So the inevitable happened over the weekend and I turned 35. Whilst not a landmark age, it carries significant weight for me since its time to make the changes I need to in my working life before it becomes too late. Time to start compiling bucket lists do we think?
This article in The Muse "35 Things to Do for Your Career by 35" suggests a great list of things you should look to achieve in your working life, with the hope you've ticked most of these by 35.
I don't fare too badly, having identified my weaknesses, made and learnt from mistakes and tried something that really scared me - but the kicker is that I don't feel I've done anything to be really proud of in 13 years working in finance in Jersey. Truth be told, I'm more proud of what I've achieved on this blog in the last 2 months!
35 was much more welcome than 30, which terrified me as there was no doubt it was time to grow up and, because fitness and sport features so heavily in my life, the clock was definitely ticking in terms of what I could still achieve before my body heads into decline!
Since turning 30 I have popped out a son (doesn’t that sound easy?), fought in a white collar boxing event, represented Jersey in the Island Games, competed in my first obstacle race and continued to push, embrace and compete in every sporting event I can until my body literally falls apart.
Whilst most would also feel much more settled by 35, this isn’t the case for me as I re-evaluate options in my working life, but everything seems so much more possible and I’m more inclined to take risks, dip into the unknown and try new things. I am lucky enough to have the support of my family who bought my the ultimate blogging gifts for my birthday and my husband who got me the sleek and sexy Macbook Air I type on now.
As I grow older now I'll keep embracing the new people who come into my life and make you re-evaluate and push your boundaries. I’ve still got a long way to go but at least I have the tools, drive and support to get me there.