Sunday, January 2, 2011


Here it is...the start of another year, another decade. This one seems to have a greater impact on my life than the rest. As this year begins, it will only be a year and a half until I turn 30. That 3 in 3-0 looks especially ominous and signals the the beginning of real adulthood. At the age of thirty, I feel like I need to be accomplished, need to know who I am, need to have it all together, and not have any excuses. 

This fear and impending dread has motivated me to start living life to the fullest, hence this blog. This is where I will document the things I want to experience or the goals I've established for myself before I celebrate my 30th birthday, and it will pretty much be a place to just voice anything else that I learn within the next year and a half. I can't say that these goals will not change or that I won't add or replace some, but this is my starting list from January 1, 2011, in no particular order.

My Thirty Before 30 List: 
  1. Read the complete One Year Bible and journal what I learn
  2. Memorize at least 30 verses of scripture
  3. Launch my own freelance design business
  4. Purchase a car with cash
  5. Quit my day job to pursue my passions
  6. Go on an international mission trip
  7. Have a baby
  8. Return to my pre-baby weight after having a baby
  9. Run in a marathon
  10. Learn to scuba dive and get PADI certified
  11. Read at least 3 classic literature novels I never read in school
  12. Take a photography class or seminar
  13. Cook at least 30 new recipes
  14. Grow an herb garden
  15. Learn to water ski
  16. Visit a famous museum
  17. Learn CPR
  18. Print/publish a cookbook with my mom's recipes
  19. Go indoor rock climbing
  20. Cook a whole turkey from scratch
  21. Decorate a cake using fondant
  22. Learn how to play chess with my husband
  23. Write a song
  24. Do something nice for a stranger
  25. Try snowboarding
  26. Begin a stock portfolio
  27. Become a certified Zumba instructor
  28. Learn to sew and complete at least 3 sewing projects
  29. Start a blog and learn web design
  30. Celebrate my 30th birthday in another state/country


  1. What a wonderful challenge! I've been entertaining the idea of starting my own list of 30 things ever since my friend announced on her birthday in early December that she was making one. I'm a few months past my 30th birthday though, but it's never too late to start! Thanks for including me as one of the 30 blogs you follow!

  2. You're welcome! I just recently found your blog and liked it so much I included it on my list! I also enjoy connecting with fellow designers and learning from them.