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A reverse 22 before 22

So I’ve always liked the idea of doing a x before you reach age x list. And I think I could quite easily write a 25 before 25 full of all the usual things. Things like, moving in with Mark, qualifying as a teacher, starting my first proper job, learning to drive and so on. But, while those are serious life goals, I also feel like they’re somewhat inevitable. Unless something drastic happens I will 100% achieve all four of those things because that’s just where my life is headed.

I could also add some things that aren’t so expected or typical. I really want to start adult dance classes, and would love to take a photography course one day. But the way I see it, those kind of things will either happen or they won’t. If life gets in the way, and I don’t have the time or money, then that’s ok. They’re not things that have an expiration date, and they’re not dying passions that I need to fulfill.

So I could write a 25 before 25, or 30 before 30 list. But, if I’m only going to fill it with things that will definitely happen, or things that might not but that’s ok, then what’s the point.

That doesn’t mean other people’s lists aren’t valid. They’re some of my favourite posts to read. I love hearing about other people’s goals and desires, even more so when I can help cheer them on as they reach them.

I however, want to write a reverse list. A list of 22 things I’ve achieved in my 22 years. To celebrate all my wonderful achievements and to motivate me to reach the next ones.

1. Moved to a boarding school age 16.
2. Survived a week living on a boat and then in a tent.
3. Got accepted to a top UK University.
4. Graduated University with a 1st class degree.
5. Landed my first adult job working in education.
6. Went to my first festival.
7. Flown by myself.
8. Lived somewhere other than my parents house.
9. Learnt to cook meals from scratch.
10. Been abroad with just my friends/boyfriend.
11. Learnt how to handle my money pretty well and even managed to start saving.
12. Organised a sell out dance show involving around 300 people.
13. Started a blog.
14. Qualified and worked as a lifeguard for 4 years.
15. Volunteered at an orphanage in Romania.
16. Taken myself on lots of solo dates.
17. Started sorting through my wardrobe and getting rid of things.
18. Started saying no to people.
19. Explored a lot of the UK.
20. Started to enjoy exercising and kinda, almost kept to a workout schedule.
21. Found the love of my life.
22. Started becoming a happier and more confident me.

I really tried to stick to things I’ve achieved rather than things I’ve simply experienced. (I’ll let you decided if going to a festival is an achievement, but if you knew my fear of portaloos you’d 100% agree.) Because let’s face it, things like getting to see the northern lights in Scotland was just because I was lucky. Was it amazing? Yes. But I was in the right place at the right time. And who knows if that’ll ever happen again?

I wanted to use this list as an inspiration. Everything I’ve achieved by working hard as an example of everything that can be achieved in the future. Both for myself and for you reading this.

So what’s your reverse x before age x? What are all the things you’ve achieved so far? And let that be motivation for what you can achieve next.

I’d love to hear about them all so please leave a comment. And if you liked this post please check out the 8 things I learnt last year.

All my love,


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  1. Such wonderful achievements Chloe! These are such great things to be proud of! Good Luck with your next goals! xx

    1. Chloe says:

      Thank you so much lovely! xx

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