Friday, October 24, 2014

30 Before 30 Update

I made a list when I turned 25 (over two years ago) of things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. I have a little under three years to go. I have achieved some of my goals, but I do still have a long way to go for some. What do you think?

PS - I did mean to post this on or near my 27th birthday. That was over three months ago now... in July. Oops.

completed = green
in progress = yellow
not there yet = red

1. Get Married (accomplished on 05/30/2014)
2. Travel to Europe (We went to Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, France, and Germany on our honeymoon!)
3. Get something published somewhere
4. Take a photography class
5. Finish writing a second novel (will be writing for NaNoWriMo this November!)
6. Skydive
7. Paint walls inside a house
8. Travel to South America
9. Sell *more* items on Etsy (sold 267 as of 10/23/2014)
10. See a movie alone in a theater (saw The Book Thief in Denver on 11/23/13)
11. Have a baby
12. Run a marathon  (completed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 26.2 miles on April 27, 2014)
13. Learn how to sew (simple things)
14. Host a Christmas dinner for more than three people
15. Travel to Africa
16. Create a cookbook of my favorite recipes (I am in the middle of putting this together - finally!)
17. Visit 10 states I haven’t been to (working on it: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Alaska, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia)
18. Travel to Australia or New Zealand
19. Start learning German
20. Go out to dinner (at a real restaurant) alone
21. Swim with fish (terrified)
22. Cook dinner for Dan every night for a month - no eating out!
23. Pay for a stranger’s meal
24. Participate in a Bible study with other women
25. Go on (another) hot air balloon flight
26. Ski a “blue” run (accomplished on "Heavenly Daze" at Steamboat Springs on 12/16/13)
27. Adopt a dog - We took in Dan's childhood dog, Smudge, on 10/12/14 and love him to pieces!
28. Travel somewhere alone
29. Teach in a state other than Colorado
30. Live in (at least) three different states (two down: moved from Colorado to Ohio on 07/17/14)

I have accomplished seven tasks, am in the middle of four tasks, and have an overwhelming 19 to get started on! Eek!
  • Do you have a 30 Before 30 list or something similar?
  • What's on your "bucket" list? 


  1. I think you did amazing on your list!! :) Have a great weekend.

  2. You're doing amazing on this list! I feel like I really need to make one...I've always wanted to, but I keep putting it off ;) maybe I'd be bad at the list, too haha

  3. I don't have a 30 before 30 list, because it would stress me out, but I definitely have a bucket list!

  4. You might as well change "live in at least 3 different states" to a higher number now that you're officially a military Also....."Paint walls inside a house"...THAT'S ON YOUR LIST!?!?!?! WHY?!?!?!?! LOL. We just bought our second home, and spent 3 weeks painting every wall in this home (the previous owners had mint green walls!)....I would have happily let you paint the walls inside OUR house, and let you check off a number on your list!!!!!!!