50 before 50 bucket list

I recently cut my hair short, tidied up my CV and LinkedIn page and bought a bike with a basket. Sometimes life can feel like you’re stuck in a rut and it’s good to have positive things to look forward to. So here’s my 50 before 50 bucket list of (190!) things to try before I reach the next milestone birthday in a few years:



Get a new permanent job – achieved October 2023

Obtain a professional qualification

Book the family history course I have always wanted to do – Stage 3 achieved October 2023, Stage 2 achieved February 2024, Stage 1 achieved June 2024

Family photoshoot 

Go and hear someone I admire talk in public



Read 50 Persephone books (all genres – even ones I wouldn’t usually choose to read)

Watch 50 films – all genres – even ones I wouldn’t usually choose to watch

Find 50 geocaches – 350 as of April 2024

Try 5 new crafts – tried candle painting January 2024; goldwork April 2024; 


Expand my horizons

Sleep in 5 new types of place – camper van (Canterbury August 2023); safari tent (August 2024); 

Visit 5 Board Game Cafes – Food and Board (October 2023); Thirsty Meeples Bath (February 2024); The Boardroom Gaming Cafe (April 2024);

Visit 5 new National Trust places – The Vyne (October 2023); Basildon Park (February 2024); The New Assembly Rooms (February 2024); Hidcote Manor Gardens (April 2024); 

Try 5 new activities – fossil hunting (August 2023)l Women’s Institute meeting (March 2024); shiatsu massage (March 2024), yoga (April 2024)

Visit 5 new places – watch the sun rise (as I did once on a May morning whilst a student at St Andrews University) and watch the sun set


Eat well

Dress up and enjoy 5 afternoon teas – Grimms Dyke Hotel (September 2023; Patisserie Brione (November 2023); Battle of Britain Bunker (March 2024); 

Cook 5 new dishes from around the world – shakshuka (April 2024);