Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Promises - My 30 Before 30 List!!

As of yesterday, I'm officially a quarter-of-a-century old. That's a big deal, right? Maybe, but also maybe not ;) Either way, I'm excited about it! Most of you should know, that for the past six months, I've been working on my list of goals for 25 Before 25, and I've had so much fun! Some were easy, some were hard, some were quick, some took longer, but all were enjoyed. (You can read my final recap in case you want to see how I did on those goals.) One of the things on my previous 25 Before 25 list, was to create a brand new list of 30 Before 30!!

Sent this to a few family members yesterday, just for some fun :)
And of course I've done just that. I haven't written it down and made it look pretty yet like I did with the last one, but I will definitely be doing that soon, so that I can display it as a constant reminder! So without further ado, here's my list of goals for the next five years!

  1. Buy a DSLR for myself, and really learn how to use it
  2. Bake homemade bread, all from scratch
  3. Visit Bridget, wherever she happens to be living at the time!
  4. Read and watch "Gone with the Wind"
  5. Take a cooking class or a painting class - or maybe both!
  6. Get married! (October 5, 2013!!!)
  7. See another Broadway play, or go to any Cirque du Soleil performance
  8. Meet a blog friend IRL (in real life) (DONE 5.9.13 with Angie)
  9. Complete a 5K (Completed The Color Run on 9/7/13)
10. Be healthy! (Hesitant to set specifics, but I'm thinking I want to weigh 150...)
11. Host a dinner party at my own house, cooked all by myself
12. Watch at least 50 of AFI's top 100 films, from 2007 list. (At time of posting, I've already seen 21)
13. Fly on a plane again! (October 6, 2013 - to Cancun on the honeymoon!)
14. Read at least 50 books
15. Visit a state I've never been to before
16. Be in a job or career that I love
17. Eat something I've never had before - maybe something a little bit weird and different?!
18. Travel outside of the country (October 6, 2013 - to Cancun on the honeymoon!)
19. Triple my blog followers, blog posts & number of page views (Today: 298 followers, 262 posts & 19740 views)
20. Completely pay off my student loans
21. Be a part of a flash mob
22. Learn how to drive a stick shift, flawlessly and without stalling
23. Live in my own place (with my husband!) and decorate it just the way I want it (Turquoise House)
24. Attend a renaissance fair
25. Go back to New York City again
26. Go to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival to taste all the yummy foreign foods!
27. Have a pet of my own (adopted Primrose 11/9/13)
28. Figure out how to start putting away money for retirement, and do it (currently enrolled in FPU, so we're working on it...)
29. Go on a spontaneous weekend trip/vacation, without pre-planning anything!
30. Celebrate my 30th birthday in style!!

So, a few of these things are very similar or exact repeats of my 25 Before 25 list, and that's because I didn't do them before, but I would still really like to accomplish, i.e. complete a 5K. But for the most part, I tried to dream bigger and broader than I did with my first list, because now I have five full years to complete these, instead of only six short months.

I really believe that these are things that I will enjoy doing, as well as actually be able to accomplish. However, I will say this: I have no idea where in my life I'll be in two or three or four and half years - so if some of these need to be tweaked or re-worked or deleted with new add-ins, then I'm giving myself permission up front to do that. I mean hello? Five years is kind of a long way off to plan for. So I'm just going to be flexible on these if need be. Because honestly, I'm the only one truly worrying if these are all accomplished anyways!

And besides, the main purpose of this kind of list for me is simply to experience more, travel more, expose myself to more, love more, learn more, treat myself more... LIVE more. And that's exactly what I plan on doing. I plan on living a great life, and enjoying every day that God blesses me with! And while doing that, I plan on doing some awesome things over the next five years :)

Have y'all made any lists like this before? What kinds goals and dreams are on your lists? I'd love to hear more ideas!

Oh, and P.S. - Here's my super short Weigh In Wednesday -- I only lost a pound this last week, putting me at 204 today. I'm blaming that on the very untimely woman issues and some extra bloating because of that... ugh.

11 comments:

Nicole McKenzie said...

I'm a little disappointed that your goals don't include "one mile on a hippity hop"! Shame on you, Halie! ;)

Emily @ {re}discovering home said...

Love this post! I wrote a smiliar one here: http://re-discoveringhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-25-by-30-list.html.

Really enjoy reading your blog - I think we have a lot in common! Good luck to you!

Emily
re-discoveringhome.blogspot.com

Gina Alyse said...

I love these goals! Especially the being a part of a flash mob one--so cool! I wish you all the luck in completing these and in experiencing, traveling, learning & loving more!

xo, gina

Robin said...

I hope #27 is one of the first things you accomplish!

Jamie K. said...

Since you mentioned this- i've started mine but LOVE yours!! Totally realistic.. the big 2-5 is Sunday for me, so i'll put it up next week! I'll give you props for the idea as well! Can't wait to see you accomplish yours!

Kimmyyy83 said...

im posting mine tomorrow!!! Love yours!

Sara Blinder said...

I've hit the big 3-0 already, but I'm thinking maybe I should do a 35 before 35 list... I would love to own a DSLR too, I admit to being totally jealous of super talented photographers!

Rachel said...

I love your list! I've never made one, but I'm tempted.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Wonderful list! I have a life list then a list that I make every year. It gives you stuff to look forward to and plan!

Kristyn Monaghan said...

Awesome list! I think I'm going to do a 30 before 30 list too! xoxo

Kelly Elizabeth said...

I love your list! I've been thinking about doing this, but I haven't decided fully on my picks! Such a fun way to celebrate this time of life, and to set motivating goals! :)