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 – achieved October 2023

Family photoshoot 

Go and hear someone I admire talk in public



Read 50 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

Try 5 new crafts – tried candle painting January 2024


Expand my horizons

Sleep in 5 new types of place – yurt, camper van (Canterbury August 2023)

Visit 5 Board Game Cafes (Food and Board October 2023)

Visit 5 new National Trust places (The Vine October 2023)

Try 5 new activities – walk the O2, kayaking, indoor sky diving, shiatsu massage, paddle boarding, fossil hunting

Visit 5 new places – watch the sun rise (as I did once on 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))

Cook 5 new dishes from around the world