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…
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.
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.