5 Experiences Before 25

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My 23rd year has probably been the 12 months where I really discovered myself. I always knew that from my 23rd birthday everything would in my life would change - I was about to graduate university, move house for the first time and get married. That year was an abundance of stress, excitement and life changing moments. I learnt that if I could get through last year, world was my oyster. 

I love setting myself life goals and challenges. I'm one of those people that thrives from making lists and ticking things off. I love the excitement of reaching your goal and learning something new. I also love to explore and see the world. Although I travelled a lot around the UK when I was younger, I had a good few years as a teenager where travelling wasn't as important as it used to be, but now it's something that I want to do more than ever. I have decided that my 25th year will be the year where I see more of the world, learn new things and challenge myself in more ways than one. Here's just a few of the challenges and experiences I would like to do before I turn 25.


I loved camping when I was younger and used to do it quite frequently, but since being diagnosed with arthritis the thought of laying on a rock hard floor in a chilly tent doesn't seem like my idea of fun. These days there are so many different ways of experiencing camping than before from staying in fancy yurts to little beachside huts. Glamping makes camping accessible for all and it's something that I would like to try this year.

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Visit Ireland

I usually get laughed at when I say I'm married to an Irish man but I've never been to Ireland. It's a sad, but true statement. I've always said that I wanted to go to Ireland even before I met my husband, but I've never actually got round to it. My parents booked us a ferry over to Ireland around my 13th birthday as a surprise but the ferry got cancelled due to bad weather. We were supposed to go just before the wedding too, but my university work got in the way.Visiting Ireland would mean a lot to me, but also my husband. Although I met most of his family at our wedding, there's still a few people I'm yet to meet and I really want to experience the places where he grew up.

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Go on a Ski Lesson

It seems like everyone I know has been skiing apart from me and I want to know what it is like. I doubt i'll be booking a ski holiday anytime soon, but I'd love to go to our local indoor Ski centre and give it a chance.

Raise Money for Charity

Since being diagnosed with my arthritis, I have really seen how much work and effort goes into charities supporting different types of illnesses. Several arthritis charities have given me so much information and support regarding my condition and I would love the opportunity to give them something back.

Swim with Sharks

Ever since I have been a young girl, I've had a strange obsession with Sharks. I love how majestic they look and I'm really fascinated by them. Due to having quite serious asthma when I was younger I was never able to pass my medical to take scuba diving lessons which is something that I have always dreamed of doing. My asthma is now under control enough for me to pass my medical and the one thing I would love to do as a celebration is to go diving with sharks at my local aquarium. 

If you have a bucket list or you're looking to make on lifetime wish come true, check out Second Time Lucky competition, which is dedicated to giving people a second chance on something they have missed out on or would love to try. If there's any of these that I would love to try more than anything right now it would be the final item on my bucket list, to swim with Sharks. I know I'll be visiting Ireland soon and the others I have so much time to do, but swimming with sharks is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something unique that I can tell to people I meet.

What would be on your bucket list this year?



  1. Great list! I've always wanted to swim with sharks too - they're so amazing! x

  2. It all seemed great until the last one! I can't imagine anything worse!! Definitely interested to read how you get on with it though :)

  3. This is a great list - I've only been to Ireland once and would love to go back! good luck getting them all done! :)

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