Category Archives: 40 Before 40 – Do (many)

Photograph 100 Sunrises and 100 Sunsets

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


I’ve been getting more into photography over the last year or two – not in a serious way, just taking more care when taking photos and actively trying to look for photo opportunities. Starting this blog helped actually because I needed images to complement my weekly updates from Bolivia. And obviously visiting some incredible places has helped too!

One thing I’ve learnt is that I’m a sucker for sunrise and sunset. I often make a special effort to seek them out when I’m on holiday, getting up at stupid o’clock and even running somewhere to get a good view. I suppose it’s understandable not to do this so much at “home”, especially when you’re (typically) in a full-time working routine, but I’ve tried to do better this year.

Which brings me to my challenge: I want 100 sunrises and 100 sunsets. I’ve got 8 years (roughly 100 months) to get some good ones and I have some in the bank already – I’ll do an inventory soon and maybe set up some sort of gallery.

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Give Blood 40 Times

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


My target here is for the number of my blood donations to catch up with my age. I’ve donated 22 times so far and you can donate four times a year, so getting to 40 is definitely doable in the next eight years.

As a serious point, giving blood saves lives, so I’d encourage every to donate if you can. There’s always a need for blood donors, especially if you have a rare blood type or you’re O-negative. If you’re in the UK, check out the blood donation website for more information.

My last donation was in Cambridge in August and I took part in a trial for “double dose donations”. It took a bit longer than usual, but it was still very straightforward, so I’d expect this to become more popular in the next few years. There’s an article on the website about it here.