30 before 30



“30 Before 30” lists have been making their way around the internet for a while now, and I love the idea! Not that 30 is a looming deadline or anything… most of my friends over 30 tell me that life only gets better in your 30s.  But I want to experience as much life as I can while I younger, so I can learn who I am and where I’d like to invest my time as I get older. This is just a silly little list to keep me motivated to try new things.

This list of 30 before 30 is full of both big and small tasks that I’d like to accomplish before my 30th birthday. Have a look, and if you’ve done a 30 before 30 list, send me the link so I can see!

1. Get a masters degree

Done! I finished my Masters in Violin Performance in May, 2015. Those were two fun, busy, life-changing years.

 My next step was to move on to goal #6 (see below…)


2. Read 100 books in a year

I read 100 books in 2016! This was a challenging goal, but it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself because it reminded me how much I LOVE reading books!  You can keep up with the books I’m reading on my Goodreads account.

3. Visit 20 countries

10 down, 10 to go!

Mexico, Canada, China, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, France, England, Spain

4. Take a photography class

5. Host a dinner party

6. Pay off student loans

DONE and it feels so good! Nate and I went out for a celebratory dinner at Emmer and Rye after I submitted the final payment!

7. Improve my handwriting

8. Learn to play golf

9. Run a marathon 

Done! I ran the Cow Town Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas in February, 2014. This race was so much fun. Definitely one of my favorite moments in life! I haven’t done a second marathon yet, but the itch is still there.. 


10. Do an olympic distance triathlon

11. Travel to Asia

No blog post about this one, but I enjoyed 3 great weeks in China during an orchestra tour when I was 16! The next few countries on my wish list are Japan, Thailand, and Korea.

12. Travel to Australia/New Zealand

13. Travel to Europe

I visited 6 countries in Europe in the summer of 2015 to celebrate the end of my Masters degree. 


14. Learn to play the banjo

15. Go to an NFL game

I saw the Cincinnati Bengals play while I was in Ohio for Thanksgiving 2016. Read about it here


16. Write a novel during NaNoWriMo

17. Take a wine tasting trip 

Nate and I took a trip to the Colorado wine country to explore the Palisade wineries. This trip only enhanced my desire to take a wine trip, so I’m starting to plan trips to Oregon, California, and Spain to taste more.


18. Get a massage

19. Visit Marfa, TX

20. Write a letter each day for a month

21. Start a blog

Here we are 😉 

22. Learn my personality type

Friends. This is one of my favorite things I’ve done. As part of my quarter-life crisis I’ve experienced this first year out of grad school (ha! only slightly kidding…), I took a certified Myers-Briggs and a Strongs personality test to determine my strengths and weaknesses. My personality type, ISTJ, is the  same as when I took the test in college, but it’s nice to have that confirmed! I’ve enjoyed researching my personality type so that I can better learn about who I am, areas I can work to improve myself, and when I need to learn to let it go because this is who I am.. The best book I’ve read for introverts is Quiet by Susan Cain.

23. Go to a Michelin rated restaurant

I went to brunch at Aster during a weekend trip to San Francisco. All the yums.

24. Invest in a timeless handbag

25. Attend orchestra concerts by the “Big 5” (NY, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland)

Almost there! I’ve seen NY Phil, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.. Boston is the last one on my list! 

26. Read a poetry book

I read five poetry collections in June/July of 2016. It was definitely an interesting experience. I can’t say that I’m “good” at appreciating poetry, but instead of over-thinking it, I tried to enjoy the way the words felt and sounded. 

27. Learn Spanish fluently(ish)

28. Start a vegetable garden

29. Take a girls weekend trip 

I had the best time in NYC with two of my best college babes! 


30. Have a rockin’ awesome 30th birthday party! 

And you better believe it’s going to be amazing. 😉 

There you go! Some are huge goals, and others are kind of silly, but they’re all things that I’d like to experience as soon as possible! Do you have a 30 Before 30 list? Tell me where I can find it!



4 comments on “30 before 30”

  1. Love this list & idea! If you want to get a massage, my massage therapist is literally a magician. I’ve been seeing her for almost 3 years now. Her name is Rebecca Swaine at Studio Bella Spa. I can send you her phone number if you’d like! Tell her The Hungry Yogis sent you!

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