3 March 2018

20 before 20


I was casually scrolling through my twitter the other day when I came across a post about life in your twenties. So, curious, I had a little read and as usual was left feeling extremely thankful (and a little smug) at the fact that I had ages, even years, before I would have to worry about any of the things on the list. It was only after I had scrolled through practically all my new tweets, that it suddenly dawned on me just how wrong I had been. My twenties were just around the corner, in fact, they were just over a month away! After the initial panic and the, I've wasted my whole life and I'm going to die having achieved nothing phase, I decided to create an easy twenty before twenty list. 

The basic idea is to do/achieve all the twenty things before my twentieth birthday (mid-April). As I only have about a month and a half, I decided to keep them small and achievable. I'm also going to do a follow-up post after my birthday to let you guys know how it went!   


1. Wake up early and watch the sunrise
I'm not going to lie, I'm definitely not a morning person. In fact, I'm the type of person who sets the alarm half an hour early just so she has time to hit the snooze button multiple times before having to reluctantly roll out of bed. So, getting up at 6am to watch the sunset is probably not going to be the easiest task. But, in the spirit of living life to the fullest (Too cheesy?) I thought I'd give it a go. Although I'm pretty sure I've watched the sunrise before, I don't think I've ever done it alone, or just for the specific purpose of watching the sunrise.

2. Take sewing lessons & sew one perfectly fitting dress
If you read my blog, or follow me on twitter, you'll know that I occasionally make dresses and skirts. While I'm quite proud of myself for self-teaching the basic skills, I am still far from being at the level I want to be at. One thing I've learnt is that sewing is way harder than it looks, and to get it perfect takes more than just fiddling around with a sewing machine. As something that I really enjoy doing, I would love to develop my skills further and *hopefully* be able to create more than just simple skirts and dresses. So, by the time I'm twenty, I want to have, at least, started a sewing course and have made one dress. 

3. Take a mini weekend road trip to somewhere new
As someone who loves travel, I've noticed that I haven't really explored much of the UK. While I've travelled to places half way across the world, I haven't taken the time to travel my own country. Although I haven't decided where yet, I thought this would be a fun little idea, and a good way of getting to know some new places in the UK.    

4. Do a sponsored or paid post
I've had this blog for a while now and would like to take it a step further. I appreciate this might take more time, but even just posting more frequently and working harder at promoting kind of goes along with this one. I haven't really contacted brands or put myself out there enough and would love to make this more of a priority. The goal is, at least, one sponsored post before I turn twenty.  

5.  Colour my hair
So, technically, if you count the hairdresser accidently bleaching 50% of your hair, I've already kind of done this one. Yes, this did actually happen and, yes, I did look ridiculous. But, since I didn't ask for it, and it only lasted a whole 24 hours, I'm going to go ahead and discount it. I've played around with the idea of dying my hair several times, and actually attempted a Colorista dye once (it did pretty much nothing) but have never got round to doing it properly. But, I think the time has come for me to try something new. I mean, when I think about it, what better a time than on your second gap year when you literally go out about once a week, see about three people, and live like a hermit...? 

6. Cook at least once a week
This is self-explanatory. Although I'm not quite as bad as some of my friends, I'm talking cooking pasta and eggs in the microwave bad, I am pretty useless when it comes to cooking. I'd love to start cooking more and trying out new recipes and foods, at least while I still have the time to. As a little subcategory to this, I'm also going to cut down on my dairy intake and start a half-half vegan and vegetarian diet. So maybe weekdays veggie and weekends vegan, or the other way around. 

7. Pay it forward
This one is open-ended and isn't really just a short goal, but rather one to keep in mind all the time. Short-term though, I want to do one kind big thing in the next month. This could be buying/making something special for a family member, paying for somebody's coffee, buying food for the homeless, volunteering... It's just a way to ensure I keep it in mind, and don't forget to give back and help others. 

8. Write a letter to open at the end of my twenties
So, although this kind of scares me (knowing I'll be thirty by the time I open it again) I think it's a pretty cool idea. It'll be a nice way to look back at how much I've changed over the years and, maybe, laugh at all the stuff I used to worry about. I think I'll just mention key things that have happened, what I hope to achieve in the future, and what late twenties Meera will be like *ahem crazy cat lady*. 

9. Go natural (haircare)
Again, this is something I've wanted to do for a while now. I feel increasingly annoyed by the amount of waste and damage we're doing to the planet, so in an attempt not to add to this I want to switch to more natural haircare products. The optimum would be making my own natural shampoo, but as I'm only just starting out, I'm thinking even just switching to bio shampoos would be good. I not only want all my haircare products to be a hundred percent natural, but also cruelty-free. It seems a little illogical to be vegetarian and yet still use non-cruelty-free products. 

Of course, I'd also like to do this for all my cosmetics and toiletries, but considering I only have a month and I still have lots of products to finish, I thought this would be more achievable for the moment. 

10. Read at least 5 books
This is to include one book in French, one psychology-based book and a classic. I'm currently reading Swiss Family Robinson and Alone in Berlin, which can make up the other two. Since I only have a month left, I think this is a more achievable target. If you guys have any suggestions I'd love to hear them! 

11. Start learning a new skill
I'm leaning towards learning either Spanish or British Sign Language. This obviously doesn't mean suddenly becoming fluent in the next month, but more just getting a start on it. Just knowing a couple of phrases or understanding more and taking the time to practice would be great! Also, as I'm looking into travelling in south America next year *hopefully* I think learning Spanish would probably be helpful... 

12. Make Rotis (Chapatis) 
It's the small things. As an Indian who has grown up in England/France, has an English accent, lives a very western style life, and has never lived in India, I sometimes feel like I don't acknowledge my origins enough. As I've gotten older, it's occurred to me that I want to be able to keep certain aspects of it to pass on to my children (if I have any aha) and being able to cook Indian food is a big part of this. Plus, who doesn't love Indian food right? 

13. Get my driving license
Even though I've passed my theory and practical exam, France has brought in a new rule that means I have to take another exam to officially get my driving license. By the end of this month I want to have passed the exam and have my official driving license in my hand. 

14. Apply for dual nationality
It's something I've been putting off for ages but need to get done. I'm really only putting it down so I actually get down to doing it this month. Also, with brexit and everything, who knows what might happen... 

15. Do a hike/walk 
Doesn't matter where, doesn't matter who with, just do one long-ish walk. Discover something new and not touch social media or worry about taking photos. It doesn't have to be anything life-affirming, just a way of stepping back and relieving stress and worry. 

16. Go to tea/lunch with someone new
Because why not? I love meeting new people but find it hard to stay in contact with people. This will be a good way to step out of my comfort zone and meet and get to know someone new.

17. Discover a new café/restaurant
Pretty self-explanatory. Some ideas include, the board game café, the porridge project and the cat café. 

18. Visit the Arcade market/street

19. Sort out my travel photos
It's crazy to think that it's been over a year since I set off on my gap year travels, it's even crazier to think that I have yet to sort out all my photos. I still have a huge pile of unsorted photos, and an even messier online 'pile' of photos to sort through. Before twenty I want to have them all sorted in an album. Including any souvenir bits, like tickets and museum stamps. 

20. Raise enough money for my volunteering trip
As you might know, I'm currently raising money for my volunteer trip in a few months where I will be teaching English and helping on various renovation and conservation projects. While I have a full time minimum wage job and another part time job to take care of a lot of the expenses, I am also raising money to buy supplies & teaching equipment for the children/students.

So, if you want to donate then feel free to check out my ko-fi page here or by using the link in the sidebar. I appreciate all donations, big or small!

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13 comments so far

  1. These are such ambitious and lovely ideas! I have always wanted to sew but simply never got around to learning it. Best of luck with all of your goals! xx

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

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  2. Its so wonderful being 20 and I am sure you are going to enjoy it especially since you have clearly listed all the things you want to do and achieve. Most importantly enjoy every moment of your life!

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    1. Thank you, I'm trying hard to!

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  3. Love this post and think it's fantastic that you're setting goals for yourself, very inspiring!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

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    1. Thank you! I think goals are so important

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  4. I love this! I'm 26 now and I've started a 30 before 30 list but I think number one needs to be think of 30 things... it's pretty hard!!
    Definitely an achievable list and some really good things on there! I hope you manage to get in all done in a month :)

    Rachel

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    1. Thats so true! I found it really hard creating this list, but mostly as I only have a month to complete everything! Thank you :)

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  5. Sewing really is a hard one and i totally understand the struggle as an ex fashion student. It can get so stressfull haha but having that end product makes it all worth while. This was a great post and best of luck!

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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    1. So stressfull haha especially when you make a mistake! I totally agree that the end product makes it worth while though. Thankyou!

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  6. I love this list! Simple and achievable are the way to go. I'll probably do a 25 before 25 list myself. I've just realized how many items on your list will probably end up in mine! I haven't really seen a sunrise, for one. Have to change that!

    xx, Richel V.

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  7. There are so many of these that I haven't done, and I'm 3 years into my twenties now (send help). I'd love to watch a sunrise before my next birthday!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  8. Your 20s is such an amazing time to grow as a person, and to have experiences. I embarked on my 20s nearly 8 years ago and I've loved every minute of it! Definitely learn a new skill - it is so much fun.

    Kat -www.femenish.com

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