Happy Birthday to me!

As if I’m 28 today!  I woke up this morning, made myself a cup of tea and sat to type this post to you all.  I know, I know, you’re thinking… She doesn’t look that old!  Stop!  You’ll make me blush! 😉

Sometimes it truly is hard to get your head around how quick the years fly by.  Myself and a friend were talking about my 18th birthday party the other day, it was at my parents empty house and I gracefully nearly fell in the fish pond! Giggling about all the antics of our days in 6th form, we both couldn’t believe how fast it had all gone by. 

Me as a baba!

So again, I’m 28 today.  What have I learnt in my 28 years so far?! Well firstly, I had the best childhood you wish for, I loved everything about everything.  I was full of beans and loved every second of everyday.  Without
getting too deep and meaningful, we all have life long lessons and a
variety of challenges a long our journey.  I, like many, have made
mistakes done things I shouldn’t, said things I shouldn’t but the moral
of the story is… we’re only human. 

I’ve learnt how to look after myself.  That is something I had taken for granted for years mainly through my university days, of too much alcohol, late nights, terrible clothes and eating far too much.
I’ve learnt to think my body is a temple (as my mum always says to me), and that you can’t just eat what you want, everything needs to be in moderation.  I gained a lot of weight for my small frame, and was at one point around a size 14, I’ve managed to eat and exercise properly and have finally got myself back down to a size 8/10.  If I’d of been bigger and happy with it, then fine but I wasn’t, infact I was really low with it… and sacrificing the biscuits was the only option!  

I’ve learnt that blood is thicker than water, that your family is always there.  Friends can come and go, and often you grow out of friendships as you change and grow older.  There is no shame in it, that’s life.  Sometimes you revisit old friendships from the past and they become some of your best friends – I have that now and couldn’t be happier.  

One of my top things I’ve noticed as I’ve got older is health.  What a topic! As many close to me reading this will be aware, I’ve had a tough year with my health.  Unknowingly I’d been suffering for a few years without realising, and only since January did I start getting refered to hospital for tests.  I have part of my diagnosis but I’m still undergoing more tests for more complex issues.  Part of me has been relieved, another part feels like my younger days have been wasted because of it.  Who knows, but one thing that has been great, is I’m still optimistic and feel now I can start living.

With all the bundle of bits that have crammed themselves into my 28 years, I decided to start a list.  A list of what I want to do in the next 2 years… before I reach 30. 

This is the Bean before 30 list

  1. Snowboard again
  2. Learn to sew
  3. Own a Mulberry bag.  Wanted one for years, I’ve got other bags but not one of those!
  4. Learn to play at least 3 songs on the guitar
  5. Read all of the Lord of the Rings books
  6. Go deep sea fishing
  7. Buy a house! 
  8. Get married…. *hint* :o) 
  9. Travel around Europe 
  10. Visit Canada
  11. Do a triathlon
  12. Get my front crawl perfect 
  13. Sort all my images out and make photo albums
  14. Have a successful blog
  15. See the last night of the proms with my mummy
  16. Visit Scotland
  17. See more of my friends 
  18. Organise more family meals
  19. Start doing dancing again
  20. Eat a home cooked meal at least 5 times a week
  21. Go to Harry Potter World!
  22. Go to Disneyland
  23. Go white water rafting
  24. See an American Football game live
  25. Become fluent in French 
  26. Try and do a cycle tour in each new city I visit
  27. Play real golf…. not just crazy golf
  28. Make amazing cakes like my sister can
  29. Sky Dive 
  30. Learn how to use a fancy camera properly

The list can vary from week to week, but I’m going to try and stick to this lot!  It’s always great to give yourself goals and things to push yourself towards.  

Now I’d truly love to sit and chat, but the sun is shining and my tea is getting cold!  I’m sure today will be full of (work) more tea and lots of cake! Happy Birthday to me!  🙂




  1. September 13, 2012 / 8:07 am

    Hint!? Whatever moss!! Hahaha 🙂 Hippo Bathday x x

  2. September 13, 2012 / 9:04 am

    Happy birthday gorgeous lady. Hopefully I'll get to see you this weekend sometime. xxx

  3. September 13, 2012 / 10:43 am

    Happy Birthday lovely xxx
    You can join me and The Chick at Harry Potter World next August when I'm kidnapping her off the plane from California and taking her away for 3 days (first stop Harry Potter World and the Covent Garden Spa!)

  4. September 13, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, beautiful lady. I know it's been a tough year, but you are definitely one of the most genuinely happy and enthusiastic people I've ever met, and I am delighted that I got to spend time with you this year. 😀

    But I do think you left one important thing off your list… Visit Florida!! 😉

  5. September 14, 2012 / 8:32 am

    Thank you for such sweet words 🙂 I had a lovely day! xx

  6. September 14, 2012 / 9:20 am

    Happy birthday for yesterday sweetie, i hope you had a lovely day my dear, I like your list, especially the one about getting married haha, got your work cut out Brooksy 😛 Hopefully see you soon chicken for some mini pipsy times xx

  7. September 17, 2012 / 3:27 am

    Happy Birthday!

    Maria of
    Day in the Life of M blog

  8. September 19, 2012 / 2:31 am

    Happy belated Birthday! You know you have the same birthday as Niall from 1D.. lucky you!! I'm jealous (:


  9. September 19, 2012 / 9:57 am

    Haha I know, I was a cool child! xx

  10. September 22, 2012 / 12:29 am

    You missed out visit Jenna!! So jealous of your lfw posts lately look awesome! Hope u enjoyed yourself xxx

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