30 Before 30

6/21/2012 revision:

  1. Vacation somewhere tropical. {Woop! Hawaii!} – Done!
  2. Host a girl’s night in {Actually did three of these with three different groups!.:)} – Done!
  3. Make that bikini body happen. {I’m counting it because I wore one in public, haha, but admittedly it should go back on the to-do list..} – Done!
  4. Get totally glammed up and go dancing and clubbing allll night. {couple times in Vegas} – Done!
  5. Attempt snowboarding. – Done!
  6. Buy a piece of art from a local artist. – Done!
  7. Take a dance class. {I took belly dancing for a few months – want to do it again!} – Done!
  8. Go on a mega hot date – red lipstick required. {Vegas for JB’s 30th!} – Done!
  9. Go ice-skating. – Done!
  10. Take a day off of work, drive somewhere remote and take photos. – Done!
  11. Get a massage. – Done!
  12. Find a charity to donate to yearly. {Farm Sanctuary} -Done!
  13. Attempt rock-climbing. – {Indoor climbing but I’m counting it!} – Done!
  14. Finish my Master’s Degree {I have 5 classes left. If all goes as planned I will be done by May 2013} -In progress!
  15. Pay off my student loans. Done! I can’t believe it, but complete. July 2012.
  16. Grow my hair out as long as possible. -In progress!
  17. Strive to find my style. Don’t purchase things I only *kind of* like. Buy things that are awesome. Make things. Thrift things and fix them up.  {this is always in progress I guess} -In progress!
  18. Write my bucket list. – In progress! 
  19. Become more self-sustaining for the long-term. {This is an ever-evolving project/goal, but I want to put a lot of energy into it over the next year: maintaining a garden, learning to can, improving my sewing, building, and baking skills, and possibly even raising chickens for eggs!}- In progress!
  20. Do at least one volunteer project, if not something on-going. Done! I’ve been volunteering with Farm Sanctuary.
  21. Go to a FANTASTIC music festival.
  22. Buy a fabulously girly head-to-toe outfit and plan a fabulous day wearing it. Half done – I did find a great dress..
  23. Hike to an overnight camping destination.
  24. Take a road trip.
  25. Go to New York. Done! Oct. 2012.
  26. Cook something that involves lighting it on fire. Done! Valentine’s Day 2013.
  27. Master the Crow pose and Wheel pose in yoga. Done! This is a really big accomplishment for me! These aren’t the most advanced poses, but I have overcome some really prohibiting wrist issues to being able to do some wrist/palm balancing poses I never thought I’d be capable of. There was a time not too long ago I couldn’t type without pain killers!
  28. Go to Portland.
  29. Build a piece of furniture. Not a revamp, but an actual follow-some-plans-and-make-it-myself. Done! December 2012.
  30. Create my own art. Not just crafty.. but actually paint something totally original.

In Feb. 2010, I posted a list of 30 things I will try to do before I’m thirty{6.21.2013}. Here’s my progress on that list, as I chip away at it!

  1. Vacation somewhere tropical. Done! Hawaii in Jan of 2011.
  2. Finish my Masters degree. In progress. I’m about halfway there.
  3. Host a girls-night-in. Done! Sept. 2011.
  4. Do at least one volunteer project, if not something on-going.
  5. Go to a FANTASTIC music festival.
  6. Purchase a really great article of designer clothing, or a pair of shoes. Even if it’s from Ebay. Even if I have to ration food to pay for it.
  7. Go snow-shoeing.
  8. Get a tattoo.
  9. Get a freelance writing/design gig going on the side, if just on a really small scale. Which means… a plan, a website and some promoting.
  10. Make that bikini body happen and wear one… in public. I will probably never be satisfied, but I wore a bikini in Hawaii, and lived to tell the tale!
  11. Buy a fabulously girly head-to-toe outfit and plan a fabulous day wearing it.
  12. Go to a wine-tasting.
  13. Get totally glammed up and go dancing and clubbing all night. Done! Vegas 2010.
  14. Attempt snowboarding or skiing, just to say I finally have. Done! February 2010.
  15. Pay off my student loans. In progress, but looking dismal by June 2013…
  16. Hike to an overnight camping destination.
  17. Learn to knit.
  18. Strive to find my style. Don’t purchase things I only *kind of* like. Buy things that are awesome. Make things. Thrift things and fix them up. Always in progress.
  19. Write my bucket list.
  20. Buy a piece of art from a local artist. Done! Bought a small print by a local artist, Lisa Telling Kattenbraker, at SLC Art Festival 2010.
  21. Grow my hair out as long as possible. In progress.
  22. Take a dancing class. Belly dancing, hip hop… something. Done! I’ve been taking belly dancing. Started November 2011.
  23. Take a road trip.
  24. Go to New York.
  25. Go on a mega-hot date. Red lipstick for me, him looking spiffy, too. Done! Vegas 2012.
  26. Find a charity to donate to yearly.
  27. Go ice-skating. Done! December 2010.
  28. Cook something that involves lighting it on fire.
  29. Take a day off work, drive somewhere remote, and take photos. Done! My birthday, June 2010.
  30. Get a massage. Done!! Jan. 8, 2011. Totally inspired me to spend more time relaxing, stretching, and taking care of myself! My masseuse told me I was super knotted up from a desk job and in all the stress-holding places.

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7 thoughts on “30 Before 30”

  1. I just came across your blog on suggestion from a friend. I’m really keen on it. I really like the 30 things before 30 list. I am almost 30 (in 5 months) and have only one piece of advice (from experience). If I had to do it all over again, I would put the tattoo on the list of “things to wait until I am at least 30 to do”. I have 4 (technically) tattoos and never thought I would regret them. I sometimes regret at least 3 of them. They are not stupid or obnoxious, but I sometimes regret them. My undergraduate advisor used to say that there are 2 things you should wait until your 30’s to do, get a tattoo and get married. I’ve grown to realize that he was absolutely right.

    I realize that my advice is unsolicited, but maybe you won’t mind. :o)

    Good luck with your list!

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