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40 before 40 project


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In October of 2016, I decided with just 3 years and 6 months until my 40th birthday it was time to stop putting off until a ‘better time’ the little things I wanted to learn or do, and finally get them done.

And so my 40 before 40 project was born.


  1. Learn to like whisky

  2. Make pasta from scratch

  3. Have a grown up dinner party with a private chef

  4. Cook every recipe in a cookbook – still to be chosen

  5. Eat at a Chef’s Table

  6. Do a cooking class

  7. Make a pizza from scratch  1st attempt ever was a pretty successful event. Hoping to perfect it over the coming months.

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  8. Create the perfect Mac & Cheese recipe

  9. Eat at The Kitchen

  10. Stay at the Balmoral and eat at Number One

  11. Make Churros

  12. Make Bagels

  13. Make Ice Cream

  14. Make the best fried chicken

  15. Complete my hot 100 list….and another 100 list

  16. Stay at Gleneagles and eat at Andrew Fairlies

  17. Afternoon tea at Cromlix house

  18. Learn how to make my Dad’s tablet recipe

  19. Learn to knit  I am now a knitting whizz. As you can see by this spiffy hat that I knitted 🙂

  20. Read 250 books

  21. Watch every Best Picture Oscar winner (except scary ones)

  22. Buy a Louis Vuitton bag – it was the first designer bag I ever wanted age 15 and I still don’t own one.

  23. Try a new sport or workout  I gave Pilates a go and I am now a total convert and go to a weekly class 

  24. Donate blood – why have I never done this before?

  25. Commit to staying off social media for 1 weekend a month

  26. Plan a kick ass 40th Birthday Party

  27. Go to the Ballet

  28. Do a yoga class

  29. Start a Christmas eve tradition – I actually have a few now with MrG one of my favourites being dinner at the Spanish Butcher and then home to watch Die Hard with a tub of Equis Ice cream

  30. Do something that I am scared of

  31. Visit Edinburgh Castle – Shocking that I have never been

  32. Do a barista course to learn how to make the perfect latte

  33. Lose weight ( I know! I know! snooze!)

  34. Use the Personal Shopper service in Frasers to update my wardrobe

  35. Learn how to play poker

  36. Do something for charity – Did Pound for Paws for SSPCA in Sept 2017

  37. Do my family tree

  38. Go to an awards ceremony

  39. Master making at least 1 classic cocktail

  40. Have my picture taken with George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan from Masterchef Australia – it’s good to have at least 1 unrealistic goal.

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