30 by 30
Update on 1/22/15: Well friends, I am 30, and I am happy to say that all 30 items on my list are complete! I’m feeling pretty excited and accomplished right now, I’m so glad I was able to follow through with these items!
1/1/14 – Since my blog has evolved to have some components of self improvement and living life intentionally, I have crafted a ’30 by 30′ list that I’ll work on completing over the next year. It’s a combination of things I want to accomplish before we have kids, facing fears that I have, trying new things, learning, and taking youthful adventures. I’ll update this page as I accomplish these goals. I started at the end of November finalizing my list and checking things off. I’ll list a completion date as I get each goal done. As always, tips, suggestions and commentary are welcome!
And now, presenting the final copy of my “30 by 30” list (Updated ) 1/22/15
Get a tattoo– Done on 11/15! I love my tattoo and am so glad I did it! See a wild giraffe and take a selfie with it.– Done on 4/4/14 when I went on a Safari in South Africa and took a selfie with a giraffe.
Learn to SurfDone on 6/2/14. It was one of the most amazing experiences ever, I’m hooked Read/Watch Harry PotterBooks were finished on 8/23/14, movies on 8/31/14. Brilliant series, I can’t believe it took me so long to read them. Drink Kopi LuwakDone on 1/25/14. I drank Kopi Luwak for my birthday and made most of my family join me! Go on one more humanitarian tripDone from 3/27/14- 4/8/14. Trip to South Africa with my mom. What an amazing experience, I’ll never forget it. Submit an article to Relevant, Huff Post and a Deeper Story (at least two of the three)– Done on 1/22/15 Articles were written and submitted! One on 1/21, and the last one (that was about completing this list) on 1/22.
Ride a real roller coasterDone on 12/31/13 Scary roller coaster at Animal Kingdom. Maybe not scary for most, but scary for me! Do an anonymous good deed (a big one)Done! And for the sake of the anonymous part of it, that’s all I’m going to say. Master a difficult dessert– Done on 12/17/14. Shout out to my friend Amanda who came over to tackle this with me. Result- amazing eclairs. So good. Learn to make sushiDone on 12/29/13. Successful Sushi Making class on our cruise. Take a Pottery class– Done on 1/19/15. I love wheel throwing- it’s so much fun! Be an Atlanta Tourist- On 12/13/14 Brent and I went to one of the only tourist places we hadn’t been to- the Aquarium. It was awesome. I also visited the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in the summer. Learn to shoot our gunDone on 4/26/14. I did this for Brent’s birthday. I didn’t enjoy it, but I’m glad I did it. Practice Spontaneity– Almost done. We were spontaneous in our decision to go to the Aquarium, and we practiced spontaneity with Brent’s parents in the fall. I’m going to do one more spontaneous thing before I hit 30, but overall this one is accomplished. Boudoir photo shoot– Done on 11/18. It was so much fun and was a big confidence booster! Read a classic novel– Done on 1/8/15. I decided to read Jane Eyre, and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t as easy or as entertaining as Harry Potter, but the story was really good.
Take an all night adventure– Done on 11/21. Wow, so much fun. I went with some friends to see Catching Fire, pt 1, and then we ate lots of junk food and drank lots of coffee around town. Have a classic Movie Marathon– Done on 12/21/14. I ended up having a chill day with no plans and tackled the movies. I liked them, but I decided that I’m more of a modern movie girl. Learn how to be alone and at peace– Done on 8/12/14. I went on a work trip and had a day to myself. I explored a new city alone, ate at a restaurant alone, and was at peace. I rather enjoyed it actually. Learn how to drive a stickDone on 11/28/13- My brother taught me but he says I need a follow up lesson.
Dine at the Sundial at sunset– Done on 1/22/1. To wrap up the list, I had dinner with Brent on my Birthday at the Sundial. It was beautiful, and I faced my fears of elevators and heights! Learn to sew, and make a dress or skirt– Done on 1/22/15. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the morning and afternoon of my birthday with my mom. She’s pretty awesome, and I successfully made a pretty skirt. Make a time capsule– Done on 1/14/15 I still need to add a newspaper from my birthday but the meat of the project is done. Attend a gala/benefitDone on 9/25 when Brent and I went to the LSG Heroes of Hope Gala. We even won a couple silent auction items! Go on a yoga or spa retreat for a dayDone on 7/18/14. Did this one on a budget with one of my best friends. We made our own ‘treat yoself day’, and it was wonderful Take an all day hike on the Appalachian Trail – Done on 11/22. We took a nice long hike around the Appalachian trail and surrounding trails. It was beautiful. Finish reading all the books in the Bible– Complete on 1/21/15. I procrastinated on this one a bit, but it got done! I’m proud of myself for reading books like Leviticus that I always shied away from. Write love letters to my family members– Complete on 1/22/15. What a powerful way to wrap up this decade. I am so blessed to love so many. Visit a new city/town every other month.– Complete on 11/28! I visited Serenbe, Durban, St. Augustine Beach, Chicago, Portland, Tucson, and Plains.