30 before 30

  I turned 26 on Sunday. And for some reason, 26 feels so much closer to 30 than 25 did. I mean, I’m over half-way through my 20s, and closer to 30 than to 20 now. I’ve seen these 30 before 30 lists before, and I like the idea. I like the idea of having some concrete goals and a public bucket-list to keep track of how I’m celebrating the last of my twenties. So, I created my list – some fun, some serious – a smattering of all aspects of life and all my priorities. Here they are, in no particular order:


1. Pay off consumer debt. No car loans, credit card balances, or personal loans by thirty. Here we go.


2. Run a marathon with Thom. Yep. I’m adding the obligatory marathon to my bucket list. I’ve run five half marathons, and always wanted to do a half marathon with Thom, but I’d also like to take it a step further and run the whole 26.2, at least once.


3. Learn how to make the five sauces of French cooking. Thanks to The Hundred Foot Journey (watch it!) and my obsession with all things French culture, I’ve had it in my head for a while that I need to learn the five “mother sauces.” Bechamel, veloute, espagnole, sauce tomate, and hollandaise, here I come.


4. Make Petit Provence-worthy croissants. There’s a French bakery (see the cake above) near us that Thom and I are quickly falling in love with, and their croissants are to die for. Big, golden, flaky, warm, buttery – everything a croissant should be. So I’m taking that on as my latest baking challenge.


5. Have a baby (or more). I mean, no explanation on this one.


6. Plan a trip to Iceland. Thom and I fantasize about visiting Iceland. It’s so foreign, and beautiful, and austere. I would like to actually sit down and figure out how to set aside money for it, and make traveling a priority.


7. Print out an actual photo album of our wedding pictures. I don’t have a single quality print of our wedding pictures. And they are gorgeous, so it’s really, really shameful. One of my favorite past times with my own family is looking through the old albums. Time to invest in some for Thom’s and my family.


8. Write a book. I have a couple ideas up my sleeve, and honestly, it’s just a matter of sitting down and making it a priority in my life.


9. Participate in NaNoWriMo. Just for fun. And not because I have any particular novel to write, but it’s one of those things that would be fun to do.


10. Go backpacking in the caldera of Mount St. Helens. I’ve seen pictures, and it’s gorgeous and creepy all at once.


11. Go to Canada. I’ve been to Mexico, but never to our other neighboring country. And now that I live in the Northwest, there’s really no excuse not to.


12. Complete IIN training. In pursuit of starting my own business, Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s health coaching program is the training that I really want/need to equip me for what I want to do.


13. Do 25 man push-ups in a row. I’ve never had upper body strength. Like, ever. It would be nice to actually be able to carry around my own weight (literally).


14. Do a hand stand. See above.


15. Leave banking. It’s been five interesting, stretching, strange years in this banking industry. But I really don’t want to be doing it for the rest of my life.


16. Work from home. This is my ultimate goal, no matter what I end up doing. I want to contribute to our home and raise our kids. And have it all? I don’t know…but I’m excited that this is a choice for families these days, and I would really love to set my own hours.


17. Get a puppy. Need I say more?


18. Drive down Highway 1 and see the California coast. Again, I live in the Northwest, and this seems like seriously one of the best ways to see the Pacific coast.


19. 52 in 52. Read 52 books in 52 weeks. My reading habits have been sub-par since graduating from college, and I’d really like to get into a rhythm of reading regularly and broadly.


20. Stay overnight on the Oregon coast.


21. Take dancing lessons with my hubby. We both love to dance, but aren’t very technical. It would be fun to learn at least one style, and be good at it.


22. Build the obligatory 3-6 months of expenses emergency fund. I mean, we aren’t kids anymore, and we want to have kids. It just seems logical…


23. Go skinny dipping. I’ve never done it. And I know this is another obligatory bucket list item, but for good reason?


24. Read all the way through the Bible again. It’s been since high school that I’ve actually followed on of the read through in a year plans. But I’d almost like to take all four years to read the Bible – to go really slow and really soak it in.


25. Date my husband. Yes, our schedules are all over the place and finances are wonky, but I want to be intentional about carving out us-time.


26. Develop a good skin care routine. Thirty is coming, and I rarely moisturize or do anything besides washing my face in the shower. I want to develop a simple routine that takes good care of my skin.


27. Go jet skiing with Thom. He loves it; I love it; we’ve never done it together.


28. Book a luxury, overnight stay in downtown Portland. We booked a really nice hotel room for our wedding night, and I was so glad we spent the money to have the luxury experience. But I’d like to do it again, close to home.


29. Find a church family in Oregon. We had such a wonderful church family on Long Island, and it was so hard to leave. It would be wonderful to find a group of like-minded friends here.


30. Go to Crater Lake. It’s the deepest lake in the United States, and it’s here in Oregon.


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