02 March 2011

30 at 30

I've been going back and forth on being excited and then saddened by my entrance into my 30s last week.
Almost everyone over 30 has told me it was their favorite decade!
And then most people under 30 just thinks that it's stinkin' OLD.

That's definitely how it makes me feel...like I'm not just a young woman. I'm a woman in my 30s. Woah.

Well I've decided that I'm not gonna let it get me down. Ya hear that, you 30 year-old body, you won't bring me down! So I've come up with a To Do List of sorts for some things I want to do in the next year.

Without further ado, here are 30 things I want to do at the age of 30.

1. Go to Europe with my hubby. We've already started making plans!

2. Run a 5K...maybe even a 10K but no promises on that one.

3. Make 30 sales on Etsy. Which really equates to putting more time into my business.

4. Pay off student loans.

5. Host a tea party. I really want to make some scones! Did that link make you drool a little?

6. Sew myself a skirt or dress...something I've said I would do for almost 2 years now.

7. Make my own cheese. Yep.

8. Read the Bible daily for 1 month.

9. Take a cooking class.

10. Save $200 a month for an emergency fund...and not spend the emergency fund on shoes, ha!

11. Go skydiving. I promised my husband I'd go again someday so why not now?

12. Make pillows. Something super easy to sew and I haven't done them yet. (Thank you, cousin, for asking me to make some.)

13. Enjoy the sunset on my back patio. I have no reason for not having done this.

14. Teach a sewing class. This doesn't have to be anything fancy, maybe just a class for friends.

15. Stay at my goal weight. I just want to be able to weigh in as a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers for a year without paying a dime.

16. Surprise my husband once a month. This could mean anything really. Just doing something nice for him that's out of the ordinary.

17. Read 10 books from the top 100 novels list.

18. Volunteer at a food kitchen or shelter.

19. Make rolled out sugar cookies with Royal icing.

20. Sew a purse with zippers. I've made one bag with a zipper and nothing else...why do they scare me so?

21. Rock red lipstick for a night out. I was going to say all day but that might freak out people at work.

22. Go 30 days without using my credit card. I'm not in debt or anything, but I definitely rely on it too much a few days before the paycheck comes in.

23. Make creme brulee. I have no idea how to put the accents on the words from within Blogger.

24. Host a craft day at my house. Fun girly time for fun crafts.

25. Pamper myself once a month. Maybe get a pedicure or facial or just relax in a nice bubble bath while listening (falling asleep) to Norah Jones on my ipod. I'll be right back...

[2 pruny hours later]

26. Buy a DSLR camera. I want to be able to take better pictures for my business and for the blog. Plus I've wanted one for years. They're just cool.

27. Mentor at a school. I've been doing mentoring for a couple months and I just want to continue to do it. It's cool to connect with kids.

28. Make a (small) quilt. Another sewing project I've been putting off but want to make time to finish...ok, start.

29. Blog once a week. Just putting this out there makes me nervous. I feel the pressure already!

30. Take my dogs to the dog park at least 6 times. It isn't near us but it isn't that far either. And I think Lucy is old enough to (hopefully but probably not) behave herself. Even if she's bad, I know she'll have a blast.

Well some of these were serious, some silly, some possibly overly ambitious. I realized I couldn't make a list of 30 really intense things so I tried to break it up into lots of different types.

What do you think? I think my readers will have fun watching me attempt some of these things on the list.

Which is your favorite of the 30?


  1. i love this idea! recently i made myself a similar list entitled "stuff it would be cool to do". a lot of ours are the same. i also had the idea that i want to be able to make "the best" something. so i decided to perfect a recipe i love from the cocktail, appetizer, main dish, side dish, and desserts categories! phew. that alone might take me my entire life...

  2. Great list! I made a few lists like this back when I was young (high school)...I wonder where they went. I did a bunch of them. I'm thinking of trying a list soon, too...not sure what to hinge it on, tho.

  3. I don't have a list, but reading yours sure makes me think I should. I'm training for my first race right now. A 10k. I'm going to make a list with that on it just so I can cross it off.
    Happy belated birthday!
    The Auspicious Life