During her last birthday, my roommate made a 30 before 30 list. As someone who loves lists and was an avid user of 43things.com, I was immediately drawn to this idea. Like, found it hard to sit still for another second when all that was racing through my head was everything I knew I wanted to accomplish by the time I’m 30.
There are certain things I don’t think you can/should put a time limit on. There’s nothing about weddings or babies on my list, because those aren’t things you should rush. But I do think it’s incredibly helpful to have a list of things you can look at to help you prioritize your goals. There are so many things I could have already crossed off, had I been actively working towards doing so–like LASIK. I’ve wanted it for years but there was never the thing to push me to get it. This list is that thing! I’m also just incredibly neurotic and as soon as I have a list my fingers itch until I can start crossing things off. So without further ado,
My 30 Before 30:
Work Abroad Go to Africa Go to Morocco
- Go to Italy
Go to Iceland
- Go to Buenos Aires
- Go to Costa Rica
Go to Turkey
- Go to South Africa
- Go to Greece
- Go to Egypt
- Volunteer in
- Stay in Shakespeare & Co bookstore
- Get my tooth fixed
Get an IUD
- Learn to cook 5 meals very well
Be able to run 5 miles without stoppingRun a 10K Be in a happy/successful relationship for over a year Fly a planeLive in France Learn how to do makeup properlyLearn French
- Learn Spanish
Finish my pilotGet my masters
- Get something published
- Read 10 books a year every year
Be Debt Free Have $15,000 in savings
- Have $5,000 invested
earn to SurfWalk the Camino de Santiago
- Go to a Patriots game
I’m aware I’ve KIND of cheated in some places (like if I do 3, 9, or 11, I’ll have automatically done 2). I’ve also changed direction a bit since turning 25, and have changed some goals. All the progress I’ve made has been since creating this list, and I didn’t add anything later that I’d already started working on–mostly I just don’t really care about learning to do a smoky eye that much anymore. I think that’s the point–to be inspired and reminded of what you want every time you look at it, but to understand that interests will develop as time passes.
What’s on your list?
*I definitely still want to volunteer in Ghana, but I’m waiting to do it with Katie, so I don’t have much control over when it’ll happen. But I’m just as interested in Nepal, and I can def do that before I’m 30.