A Squared: 30 Before 30

Saturday, August 17, 2013

30 Before 30

My 26th birthday
Well, it's my birthday. Happy birthday to me!

I am turning 29 today. I know that for a lot of women, this birthday and the next are two of the scarier ones. I think a lot of us have a vision of what 29 and 30 should be for us and then we get there and life doesn't really look the way we thought it would. I know that today at 29 my life is very different from how I imagined it might look back when I was a teenager-- or even when I was in college. Did things turn out as I had imagined? No. Would I change any of it? Probably not.

That said, I am starting to feel a real sense of urgency as I approach my thirties. I feel like there are still SO many things I want to do or need to do to go into my next decade feeling older, wiser, more settled, and more accomplished. To me, 30 feels like the age when I am truly a "grown up" and when I need to start acting like one. That's not to say I am not a grown up now, but I think that the responsibilities of finance, family, and the future are going to start weighing much more heavily on me then.

My 24th birthday
 Recently, two of my favorite bloggers Julia and Hitha shared lists of 30 things they'd like to do before they turn 30. I read them and was immediately inspired to create my own twenties bucket list. I'm a goal-oriented kind of girl, so a list like this is right up my alley... Some of the goals are a bit far fetched, some are more realistic, and some are just things that I have been toying with for a long time and need to just buckle down and get done. I'll be checking in with you on the progress throughout the year. Hopefully on August 17, 2014 I'll be able to look back and feel like I lived my 29th year to the absolute fullest!

30 Before 30

1. Buy our first home.
2. Take a vacation outside of the US.
3. Read [and finish] one book per month.
4. Take a cooking class.
5. Make some kind of homemade jam, jelly, pickle, etc on my own.
6. Get back to my "comfort" size/weight and stay there. The last time I was there was in 2008. 
7. Curb my nail biting habit.
8. Learn how to golf.
9. Attend a concert or performance in Millennium Park.
10. Finally get a puppy for my husband (and myself). This is contingent on #1 happening.
11. Make some real professional progress.
12. Go to more networking events and make more of an effort to meet new people.
13. Eat my first cronut.
14. Brush up on my dwindling Italian language skills.
15. Find and purchase a perfectly fitted classic trenchcoat.
16. Host a fancy cocktail party at our place.
17. Get a spray tan. I never have!
18. Take a spontaneous weekend roadtrip with my husband.
19. Eat dinner at Spiaggia.
20. Win a recipe or cooking contest.
21. Incorporate yoga into my workout routine 1-2 times a week.
22. Visit and dine in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood for the first time.
23. Go wine tasting in Michigan's Harbor Country with my girlfriends.
24. Hit 100 followers on A Squared. Help a girl out!
25. Have my wedding dress cleaned/preserved. Almost 2 years later... So embarrassing!
26. Run my first race. Even if it is just a 5K (which it will most likely be).
27. Learn how to use the grill so that I don't have to rely on my husband to do it. This includes learning the process of grilling and also how to turn it on.
28. Sip cocktails at the Violet Hour.
29. Improve the photography on A Squared.
30. Stop sweating the small stuff and enjoy the last year of my twenties.

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