Goal setting,  Lists

30 by 30 – 18 months to go…

A while back, I published a “30 by 30” list of 30 things to do before I turned 30. Then I published a two-years-to- update. Another six months down, I’m evaluating my slow but steady progress in this 30 by 30 update. I still have 16 items to cross off my list, but with a year and a half, to go, that’s less than one a month… Let’s see how I fare.

The List

  1. Fly first class
  2. Visit California
  3. Get a tattoo
  4. Buy myself a nice purse
  5. Finish scrapbooking year in Poland (and maybe Utah)
  6. Invest in my succulent garden and planters
  7. Skydive
  8. Start a workout routine

I did it! And I’ve stuck to it. For over six months, I’ll have been working out regularly. Some weeks are more “regular” than others, but for me, developing a habit means not shaming yourself when  you don’t get it 100% right.

  1. Practice speaking to/approaching strangers
  2. Develop a web/blog strategy

If you’re reading this now, then it means I’ve been posting. My lofty goal of twice a week or once a week sometimes fades to twice a month. But I’m not neglecting my beloved blog entirely. I’m writing about things I care about. I’ve developed the website beyond my days of Xanga journaling. I’m not planning on quitting my day job to blog full time, but I feel good about how I’ve developed this hobby.

  1. Read more books each year than the last
  2. Learn to curl my hair

I’m bought a curling wand when it was on sale on Amazon. It came with a heat resistant glove, which helps me with the fear of getting burned. It’s also remarkably easier than a curling iron. I’ve done some pretty cute light curls but haven’t yet committed to anything super fancy. Still, the frequency with which I curl my hair has multiplied by 1,000.

  1. Send postcards “just because”
  2. Have a session with a professional photographer
  3. See the DC cherry blossoms
  4. Say “Yes, and”
  5. Take a vacation abroad just because
  6. Run a 5K
  7. Find a charity cause (and spend time with it)
  8. Focus on the positive
  9. Finish a significant crochet project (dog sweater or human blanket)
  10. Work on my skincare regimen
  11. Surround myself with people and things I love
  12. Become a regular (bar? coffee shop?)

This was the most unexpected item I crossed off my list, as it happened rather organically. I’m going to count it though. As I mentioned in my last post, I went on a cruise of Italy and Greece back in May. The cruise ship had trivia…daily…multiple times a day. Those who know me well know that I love trivia. The cruise boat trivia was not exactly challenging either. (Am I the only person who knows Goofy’s son’s name? And that “Bring Him Home” is from Les Mis? I don’t care. It helped us win!) With my drink package in hand, I sipped a variety of champagne cocktails–mimosas to French 75s at the Schooner Bar. I don’t know if it was the first time I tipped the bartender who had remembered my drink order or if it was just my youthful presence on a ship of older people, but soon all the waiters and bartenders referred to me by name. It was nearly the end of the cruise before I realized I’d become a regular, and it’s one of my favorite memories.

  1. Go back to Notre Dame with someone I love
  2. Languages
  3. Go to a lantern festival
  4. Do something messy (mud run, paint party, foam club, color rave, etc.)
  5. Celebrate holidays (pumpkin carving, gingerbread houses, Easter egg dying, fireworks)
  6. Refurbish something


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