Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My (sort of) 30 before 30 list

I've seen tons of people make a "30 before 30" list, of 30 things they want to do before they turn 30. Well, since my 30th birthday is in just over a year (I'm trying not to have a panic attack every time I think about that), I decided to make my own list. I'm calling it my "sort of" 30 before 30 list because so far I haven't been able to think of 30 things. It's tough to find a balance between crazy things that are expensive, and fun things that don't cost any money. So as I think of more, I'll add to the list, but I wanted to get it posted today because I just did one of the things on my list, and wanted to talk about it in my next post!

1. Go skydiving.
2. Get another tattoo. I have two already, but there are several more I'd like.
3. Travel somewhere new. It would be too expensive to travel somewhere like Europe, so I'll settle for traveling to a new city in Oregon if that's all I can get.
4. Pay off all debt except student loans.
5. Do something new to my hair (that I've never done before).
6. Get a piece of writing published (or at least try really, really hard).
7. Sew another quilt.
8. Save up six months of expenses. Josh thinks this is overly ambitious, because even six months of limited expenses is a very large sum of money, but I'm feeling optimistic.
9. Learn to crochet.
10. Eat at a food cart. If you live in Portland, you know how crazy it is that I've never actually been to one.
11. Eat at Portland City Grill. It's a restaurant at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city, and it's normally absurdly expensive, but recently I learned that their happy hour prices are reasonable.
12. Go to a shooting range and learn how to shoot a gun. I'm actually anti-gun and never want to own one, but I still want to learn how to handle one properly.
13. Knit something that isn't a scarf.
14. Take a self-defense class. I'm feisty and I carry mace, but it would still be handy to know some tips for defending myself against an assaulter.
15. Go rock climbing (at a gym).
16. Adopt another dog.
17. Stay a night at McMenamins Edgefield. (I did a post full of photos of it here.)
18. Visit the Portland Art Museum. (Another thing I probably should have done a long time ago.)
19. Make a cake from scratch (icing too) and have it look pretty. I have no problem making delicious desserts - I just have trouble making them look nice.
20. Learn to drive a stick shift. I think this is the goal that makes Josh the happiest, because he's been wanting to own a stick shift for years.
21. Switch to buying all organic milk in glass jars. I know this one sounds all hippy-dippy - but I am kind of a hippy!

If any of you have suggestions for 9 more things to add to my list, let me know!


  1. sounds like a good list - i hope you make all of them happen!

  2. Sounds fun! I'd like to do a lot of those things...primarily because I'd absolutely love to visit (or move to) Portland.

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  3. I would love to learn to crochet too! I've never thought to make a list like this, but it definitely would be some way to set goals for oneself. Good luck accomplishing them! :) Also, I would love to try rock climbing. I need to find a gym or someplace around here I can do that!

  4. How about visiting all the gardens in the Portland area, visit the Shanghai tunnels, tour Oregon City, take 30 pictures of 30 things that are most important to you ... ah, just a couple ideas. ;)

  5. this is random, but we switched to buying all our milk from a local dairy in returnable glass bottles and it is AWESOME! i'm now totally addicted to their chocolate milk and the lovely clinking noise that the bottles make.

    dash dot dotty

  6. My kids and I just started indoor rock climbing and I am now addicted to it! If you can get past how awful everyone looks in the harness, it is just fantastic. Go do it today, you won't regret it!! AND you'll get great arms in the process!


  7. Congrats on your project! You have some fun bucket list items to do. I just completed my own 30 before 30 challenge and feel great! Check it out at Good Luck!


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