30 Things to do Before 30
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been contemplating creating a list of 30 things to do before 30. I know I should have started this list 3 months ago when I actually turned 29 but I’m up for the added challenge of only having about 9 months to do this all. I’ve been doing some reading online- lots of people do this apparently- and came up with some ideas. I’ve realized that the accomplishments don’t have to be huge, but should be at least meaningful in some way. AKA I don’t have to climb Mt. Everest before I’m 30 but also should shoot for something more than getting out of bed each day. Goals are a good thing- whether you’re talking fitness, diet, or just life in general; this gives me a guide to my life for the next 9 months or so. Plus I love lists and crossing things off of lists and plan to do just that with enthusiasm!
- Run a 5k
- Road trip with the BF
- Do a random act of kindness at least 1 time per month
- Learn to water ski
- Go camping again (more than once)
- Read 10 classic books
- Add $ to emergency savings and end up with more than what I use!
- Spend a day pampering myself- massage, pedicure, etc
- Go out for a really fancy dinner one night, all dressed up
- Make homemade limoncello
- Plan (and save for) a lovely vacation with the BF
- Visit brother in NV (2 for 1 with road trip??)
- Cook a 3 course meal for someone
- Take a cooking class (to learn how to cook a 3 course meal?)
- See a live concert
- Go to a MLB game outside of Target Field
- Order a martini at a bar and drink it!
- Have a drink at the Guthrie on the Endless Bridge
- Make a successful Pinterest craft that can be displayed
- Invest in a good pair of running shoes
- Play Walmart Bingo
- Send out hand-written Christmas cards to my close friends and family
- Use at least part of my tax return for something completely and utterly frivolous
- Spend more time with my family
- Watch 5 movies off of AFI’s top 100 films
- Tour a state capital
- Go to the Boundary Waters
- Go para-sailing in Mexico
- Go to the Mill City Farmer’s Market and do some taste testing!
As I was trying to come up with ideas for this list, it was tougher than I thought but it helped me realize just how much I’ve actually already accomplished in my to-do list of life. Sometimes it’s nice to sit down and think about that as well. I’ve got a wonderful and supportive boyfriend who makes me so very happy, wonderful and supportive friends, a good job, and a cute dog to play with!
- Get my Master’s
- Get my C.D.E.
- Fall in love
- Get a “real” job
- Get something published
- Start a blog
- Travel to other countries (although I’d love more of this)
- Travel alone
- See a Broadway show
- See Fenway and Yankee Stadium
If nothing else this exercise is a great way to sit down and recognize where I’m at in my life, where I want to be, and what I’ve already accomplished. It helps me realize that I’m actually right where I need to be at this point and I can’t get caught up in things that people think need to happen at certain times. (Hello- just because you’re married with 3 kids by 30 doesn’t mean I have to be!) At times it’s easy to get caught up in comparing myself to others and their accomplishments but it’s good to realize that my expectations of myself are much more important than anyone else’s.
Off to celebrate a wonderful wedding!