Thursday, January 6, 2011

The List

The end of each year calls for reflection on one's life. For me, that means the making of various lists. A list of goals for the new year, a list of moments to remember from the year that just passed, a priority list, and a prayer list.

This year was a little different.

Tomorrow I will turn 25 years old. My birthday is two weeks after Christmas, and I am typically way too distracted by the holidays to even think about it. However, turning 25 seems different. There's just something about being a 1/4 century old that makes a girl think. Now I know this is dramatic, but 25 is nearly 30 and halfway to 50! Um...WOW.

Anyway, back to the point. I'm a list girl, and I've decided to start a new kind. Inspired by various blog friends, I've decided to create a 30 Before 30 list. A few weeks back I stumbled upon this blog, and was beyond impressed by Celine's drive.

I realize that giving myself 5 years to complete 30 tasks may seem too easy, but keep in mind that during the first half I'll be finishing up my undergrad, and the last half I'll be in law school. So, without further ado, here is my 30 Before 30.

1. Ride in a hot air balloon
2. Fly a plane
3. Learn to speak Italian
4. Go sailing
5. Graduate from college
6. Go to Italy!!!
7. Pay off debt (excluding student loans)
8. Run a marathon
9. Read the whole Bible
10. Go on a mission trip
11. Visit the Grand Canyon
12. Meet my weight loss goal
13. Learn to sew
14. Go skydiving (AH!)
15. Learn to play tennis
16. Visit at least one sponsor child
17. Watch 100 of IMDB's Top 250 movies
18. Read 50 of Time's Top 100 Books
19. Learn to surf (again)
20. Go snowboarding or skiing
21. Go to a Hillsong Concert
22. Go horseback riding
23. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
24. Attend a Yankee game in NYC
25. Volunteer regularly at a nursing home
26. Visit at least 5 museums
27. Go on a cruise
28. Learn how to shoot a gun properly
29. Do an anonymous pay it forward
30. Get accepted/Graduate from law school

I am really excited to begin this project! Of course I'll be writing about my experiences, and I can't wait to take you guys along for the ride!!

First up: Fly a plane!
When: January 8th in celebration of my my 25th!


Sarah said...

Very inspiring, all of those things sound amazing! And happy early birthday:)

Chloƫ said...

That's a great list! I kind of want to make a 25 before 25 or 30 before 30 keep life in perspective!

And that is simply awesome you'll be flying a plane! Take lots of pictures! :)

Kim Humes said...

I have one of these lists too - you go girl! It's good to have it written down, makes you more accountable I think. I'm worried because many of my things are a tad ambitious, not sure how realistic it will be to finish them all, but I'm sure gonna try! Flying a plane for your 25th bday is an awesome way to start! Have fun!

Christy said...

Great list! Have fun flying! My boyfriend is a pilot and we go flying together all the time!

Bursting at the Seam said...

I am such a list girl too. Sometimes I think I am the only one. Glad to be reminded that I am not. That is so exciting to be flying a plane. I can't wait for the update!

xoxo ~Jodie

Elle Sees said...

oh i made one of these when i was 18 and did EVERYTHING but 1--get married and 18--learn to drive a stick shift.

cait said...

Great list!! What awesome goals! Um yes, Italy must be checked off my list too!

And I'm like you...25 seems like a really big deal. I turn 25 in March. Whew.

Celine said...

Thank you for the shoutout, Lindsey! I am so excited for you. Five years is the perfect amount of time. You will have a lot more fun that way (trust me, it can get stressful trying to bang it out in just a little over a year!). I look forward to hearing about your adventures. Good luck and have a blast!

JNR said...

Good luck! I, too, was inspired by Celine's list to begin my own 30 for 30 list. Have fun and follow along with my (mis)adventures...


yellow fields said...

oooh i just came across you, as i am writting my own 30 to 30 list. your latest follower Els x

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