Going into my 30th year with 2020 the way it was, I knew I wanted to do something different. My ultimate plan would’ve been to be in Japan in the snow, but that clearly did not happen! Instead I rang in my birthday in Tasmania with my family and have decided to do a “30 things to do in your 30th year” bucket list and update it as I tick items off.
- Ring in my Birthday somewhere that is not Adelaide. The original plan had been to be in Japan, but due to Covid, the next back up that was doable was Tasmania. In the past I’ve had ridiculously hot birthdays (I’m talking 47 degrees celcius one year!) so hoping Tassie will at least be a little cooler!
COMPLETED: Tassie was amazing! I’ve never been and left thinking I could definitely move there! Keep an eye out for more posts coming 🙂
2. (Hopefully) Ring in my 31st in Japan, if not somewhere else overseas. Going back to 1, clearly being in Japan is important, so I’m pinning my hope that things will have calmed down enough and vaccines start proving their worth by next year!!
IN DOUBT: With Australia’s vaccine roll out and borders not lifting, this one is out of my hands, but seems less likely each day….I will be somewhere though!
3. Do as many short city stays as I can. I truly don’t appreciate my own city as much as I should, so want to celebrate it as much as I can!
COMPLETED/STILL COMPLETING: I’m now on 3 for this year….more to come!
4. Stay somewhere in Regional SA. I’ve got Kangaroo Island and the Coonawara on my hit list, but would also love to visit McLaren Vale and Barossa again too.
COMPLETED/STILL COMPLETING: I’ve stayed at Glenelg for a night, but not really counting that, so I’m still working on it.
5. Visit Kangaroo Island again – even if it’s just overnight. My day trip last year reminded me just how much I love it there, so I’ve got some leave in July that I’m thinking of using to go there, COVID restricts permitting, obviously.
COMPLETING: I’ve booked a trip for July, heres hoping it can go ahead!
6. Visit the Coonawarra wine region. For all my time spent in the hospitality sector, I spent A LOT of time in McLaren Vale and the Barossa, an have visited Clare Valley and the Adelaide Hills a fair few times, but have never made it to the Coonawarra, so looking forward to indulging in their reds.
7. Do a bottomless brunch. This one is a bit more indulgent and short lived, but I love the idea of having brunch and unlimited drinks – there are a number of places that do them by the beach, the hard part is just deciding which one…maybe I’ll do them all!
8. Go on a wine tour. Continuing with the drinking theme, organise a group of girls, hire a mini bus and do a tour of a bunch of wineries.
9. Go see a live Musical. I’m already part of the way there for this one – Mum and I have tickets to see the Australian production of Hamilton in May….whether we get there will depend on COVID in both SA and NSW as it’s being played in Sydney.
COMPLETED: Absolutely mind-blowing. Cannot recommend Hamilton enough!! Hoping to get to Victoria at the end of the year to see Frozen and maybe Hamilton again!
10. Go to a comedy show. After shows like this being shut down for all of 2020, I want to support them as much as I can going forward.
COMPLETED: In this years Fringe season, I went to Disney in Drag – absolutely hilarious, dirty and the BEST Fringe show I’ve seen in a while.
11. Get back into Photography. Life’s gotten in the way of pursuing some of my hobbies like this and I want to take more time for me and do these small joys.
12. Bake more. This ties in with number 9 – I used to bake so regularly, but have gotten out of the habit due to busyness and part laziness haha!
13. Start running again and get fit. Like everyone else during covid, I ate too much of the things I shouldn’t and didn’t keep up with my exercise. So I want to get back into better shape – not due to vanity, but more due to just feeling good.
COMPLETED: I did a 5K for Star Wars day and looking at completing some Virtual runDisney races at the end of the year.
14. Do a cooking class. Pre-Covid, I was a huge fan of Sprout cooking classes and always did a couple a year, but that stopped over the last year and I want to try get at least one in this year.
COMPLETED: I did a Dumpling class at sprout with Brendan Pang (Masterchef) – so amazing!
15. Stick to my budgets better. I am terrible with a budget, but this year is my year and I am determined to do better!
16. Be more present. As a whole, I feel like we spend too much time on our phones and on social media, so I want to take more time to put it down and appreciate life as it is.
17. Daily Meditation. Meditation has proven to reduce daily stresses and make people more calm and happy, I personally know that work tends to stress me a lot at times, so this sounds like what I need.
18. Do more blogging. Last year I struggled to get motivation, considering I couldn’t go anywhere, so I want to get back into this world 🙂
19. Self Care Sunday. This is going to be my way to start the week on a high note, by doing a weekly facial or face mask and just indulge and pamper myself.
20. Do a 5km run. After the previous 2 that I’ve done, I can’t wait to get out and some more this year as lockdowns and restrictions are eased.
21. Start and Keep a cleaning routine. I’m amazing when I have a routine, but god do I hate cleaning…I’m dirty – I’ll get it done, but I’ll complain about the actual work haha!
22. Donate Blood. I’ve always been too afraid of needles, but want this to be the year that I attempt to overcome that fear.
23.Do a free or cheap online course. I love continuing to learn and feel that if you don’t learn something everyday, it’s an opportunity missed, so I want to hone in on something specific and do a course.
24. Re-learn Japanese. This is with the hope of being back there again next year.
25. Choose 1 cocktail to master. I want to have a “signature” cocktail that I make for people – luckily I got a shaker for Christmas one year so I can practise!
26. Donate to a good cause. This past year has reminded me how lucky I am to be in Australia and in such a good place, so I’m going to do some research into local charities and who I want to donate to.
27. Stop holding grudges. I’m someone who can hold onto past issues very easily and find that it can completely ruin a day if I let it, so I want to try let go of some of these – Forgive, but not forget essentially.
28. Learn to trust my gut and listen to myself. This is one that will change not only my personal life, but also the way I work too.
29. Love my body. I know this is at odds with wanting to get more fit and healthy, but I just want to embrace my body with however it ends up – if I can lose some weight by getting more fit, that’s great, but if I can only tone up, I want to be ok with that too.
30. HAVE MORE FUN. That is going to be my 2021 mantra!
Have you ever done a bucket list? What do you think the chances of me ticking everything off are?