Friday, January 29, 2016

30 Before 30

You guys. I turn 30 in less than 8 months. THIRTY!!! [Insert wide-eyed emoji face here] I'll be honest, though. For a while I was dreading this birthday, but as of lately, I've been kind of embracing it. I made a ton of mistakes in my 20s and also learned a good deal of lessons. I took a job I thought I'd never do, had friendships and a relationship end, moved multiple times, made new friends, went back to school, and completely found myself. That's what your 20s are for, though, right? I can definitely say one thing: I don't regret even an ounce of my past. It has only prepared me for a really great future. I just know it! I'm so excited to see what my 30s bring.

In preparation for this big birthday, about a year ago I decided to make a list of 30 things that I wanted to do before I turned 30. And, um, I've only crossed off about 4 items. So I opened it up the other night and made a few edits. I needed to make it more achievable. Because, let's face it, there's no way I'm going to take a cross-country road trip, fly out to Seattle, and visit somewhere outside of the U.S. within the next 8 months. Unless I win the Power Ball. Then check back with me. ;)

So, without further ado, my 30 before 30:

1. Get my Master’s degree
2. Learn how to use my camera properly
3. Run a 10K
4. Do a cartwheel
5. Visit Seattle
6. Teach myself a new hobby
7. Start (and continue) my blog
8. Take piano lessons
9. Go to a concert outside of Jacksonville
10. Read a classic novel
11. Shoot a gun
12. Go skinny dipping in the ocean [Uh. Sorry mom & dad]
13. Zip line
14. Travel somewhere alone
15. Make new friends
16. Go snorkeling
17. Camp somewhere with a great view
18. Invest in a timeless handbag
19. Say no, without explaining myself
20. Volunteer
21. Take a helicopter ride
22. Do 10 proper-form pushups in a row
23. Adopt a new pet
24. See a waterfall
25. Take a spontaneous road trip
26. Climb a mountain
27. Throw a dinner party for friends/family
28. Watch the sun rise
29. Do something that scares me
30. Send 5 handwritten letters (that aren't thank you notes)

So, there we go. It's written for all of the world to see. I can't let myself [or you] down!

Anyone else make a list like this? I'd love to hear your ideas!

XO,

Lauren

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