30 by 30

1 Mar

So I have seen a few people come up with a list like this. I figured, since I just turned 27, it would be a good idea to figure out some things I definitely wanted to have finished by the time I was 30. That gives me 3 years to finish everything on this list, which should be doable.

So here is my 30 by 30 list:
  1. open an Etsy shop
  2. get in shape so that I feel comfortable with my body
  3. get a teaching job
  4. buy a house
  5. get a new car
  6. have a baby
  7. go on a vacation
  8. take a photography class
  9. get my reading specialist certification
  10. learn to be a better cook
  11. learn to make a really good whoopie pie
  12. plan a surprise weekend away for Dan
  13. adopt a dog
  14. get at least one new tattoo
  15. make scrapbooks for bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding, and honeymoon
  16. take a road trip
  17. learn to make DeDe’s chocolate chip cookies
  18. hike a mountain that is around 4000 feet
  19. run the BCS 5k
  20. go skiing more than once a winter
  21. learn to use photoshop well
  22. stay at a bed and breakfast for a weekend
  23. do a wine tasting and figure out what wines I really like
  24. take a girl’s trip
  25. learn my family history
  26. work on paying down my debt – especially credit card
  27. spend time volunteering every year
  28. make photo books with old pictures
  29. take a “kids” trip
  30. have a fantastic celebration for my 30th birthday

I’m not 100% happy with this list. There are a few things that are kind of general and a few I’m not sure about but I think it is a good list as of right now. It might change a little but I wanted to post it so it would feel more real.

Most of the list is self explanatory but I thought I would explain a few.

  1. open an Etsy shop
  2. get in shape so that I feel comfortable with my body – I have gained weight since my wedding which was about 9 months ago. I would like to lose that weight again, plus a little more, so I feel really comfortable with my body.
  3. get a teaching job – hopefully this will happen for next year because I really need to move on with my career.
  4. buy a house – once I get a teaching job, getting a house will be more in reach because we would have more money.
  5. get a new car
  6. have a baby – I have always wanted 2 kids by the time I was 30 but, since I’m already 27, that doesn’t seem really likely. I would like at least one and hopefully be working on the 2nd one.
  7. go on a vacation – hopefully somewhere really amazing but really anywhere would be great.
  8. take a photography class
  9. get my reading specialist certification
  10. learn to be a better cook – Dan does most of the cooking and I can do really basic things. I would like to learn more so I could be a more creative cook and not always just go by a recipe.
  11. learn to make a really good whoopie pie – I love whoopie pies. I’ve tried making them once. They were pretty good but I would love to experiment and figure out a fantastic recipe.
  12. plan a surprise weekend away for Dan
  13. adopt a dog
  14. get at least one new tattoo – I have 2 but I have a few more in mind and I would like at least one of those to be done over the next few years.
  15. make scrap books for bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding, and honeymoon
  16. take a road trip
  17. learn to make DeDe’s chocolate chip cookies – this might be one of the hardest ones on my list. DeDe is my grandmother who just passed away, so she won’t be around to help me, but I will experiment until I get it right because it is really important to me to have this piece of her. ❤
  18. hike a mountain that is around 4000 feet – Dan loves hiking and I am ok with it sometimes. I figured I would put something on here to push me to do something more with him.
  19. run the BCS 5k – BCS is my mom’s nonprofit organization for breast cancer. She holds a 5k every year and I would like to be able to run the whole thing one of these years.
  20. go skiing more than once a winter – The past couple of winters we have been able to go once. I had never skied before a couple of years ago and I haven’t gotten past the bunny slope. We bought me new skis and boots and everything this year and I would like to be able to use them more than once a winter.
  21. learn to use photoshop well – I want to be able to use photoshop all the time so I need to really learn how to use it.
  22. stay at a bed and breakfast for a weekend
  23. do a wine tasting and figure out what wines I really like
  24. take a girl’s trip
  25. learn my family history
  26. work on paying down my debt – especially credit card – This is kind of general but I’m not sure what I could put down as an actual amount…maybe it would change if I got that teaching job…
  27. spend time volunteering every year – I usually help my mom at her events which would be considered volunteering. I think I want to try and do other things as well.
  28. make photo books with old pictures – I have tons of old pictures that I would love to be able to put in photo books just to be able to see them easier than in a folder on my computer.
  29. take a “kids” trip – The “kids” would be my brothers, cousins, Dan, and I. We would have a blast.
  30. have a fantastic celebration for my 30th birthday

So what do you think of my list?

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2 Responses to “30 by 30”

  1. Hannah March 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Looooove your list! I want very many of those things as well 🙂

    – Opening at Etsy shop is something Jase keeps pushing me to do, but I’m not ready just yet. I have a lot more thinking and equiptment purchasing to do before that!
    – That’s so cool that Dan is a great cook! Jase doesn’t really touch the kitchen… I’d love a break sometimes! Don’t be ashamed of using a recipe though. All the greatest cooks you know all use recipes… they are just skilled at feeling their way through the steps for the best results. Recipes are AWESOME.
    – Photoshop savvy is big on my {mental} list too. Jase is helping but I seem to be a slow learner! And forget everything the next time around.
    – I think that’s so awesome that you want to perfect DeDe’s choc-chips. Start that one soon and don’t lose heart if it takes a few goes. x
    – Ugh, don’t I want to get our wedding & honeymoon pictures printed too!! I STILL haven’t got our pro ones printed (except like about 10). I just need some spare time (and $$).

    Good luck with all of it! Pick one to do this very weekend 😉

    • delightfullyteal March 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks Hannah!
      I did try to make some cookies today. They def didn’t turn out like hers, but they still taste good. I will for sure keep trying.
      You should make a list too! It is great motivation. 🙂

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