Wow. It’s just two weeks until I enter the final sector of my 20’s and SHIT I am worried. It’s incredible to think that a whole year has just passed by in what seems like the blink of an eye. I was speaking about getting old with some friends the other day and recall telling them that for the first time in my life the previous year was better than the current. And I guess it is true, for me 26 was the best year of my life, however this was probably heavily influenced by the fact I lived in London.
Despite not being able to compete with 26, 27 has been a bloody great year. I’ve travelled to Europe and Asia, been to the world’s best music festival, meet some amazing new people, had my first fashion feature published and has some of my photographs exhibited in a gallery.
It’s not an easy thing to make every New Year better than the one before and I really hope that this is not the beginning of the rapid decline. I anticipate that this time next year I will NOT be saying the same thing… 2014 was much better than 2015.
So in order to make my 28th year on planet earth better than both 26 AND 27 here is what I plan to do:
1. Visit MORE new places
Since moving to London back in 2011 I have come down with a severe case of the travel bug and constantly have itchy feet. For my 28th year I would like to visit at least three new places. Action has already been taken to ensure this goal is achieved. I am all prepared for my festive season in India and it’s just under a month until I take off. Also locked in is my ticket to Coachella and Governors Ball so I guess the states is also on my list (and I’m bloody excited about it).
2. THINK about money
Over this past year I have had a bit of a YOLO approach to how I spend my money. I treat life a bit life a high school exam. I don’t really think about money too much until I realise it’s a month until my next trip and basically give up everything in order to have some form of spending money. As a mature 28 year I hope to generally spend less time out socialising at bars and more time at home cooking and reading (lol). I hope to pay more attention to saving and less to spending. I mean people my age own their own houses already and all I have is a passport full of stamps.
3. Find a NEW challenge
I went into 27 with no plan of what I really wanted to achieve with my year. When I’m 28 my goal will be to take hold of my career and steer it in the right direction. Although I do find my current role as an office manager enjoyable enough I have set my sites on a position that will actually challenge me and dare I say it, stress me out. Often when I sit at my desk I think back to my days of being overworked and extremely stressed out whilst working in radio and crave for those feeling to come back. As those feelings of stress to me mean I was challenging myself and gaining new and valuable skills each day. This almost 28 year old needs a professional cha(lle)nge.Regardless if I achieve these goals or fail to make any changes to my life at least I can say I survived the 27 club. Now it would only be glamorous to die at 100.