And So It Begins… The Countdown To 30

Today is my birthday.  I am now 29.  That’s right, it’s the final birthday of my twenties and the last of my self-proclaimed “selfish years.”  I’ve never been one who is too big on celebrating an event that happens to everyone once a year, but this year, the end of an era, I feel a renewed fervor for this new time and the next 365 days.

And I’m going to live it up!

Inspired by so many of the bucket list bloggers, I have decided to embark on my own 30 before 30 list and I’ll be sharing my progress with all of you Wonderlings.  You can check out the list here and I will link to posts that pertain to items as they get accomplished.

And without further adieu, behold my own personal to-do list of goals before I turn 30…

Wishes do come true.  Photo credit:

Wishes do come true. (Photo credit:

1. Own a home – This one is really important to me and I hope I can accomplish it in the next year.

2. Spend a weekend in wine country – Who wouldn’t enjoy a weekend of vineyard hopping in a beautiful place?

3. Take a hot air balloon ride – I have always wanted to do this and this will be the year to do it.  Even if I have to go alone, I’m taking that trip.

4. Host an awesome party – I love having people over and throwing together some yummy treats and I haven’t done it since before I discovered Pinterest.  Imagine what I can do now.

5. Run a 10K – I’ve been doing well with the 5K runs.  It’s time to step it up.

6. Meet an exotic animal – Because animal friends are the best ones!

7. Upgrade my bed – I’ve been sleeping on a full since I graduated from college seven years ago.  It’s time to become a queen in a bigger bed.

8. Quit drinking daily Monster – I’ve been debating this for a while, but I’m finally ready to let these babies go.  It’ll be tough, but I don’t want to be dependent on these bad boys anymore.

9. Become a pet parent – With home ownership (see #1), I will not have to deal with pet rent and therefore can welcome a new friend into my life.

10. Attend a festival – I always have such a fun time at festivals and it’s time to explore one I’ve never been to.


11. Attend a murder mystery dinner – I believe this desire goes back to a Saved by the Bell or Golden Girls episode when I was a kid, but they look so fun and there are some in my area.

12. Run a 5K in 30 minutes or less – I’ll get there if I keep pushing myself.

13. Zip-line – It’s been a while since I’ve had a little risky adventure.

14. Paint a picture – I used to be much more creative than I feel like I am.  It’s time to revisit that.

15. Dip my toes in crystal blue water – A blatant excuse to travel.

16. Take a cooking class – What better way to learn to make a yummy specialty dish?

17. Go whale watching – I live 20 minutes from the ocean and can’t remember the last time I was on a boat.

18. Organize all my recipes into a book – I’ve been meaning to do this for years.

19. Ride a Ferris wheel that overlooks the ocean – What better view than the ocean?

20. Donate blood – I’ve never done it and I think it would be good to give back.

21. Soak in a hot spring – My parents used to spend weekends at hot springs and it’s always interested me.  Nature’s wonders, I tell ya.

22. See a legend in concert – I’ve seen some pretty awesome people live, but there are still so many more to see.

23. Buy something I really want – I’m really bad at this.  I see things I want and I talk myself out of them for whatever reason.  I’m allowing myself to give in at least once this year.

24. Explore a new state – A cure for my ever-present wanderlust.

25. Create a vacation photo book – How many vacation photos just sit on a computer and only get uploaded to Facebook?

26. Read a novel by Ernest Hemingway – I’ve heard he’s brilliant, but I’ve never given his writing a shot.

27. Enjoy a day of pampering – Because women need this every once in a while.

28. Give yoga another try – I attended a class once and didn’t care for it, but it may have been the instructor.  I’ll be searching for a local studio to get my ohm on.

29. Pay it forward – I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do for this one.

30. Finally watch Downton Abbey – My mother has been bugging me for years to watch this show and so many friends comment about how great it is on Facebook.  It’s time to see what all the fuss is about.

So there you have it, my goals for the next year.  If you’ve done something similar, I’d love to hear about your experiences.

I’m certainly looking forward to sharing mine.

17 thoughts on “And So It Begins… The Countdown To 30

  1. cravesadventure says:

    Happy Birthday and LOVE Your Goals πŸ™‚ I am in the end stage of my 30’s and have a BIG Milestone Birthday coming up in the Fall. I can say one thing my life changed for the better when I turned 29, so WISHING YOU THE BEST SWEETIE!!!

      • cravesadventure says:

        I am going to travel, explore and adventure through wine country, wine events and beer events this year. I am going to travel internationally in the Fall (my 10 year dream is coming true). I am looking forward to moving on to a new career position this year (work in progress right now). I am just going to be OPEN and LET IN the EXPERIENCES!!! I am truly blessed and oh so lucky in living the life I do have πŸ™‚

  2. Eleni Anthea says:

    Happy birthday Jessica! Hope you had a great day yesterday πŸ™‚
    I`ve found myself in many of them and have a similarly list of my own (but without a countdown right now). So good luck with it and loads of fun! I`m sure it`s gonna be pretty exciting πŸ™‚

      • Eleni Anthea says:

        welcome Jessica πŸ™‚
        well, these ones are similar to yours:
        2) spend a weekend in wine country (though I`m already living in a wine country it`s not the same. I`d love to go to Toscana, Italy)
        4) host an awesome party again
        5) run a 10k again
        7) upgrade my bed
        9) become a pet parent (I want a Beagle since many years)
        10) attend a festival (never been to one)
        12) run a 10k in less than one hour
        15) dip my toes in crystal blue water (I love the sea so much and it`s weird that we don`t have access to it in Austria :D)
        16) take a cooking class
        18) organize all my recipes into a book (hahaha the same!!!!)
        22) see a legend in concert (I will see The Rolling Stones in June *whoooop*)
        23) buy something I really want (DSLR with macro objective and maybe Lomo)
        24) explore a new state (I`d love to go to the USA `cause I`ve never been to)
        26) read a novel by Paolo Coelho
        and those between and after… well, I don`t know yet πŸ˜€

      • Jessica | Defining Wonderland says:

        Wow! We have so much in common, Eleni. πŸ™‚ You’ve got some great ones on there. I’ve heard Paolo Coelho is phenomenal and I love his quotations. I’m so jealous you’re seeing the Stones in June. I’ll be seeing Paul McCartney in August and I cannot wait.

  3. jansenschmidt says:

    Best of luck to you on those awesome goals. I have done many of those things and a few are on my list as well. Having just turned 50, I can relate to your desire to end out the decade with a bang. I started mine on a positive note and I hope it’s all uphill from here.

    Happy birthday, Jessica! Have an awesome day!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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