26 Tasks Before my 27th Birthday (Final Review)

Rock Werchter 2016

Last year, the wonderful Hillary sent over a beautiful card with a list of 26 things that she challenged me to complete before my 27th birthday. The list is below, along with whether I managed to achieve it or not (or to which extent).

  1. Plant or grow something
    This was a roaring success, because I suddenly have a little herb garden which I reared from packets of seeds! They’re still too small to try, but they’re getting bigger every day.
  2. Pay 26 strangers a compliment
    I haven’t been able to keep count on this, but I have put an extra effort in doing this with as many people as possible.
  3. Wear something you made yourself
    I once made a dress (which mostly involved buying the material, cutting it, doing a bit of the sewing, and then giving up and letting my Mum finish it – but most of the work WAS done by me, somehow), and I have worn it on several occasions.
  4. Travel by boat
    With the good old Gozo Ferry, several times. I love it.
  5. Read Le Petit Prince in French
    Done! It was a beautiful read. I had previously read it in English (but years ago), so reading it in French was wonderful.
  6. Eat dessert before dinner
    Too often to note.
  7. Write a letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages
    I have written several messages and emails to people who I hadn’t spoken to in ages, but I’m meaning to do this properly with a proper handwritten letter to my old best friend.
  8. Keep an elderly person company
    I don’t think I’ve done this in the past year properly (although I might have just forgotten – and you’d need to define “elderly”), but it’s definitely on my to-do list.
  9. Watch the movie God Help the Girl
    Watched it! It was a sweet movie, but the singing threw me off sometimes.
  10. On your next trip, take a disposable camera then develop the photos
    Done! At Rock Werchter last summer (one of the photos is above!).
  11. Go out and spend all day walking, no public transport
    I walk a lot in Luxembourg – although I haven’t kept track of whether I’ve spent a whole day of walking without any public transport, so I still need to technically complete this properly.
  12. Run at least 5km
    Didn’t complete. I have run 5km before, but that was a couple of years ago, and I’ve barely done any running at all since. I really need to get back on that saddle.
  13. Cook a 3-course meal of new recipes
    My lovely friend Valentina kindly helped me with this, including lasagna with white sauce, and tiramisù.
  14. Go on a spur-of-the-moment adventure – don’t stop to overthink!
    Once, on a sunny afternoon in Luxembourg, my boyfriend and I caught a bus, a train, and another bus to the Upper-Sûre Lake in the north of Luxembourg – we had a glorious swim in the lake there and a walk, before heading back home. Such a treasured memory.
  15. Challenge: spend a week sans make-up, natural beauty only
    I did this in January, and it was very nice to have more free time (it takes me about 10 minutes to do my make-up, and then a couple of minutes to take it off) and less “stuff” on my face. However, it was also very nice to start wearing it again. I don’t wear it every day, so this was not too much of a challenge, but it was cool to experience it for several days at a stretch.
  16. Send your mum surprise flowers, just because – show your parents you appreciate them without a special occasion ^^
    I did this! It was lovely to see their happy faces on Skype with the flowers I sent.
  17. Write a poem (limerick, ode to Dave, epic about your cat – your call!)
    I don’t think I’ve written any poetry this year, but I have written a few short pieces of prose, so I’m pleased about that.
  18. Dance in the kitchen
    Done, always.
  19. Do something for charity
    I sent a monetary donation for refugees arriving in Greece, and I took part in a production of The Vagina Monologues which was put up completely by volunteers, and all the money went to a women’s refuge in Luxembourg. I’m also a part of the Charity Subcommittee during my traineeship at the European Commission.
  20. Make a birthday card instead of buying one
    I actually didn’t manage to do this this year, but I have done it before.
  21. Fly a kite, relive childhood!
    I haven’t flown a kite in several years, and I love it! Really need to fish out an old one when I’m back in Malta and head to an open space.
  22. Make a mixtape for someone else
    I haven’t done this properly, but I do share specific songs with people I love very often.
  23. Challenge: unplug from social media for a week 
    I did this last year for about five days over Easter – we went on a trip to Sardegna and I completely unplugged myself from social media, email, and everything on the internet! It was not the most pleasant of times.
  24. Try a new hairstyle
    I don’t feel like I’ve done this properly, but I have experimented a tiny bit with some different hairstyles in the past. I still want to do something “drastic” someday, like a blunt fringe or a new hair colour.
  25. Order at a restaurant in Luxembourgish
    Restaurant servers are rarely Luxembourgish (or know Luxembourgish), so I haven’t really achieved this, BUT I have had “conversations” at the supermarket in Luxembourgish (i.e. hello, thank you, goodbye).
  26. Watch Amélie in French
    Done! I must admit, I could barely understand any of it, but at least I had watched it with English subtitles a few years ago, so I had a general idea of what was going on.

Thanks again to the lovely Hillary for the ideas. :) Some of the tasks on this list that I’d love to achieve before I’m 28 are: write a letter to an old friend, keep an elderly person company, run, cook more, write some poetry, and try a new hairstyle. Any other suggestions?

2 thoughts on “26 Tasks Before my 27th Birthday (Final Review)

    1. clairebonello Post author

      Julie! :) Hihi, I’m so happy you like it. Please steal as many as you’d like – they’re great fun ;) xx


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