30 July 2012

30 before 30

Reading The Happiness Project, I completely related to Gretchen Rubin's revelation that started her on the project - the days are long, but the years are short; time is flying by, but with it I'm not doing all the things I always thought I'd get around to, like learning Photoshop better or reading more of the classics. While (as a homebody from way back) I love lots of the little everyday things of life around the house, I know I need to push myself to get out there, to make time for my goals and interests, to really be invested in life and to grow. As Gretchen writes, "This is my life - but I never give any thought to it." It's so easy to get wrapped up in the daily routine.

The Happiness Project got me excited about tackling goals and resolutions as a way to make the most of life and grow in happiness, and then Anne's most recent update of all the great things she's crossed off her 25 before 25 list, along with a few 101 goals in 1001 days lists I've seen, got me to finally start making my own. So after thinking through it for a while (it takes some time to come up with this many items!), here is a list of 30 things to do in the two years before I turn 30.

These are not necessarily life goals or bucket list items, but more mid-range goals that are achievable in this timeframe, things I want to be intentional about actually getting around to, the kinds of things I always think/say I want to/should do but don't. Some of them are just fun activities I want to do, and some are accomplishments or tasks that will help me cultivate the attitudes about life I want to walk around with. I want to work toward some goals but still live in the now, to be more invested and intentional, fun loving and grateful, hospitable and gracious.

1. Run a 7-minute mile
2. Learn to make (yummy) fish tacos
3. Take a photography class
4. Attend a conference to develop my job skills
5. Learn a new piano piece well
6. Create/order a photo album of our married years
7. Have family photos taken
8. Visit all of our siblings and grandparents at their homes
9. Host a themed party
10. Find somewhere to regularly volunteer
11. See a Cirque du Soleil show
12. Take a Cincinnati walking tour
13. Clear my "to read" shelf
14. Get another stamp in my passport (preferably in Paris)
15. Eat at another Cincinnati top 10 restaurant
16. Host a sponsored giveaway
18. Attend a blogger gathering
19. Get my own domain name
20. Invite guest bloggers to contribute
21. Get all our legal ducks in a row (home inventory, life insurance, etc.)
22. Make the bed every day
23. Find and wear with confidence my perfect shade of red lipstick
24. Save up for a couple of investment pieces
25. Donate blood for the first time
26. Replace the kitchen floor
27. Clean out the basement
28. Pick new siding/door colors for outside of house
29. Hang that gallery wall I've been talking about forever
30. Tame the backyard jungle


  1. Love this list! I need to add run a 7 minute mile on mine too! And red lipstick! I'm very scared of lipstick! :)

  2. This is a great list and very attainable! Good luck and you've inspired me to tackle some things as well!

  3. Great List! I'm actually doing something on it right now.... hosting a giveaway! Be sure to check it out :)


  4. This is a great idea! It's something I always think about doing (although mine might have to be 35 before 35--I'll be 30 in less than a year!) but haven't bitten the bullet. Keep us updated on your progress--maybe you'll motivate me to get my list going!

  5. Yay! I love these ideas! Cirque de Soleil is such a good one. I saw their water show "O" in Las Vegas and it was AH-MAZING! The graduate-level navigation looks awesome, too! I definitely want to go to a blogger gathering, and as for being a grown-up, well you just reminded me that I need to get our legal ducks in a row, too. All in all, this looks like a really well-balanced list! Excited to hear more stories as you begin to cross things off. When does the 3-0 come around?

  6. Great list! Good luck! ;)

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  7. this is one of your best posts ever! :)

  8. What fun goals. I'd love it if you'd share this on my blog's life lately link up... I think some of my readers would love this idea!


  9. I love this!! A few things:

    1. You've inspired me to drum up my 30 before 30.
    2. I love the layout of this post.
    3. May I please come to your themed party? Also Paris? Thanks.

  10. I just found your blog from Casey Weigland and I must say, I am truly happy I did. There are so many blogs out there and yours is just darling. I love the design and then I started reading your posts. I have been wanting to read The Happiness Project for a while, I need to order it! I can't wait to read more of your lovely blog.


    1. Thank you so much! And I definitely recommend The Happiness Project - I enjoyed reading it and was inspired...

  11. Just found you from Casey Leigh... you are adorable and I am loving your blog! Definitely your newest follower! This post in particular has inspired me to create a list of my own...

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