When I began this blog I was a baby of twenty-two. I suppose, according to some, I'm still a baby. But I can't avoid the fact that I am quickly nearly the landmark birthday of thirty. As I write this, I'll be turning twenty-nine in July, so I have about a year and a half to go until the big three-zero, that doesn't mean I haven't looked at that future birthday with great intentions.
I've seen this before, people making to do lists before they graduate High School, College, get married, have kids, turn a certain age -- all of that -- and if there's one thing I am, I'm a list writer. I love lists, I always have, and I enjoy the feeling of success when I cross items off a list and ultimately finish it. So, why not make my own list? Why not make a list of what I would like to do before I turn thirty. In no way do I feel that thirty is an end all -- I feel it is quite possibly the start of a better phase in my life (if the opinions of my 30+ year old friends are anything to go by). But I just can't turn down the good opportunity for a list.
Here it is, but note: this list began a month after my twenty-eighth birthday. So some items are already crossed off!
- Run two 5ks or one 10k
- Take a picture everyday for one year
- Finish my copy editing certification
Stand in the Pacific OceanCompleted on October 12, 2014.
- Get my passport
- Visit two states I've never been to (Visited California in October 2014)
- Go kayaking
- Go without my phone/the internet for 24 hours (no 365 photo)
- Take an aerial aerobics class
- Take a painting class
- Host a dinner party
- Work on my French every weekday for a month
- Pay off all credit card debt
- Do writing prompts everyday for a month
Go gluten freeI went gluten free as I adjusted to a new diet to help my IBS. Luckily, I can still eat gluten, I just have to be careful of how much and how often. Conquer a fearZip lining in West Virginia, August 2014. (never again)
- Open up a savings/401K account
- Go on a whale watch tour
- Make a quilt
- Maintain a garden
- Go hiking for a full day
- Learn calligraphy
- Cook one meal from each section of the Italian Cooking Bible
- Watch the sun rise (and not on the way to work)
- Go on a vacation with my girlfriends
- Work out twice a week for three months straight (One more month to go!)
- Get a pedicure/manicure
- Leave the United States!
- Go to the dentist and get the "all clear"!
- Read 100 books (34 done!)