My 30 Before 30 List

March 22, 2016

Well, it’s my birthday. I’m twenty six. I have four years left until I turn 30. Does anyone else over 21 forget their age? Feel dumb around new technology? Can’t figure out how Snapchat works? Find yourself preferring to replay music from your teens rather than discover new tunes? For a while, I’ve heard of people making lists of things to do before their 30th birthday. “30 before 30.” I believe in dreaming and longing and making plans. I believe in goal setting. I’ve taken StrengthsFinder a few times during college (and since), and though some of my top five strengths change, “futuristic” has always stuck around. So with all of this in mind, I thought I would make my own 30 before 30 list.

My 30 Before 30 List

1. Buy a house. After renting for seven years, I am ready to be a homeowner (and my kids are, too)!

2. Get a tattoo. I have lots of ideas. Some words (which can be superfluous but I’ve been hanging on to something in particular for about 7 years), some images. My best ideas relate to my kids and my sisters, and my transformed life.

3. Sing at an open mic night or perform at a poetry reading. I never perform anymore, so this would be a fun challenge. I’ve wanted to do something with Clay for a long time. Maybe he could play the guitar and I could sing.

4. Do an educational wine tasting. I don’t have to get crazy intense about it like those wine geeks on Somm, but I’d love to know more.

5. Host a grown up dinner party. I’m talking a little  table scape, menu, and me as the chef.

6. Have a career.

7. Get out of debt. Ohhh that four letter word that makes my heart sink. When Clay and I got married, we were debt free. But with all our financial struggles in the couple years, I’ve gained some debt and wrinkles. One of the two has got to go.

8. Invest $1000. Grow money, grow!

9. Have a third child, whether it will come biologically, or through foster/adoption. Lately I’ve been thinking that I might be done having biological children. Clay and I would love to have a bigger family, and there are so many children that need homes.

10. Write a children’s book manuscript. If I can publish it, I get bonus points.

11. Sell at a handmade craft fair. I always have ideas floating in my head of things to make and sell.

12. Write a will. As a parent, this is definitely something I should have…

13. Blog consistently for a year. Once a day, once a week, two times a month. Just something consistent.

14. Cultivate a garden and eat what I’ve grown. Herbs don’t count.

15. Run an official 5K. My run of choice is The Color Run.

16. Paint a large piece of art. Something good enough to hang on a wall.

17. Go to a spa and get a full “pamper myself” experience.  The Works: massage, mani/pedi, facial, maybe some kind of body wrap or mud bath.

18. Perform in another musical. Chorus line is fine. The goal is to get back on a stage.

19. Go to a dermatologist and get my red head skin checked out. I’m a big hypocrite, always telling other people to do this when I’ve never actually been myself.

20. Further my computer skills: Adobe Illustrator essentials, and basic web design/development.

21. Take a calligraphy class. This probably means attending a workshop, though I do have a couple books I enjoy, and an online course by I Still Love Calligraphy, now known as

22. Teach an exercise class. Oh this terrifies me, but it’s something I really want to do.

23. Go rock climbing. Pretty straight forward.

24. Road trip West. See things like the grand canyon, Los Angeles, and interstage 1.

25. Read through the entire Bible.

26. Visit New York City.

27. Do some qualitative research about marriage (this is more specific than it sounds, but I’m not going to flesh out my ideas right here now).

28. Mentor someone. Any takers?

29. Have a truly awesome halloween costume. To be decided.

30. Shoot a gun. 

It’s funny that over the course as I’ve written this, I keep coming up with more goals. Get a Masters Degree. Take my kids and my husband to England. Live in an RV for a year and travel America. Learn how to HAM radio. Take cello lessons again. Eat at a Michelin Star restaurant. Go to Redhead Days, the festival for ginger folk. Go paragliding. Go scuba diving.

Maybe I’ve started my 40 before 40 list.

Have you written a 30 before 30 list, or something like it? What’s on it? What have you crossed off?

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By Kellie

Kellie is a redeemed woman pursuing vulnerability, color, and hygge. She loves to write, take photographs, play, and learn. She's a marketing specialist by day, a blogger at night... and a mom all the time. Kellie lives in Denton, Texas with her husband, Clay, and their young daughters.

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