35 Before 35


I was going to write a 30 before 30 post (30 things I want to do before I’m 30), but then I realised I’m 30 next year (eek) so that doesn’t really give me enough time to do them! And it’d be an expensive year!

So here are my 35 before 35:

#1 Get in the best shape of my life.
#2 Get married.
#3 Have at least one more baby.
#4 Take a road trip across America.


#5 Move house.
#6 Learn to be happy with who I am and stop comparing myself to others.
#7 Learn to salsa.
#8 Skydive.
#9 Go to Paris.
#10 Start my own business.
#11 Live in New York.
#12 Be a bridesmaid for the first time.
#13 Walk in Central Park.


#14 Do Karaoke.
#15 Learn to sew.
#16 Take Ava for her first holiday abroad.
#17 Ride a horse bareback on a beach.
#18 Learn to play the piano.
#19 Create a photo wall in our house.
#20 Take my children to Disneyworld in Florida.
#21 Go back to Vietnam and Thailand.
#22 Learn how to use my DSLR camera in manual mode.
#23 Spend Christmas in New York.
#24 Meet my niece Caitlyn who lives in New Zealand.
#25 Swim with dolphins.
#26 Learn to surf.


#27 Skinny dip.
#28 Print out all of the hundreds of photograph’s we’ve got on numerous memory cards and put them in albums.
#29 Stay in a tiny village in Ireland.
#30 Try Oysters.
#31 Go to a ball.
#32 Hear Ava say “I love you Mummy”.
#33 Attend a blogging conference.
#34 Meet people in real life that I’ve met and become friends with online.
#35 Have good health – no more migraines, no more operations.


  1. April 10, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    LOVE your list! I just made a list similar to this on my blog and I can’t wait to start! And I kinda want to steal some of your ideas! Haha they’re great!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks Samantha! I’m excited to cross things off too. Go ahead and steal them…. a few of mine may have come from other blogs ;) I’m off to have a look at your list now!

  2. Kate
    April 15, 2013 / 4:23 am

    I love your #35 things to do before 35. Learning to play piano and going to Ireland are also on my list. Don’t think I’ll make those before 35 in a few months though. This inspired me to do my own list so thank you. With two small babies I need a list like this to find myself again.

    • April 17, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      That’s how I feel too Kate! It’s taken me a while to actually sometimes feel like Louise again, rather than just mummy! Thanks for commenting :)

  3. April 15, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    I would recommend sky diving and a blogging conference for sure, meeting people you’ve met online is always fun. I am with you on the Ireland idea, I can’t wait to get back there..or Paris for that matter!
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    • April 17, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      I definitely feel like some people I’ve met online are actual ‘friends’, and I can’t wait to meet them! Paris has my heart and I’ve never even been! Thanks for commenting :)

  4. May 29, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    No more migraines…. I also suffer from migraines. I really hate it when people tell me what I should do about my health, so taking that into consideration, can I recommend something? I recently started taking this migraine painkiller called “Maxalt” that you dissolve under your tongue. I’m not kidding, it works in 30 minutes and I’m migraine free. Ok, annoying advice over. :-)

    I’d also love to attend a blog conference someday! I’m really far away from most of them though as I live part of my time in Africa. But, maybe someday!
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    • June 3, 2013 / 4:05 pm

      Ha, thanks so much. I’ll definitely look into it. I’d really rather not be taking any medication to be honest, but as you know, they can be so awful that it’d be great if I did have something that worked when I really needed it. Paracetamol doesn’t even touch them anymore. I’m trying to work out why I get them, until the past month I had been getting a lot less, but they’re back with a vengeance unfortunately :(

      I always find that I’m a bit far away from blogging conferences too… I’d love to go to one in America though! That’s so cool that you live part of your time in Africa… I’m off to check out you blog :)

      • June 3, 2013 / 4:08 pm

        I’ve just googled Maxalt and it’s also called Rizatriptan, which I’ve actually tried before and I had bad side affects with :( Thanks though and I’m really glad you found something that works for you. :)

  5. May 30, 2013 / 12:48 am

    I’m loving what’s on your list Louise. A few of those (learn how to use the manual function on DSLR /take a road trip across America/ make a photo album) are on my mental ‘to-do’ list as well! I hope you get to do all of those things, keep us updated!
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