Wednesday, January 5, 2011

30 Before 30 - A Birthday List!

Well, today is my birthday. Incidentally, it's also National Whipped Cream Day, which I just now learned about. Hmmm . . . who knew?

Anyway, I'm 27 years old today. Happy birthday to me. So many people have done so much to make sure I have a good day, but I just feel old and tired. Boo. [People, I know 27 is *not* old, blah, blah, blah... but let me have my moment here!]

To combat the old and tired feeling, I've decided to make a list. Yes, a list. A list of things I want to do. Since 30 is a big number, I've put together a list of 30 things to do before before then. That's 3 years, an average of 10 things per year. Should be do-able. Some of the things are big, some are small. All are things I either already love to do, but don't do often enough, or are things I would like to do or experience. I do of course, have other *big* life goals, but those probably couldn't get done in the next three years - I did try to keep the list reasonable. Should be fun . . . I'm getting happier just thinking about it! Wish me luck, I'll be sure to keep you updated! :)

30 before 30
1. Sew a full-size quilt
2. Crochet a granny-square afghan
3. Start a family :)
4. Tat a lace doily
5. Get something published
6. Find a trilobite fossil
7. Learn how to make sponge candy
8. Read War & Peace
9. Have a full-time, permanent job with benefits
10. See the aurora borealis
11. Visit a volcano
12. Take a photography course
13. Get a piano
14. Eat squeaky-fresh cheese curds - preferably straight from the factory
15. Make strawberry jam
16. Refinish a piece of furniture
17. Take a hot air balloon ride
18. Drink pink squirrels with my sisters
19. Pay off my college loan
20. Try sushi
21. Volunteer my time for a good cause
22. Make creme brulee
23. Do yoga (Wii) 3 times a week for at least 2 months
24. Take a canoe trip
25. Be more confident
26. Go sledding
27. Sew an article of clothing and actually wear it
28. Go hunting for diamonds
29. Catch a fish
30. See the bats in Austin

Ok, I also want to make homemade noodles. (<- bonus round! ) And probably some other things. But that should cover me for now.

Update: Click HERE for an interactive list (or just click the "30 before 30" tab at top of blog!)


  1. Beautiful job, Mandy! And you got it in before the 6th...way to go! And yes, they are all do-able and you will have great memories doing them from start to you!

  2. Great list! I wish you luck. You'll love sushi and sledding, promise.


    You have some neat things on your list!

    If you ever need advice on how to catch a fish, let me know. I come from the land of 10,000 lakes =)

  4. Happy Birthday! What a great list! Fun, but totally do-able :)

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. This is so cool! I wish I had thought of it back then. Maybe I should do a "60 before 60" list (that will give me 9 years to do 60 things--hmmm, can I think of 60 things I still want to do?) And you should know that I went through similar feelings around your age. I was tired. Life was passing me by. Blah, blah, blah. And you know what? It got better! LOTS better! My 30's were such a great decade...and you've already got a head start with this fabulous list and renewed attitude! Good luck!


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