Updated: Dec 27, 2022
Today's post is a recent trend that I have seen other bloggers do. I have never had a specified list of things but rather some ideas that bounce around in my head. Being that I am now 27 I have three years before turning 30 so I decided to make a list of things that I would love to be able to complete before then. The ones that aren't completed before 30 I want to complete before 40, basically this list will continue on. On this list, I know that there are a few things that will not be completed before I turn 30 but I have included them in this list because they will be included in my before 40 list. So let's dive into my list, I tried to give a little information on each entry, as well as I will update this list as I complete everything.
Learn a new language
This doesn't mean that I want to be fluent but I would like to have a conversational understanding of at least 1 more language and this is something I am already working on.
Learn to Snowboard
I would love to learn to snowboard. I have never done it because I am really worried about hurting myself but that's something I would really like to get over.
Go Paddle Boarding
I have always enjoyed kayaking and I think that paddle boarding is the next step. I know I don't have good balance so it will be interesting to see if I actually can do it.
Read all the books I own
This one is going to be extremely difficult for me. I have probably 200 books or more, not including the ones I have on my kindle. My issue is that I find books comforting so even if I buy them they sit on my shelf for quite a while before I get around to reading them.
Watch all Classic Disney Movies
I love Disney movies and I have almost all the old classics on DVD. I really want to be able to watch all the classics (as well as the newer ones).
Get a new Hobby
I have already started working on this one. I have always been interested in painting but always thought that I needed a definitive plan when starting a painting but I have since discovered that I don't need a plan and just have fun with it.
Take better care of my health
This is something that I really struggle with. With my mental health issues, I have always found it difficult to actually take good care of myself. I basically do the bare minimum and I know that needs to change.
Be more comfortable in my own skin
This is something that ties into taking better care of my health. I have had self-esteem issues for years and they have controlled what I feel comfortable doing. But I want that to change and that starts with taking better care of my health.
Adopt a pet
I want to get a dog badly. My current living situation will not allow me to get a dog but I would love to get one in the next couple of years.
This one may or may not happen before I turn 30 because I am saving for a big trip for my 30th birthday but I may count this if I do the road trip I plan on doing next summer alone.
Learn to Meditate
I have tried to do this numerous times but I have a really hard time focusing on it. I really want to try and do this at least every other night if not every night before bed.
Do one thing that scares me
To be totally candid, lots of things scare me and that's all due to my anxiety but I want to be able to do at least one thing that scares me in the next 3 years.
Eat in a restaurant alone
This is something that even when I went to counseling that one of my counselors suggested as something to work up to as my anxiety was getting more under control. I really want to do this, it's now more of an awkward thing for me rather than it scares me to do it.
Simplify my life
I have started doing this because when I came back from PEI all of my stuff was still packed up in boxes and with that, I still have not gotten all the boxes out. Most of my books are still packed as well as 6 other tubs of stuff. I really want to simplify my life even more and I think it would work better for me when I actually move out.
This ties into the do something that scares me point, I hate taking pictures. Any pictures others take of me I hate, and when I take selfies I use Snapchat filters all the time because I hate the way my skin looks, and it's just not something that I like. But I want to be comfortable enough in my own skin to do a boudoir shoot or even just a regular shoot.
When I was getting counseling I was doing this at least every other day and it's something that I really want to get back into, especially if I start traveling more on my own, I would love to have those written memories as well as photos.
Make new friends
This is something that I really struggle with and I think it's even harder now that I am older. I have 1 really good friend and I have quite a few international friends that I have never met face to face but rather chat on Whatsapp mostly.
Research my family tree
I started doing this already and I have to say I can't wait to get further back in my family tree to see what else I can discover. If you have the option to do this I highly suggest it. Most of my family has also done DNA testing with Ancestry.
Take a solo road trip
This is something that I am planning next summer. I can't wait, I usually travel with my sister but I've wanted to take a solo road trip for quite a while but never had the guts to actually do it.
Get a new car
This is more of a need rather than a want to, I am really hoping as long as work continues that I can get a newer car next spring but I will have to wait and see if that happens.
Let go of old grudges
I'm really bad for not letting go of things that people have done/said to me in the past and I will always remember that. The problem with that is I will hold it against the person. I want to stop doing that, if they apologize then let it go.
Get a Productive Morning Routine
My current morning routine is kind of stupid to put it plainly. I really want to have a productive morning routine, to do this I think I will look up some ideas online and see if I can take bits from different routines that will work for me.
Create and stick to a monthly budget
I have an income and expenses tracker that I have been using but I don't have a definitive budget that I stick to monthly and I want that to change.
Climb a Mountain
This is something that when I started hiking with my sister I really wanted to do. There is a mountain near me called Teapot mountain and I really want to climb it. It's been a goal of mine for a while.
Go to DisneyWorld
Most likely this will not happen before my 30th birthday but I wanted to put it in this list because it is on my bucket list and really has been since I went to Disneyland in 2008.
Break a bad habit
One of my worst habits is picking my face (gross I know) but I have tried to combat that by getting my nails done and having the acrylics seems to stop me from picking but I want a more permanent solution so when I don't have my nails done I still don't do it. My face was slowly clearing up but because I haven't had my nails done in quite a while there are now a few more spots showing up that I have irritated.
Try New Foods
I am really picky when it comes to food. I want to force myself to try new foods whether that's in restaurants or cooking new foods at home.
Complete a Challenge
Not sure what challenge I want to complete but I will look up some ideas online and will update this once I know for sure what I really want to do.
Make my next bucket list
Closer to my 30th I want to create another list of things that I would love to do before I turn 40. (which is crazy to think about)
Be unapologetically me
I have had a hard time being myself with people. My family and my best friend are probably the only people that know the real me and I really want to change that and be myself all the time rather than hiding parts of myself when not in my home environment.
There you have it, 30 things that I would love to complete before I turn 30.
Do you have a list like this?
Another style of this list that I have seen is even planning further into the future, like 30 things I want to do before I retire, or 30 things to do before I turn 50. It all depends on your own personal preference.