Top 40 Things to Do After 40

40 Things to Do After 40Top 40 Things to do After your 40

I recently ran a competition that involved people telling me what their ‘Ultimate Thing to do after 40 was’.  I had nearly 300 suggestions so thought I’d compile a list of my favourite Top 40 Things to do After your 40.  I personally don’t have a bucket list as I think it would put too much pressure on me.  I plan on enjoying a few glasses of wine and for once in my life feeling comfortable in my own skin.  However, I’m now intrigued to try a few of these.

  1. Travel, travel, travel
  2. See the Northern Lights
  3. Dance on a West End stage
  4. Buy a sports car
  5. Hair balloon flight
  6. Holiday without the kids
  7. Go to Vegas and play the slots
  8. Europe in a Luxury Camper Van
  9. Bungee Jump
  10. Swim with dolphins
  11. Climb Kilimanjaro
  12. Canoeing in Canada
  13. Play with my grand children
  14. Go wing walking
  15. Have some ‘me’ time
  16. Keep the weight off
  17. Go trekking up Everest
  18. Go Zorbing
  19. Loop a light aircraft
  20. Witness a total eclipse of the sun
  21. Have a baby
  22. Write a novel
  23. Retire… a desert island
  24. Ice skating in central park
  25. Learn to play an instrument
  26. Run a marathon
  27. Go to space
  28. Learn a foreign language
  29. Buy a designer handbag
  30. White Water Rafting
  31. See The Nutcracker in New York
  32. Route 66
  33. Jump out of a plane
  34. Scuba diving off the great barrier reef
  35. Start looking after yourself
  36. Get a degree
  37. Go to my first rave
  38. To live life like I’m getting younger not older
  39. Dump everything in your life that makes you unhappy – life’s too short
  40. Enjoy life and not worry about all the things you did when you were young

What is your ultimate thing to do after you turn 40?




Spelling Roolz!

People are forever apologizing on Twitter for spelling mistakes, but to be honest, being a former primary school teacher I can read just about anything.  I also have a knack for reading upside down.

Funnily though, I used to be a very good speller until I started teaching, now I look at everything twice.  Sometimes the way children spell is incredibly logical.  For example, ‘fone’ it makes perfect sense and does apply the rules of phonics and I’m not surprised children find it difficult to spell ‘phone’.  However, I do want them to learn to spell correctly and I hate seeing text speak anywhere but on a mobile, msn or twitter.

Over the years I’ve developed a few quirky ways of helping me to spell……

Island – ‘is land surrounded by water

Tomatoes – ‘I squished the tomato with my toes

Broccoli – ‘Two lion cubs and one lioness’ (two c’s and one l).  This one is courtesy of the zany @iaingilmour

Stationery – I think of the ‘e’ in envelope

And of course the good old ‘i before e except after c’.  So, you could imagine my surprise when Stephen Fry, the all-round English genius, reported on QI that is not the case and that there are over 900 instances when this rule doesn’t apply (e.g. Weird, ancient, glacier, policies, society, science).  Now I’m scuppered!

Can you think of any others?

Do you have any tricks for remembering spellings?

Does anyone have a Mnemonic for the word Mnemonic?

How many spelling mistakes did you find in this post?