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Update: 25 things before 25.

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Around a year ago today I published this post.

It was all about the 25 things I wanted to do before 25, and written just before I turned 23. Well, in a couple of days, I turn 24 (which means, I’m an proper, PROPER adult now, right?), so I thought I’d do a little update. Here’s how I’m doing on my list:

1. Move out of home! This one is a major goal, because if in two years I’m still living with my dad I may cry. I want to have my own little place somewhere.

Yeah…so, this one has not been achieved. To be fair, I impulsively quit my job and started my Masters degree, so I’m a little short of funds at the mo, but fingers crossed this is achieved by next year!  

2. Pass my driving test. I know I know, at 23 I really should be driving already, but because of my hypermobility, it’s been a real struggle to learn. Also I know nothing about cars – zilch! But I have an awesome driving instructor so *fingers crossed* this goal will be ticked off very soon.

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DING DING DING. This one is completed. In December, I passed my driving test, and I am now allowed to drive on my own. I even have my own little car (she’s called Betsy.)

3. Do everything that I can to further my writing career. I want to be an author when I grow up, and I want to do everything I can to make sure I achieve that dream. But I also know that a lot of stuff to do with publishing isn’t in my control. I want to ignore that and focus on things I can control, like my writing and my attitude.

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I’m going to count this one as ticked off, because over the last year I have worked SO hard on my writing!

4. Write bravely. Putting things out there is scary – especially when it’s personal. But it’s those personal and scary pieces of writing that I want to do more of

This is probably the one thing I’m most proud of. On January 1st this year, I started the MS I have been dreaming of (and terrified of) writing for YEARS! But I was brave, and I started writing–and even though it’s scary as hell, YAY ME!

5. See my friends more often. I am a bit of a pain about this. When I have time off from my day job, all I want to do is write. But what is the point in writing if I’m not experiencing life to the fullest? I want to go to coffee more, or have cinema dates, or movie days or five hour phone calls with the people I love best.

This goal has been a little hit and miss. The problem is, after uni, it’s SO HARD to get together–every one is scattered around the country, and have jobs to consider, so meeting up is hard. BUT, I have prioritised this–my friends are SO important to me, and TBH I’d rather spend a day with them then do anything else.

6. Get 8 hours of sleep so I don’t look like a barely functioning zombie most mornings.

PAH. This one is funny. I am still a barely functioning zombie. Insomnia is HORRIBLE, people.

7. Re-read more books.

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I’ve actually done this! But I still want to do it more in the next year!

8. Do things that aren’t writing, but are still creative. I want to get better at crocheting and sewing (because I’m secretly a granny!).

Yeah, so, I completely failed at this. I want to try and get better at crochet still, so fingers crossed by next year this will be ticked off.

9. Go to a gig. Because of my knee, and my hypermobility, I haven’t been to a gig in years. In fact, the last time I saw music live with V Fest in 2014.

Nope. Didn’t do this. 

10. Go to a literary festival. Listen to authors talking. Meet bookish people/ writers IRL! Enter writing competitions. Get more involved in this awesome community.

This is a priority for the next year!

11. Raise money for a hypermobility charity. This is SO important to me.

Again, this is really important to me. I need to actively make this happen! 

12. Go to the zoo!

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I ACTUALLY DID THIS! I took a selfie with a lemur.

13. Get a tattoo. 😉

I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 

14. Go for a weekend away with my BFF’s.

I am so excited, because I recently booked a weekend away to Edinburgh with my BFF and sister, and I can’t wait! SCOTLANDDD!

15. Go on holiday without my parents. It’s actually pretty tragic that I still haven’t done this at 23.

Er, yeah, so…this hasn’t been achieved.

16. Blog more, and blog honestly. Write about things I want to write about, not things I think I should write about..

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I’ve achieved this. I’ve worked really hard on blogging in the last year, and I’m proud of the content I’ve written. I’ve also written for other amazing publications as well (Cough cough The Olive Fox & Kettle Mag).

17. Exercise regularly, and enjoy it!

In the last couple of months, I’ve discovered swimming. Sure, it’s a pain having to shave regularly and there was a little body negatively the first time I squeezed into my swimsuit, but I love it. It clears my mind, and calms me down.

18. Put ‘me’ first. Practice self-care and body positivity. Have a duvet day if I need one.

Another one that is a constant battle–sometimes I’m good at this, other times, not so much.

19. Learn. Watch interesting documentaries. Read more non-fiction. Explore museuems and art galleries.

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If only Past Laura knew what I know now! I’ve read more non-fiction and watched more documentaries. I’ve visited museums and heritage sites. But most of all, I’ve started my Masters–learning about history is THE BEST!

20. Meet more people! Get involved in fun projects. Do more am-dram. Help out.

I’ve being in TWO more pantomimes, and played Lizzie Bennet since then. I’ve volunteered. I’ve met loads of people at uni. This one is definitely ticked off. 

21. See more theatre. Go to the West End. Watch local performances.

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I saw The Cursed Child and it was the best. I’ve also got Hamilton (!!!!) tickets for November. THIS GOAL IS DONE!

22. Learn a new skill – like how to play guitar or something.

Ahem. Didn’t do this.

23. Be organized. I don’t want to hoard useless bits of junk that are either broken or not what I want to do (apart from books – HOARD ALL THE BOOKS!)

This goal seemed impossible a year ago, but I’ve actually done it. I’ve redecorated my room, cleaned out my closet, got rid of loads of tat, and even donated some books!

24. Take more photos and don’t delete them off my phone. Keep a document of my life.

I’ve worked really hard at this goal, and these are a few of my favourites:

25. Be happy with how I am. Don’t go on a crazy diet to loose weight or hate my skin or my eyes or my tummy. Accept me as me, a permanent work in progress.

Again, this is a goal that varies from day to day. Somedays, I’m SO happy, and others I don’t want to get out of bed. But I feel like I am getting better at accepting who, and where I am, and that’s always a positive. 

SO, I’m going to count 11 1/2 of my 25 before 25 as completed, which I am pretty happy about! And actually, reviewing this list has made me MORE determined to get the other ones done! 

What goals do you have before your next birthday? 

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