The List

When I turned 25, I made a 30 Before 30 List. I had hoped that this list would push me to accomplish each task, but instead it made me feel tons of pressure and very overwhelmed. Many of the items on this list required time and preparation, or lots of money to travel and became unrealistic once we started having children. Out of the 30 items on my list, I only accomplished 6. Granted I still have 3.5 months until I turn 30 and could probably knock off a handful more, I am choosing to let go of that list completely.
However, I am a list person at heart and wanted to create a place where I can add all of the things I’d like to accomplish in this life. Some are travel, others are hobbies, and some are incredible wishes.
This list only exists to remind me of my desires, and there is no expiration date.
Italy (Oh, Italia! You are my dream.)
Go on a cruise
Spend New Year’s Eve in New York City
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
Visit Audrey Hepburn’s grave
Spend a few days at the Biltmore Estate
Go skydiving
Go snowboarding
Ride in a hot air balloon
Live in another country
Learn Italian
Go to law school
Learn to play the piano
Learn how to shoot a gun properly
Finally write one of the book ideas I have
Get published (even if it’s self-published)
Read the whole Bible
Go on a mission trip
Volunteer at a nursing home
Become a Guardian ad Litem
Become foster parents
Meet some of my sponsor kids
Pay off all credit card debt
Have zero student loans
Give a waitress/waiter a $1000 tip
Anonymously donate money to someone in need
Meet my goal weight
Be confident in my skin
Run in a runDisney race
Run a half marathon
Run a marathon
Do a pull up
Take an aerial silks class
Take a dance class
Meet Derek Jeter
Meet Hanson
Kiss my Mais in the rain
Find the perfect shade of red lipstick
Go to a Hillsong concert
Run in the Cooper River Bridge Run
Go Kayaking
Attend the Spoleto Festival
Watch the sunset at Folly Beach
Picnic at the Angel Oak
Make Frogmore stew
Take the kids to the plantation we got married at
Participate in the Polar Plunge
See a show at The Dock Street Theatre
Accidentally find Bill Murray


On my 25th birthday (1/7/11) I decided to embark on a journey to complete 30 goals before I turn 30 years old (1/7/16). Some of them have been things I have wanted to do since I was a little girl. Others are desires I have wanted since becoming an adult. I am fully aware that life is not a dress rehearsal, and I am ready to grab the next five years by the horns. :)

The List

1. Ride in a hot air balloon
2. Fly a plane
3. Learn to speak Italian
4. Go sailing/learn to sail
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. Take an aerial skilks class
12. Meet my weight loss goal
13. Learn to play the piano
14. Go skydiving
15. Learn to play tennis
16. Have breakfast at Tiffany's
17. Start our adoption paperwork
18. Take a dance class
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. Get published (even if it's self-published)
27. Go on a cruise
28. Learn how to shoot a gun properly
29. Do an anonymous pay it forward
30. Further my education

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