Welcome! I’m so happy that you have found me. My name is Victoria.

To mark this final year in my 20s I have decided to undertake 30 challenges, to be completed before my 30th birthday: 30 things for 30 years.

My challenges throughout the next 12 months will vary. Some will be physical challenges, whilst others will be mentally and emotionally challenging for me. I will be pushing myself more than I have ever done before.

So, why am I doing this? I suffered from severe depression during my second pregnancy, which continued after my daughter was born. I was lucky that I managed to find the strength within me to seek help, and thanks to my doctors, friends and family I have managed to come out the other side. What I went through I would not wish on anyone. As the late Robin Williams once said “I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that”. I want to raise awareness of mental health and autism , change the stigma and change the world.

So, there you have it. The next 52 weeks will be a real journey of discovery, joy, pain, exhaustion, fun, laughter, tears and completely out of my comfort zone. Please join me on this journey and help me make a difference to those who need it.

I don’t want birthday presents, instead I have asked friends and family to make a donation to my cause. This is my blog which I will use to document my year:

30 things for 30 years.


Following my personal experiences of depression and autism I have decided to take a stand and change the stigmas. During the next 12 months I will undertake 30 challenges, to try new things and overcome my fears. I have asked my friends and family not to buy presents for my 30th Birthday, instead I would like to raise money for three charities close to my heart. If you would like to make a donation, please click here. These charities are:


The Big 30

Here is a list of the 30 challenges I will undertake over the next twelve months. Please subscribe to my blog if you would like to follow my progress, both in the challenges and my fundraising.

1) Swimming with sharks (March) ✔

2) Balmoral 5km (April 21st) ✔

3) The Illuminator night race (October 27th) ✔️

4) The Banchory Beast (September 22nd) ✔️

5) Swim the distance of the Channel in 12 weeks (May, June and July) ✔

6) Be a human sponge target (June) ✔

7) Conquering a zip wire course (August) ✔️

8)  Giving up chocolate for Lent (February 14th – April 1st) ✔

9) Reverse advent calendar (December) ✔️

10) Canyoning ✔

11)  Volunteering at a care home ✔

12) Organising a pop up cafe ✔️

13) Anonymously pay for someone’s meal (??? 😉) ✔️

14) Be an elf for children’s hospital✔️

15) Climb Ben Nevis ✔

16) Host a pudding night✔️

17) Shear a sheep ✔️

18) Learn and create the art of stained glass (November)✔️

19) Try open water swimming (23rd July)✔

20) GungHo! Aberdeen (1st September) ✔️

21) Visit the homeless in Aberdeen with food supplies ✔️

22) Eat an entire tub of twiglets (🤢) in one go (July)✔️

23) Allow the kids to dress me for a week✔️

24) Go vegan for a month (July)✔️

25) Create a ‘shared bookshelf’ in Aberdeenshire✔

26) Cycle the whole Deeside Way (September )✔️

27) Plant a ceremonial tree (April)✔

28) Volunteer at the Deeside Drop In Games Club (Jan+)✔

29) Host a charity Beauty Brunch ✔️

30) Give a talk on Mental Health (24 July) ✔️


“… jingling bells and garish leggings” December exploits for 30 things

December was a busy month for me, not only due to surviving the run up to Christmas with two candy cane fuelled small children, but also because I completed another four things on my challenges list. These were all very festive and great fun. The most festive thing that I did, probably in my life …