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What should I do before I turn 40?

things to do turning 40

I’m turning 40 this year and would love some ideas of things I should do before my birthday. Here’s what I’ve done so far, please share your ideas with me.

I started my PhD

It has always been my goal to complete a PhD before I die. In 2017, I enrolled into university to conduct research into how to successfully employ autistic people and promote the benefits of employing them.

My research is progressing well, and I’m supported by an incredible team of supervisors, and also a group of researchers who are also conducting autism-related research.

I joined a gym (and committing to it)

I chose Gold’s Gym and I love it. I love its membership fee. I love the décor, layout and equipment. And another thing that I love is that most of the people I see working out at Gold’s Gym seem to be in the same boat as me:  they’re serious about improving, rather than just maintaining, their shape.

My body needs a lot of work and I’m working hard to turn it from chunky to fab. It highly motivates me to see others in the same boat as me and who are working hard to achieve similar results.

I started to learn Python

I enjoy learning how to program to build and design applications and websites. It challenges me and keeps my brain ticking. I recently attended a Perth Web Girls workshop where they introduced us to Python and Django (the Python web framework). My interest started in the late 1990s after I started using databases and playing computer games.

I learned Pascal Programming, BASIC, HTML and CSS. Why Python? Because it’s said to be the future of AI and machine learning. Oh, and because my husband knows it through his work (he’s a bioinformatician), which means he can help me out if I get stuck!

I signed up for a radio refresher course

I’m on the waiting list for the next round of radio training for those who would like to volunteer as presenters and hosts. I won’t name the station until I’ve attended the course. I’ve always wanted to get back into broadcasting (I was a TV journalist but also trained in radio).

Because I had so much happening in my life, I never got the opportunity to work ‘properly’ on the radio. I’m hoping the next round opens before I turn 40 so I can do the refresher and get the chance to present.

I booked a 3-week family holiday

I’m going to England with my British-Australian husband and our son. I haven’t been there before and nor has our son. My husband and I decided to do this to mark our 40th birthdays. The trip falls sort of halfway between our birthdays.

I’m really looking forward to it because my brother lives in England and I haven’t seen him for more than 10 years. If you have ideas of things to do and places to go in England, please let me know. We’ll be spending our time in London and the southern coast.

Your turn…

Next on my list, I hope to:

  • climb Jacob’s Ladder in Perth
  • try kite surfing
  • go kayaking
  • go indoor rock climbing

What else do you suggest I do before I turn 40? Any activities I can do without paying for an airfare would be great. Thoughts? Let me know in the comments.


  1. I love love love this! You’ve got some amazing things on your list – Phd – You go girl! 🙂 I turned 41 this year and have been adding to my bucket list consistently for the last couple years – it’s a great way to keep you motivated!

    One thing I would say is, treat yourself to a full on spa day (if you like that sorta thing) – massage, facial, mani, pedi – the works 🙂 We sometimes forget to treat ourselves in the self-care department and I think your 40th is a perfect reason to do so! 🙂

    • I have never been on a full spa day. I usually just go for a facial, massage or manicure. There’s a day spa a few minutes from my house, right on the foreshore. I’ll find out how much. They even let you stay for as long as you want to relax, and they serve snacks and wine. The view is awesome, it’s overlooking the ocean.


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