Happy Birthday to me! Guys, I am officially within the last year of my twenties and I’m not quite sure how to feel about that. There’s a strong part of me that looks back and is quite proud of the woman I’ve become, knowing there’s always improvements to be made. Then there’s another part of me that still finds the big 3-0 to be a little scary. I suppose it’s the uncertainty of what turning thirty will bring. However, it’s coming regardless of how prepared I am for it and something I do that helps me keep focused are making little goals to achieve before my next birthday.
A couple of years ago I wrote something called 28 Before 28, which was a list of 28 goals that I would like to have accomplished before turning 29. Unfortunately I could only cross off a few things and found, upon closer inspection, that my goals were a touch too broad. I also got pregnant that year so the whole hot air balloon ride thing and traveling didn’t really happen. I knew I had to reevaluate the goals I originally set and adapt them to be more realistic and manageable – especially now with a one year old in tow.
So, in celebration of turning 29 today I thought to take a look back on my old list and be more specific with my new goals as I head towards thirty. This time I reflected on where my life is in this moment and where I would like to be next year. A lot of my goals have a lot to do with travel (we just updated my passport and got Greyson his first one!), creating memorable experiences, and a sprinkle of a few personal little goals in between.
Here are my 30 goals before turning 30!
- Live more minimally by ridding of material things once a month for a year.
- Take Greyson to an aquarium.
- Create more photo books of our travels and milestones.
- Travel somewhere outside of the U.S.
- Visit/discover Northern California.
- Visit/discover San Diego.
- Volunteer at least once a month at church.
- Join a small group at church.
- Create and run a successful linkup on the blog.
- Keep up with vegan meals during the week.
- Finish the Harry Potter series before the 1st day of Summer (June 21st)
- Invest in and use an editorial calendar for both blogs!
- Take more photos of Greyson and us as a family.
- Print and display photos of us and our travels in our home.
- Send more happy mail or letters to friends and family.
- Take a picture every day for a whole year.
- Have a ‘movie on the lawn’ night once this summer.
- Enjoy sip & paint nights often.
- Actively put into savings.
- Learn to trust my intuition & God when He speaks to me.
- Keep weekends as sacred time – unplug and enjoy.
- Participate in a local 5k.
- Visit/hike The Channel Islands.
- Purchase bikes and go riding at least once a week.
- Begin a personal journal this year.
- Get my nails done and #treatyoself this year.
- Watch Casablanca from beginning to end.
- Spend less on toys for Greyson and more on family experiences.
- Do something spontaneous!
- Live each day with meaning and purpose.
After drafting up this list I’m actually pretty excited to see what I’ll be able to accomplish. I know I want to do a lot this year and gain more experience in this life I have. I am grateful that I get to spend it with my wonderfully amazing husband and beautiful baby boy, which makes checking off these things that much more enjoyable. So, thank you for being on this wild ride with me and fingers crossed I can get to all 30!
If you could create a bucket list for yourself (whether it be for a birthday or just overall in life) what would be in your top 5? Share with me in the comments!
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