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Turning 20 And My Hopes For The Next Decade

turning 20

If you’re reading this on the day it goes up, then it’s my 20th birthday!

I still cannot believe that I’m now 20 years of age and I’m an actual real life adult. Ew.

I decided that today’s post would be all about my thoughts and feelings on turning 20 and my hopes and dreams for the next decade.

turning 20

My birthday has always been an incredibly special day for me; whether it’s been a ridiculously extravagant event for my 18th or something much more lowkey (like today’s birthday) I’ve always enjoyed spending the day with the people I love most in the world.

I’ve also never really thought much about what my birthday actually means; I’ve never thought about the fact that each birthday means you get one year older. For me, my birthday was just about eating, drinking and opening some beautiful gifts from my amazing family.

But this year, things are pretty different.

I’m 20 now. 20 whole years old. And I know to most people that’s not old at all (and trust me, I know that it’s really not old at all) but there’s something about being in a whole new decade of my life that feels pretty serious.

I’m definitely not freaking out about it as much as some of my friends and Matt did, but I do still feel kind of overwhelmed at this pretty huge milestone so I decided to put together a few ideas of the things I’d like to achieve in the next decade of my life. Before I’m… 30.

obsessed with travelling

In the next decade I want to have successfully travelled around so much of the world with Matt, visiting so many new places, eating delicious cuisines and experiencing new cultures.

I’d love for us to have our own house somewhere, maybe in the centre of York or maybe even a penthouse apartment in Manhattan… Here’s hoping.

I want to be able to take my business and blog full time, and I’d love to be able to travel for a living.

Before I’m 30 I want to take my family on an amazing holiday somewhere special to thank them for everything they’ve ever done for me.

I obviously want to spend the next decade of my life with Matt (and the many decades after that too).

My blog is also something that I want to work insanely hard on and be proud of the content that I create. I’ve no idea what will happen to the blogging industry in the next 10 years but I’m really hoping that it’ll continue to grow and flourish so that I can continue to pursue a hobby that I absolutely adore.

There are so many other little things that I’d love to achieve in the next 10 years and I’m sure I’ll keep updating this post every so often whenever I think of something else I want to do before I’m 30.

Turning 20

What are your hopes for the next decade? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. Giana Spiteri
    10th April 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Happy Birthday again lovely! Hope you’ve had the loveliest day – and hope we can party it up in Marbella soon!! xxxxx

    • chloedickenson
      11th April 2018 / 8:20 am

      Thanks babe! And omg, that would be immense! Xx

  2. Tony Geinzer
    10th April 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Congrats on your 20th, Chloe! And, I wonder what things could we expect besides the Beatles songs returning to the UK Summarily this decade

    • chloedickenson
      11th April 2018 / 8:20 am

      Thank you!

  3. 10th April 2018 / 11:14 pm

    Happy birthday rr belated birthday (because I’m reading this on bloglovin’ and with time differences, I don’t know if it’s still the same day for you)! This is such a super exciting moment in your life. While I didn’t, and still don’t, consider myself an adult, everything changes. You start to get to know yourself in a way you have never done before, and you prioritize more what’s important and what’s not. I’m sure that this year and the 10 years to come are going to bring you so much happiness. xx

    melina | melinaelisa.com

    • chloedickenson
      11th April 2018 / 8:20 am

      Thank you so much Melina! And thank you for reading! Xxx

  4. 11th April 2018 / 10:18 am

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday. And happy belated birthday 😂

    • chloedickenson
      24th April 2018 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you x

  5. 11th April 2018 / 1:50 pm

    Happy belated birthday you lovely lady! Birthdays are a great time to reflect on the past as well as the big things that you want to achieve before your next milestone! Living in a Manhattan penthouse sounds like a pretty amazing goal if you ask me, make sure you invite me to your housewarming hehe 😉 Taking your family away on a holiday is a wonderful idea too, you’re a real sweetheart!

    Abbey ❤️

  6. 11th April 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I’m hoping that as I progress and grow in life, hopefully so will my blog! I think sometimes with blogging it’s just about time as well.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  7. 11th April 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Happy birthday again Chloe, hope you had an absolutely fabulous day yesterday! These all sound like amazing things, living in Manhattan would be a literal dream. And reaching a new decade is scary but you’re definitely not old lol, says the 26 year old who is freaked out about being closer to 30 than 20 🙈. Here’s to an amazing decade for you xxx

    Kristy | http://www.thevioletblonde.com

    • chloedickenson
      24th April 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much xx

  8. 13th April 2018 / 11:31 am

    Oh Chloe I can’t wait to see what you get up to! I’m sure there will be plenty of travelling as you love it so much, and I’m excited to read all about it! I think taking your family on holiday is such a lovely idea too!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much lovely lady xx

  9. 13th April 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Such a lovely post, I’m 24 this year and there’s so many things I still want to do!!

  10. 16th April 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I hope you had a really lovely birthday Chlo! I’m 23 next month and it’s a little scary that not much has changed in my life, still.. I think I need to start writing a bucket list of things I want to do/see before I’m 30 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you! Ooh I’d love to see what’s on your list! Xx

  11. Robyn
    21st April 2018 / 11:53 am

    You’re killing those red boots !

    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you!

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