30 things before/while I’m 30 (a somewhat realistic bucket list)

Everyone has their own idea of a bucket list – some are travelled based, home interior inspired or just life goals in general. I’m hitting the good old dirty thirty in a matter of weeks and since turning twenty nine, it’s all I can think about. I’ve been dwelling on the negative side of things instead of looking towards my future and living in the moment. I often feel pressured by society to have settled down by now, own my own home, have produced a baby or two and of course, found that perfect job. Hate to break it to you but I’ve “accomplished” none of that and in a way – it makes me happy. Why should I settle for a bad relationship, put myself in debt over a mortgage when I can travel the world and actually do what I want to do with my life?! OK so … I could rant forever regarding expectations/pressures but for today I’ll just share my somewhat realistic bucket list. I’m putting a spin on the traditional bucket list and compiling my own little version – a list that is centered around the big 3.0. Some people have put together their 30 goals/aspirations before they turn thirty but as I can’t possibly complete all of them within six weeks, I have decided to name them my ’30 while I’m 30′ goals.

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The past, the present, the future

As I was putting together some new travel posts from my recent trip I thought I would talk about a few things before publishing them. Nothing serious but I wanted to share some thoughts and goals I have for the rest of 2017 and hopefully early 2018. Without sounding like a broken record I’ve went through major changes in most areas of my life within the past few years. I’ve recently spent a lot of time focusing on myself and ticking off huge goals from my bucket list.

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Instagram vs. Reality 

Recently I’ve been having a serious love/hate relationship with Instagram. There will be some people reading this post thinking that I need to get a life but with the blogging aspect I actually rely on it to interact with my readers and share my blog posts. Normally I enjoy social media platforms that are mainly image based like Instagram and Pinterest (I’ve never been a fan of Facebook) but sometimes I find we get caught up on the fakeness of it too much. Seeing everyone’s picture perfect live placed beautifully within a square box and a pretty filter can give an illusion that they live an amazing life 24/7 – this couldn’t be further from the truth! 

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Things I’ll Never Do Again

I’m literally laughing to myself with this feature – I could share so many hilarious things I’ll never do again but I need to keep some level of privacy (and respect). I’m without a doubt one of those people who puts their foot in everything, wakes up the morning after a night out with the fear (the only time I don’t appreciate Coldplay!) and has a million embarrassing stories to tell. This post will be a mixture of light hearted goodness with a somewhat serious but positive chat about life lessons. There’s nothing really ground breaking but I enjoy reading these types of posts – therefore I want to share my own.

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How To Blog Effectively

It has been five glorious years since I first started up my blog, Niamh Kelly. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for so long and more importantly, stuck with it. It takes a lot of passion, planning and perseverance to maintain a blog and hopefully build it into a brand. I originally began blogging to build up an online portfolio but overtime it became my baby. I can’t imagine my life without my blog or what I even did with my spare time.
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