27 by 27

While most people make a bucket list or a list of things to do by the time they are 21, 30, 40 or another more popular age, I decided to create a list of 27 things to do by the time I am 27 (May 2018). I wrote an initial blog post explaining why I chose these as my goals.

I will be writing regular blog posts called Checkpoints to monitor my progress.

Last updated 6th July 2017

  1. πŸͺ Bake marshmallow cookies.

  2. πŸ“· Get my feet wet in fashion/cosplay photography and do at least two separate photoshoots.

  3. πŸ’ͺ Achieve a physical result of a more visibly toned abdominal area.

    • May 2017: Darebee challenge, 5-10 minutes of abs every day
    • June 2017: Ending all gym sessions with ab exercises
    • July 2017: Now having a dedicated day for abs and cardio!
  4. πŸ‘ Achieve a physical result of more shapely glutes!

    • May 2017: Started doing squats for every workout
    • June 2017: Started doing deadlifts
    • July 2017: Started practicing glute activation and doing more work targeting the glutes (following research!)
  5. 🍎 Lower my cholesterol to be at a level of 5.0 or less.


    • May 2017: 5.9 – medication dosage increased 😞
  6. 🎀 Do a presentation on something JavaScript related at any meetup.


  7. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» Comfortably learn enough JavaScript to be able to stop considering myself just a beginner.


    • May 2017: Started learning React with the help of Chris.
    • June 2017: Completed a work task in JavaScript without asking anyone for help on how to solve the problem (well, except Stack Overflow for reference).
    • July 2017: Did the same as above, for a separate task.
  8. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» Participate in a non-company hackathon.


  9. β˜•οΈ Get to know at least five people in a one-on-one over coffee/tea.
 (3/5)

    • April 2017: Leanne, escape room owner/designer (first met at Girl Geek Sydney)
    • May 2017: Christle, General Assembly graduate (met at SydJS(J) & via Girl Geek Sydney)
    • May 2017: Gwen, university friend & concert photography buddy
  10. ✨ Reunite with at least one person whom I have not seen in person for at least a year.


  11. βœ… ⚑️ Meet at least one online friend whom I have not met before.


    • June 2017: Met Cozza in Perth!
  12. πŸ“š Read at least five fiction books.
 (0/5)

  13. πŸ“š Read at least five non-fiction books.
 (0/5)

  14. πŸ’­ Try my hand at meditation.


    • May 2017: Started using Calm.
    • June 2017: Currently on a 24-day streak.
    • July 2017: Currently on a 43-day streak.
  15. πŸŒ™ Formulate a night routine.


  16. πŸ‘— Do a mix-and-match Fashion Friday post on my blog that shows different outfits/looks with similar items of clothing.


  17. πŸ’΅ Voluntarily contribute at least $1200 towards my superannuation.
 (0/1200)

  18. πŸ’° Save at least $500 a month.
 (3/14)

    • April 2017: $2400
    • May 2017: $1700
    • June 2017: $700
    • July 2017: $400 so far
  19. πŸ‘— Pare my wardrobe down to 90 items (excludes shoes, accessories, underwear, or clothes worn only at home/gym). (currently: 121)

    • April 2017: 132
    • May 2017: 121
    • June 2017: 121
  20. πŸ‘Ÿ Go for one month without wearing high heels.

  21. 🍡 Visit at least 20 cafes in Sydney that I have not been to before.
 (2/20)

    • June 2017: Visited The Grounds of the City
    • July 2017: Visited Badmanner Thymes
  22. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Learn how to cook a nice stir-fry of noodles/rice with healthy vegetables.


  23. πŸ’‡πŸ» Have a haircut to a length shorter than shoulder length.


  24. 🎨 Redesign my blog.


  25. πŸ”— Clean out broken links and images on my blog.


    • May 2017: 397 broken links/images
    • June 2017: 391 broken links/images (so far)
  26. 🎸 Go to a concert for a band I have never/rarely listened to.

  27. πŸ’ Reward myself with an experience on my 27th birthday – a non-physical, non-material present to myself.