23 Things I’ve Done In 23 Years

Today is the day: I’m 23!

Last year, I saw Rise Against in Los Angeles, which was not only the best gig I’ve been to, but one of the best days of my life… and I spent half of it on a coach, so that’s saying something!

I went to the cinema last night and am going to a musical and dinner in London tonight, I can’t wait!

Anyway, I thought I would make 23 highlights of my life so far…

  1. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Studied abroad for a whole year.
  3. W.W.O.O.F.‘ed in Ontario, Canada for a month.
  4. Got not one, not two, but four tattoos with no plans to stop any time soon.
  5. Became (mostly) financially independent.
  6. Made and met so many online friends.
  7. Had a long distance relationship for over three years (it worked at the time, but never again).
  8. Attended 60+ concerts.
  9. Had a big girl job relevant to my degree.
  10. Discovered my love for cider.
  11. Lived (and still currently living) abroad.
  12. Made a furry friend for life: Bailey. I will never have another pet or friend like him.
  13. Met my favorite band (Rise Against) several times.
  14. Created and maintained this blog. One of the best choices I’ve ever made!
  15. Fulfilled my bucket list item of many years of getting scuba certified (advanced- and open water).
  16. Got to travel with my family (dad, grandparents and grandpa).
  17. I’ve seen 83 of the top 250 global attractions. Pretty damn amazing.
  18. Found my passion: conservation biology.
  19. Splurged on a LiveAboard holiday to Egypt.
  20. Saw 20+ musicals.
  21. Learned how to think for myself about politics and religion.
  22. Travelled all over western Europe. My top five being the Camino de Santiago, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Budapest.
  23. Had plenty of fuck-ups… but learned to truly regret none of them.


  1. Aunt Sharon & Uncle Paul
    April 28, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Happy Birthday Rachel! We are so proud and happy for you! We love you very much!

  2. Joan Foster
    April 28, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Rachel!! What a list of accomplishments!! Sending all my love today and always!!

  3. Don Cox
    April 28, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  4. Lara Olivia
    May 1, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Some fantastic achievements! Happy belated birthday and cheers to f***ing up! They’re good for you 🙂

    XO https://missportmanteau.com

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