Monday, January 16, 2017

30th birthday bucket list

2017 means a milestone birthday for me, the year I will turn 30. most of my friends have already hit this milestone and while I realize that maybe nothing completely changes overnight, it's still kind of crazy to think about.

so many people have published their bucket lists for turning 30, affectionately titled "30 before 30" or "pre-baby bucket list." I have never really written down these goals, but they have been in my head for sure and it turns out that I have more than 30 to-dos. while I've already accomplished a good amount of these items - with six months left until I turn 30, I still have time to make some of them happen! so many of these are travel related, and luckily we have plenty of time to see these places over my next 30 years (cue the tim mcgraw song). 

1. travel to asia
2. travel to australia
3. travel to europe
4. travel to south america
5. travel to south africa
6. buy a house
7. have the amount of my annual salary in liquid savings
7. travel to charleston, south carolina
8. travel to seattle
9. eat a veggie-based diet and cook tofu at least once
10. complete a home improvement project (hello, laundry room!)
11. earn my MBA
12. find my soulmate, marry him and relish every moment of the planning
13. attend a blogger conference
14. travel to greece
15. travel to iceland
16. travel to new zealand
17. ride a camel in dubai
18. start a blog
19. start a business
20. grow my own vegetables
21. go kayaking
22. travel to the amalfi coast
23. serve on a philanthropic board and find a new local charitable organization to volunteer with (haven't found one since moving in june)
24. publish a photography book
25. find a job I love
26. refinish our bedroom armoire
27. own a full set of china for entertaining and use it regularly
28. buy a king bed
29. learn to sew with my mom
30. travel to cuba with my mom
31. find a daily workout plan that I love
32. organize our home office and make a functional work space for myself
33. become a certified instructional designer
34. attend a conference about learning management systems and become more of an expert on the technical side
35. drive on a race track (I definitely won't accomplish this - but it would be badass)
36. go on a cruise
37. read this book

did you write a 30 before 30 list? if so, I'd love to see it!


  1. i did have a 30 before 30 list, i think i started it at around 27? then i made another a few months ago with the 'more important' things and now i'm less than a month away from 30 and haven't crossed everything off. like you said though, things aren't gonna change overnight and we still have plenty of time to do these things over the next 30 years, it's fun to work towards a list anyway :) hope you get lots of these things done!

    1. thanks, kristen! your list totally inspired me :)

  2. I'm turning 30 this year too, and I have to admit that it's starting to freak me out too! It really is just a number, but I feel like it's a huge milestone, even though in reality it probably isn't. I didn't create a 30 before 30 list, but I did create a 101 in 1001 list, and it's been so much fun to cross things off the list. Hopefully you can get even more things crossed off your 30 before 30 list!

    1. gosh, I feel like a big group of us are turning 30 this year! it's going to be a great year!

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    1. oooh I like that! anything I don't finish will roll over to my 40 before 40 :)