing on the Giant’s Causeway would be nothing short of majestic. That and all the Guinness.
17. Own my dream car
I have two dream cars – a 1963 Mercury Comet and a 1967 Chevy Impala – both of which would be in black with cream leather interiors. Of course, the cherry red pickup truck is also on the list, but if I could own any car it would be one of those two. In reality, a Seat Ibiza in gunmetal grey would suffice…
18. Buy a pair of Louboutins
Shoes are my weakness – I own around 100 pairs and although I don’t quite have Carrie Bradshaw’s budget, I will one day own my very own pair of red-soled beauties. If I ever get married, I’d hire any old dress, and instead splash the cash on a ridiculously sparkly, ridiculously high pair of Louboutins.
19. Learn to run
That sounds like one of the more stupid things I’ve come out with, but I genuinely cannot run. At all. For any length of time. People always seem to go for a run when they need to escape from everyday life – I walk, which I find very relaxing, but it would be nice to master running.
20. Land my dream job
I was recently informed that I seem to have a severe lack of ambition, and when I thought about it, I realised that was true. Working in a terrible, stressful job to working in my current, fun job has left me wanting to stay as I am – happy but without a career. I need to man up, get back my ambition and get the job I’ve always wanted.
21. Learn to cook (dinner party-style)
Until last year I’d never cooked a single meal (apparently soup and bacon sandwiches don’t count), but after living on my own and cooking my tea every night, I’d really like to learn how to cook properly. By that I mean, not just sticking various things into the oven – pure dinner party-style cooking. Gulp.
22. Lay off the straighteners
Nearly everyday for ten years I have brutally clamped my hair between a pair of super hot GHDs and I know it isn’t good. The problem is that I have horrifically bushy, thick hair – but I will take time out from the straighteners and give my mop a much-needed break.
23. Rescue a dog
Having Denver is one of the best things ever – but in a few years’ time, I’d love to go to an animal shelter and rescue a dog. There are so many abandoned pups that I imagine I’ll end up buying lots of land and having all the dogs. Like all of them. Every single one.
24. Take the momma to Canada
Momma Keeling has always wanted to go to Canada – why? We don’t know, I’m not entirely sure she really knows why. But I have said I would take her for her 60th birthday as a thank you for being Momma Keeling – unfortunately I only have three years to save for this…
25. Buy my dad a Jaguar E-Type
Big Les loves his cars and has rattled on about an E-Type for as long as I can remember. A few Christmases ago I bought him a keyring with his dream car on and I know he’d absolutely love to own one. He is batting on though so I need to get my arse in gear(!) and get saving.
There you have it – my plans and aims for the age of 25 onwards.
– love Stef x