20 Oct 2015

25 things I've done before 25

All too often, we make plans about what we want to achieve in the future and I'm definitely guilty of this: '101 things in 1001 days', '30 before 30' and so on - these are just two of the lists I've got going about what I want to achieve in the next few years.

However, today, I thought I'd talk about 25 things I have managed to get done before turning 25. I turn 25 in a few days' time (unbelievable because I still feel about 18/19 mentally) so this is the perfect time to reflect.


1. I finished high school with top grades in the three A-Levels I did.
2. Graduated from university with a degree in Biochemistry.
3. Made it to medschool in 2013 (at the old age of 22!).
4. Made it halfway through medschool.
5. Realised that although a doctor's pay is pitiful compared to hours and responsibility, I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.


6. Kept this blog going for over five years...!
7. Done NaNoWriMo (and although it definitely isn't publishable, it was an experience).

Sports and Hobbies

8. Read a ridiculous number of books.
9. Played netball to a high level.
10. Saw George Ezra play live (earlier this year) and it was amazing.
11. Saw McBusted in concert at the O2 in 2014 - two of the bands I loved in my early teens!


12. Earned £1,000 for three weeks of work during a one-month summer break. (Not much, but I worked hard for it!)
13. Worked part-time alongside medschool so far.


14. Have lived in London since I was 18 years old and spent two years in South Kensington - something I never thought I'd ever be able to say!
15. Made some amazing friends during these two degrees and am constantly making more.
16. Got through some really hard times (emotionally, physically and mentally) and have come out of them all stronger.
17. Went gluten free as recommended by a doctor and have felt so much better as a result.
18. Have kept up writing in journals since I was 14.


19. Travelled on my own.
20. Spent Christmas in Hong Kong for the first time in over ten years (2013).
21. Passed my driving test first time.
22. And I now have seven years of driving experience (how did that even happen...)


23. Have never failed a test (fingers crossed this record continues!).
24. Did the whole Wimbledon experience of queuing up and then spending a day there.
25. Haven't figured out the meaning of life but I have a good idea of what the meaning of life means to me :)

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What have you achieved before an age milestone? :) It's always nice to think back and write down the things you have done because it just motivates you that bit more to continue creating memories that will last a lifetime.


  1. I love the idea of this, I am not a life lists person, but I think my biggest achievement before a milestone was being married AND a home owner before hitting 25. My husband purchased his first house in Leeds when he was 23 and I was 20, I moved in not long after and we completed on our current house 3 weeks after my 24th birthday. The crippling mortgage was worth it, or so I keep telling myself!

    1. Wow, you've achieved so much already! A house will always be worth it ;) x

  2. I love this list! I usually expect to see huge things that I can never dream of, but I love the range of accomplishments you celebrate. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thank you, Gemma! Always nice to look back and consider what we've achieved already so that we can keep motivated in order to hit our goals in the future! x

  3. This is amazing Angela! You should be really proud. I hope I'm this put together when I'm 25!
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    1. Aw thank you, Imogen! I don't think I'm that put together (maybe by the time I'm 30? Ha)! x

  4. This is a wonderful list, you have done such amazing things! Thank you for sharing your accomplishments. :)

  5. I love this list! It is a much more positive slant to the "30 before 30" types of posts, and it really brings perspective to what may sometimes look like a bland life. Thanks for the idea, I will journal something like this!

    1. Thank you, Patricia! I thought I'd do something a bit different to the '30 before 30' posts you mentioned :) Although a list like that isn't a bad thing, we can often get caught up in what we're aiming towards rather than reflecting back at what we already have done. x

  6. That is a beautiful pink journal. What make is it?

    1. Hello! It's a Martha Stewart for Avery x Staples journal. I bought it a few years' back so not sure if they're available anymore x

  7. This is so great, I love the idea of concentrating on achievements as opposed to ticking boxes before you hit a certain age! Xx

    1. Thanks, Ria! I think a bit of both is needed but too often, we place more emphasis on what we want to achieve without stopping to reflect on things we've already done :) x