The final 15 things to do before I turn 40

With my 35th birthday (and thus the end of my 35 before 35 challenge) exactly one month away, I thought it was time I posted the third and final part of my 40 before 40 list. Part one is here, with the first 15 items, and part two is here with 10 more. That leaves 15 for me to reveal today.


  1. Get a dog
  2. See the Northern Lights (rolled over from the last list)
  3. See a play on the Seebühne (floating stage) at the Bregenzer Festspiele.
  4. Make chicken Kiev – you can’t get them here and surely it can’t be that hard?
  5. Get the tattoo I’ve been planning for a while – first I have to find a decent tattooist and someone who can draw it for me!
  6. Bake and decorate a cake
  7. Read The Canterbury Tales – my grandma bought this for Jan a few years ago and neither of us has even looked at it yet!
  8. Get a new dining table – we currently have 2 IKEA cheapy ones, which are fine (except that one has been on the balcony and is looking rather weathered!) but by the time I’m 40 I want to own a half-decent table!
  9. Remove all my books from my dad’s house, either by having my dad take them to charity shops or bringing them to Switzerland. I usually bring a few over every time I visit. By the time I reach 40 I hope to have completed the process!
  10. Bring my doll’s house over from England. I haven’t figured out how I’m going to do this but it’s mine and I want it!
  11. Go whale watching – this was on my last list and I still want to do it!
  12. Take a trip to the Farne Isalands. I haven’t been since I was a kid and I’ve been meaning to take Jan for years.
  13. Get to my goal weight… but I’m not telling you what that is 😉 I will say that I am 7 kg above it right now.
  14. Take an in-person course or join a group – it doesn’t matter what as long as it’s something that makes me get out there and interact with actual people. (Scary!)
  15. … I am leaving the final one open for now. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me in the comments (not bungee jumping). Otherwise I will definitely think of something to put here at some point.

16 thoughts on “The final 15 things to do before I turn 40

  1. That’s a good list. I, too, would like to make a chicken kiev from scratch! If I ever come to Switzerland again, I’ll let you know in advance to see if I can bring some books over for you somehow!

  2. That’s a good list, with a few things that I’d like to do too. I’ve still got the northern lights high up on my wish list. We took a trip to Iceland a few years ago, with high hopes of seeing them, but nope, there was nothing – it rained the whole time!

    1. I had it on the last list actually but never got round to it. I may do it some day but I’ve decided not to place it on the list again. Maybe for 45 before 45 if I don’t do it before then 😉

  3. Getting a dog looking after it requires a lot of effort and time. Maybe your final goal should be to have a well trained and socialised dog?

  4. I love this! I think you should totally do all these things but I’m obviously most excited about the dog one 😉 I’d LOVE to see the Northern Lights! Wow! And bake that cake! Nothing’s holding you back! ;D

  5. Ooh that floating stage sounds all sorts of awesome! I have a 30 by 30 list that I’m currently working on; I only have 1 crossed off so far. LOL I love these type of bucket lists though and I hope you can cross off all the things on your list!!


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