Our priorities change as we age, but a couple of years ago I wrote down a big list of 25 things I really wanted to do before I hit the age of 25. After celebrating my 24th birthday almost a fortnight ago, the pressure's now on in this last year to get up to scratch and find my way through this big ol' list.
Although I haven't ticked masses off of the list, the bits that I have achieved are ones I'm well and truly proud of. Everything that I achieved before my last birthday I've just striked, whilst this year's ones are the big bold baddies.
I'm so proud of this one! I got my pink license through in the post earlier this week after passing my test last month (second time around, like all the best drivers). Now I need to get insurance sorted and I can be a little more independent. Learning to drive has been such a massive goal for me, and it feels so great to finally have done it.
2.) Pay my parents back all the money they used to support me whilst I was at uni
4.) Have an organised self-care routine that I stick to
6.) Volunteer in some way
8.) Learn how to do winged eyeliner properly
This is also a huge win for me. I absolutely adore my current job. I started working in for a publishing company as an editorial assistant last August and honestly it is just the dream. The hours are flexible, the staff are lovely and best of all I've finally got into the career that I did my degree for. I've wanted to work in publishing since I was 15 and I still have little pinch me moments when I think that I finally got where I wanted to be.
10.) Frame my degree certificate
12.) Have enough savings to put down a payment on a flat or house
13.) Have enough money to go on an IKEA spending spree.
My boyfriend's mum is a homeopath, and whilst I'm not fully convinced on everything, it's nice to keep your options open. I've been using homeopathic medicine more and more to combat issues.
Over the past year or so I've learnt to stop bottling my opinions up and let family members know that their behaviour is not okay whilst keeping a cool head myself. Whilst there are still ups and downs, things are a lot more stable now, and I feel as though everything is settled.
16.) Be able to emotionally and financially support my sister.
18.) Learn some basic calligraphy
Try kayaking and karate
Whilst I've still not got around to the whole karate thing, I did go kayaking in Brighton last August as part of a weekend away for my sister's 21st. It was wet and a little chilly, but also hilarious and made for some great memories.
20.) Get good enough at yoga to do the crow
In the past couple of months I really feel as though I've found my footing with my photography, discovering what I enjoy and ways to manipulate my photos to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Whilst I still have a long way to go, it's nice to look back on photos from last year, or the year before (or god forbid even the year before that) and see how things have changed.
23.) Learn to love myself
24.) Go to Disneyworld (Florida)
25.) Have developed my own sense of style
I'm counting my 23rd year as a massive win. I've achieved some things that I've aspired to for a long LONG time, and everything feels a whole lot more positive than it did this time last year. Now I've just got to keep it up for the next year!