25 before 25: what I want to achieve before I turn 25

I am currently in my early 20’s and I have realised that there is still a lot i want accomplish long term as well as short term. So I decided to make a list of things I want to be able to do within the next few years. Hopefully through my blog I can take you along my journey as I complete each thing on my list. Here are the 25 things I want to do before I turn 25.

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  1. Travel outside of Europe

Travelling outside of Europe is a big dream of mine. I got to visit america when I was younger but I have a lot of other destinations on my travel bucket list. I am most excited to visit places like Hawaii, Canada, Japan and Australia. Hopefully in the next few years I can visit at least one of them. This will take a lot of saving and hard work! Please visit my blog post on budgeting tips for inspiration.

2. Visit two new cities in Europe

I really want to start visit more cities in Europe, even for just a weekend. There are so many beautiful cities in Europe, which are easily accessible, by train, car or plane. My top favourite cities which I am very excited to one day visit are; Paris, London and Porto.

3. Learn a new language

Currently I speak 3 languages however I would love to learn another. One language I have always wanted to learn is Spanish. So I hope I can save some money to be able to take a class one day soon and work on teaching myself some basics too. Here are my top tips for learning a new language.

4. Get a pet

I love animals. Getting a pet of my own is a big dream of mine. However, I do want to make sure I am financially stable enough and have a home with enough space to give a pet a good home.

5. Move to a new town

When I started my bachelor at university I moved to a new town, however I do want to move one more time for myself. I want to move to a town where I can build a home for myself.

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6. Watch the sunrise and sunset

Something that I have always wanted to do but have never consciously made a lot of time for is watching the sunrise and sunset. Therefore, its on my list and I will be making more time to watch it. This also helps take a moment to pause in the chaos of life and just enjoy these beautiful moments that happen every day.

7. Visit more of the country that I live in

I have realised that there is still so much I haven’t visited in the country I live in. I want to make sure that I visit more cities and more beautiful tourist spots.

8. Improve my photography skills

A dream of mine has always been to become better at photography. Therefore, before I am 25 I want to take time to improve my photography skills.

9. Obtain my bachelor degree

I am in my final year of my bachelor so I want to have my bachelor degree before I turn 25.

10. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Something I am really passionate about is having a healthy lifestyle. This includes healthy eating as well as healthy daily habits. I want to make sure I maintain this every day, at least until I turn 25.

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11. Learn piano

To learn piano has always been a dream of mine. I have tried to self teach but for the next few years I want to make this more intentional and really stick to learning how to play piano.

12. Learn a new recipe

I enjoy cooking and learning new recipes. I am definitely not a highly skilled cook but I think it would be fun to learn some new recipes.

13. Go skiing

I used to go skiing when I was younger. However, it has been a long time since I was last able to go skiing. Therefore, I want to be able to go on at least one ski trip before I turn 25. I also want to take a ski lesson before I go so I can practice this.

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14. Take a vacation to the beach

I love visiting the beach. It can be so beautiful and relaxing. So I want to plan one beach vacation even if it is just an overnight trip to the beach. Make sure I make the most of every aspect my beautiful country has to offer.

15. learn to scuba dive

This one might be more difficult to achieve and more expensive but I really want to learn how to scuba dive. I have always been interested in it but never go after that dream so I hope that before I turn 25 I get to do this.

16. Go snorkelling

I have also never been snorkelling. I really want to be able to go snorkelling somewhere beautiful.

17. Start a masters degree

Since I will be finishing my bachelor degree soon, I want to take that next step and start my masters in law.

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18. Take a spontaneous trip

Taking a spontaneous trip is something I think will be really fun to do. I want to just pack a bag and leave. It doesn’t have to be to another country but at least a one night trip or a spontaneous day trip somewhere new.

19. Go horse riding

When I was young, I used to go horse riding. I would love to do this again, possibly on a beach or at least somewhere beautiful.

20. Go to an art museum

I love visiting art museums. There are so many which I still have not visited, for example, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam or the Louvre in Paris. I hope that before I turn 25 I get to visit one of these.

21. Learn how to play squash and be good at it!

I love playing sports. Squash is a more complicated sport but a lot of fun. By the time I turn 25 I want to learn how to play Squash and intentionally practice it to become good at it.

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22. Swim more often

I love to go swimming. I used to go swimming ever week. I have really missed that since social distancing started. So, I really want to make sure that when it’s safe again I keep swimming as often as I can.

23. Grow my own plants

Growing my own plants is one thing I am excited to do. I want to grow plants which produce food and I want to grow them from a seeds. I am excited to see that successful process.

24. Volunteer

I love helping others and being a part of something bigger than myself. Therefore, I really want to take every opportunity I can to volunteer in some way.

25. Wake up early and make the most of every day

I want to make sure that before I turn 25 I make the most of every single day. I want to wake up early every morning and fill my day with things that I want to do; work on completing this list as well as being happy and intentional with how I am filling my days. We only get so many hours every day and I don’t want to waste them.

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5 tips to learn a new language fluently

Learning a new language is a long complicated process. It can take years to master and can feel helpless, especially when trying see that point in the future where it will all click into place. At 21 years old I decided to embark on my journey to learning a third language. This was definitely a challenge and it took a lot of hard work. When I decided to start learning a new language, I didn’t have a lot of money for classes so I had to self teach. If you do have money for classes i would definitely recommend taking a class. This definitely speeds up the process. However, these tips can help either next to a language class or for those like me who want to self teach.

  1. Read a lot!

This may sound cliche but practice is the most important part. I dont simply mean read some articles and hope to learn. I mean full immersion. Try to read every day, even if its just for an hour, set aside some time to learn this language. If you read a small story or ever newspaper articles every day you will expand your vocabulary and really get a feel for this language. Soon you will remember the words and their meaning and be able to build onto that.

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Finding a topic you enjoy to read about is important. I found that children’s stories or books did bore me sometimes so to shake it up I would read the news or other topics I enjoyed like law.

that language often. I mean full immersion practice. This means read often, speak when you can and write often. Also listening to YouTube videos or TV shows help a lot too. Reading newspaper articles. Find topics that interest you. in the beginning you will encounter a lot of words you don’t understand and it will take very very long to read one page. As you go along you need to write a

This word list should include words and definitions as well as the translation in your mother tongue to make it easier. Any word you encounter, write it down. this will help memorising and it will be available for you when you need it. When I didn’t write down the words then I would always forget and have waste time looking it up again and again.

For example: (in French)

arbre tree

2.Challenge yourself

Make sure you start at the right level. Don’t try to run before you can walk. always begin with an easy level. However it is important to challenge yourself. Don’t forget to increase the level over time.

I would start by reading childrens news articles, watching childrens tv shows, reading children’s books and watching the children’s news online. Then to challenge myself start reading articles for higher levels and watch the normal adult news.

I can now read complex legal language in my third language.

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3. Practice writing

To practice writing I would always start small and work my way up. I would write small sentences and then check my spelling and grammar after the fact or get someone I know to check my spelling. Online you can sometimes find people to do an email exchange with to learn that language.

What also helps is using word documents to type out sentences and paragraphs to see where you are going wrong. Writing helps test your knowledge and practice your spelling. It is important to make sure you practice reading, writing and speaking skills in your language because you want to keep an equal level in all three skills. Otherwise it will be difficult to proceed in learning your language, and they often complement each other. For example, reading a word will help me with remembering how to pronounce that word and writing it down will help me remember all my new vocabulary.

4. Listening and speaking

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Watching the language helps a lot to hear people speaking: to understand the pronunciation of words and to learn the grammar of sentences. This is also enjoyable to watch shows or the news or any YouTube video on a topic you enjoy, for example a makeup tutorial in dutch. This also helped me practice my pronunciation a lot. Through listening and repeating words and sentences, this helps understand how to say it and builds you confidence when speaking to others.

5. Schedule

Staying consistent and making a schedule is important for leaning a language. If you do not stay practice the language often then you risk forgetting a lot and having to start over. If you carve out a couple of hours a week or even an hour every day, you will be able to pick up the language a lot better.

A schedule can be committing to one evening a week, three times a week or even one hour every day. An intentional schedule will help keep you on track and focused.

For example:

16:00- 1 hour of Spanish14:00- 2 hours of Spanish20:00- 1 hour of spanish

I hope these tips help you along your way on your journey to learning a new language. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have any suggestions for future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will see you again next time, for my weekly blog! 

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