30 Before 30

20130806-205715.jpgWhen I was a little girl, I was always impatient for life to move a little more quickly–for Christmas to come or my birthday to arrive or for a vacation to happen. Days drag on and on when you’re a kid–calendars seem almost limitless. I remember my grandma Dorothy once telling me that after 25, the years go by in six months. As a kid, the thought was totally abstract, but what she said stuck with me. Now, as I stare down 30 and take stock of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of my 20s, I realize my grandma was right–the years fly by, leaving you wondering where all the time went and why your list of “would have/could have/should have” is so long.

To that end, I’ve come up with a list of 30 things I would like to accomplish before I turn 30. Some of the things are silly, lots involve cooking, many involve buying the kinds of things that signal full-on adulthood. Every item is something I’ve wanted to accomplish but never took the time to set a real goal or deadline for achievement. I hope this list will help me pack a lot into the six month long year ahead. I’ll document my accomplishments here ( with photographic evidence) and maybe it’ll inspire you to make a list of your own.

1. Lose 30 pounds
2. Finish my novel
3. Visit a state I’ve never been to
4. Start French classes again
5. Run a 5k
6. Frame my collection of posters
7. Print out some of my travel photos/frame them
8. Start saving for retirement in earnest
9. Take a cooking class in Seattle
10. Finish a hike
11. Go to a Seahawks game (I’ve never been to one!)
12. Make macarons from scratch
13. Organize my closet/do a huge donation of my old clothes
14. Take a dance class
15. Plan a trip to a country I’ve never been to
16. Go back to Hawaii
17. Establish a blog updating schedule
18. Stick to that schedule
19. Re-read Anne of Green Gables
20. Make a baguette from scratch
21. Make Tom Douglas’ coconut cream pie from scratch
22. Take the train to Vancouver, B.C.
23. Budget for buying a condo
24. Send my novel to book publishers
25. Self publish my book
26. Go to a concert of an artist I know and love but have never seen live
27. Buy an investment piece of furniture
28. Set up a vanity in my bedroom
29. Invest in a DSLR
30. Learn another foreign language