Wednesday, August 10, 2011

30 by 30

Today is my birthday.  If I've done the math correctly, I am 28.  No longer in my 'mid-twenties', I am realizing that thirty is coming up faster than I thought it would.  And it keeps going faster, so I thought I'd better get on this before I forget.  Again.

I have reached most of my 'ten years after graduation' goals.  I am happily married.  I have a wonderful child.  I have a bachelor's degree, and even taught for awhile.  I've been on vacation to the Caribbean (granted, it was our honeymoon, but it counts).  All in all, I am more or less where I planned to be.  That being said, it's time for some new goals.  So, here goes.  Thirty things I want to accomplish before I turn thirty.

  1. Read thirty books off of the list of top 100 banned books.
  2. Make thirty crafts I have not tried before.  Bonus points if each serves a practical purpose.
  3. Choreograph a dance for my children's group.  All by myself.
  4. Take 30,000 pictures. (Considering I've taken well over 3,000 since I got my camera in May, this is not necessarily an impractical goal.)
  5. Cook or bake 30 dishes I have never made before.
  6. Watch 30 classic movies I've never seen.
  7. Learn to knit or crochet.
  8. Take a dance lesson, or preferably, a dance class.
  9. Take Miles to a new museum/event/activity/experience at least once a month.
  10. Simplify my life by getting rid of things I do not need.
  11. Organize all of our household paperwork, and keep up on it.
  12. Start my own business.  Even if it's just selling a few craft items online from time to time.
  13. Finish illustrating the children's book I wrote in college.
  14. Open a savings account for Miles.
  15. Send birthday cards to everyone in my immediate circle of family/friends for at least one year.
  16. Take Dominic through obedience classes.
  17. Decide if/when I'm going to go back for my Master's degree, and what I'm going to study.
  18. Audition for a musical.
  19. Quit my Festival job and become a full-time stay-at-home mom.
  20. Compile my music collection into one place.
  21. Get a digital copy of every important photograph I have, and store them in a safe place.
  22. Finish my digital family tree.
  23. Exercise every single day for at least 30 days.
  24. Learn at least 30 new signs for use at Special Olympics.
  25. Learn to play at least ten new games.
  26. Become more involved in the financial planning of our household.
  27. Set up our wills, and arrange for custody of Miles, should anything unfortunate happen.
  28. Find a church where my family is comfortable, and become an active member.
  29. Participate in a flash mob.
  30. Contact at least ten of my teachers from elementary, middle, high school, and college, and tell them how they have influenced my life.
What about you?  What things do you want to accomplish in the next two years?


  1. First of all, no way that you can be nearing 30...just impossible...don't even wanna talk about it...I cannot tell people I have a nearly 30 year old
    Secondly...great list...and knowing you, you will accomplish everything on the list...
    Happy Birthday...

  2. oh i like this list a lot. i can help you with #7. :0)