So About that 30 Before 30 List

Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday! Between those, some birthday donuts from a coworker and a super special gift from Jared it was a wonderful way to celebrate turning 29. It was also apparently a wonderful excuse for any relative of mine to post embarrassing, childhood photos of me on Facebook. I'm pretty sure I looked like a boy for a loooong time (despite the number of ruffles on my outfits) so maybe I'm getting a sneak peek of what my little boy is going to look like?! ;)

My birthday also reminded me that I should check in with that little 30 before 30 list I started a few years back and see where I stood with things. Most of the things I've crossed off have links back to relevant posts about them. For those interested, here's the breakdown of where I'm at on this checklist:

- 12 of the items are completely crossed off the list.
- 6 of them are works in progress that will for sure be done before I turn 30.
- 5 haven't been started, but 100% CAN happen in time.
- 5 items that would be incredibly hard to accomplish, but aren't totally ruled out.
- 2 items that just aren't going to happen pre-30th birthday.

The five that need to happen are easily attainable and probably the ones I'll start with first. I need to totally give up pop for 60 days straight. While I drink far less than I used to, I want to cut it out completely and I'm hoping two months without will totally break me from the habit. Also in this category is to crochet a gift from someone, get involved in our church, regularly donate to charity and treat myself to a day at the spa. I think I'm saving that spa day as a celebration for my birthday NEXT year. It just makes sense.

The five items that would be tough to accomplish? Hey, I'm not ruling them out but at least I'm being realistic about them. A baby on the way makes a few of these things less practical. Maybe if I can cross off some of those easier ones I mentioned I'll feel the motivation and drive to cross them all off. I figure there are 12 items in the not done/not sure of category so why not try to finish up one each month??

If you've been around here any time at all you know I love settings goals and making lists. I truly feel like it's the only way I can challenge myself to actually do things I want to do. My list ranges from big, monumental, life-altering things, to silly personal things I've always want to try and achieve. Do you have a list like this? What should I do when this one is finished?? I don't think I can bring myself to make a 40 before 40... that just seems too far away!


24 comments

  1. I think it's good to have goals in mind and do your best to accomplish them. But, life happens and sometimes goals need to be shifted and moved around. And I think that's totally ok!

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  2. Happy belated birthday! So glad you had such a nice day. 29 is kind a weird ago, being right on the edge of 30. Enjoy it! :)

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  3. Sounds like you had a fabulous birthday!!! Or at least the best you can when it falls on a work day, right? :) I hope that you are able to cross a few more of these off your list before next year!

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  4. The ruffles!! Clearly your mom had some excellent tastes in clothes haha!

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  5. HUrrrrah birthday!!!!!!!!!

    I need to revisit my 40 before 40.

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  6. Yay!! Great job tackling the list so far and you are so on track to accomplish a ton in the next year. While, you know, continuing to grow a human! Rockstar. I love that you're doing the spa day on your 30th birthday. What a fun thing to look forward to.

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  7. haha No worries, I looked like a boy too and my little girl luckily didn't get that gene. I'm a big fan of allowing myself some flexibility with the many lists that I make. You could always tackle the whole 101 in 1001 list next! I should probably sit down and actually think about what I want to do before I'm 30. No matter how hard I try to ignore it, it's going to happen eventually!

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  8. Looks like you've knocked out quite a few items! Way to go! I'd say you are in pretty good shape with a year to go and a baby on the way! Maybe you can revamp the two that are impossible to better fit your current situation...

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  9. Dang girl! You are rocking the 30 before 30 list! I didn't make one but now I kinda wish I would have. Maybe I'll do a 40 before 40! Ha! Glad you had an awesome birthday!!

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  10. Any time someone calls it pop I have to say something. And that something is YES. I've always called it pop, but my husband is from CA and calls it soda and kind of shamed me into calling it soda a few times (after which I always feel dirty--ha!). Clearly I put more importance on it than it warrants hahaha but still. :)

    I don't have a 30 before 30 buuut I think you might have motivated me to write one!

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  11. It's always great to have goals in mind, I did this as well before turning 30. :)

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  12. Happy belated birthday!!! I love all those old pictures...adorable! You are well on your way of crossing off most things on your list! Good luck with no pop - you can do it!

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  13. Hahaha I love the baby pictures!!! ;) I KNOW you can do WORK on that list girl. Excited to see what else you're able to cross off!!

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  14. I stupidly put a bunch of trips on my list. Expensive trips like going to watch the US Open??? Apparently I thought I would come into some money before I was 30. ha! I won't cross off a bunch of mine, but I did travel to some interesting places I didn't think I would, so I'm counting it as a win.

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  15. Happy birthday!! You've completed a lot so far, and you still have a whole year left. Long-term goals are so hard for me to think about because life seems like it changes all the time!

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  16. You're doing great on your 30 by 30!

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  18. Happy late birthday! Loving the baby pictures. They're even more fun to look at once your little one arrives :)

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  19. Happy belated birthday, girlie! I'm glad to hear that it was a good one. It's also good to hear that you're doing well on your 30 Before 30 list. Awhoo hoo!

    Have a good weekend! :)

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  20. Good luck crossing things off your list! This reminds me that I have my 101 in 1001 list going, and I haven't updated that in a while! I need to go and see what else I can cross off my list...

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  21. I went back to look at your list and you've done a great job!! I think you are going to accomplish a lot!! Way to go! xo, Biana

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  22. oh my gosh i know what you mean, i don't want to make a 40 before 40 haha. good luck with tackling the things you can tackle before 30. you can do the pop! i did, but then gave up on giving up. i've given it up for months and years before but eh... i just like it ;)

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  23. Dang it sounds like you will have a majority of things crossed off the list and I think that is a win for sure!! A spa day would be sooo nice to do for your next birthday! And happy late birthday, I'm glad it was such a great and special day :) You deserve it!!

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  24. The baby pictures are so cute! I love looking at old pics and birthdays are a great excuse to do that!! You're making awesome progress on your list!

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