Slummy Single Mummy

Jo Middleton is a freelance writer and mother of two girls, aged 17 and 10, who enjoy relentlessly winding each other up in high-pitched voices. Jo writes the award-winning blog Slummy Single Mummy and likes to escape from real life with wine, biscuits and TV reruns of Miss Marple mysteries.

40 things to do before you’re 40

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on Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Have you ever wondered just exactly where you are heading in life? I am 35 next week, but still often thing about what I want to be when I grow up and when I will stop ricocheting madly from one project to the next and just settle down.

The trouble is I think that I have gone about my life in a bit of a muddle. The normal course of events is surely supposed to run something like this - be a child, build things out of lego, go to university, waste twenties in blur of drink and affairs, have a moment of dawning realisation at 32 and move out of London to start a family in a small Devon village with a handsome doctor.

I’m sure that’s how it works in books at least.

So what about if you have your first child at 17? What then for the traditional order of things? You can hardly do the drunken affairs thing with a toddler in tow can you? Believe me, I’ve tried, and it really cramps your style.

Lately then, I’ve been thinking a lot about goals for the future, given that I’ve got my life events a bit skewwhiff already, and have decided to come up with a list of 40 things to do before I’m 40. I’ve bought a new notebook and everything, and every good project addict knows that is the main attraction of any new enterprise.

I have also made a rather spur of the moment booking for a trip to Iceland, just to get into the swing of things.

Perhaps the first item though just needs to be something simple. Finish list might be a good place to start…
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