25 Before 25

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. On previous birthdays, I’ve treated y’all to some existential crisis essays about aging and why is this day so special anyway…That or a play-by-by of all the chocolate I ate. Well, this year I’m doing something a bit different! Today I turn 24…I’m officially in my mid-twenties *fast breathing* so over the last month or so I’ve devised myself a “25 by 25” list. Meaning I have one year to complete everything on this list! (Or, at least, try to). I thought this would keep me motivated in a year that’s doubtlessly going to be full of change.

A girl with outstretched arms above Budapest's skyline - a list for every woman entering her mid-twenties.

  1. Visit 25 countries: I’m not a “country counter” but it would be fitting to visit 25 by 25! I’m at 21 now.
  2. Learn to drive manual: A necessary skill in Europe!
  3. Qualify as an occupational therapist in the USA: If I do one thing over this next year, this needs to be it.
  4. Reach 2,500 Instagram followers: Call me basic or superficial, I don’t care.
  5. Road trip to Florida with my mom
  6. Visit my college friends in NYC
  7. Run another half marathon: and raise money for the refugee women’s charity
  8. Catch up on my scrapbooks: LOL SO BEHIND.
  9. Invest in my blog: Send me any recommendations for courses, please!
  10. Invest in learning Arabic
  11. Sort out my stomach health: I’m already making progress with this thanks to the NHS, hopefully I’ll have an update for you all soon!
  12. Become proficient at manual on DSLR cameras
  13. Read 25 books
  14. Publish more poetry
  15. Learn to cook with veggies: I loooove vegetables but I don’t eat enough mainly because my cooking repertoire is so small.
  16. Develop a meditation routine 
  17. Get regular facials/massages/pampering treatments: Because I deserve it and collagen don’t last forever yo.
  18. Purge my closet/belongings: I’ve already made an eBay account 😉
  19. Go on a yoga retreat: As a yoga teacher, I can’t believe I haven’t been on one yet!
  20. Do aerial yoga
  21. Change my hairstyle
  22. Go camping: Lake Michigan beaches are calling to me.
  23. Learn to make kombucha 
  24. Get all my high school best friends in one room: This is my goal before one of the squad moves to Australia.
  25. Go on a press trip: I want to take my blog to the next level.

Here’s to a fabulous year!

Sarah xx

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  1. Yes!! I am so glad I found your blog. I think it’s awesome you’re a yoga teacher! I love yoga, although it’s hard for me to find the time these days. I hope you get to go on a retreat- I’ve always dreamed of going on one as well. And scrapbooking! I love doing that haha I honestly thought I was the only one. Your photos are beautiful- Happy Birthday! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  2. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog – it’s beautiful! And I really love this list! My birthday’s coming up in a few days and I’m probably going to make my own list (except it’ll be 30 before 30… ewww entering my late-20s on my birthday makes me sad!)

    cabin twenty-four

  3. I love lists like this! I wrote one for my 20th birthday last year but I haven’t looked at it in ages. I should probably get on some of that stuff before my birthday in December!

  4. Okay, you’re making me feel super old. You’re so mature that I just assumed you were older! I just turned 30. Alway, for my 30th birthday back in May, I treated myself to a massage and I’ve been getting one once a month ever since. I think that it’s a great thing that I do for myself. I go to a place where interns work, so the prices are a lot cheaper than what you would expect, but it’s so worth it even if you pay full price, I think!

    I hope that you find answers to your stomach health. I should write about this on my blog, but I went through a colonoscopy and a bunch of tests to get diagnosed with IBS. This is great because it means nothing worse is wrong with me, but it’s hard for me to manage.

    Great list :)) I can’t wait to see how your 24th year goes! Happy birthday!

  5. love this list! I should make one too so i have a bit of extra time! I’m definetely gonna be stealing some of these! Love the running half marathon for the womens refugee charity & so many other good ones too!
    Also I can teach you manual photography and cooking with veggies! 🙂

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