Forty Things before Forty – #40thingsb440

Turning 40 & doing forty things before forty!

March 29th 2017 sees me turn forty. How did that happen? To be honest it scares me, particularly how the time has gone so quickly.I’m not a fool I know it’s inevitable and cannot be avoided, but it scares me.  So I have 9 months left until the big day and I have created a list of thing I want to do before forty. Take a look, it may give you some ideas of a few bucket list activities/achievements before your next big day. I am going to grab life by its horns and really achieve the incredible and what many would doubt I could achieve. This is the ultimate empowerment to do list… my 40 things before 40!

Forty Things before Forty - #40thingsb440

The List #40thingsb440

  1. Get fit. Get my weight under 11 stone. My weight should be in the 9-11 stone range for my height of 5ft 6. DONE
  2. Get my 5km time to under 30 minutes. DONE, 29 min 53 hit on June 24th 2018, not a coincidence my mums birthday who had  died 25 years earlier
  3. Get my 10km time to under 60 minutes. NOT DONE
  4. Detox for 5 weeks in June/July and clean up my booze binging. There I have said it. I binge drink to an unacceptable level. DONE which helped with the 11 stone weight.
  5. Complete a triathlon. Not sure if this is a sprint one or a full on Olympic distance one;-) NOT DONE
  6. Learn a new skill, this will need to be something creative. Maybe sugar flowers on cakes or photography or crochet? learnt so many new things, how to present and produce a radio show, photography, how to invest, creative super powers, how to train my body, the power of crystals..the list goes on and on.
  7. Go to a posh spaDONE, Lifehouse, Essex. Charlton House, Somerset, Champneys, Stotfold.
  8. Learn how to make toffee. NOT DONE
  9. Finish Jacks cross stitch birth sampler. I did Dylans’ and Joshs’ when they were born but failed with Jacks which is 10% completed. NOT DONE, no chance!!
  10. Drive Mrs Mummypenny income up to £5000 per month. DONE and exceeding
  11. Visit Barcelona again. NOT DONE, but planned for 2020
  12. Write a bookDONE – WOO HOO
  13. Set up a self-employment pension plan. DONE, and written about on this blog
  14. Visit the Lake District. NOT DONE
  15. Go campingDONE at Standon Calling
  16. Go to a festival. DONE at Standon Callingstandon calling
  17. Bake something super amazing, like a cheese soufflé. DONE I have baked 3 birthday cakes for boys, many a roast dinner. I am doing okay.
  18. Go to a cookery school, Italian I think. NOT DONE
  19. Have a massive party for my birthday. Booked, 1st April 2017. Theme and entertainment being sorted. DONE, 1st April
  20. Visit a new beautiful UK beach that I have never been to before. West Withering has been suggested. Done Wells-Next-Sea, stunning beach on the hottest week of 2019
  21. Take a trip to Blackpool. Never been, my parents used to go every year and loved it. NOT DONE
  22. Use my position in business/society to share my knowledge/financial expertise with individuals who may not have access to my website. TOTALLY DONE
  23. See Justin Timberlake in concert again. NOT DONE
  24. Raise at least £1000 for charity, there are lots of things in this list that I can be sponsored for. DONE helped out with Tiegans Star FAB event in Jan. And worked on UK Money Blogger Charity campaign and Young Carer Campaign. And got a kitten from Blue Cross 🙂
  25. Sing on stage. Done as I sang at London Cocktail Club Rockaoke stage a few weeks back. Sang Ironic – Alanis Morrisette, I loved it and I was great ;-). I went bigger and sang on the stage at Standon Calling festival – Song choice Don’t Stop Believing
  26. Say thank you to everyone who has made a difference in my life. DONE, with lots of notes being sent out as and when required
  27. Get another Prada bag. Yes, I adore Prada. DONE got a beautiful new card wallet.
  28. Climb a mountain, completely possible when I visit the lakes. NOT DONE
  29. Do something scary that will give me an adrenaline rush. Not sure as I am scared of things like this 😉 DONE I shot guns in Las Vegas and went on the Chase to try to win a load of money
  30. Get a selfie with a premiership footballer. Although Beckham would be completely acceptable 😉 DONE – The beautiful Jamie Rednapp at a Chelsea Academy Football game
  31. Eat in a new 3 Michelin starred restaurant that we have never frequented before. NOT DONE
  32. Afternoon tea at the Ritz NOT DONE
  33. Get my hair done a different colour. DONE, went brond, purple and bright red
  34. Read 10 life changing books, any suggestions are welcome. One suggestion last week was ‘Catcher in the Rye’. DONE, so many life changing books have been read
  35. Get a tattoo done. Design sorted, location on body sorted, tattoo artist found. Just need to book it in. Scared as this will hurt, not good with pain relief. DONE, July 2018.Getting my First Tattoo at Aged 41 - Is a Tattoo Painful?
  36. Go to ladies day at the races, where I can wear a hat. NOT DONE
  37. Go up in a hot air balloon NOT DONE
  38. Drive a Lamborghini NOT DONE, but might do this in Vegas next month.
  39. Get a pet. Research done. I am thinking 2 Guinea Pigs or a kitten. DONE, TREV THE KITTEN
  40. See Coldplay live in concert again. NOT DONE

You are probably here as you are heading for a big birthday, well why not have a look at all the birthday freebies you can get, Jordon Cox has pulled together a brilliant list.

So there you have it, let me know your thoughts. Tell me what you would love to achieve before a big day. And if there are any brands out there thinking they could help out, please do contact me at The photos will be on Instagram and twitter as and when I achieve them. So please give me a follow!

Updated 1st March 2017.

I have done 13 things out of the list of 40….hahaha not really good enough. I have 1 month until my birthday. What are the quick wins?

Updated 17th January 2020

24/40 things have been done by the age of 42!! I am getting there, this now becomes a list of things to do before 50!!

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16 Responses

    1. Cheers hon. Its a great thing for directing the mind and doing some amazing things with my family:-) I am obsessed with lists!!

    1. Haha I love the extreme organisation. 1 thing ticked off today. My hair is half blond;-) Its been auburn/ginger for 39 years lol!

  1. That was a really varied mix of goals! I think I ought to make my own list – I’m 36 now but I probably need the four years’ momentum to be able to run for more than 5 minutes in one go! 😀

  2. A lot of that is def achievable in the ti!e frame. But may go for a short story approach in the book front
    I keep to do a list…but to be honest it would be very similar.
    Good luck!

    1. Yep the write a book might be a stretch given how busy I am! I have written about 3000 words so far;-)

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