30 before 30

Experiences, not things, are what make our lives amazing. At the end of my life - hey, at the end of my twenties, even at the end of this year - I want to look back and know I used my time well. I won't count all the movies I watched or bad meals I ate. I'll be counting the trips I went on, the pictures I took, the people I befriended, the amazing meals I ate, the children I brought into the world. I've compiled a list of things I want to do or learn by my 30th birthday on August 29th, 2019. As I have 8 years to complete the list, I'm allowing myself to add to the list as more goals come up and others are accomplished. 8 years is plenty of time, especially seeing that I've already completed several.

1. Graduate  (this post and this one)
2. Become a millionaire. 
3. Buy a house. Own rentals in several locations. 
4. Sell the poor, beaten Maxima, and buy a new car.
5. Find a workout schedule I love. Possibly a yoga class? (this post)
6. Grow my blog. In progress! Follow me via GFC, Bloglovin, and on Facebook to help out!
7. Place a bet on a horse race and win. (I lost.)
8. Visit a new state or a new country every year. (2010) (2011) (2012, and 2012)
9. Learn new design and photography skills. 
10. Learn how to edit film.
11. Compile a cookbook of all my favorite recipes. 
12. Get really good at surfing. No more panic attacks (this post). Get my own wet suit/rash guard/booties
13. Have some written work of mine published. Book? Short story?
14. Get a dog.
15. Learn a skill that will make me money. (I do eyelash extensions!)
16. Learn to refurnish furniture.  (here's one item I refurnished!)
17. Refinance our home. 
18. Have a garden
19. Help Conrad start/run a business 
20. Start my own business
21. Remodel our condo's kitchen.
22. Learn some graphic design techniques.
23. Go sailing.
24. Get to 5000 followers on the blog. 
25. Get rid of all our early marriage furniture and upgrade to nicer, more long term stuff.
26. Learn skiing/snowboarding.
27. Regularly go to the doctor, gyno, and dentist. No more 2 year stints. (here, here, here)
28. Go camping for real. In a tent. (this post)
29. Go back to school and get a MFA in Writing.
30. Have a baby or two. (Working on it!) (Baby #1 on the way!)


  1. I love it. I am in the process of creating a bucket list that's actually a pre-baby list. Lists are so helpful and such great reminders of all the great stuff we get to experience. :)

  2. I love this post! What an amazing idea! You've inspired me to make a list too! :)

  3. This is a great list! I made a list like this last year and it's amazing how it really helps you achieve your goals!!! Love your blog, I'm a new follower!

  4. I love it! #15 is totally random, but so necessary!

    Newest follower from the blog hop!

  5. I have a couple of those crossed off my list. How inspiring and what a way to keep your thoughts organized! Thanks!
    newest follower from follow me wednesday!
    -Sonya =)

  6. Love this! I will have to make a list, I have about 8 years to 30 too! I'm a new follower, I would love you to pop over to my blog sometime :)



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