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.
Fly first class
- Visit California
- Get a tattoo
Buy myself a nice purse
- Finish scrapbooking year in Poland (and maybe Utah)
Invest in my succulent garden and planters
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.
- Practice speaking to/approaching strangers
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.
Read more books each year than the last 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.
- Send postcards “just because”
- Have a session with a professional photographer
See the DC cherry blossoms
- Say “Yes, and”
Take a vacation abroad just because
- Run a 5K
- Find a charity cause (and spend time with it)
- Focus on the positive
- Finish a significant crochet project (dog sweater or human blanket)
Work on my skincare regimen Surround myself with people and things I love 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.
- Go back to Notre Dame with someone I love
- Go to a lantern festival
- Do something messy (mud run, paint party, foam club, color rave, etc.)
Celebrate holidays (pumpkin carving, gingerbread houses, Easter egg dying, fireworks)
- Refurbish something