Leslyn's Lovely Life: 30 before 30

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30 before 30

No, this isn't a recent picture. I'm just missing my skinny, long-haired self. 

So I've seen these 30 before 30 posts for many years. I've never been interested in writing one of these posts, because it was always going to be a loooooong time before I turned 30.

A few weeks ago, it hit me... I'll be 30 in only 3 years.

Wut.

So I finally decided to do this and make a 30 before 30 list. Here we go!

1. Begin doctoral work (I can't decide if I want to get a D.M.A. in Conducting or a Ph. D. in Music Education)
2. Learn to play a new instrument
3. Take a trip at least once a year
4. Learn how to make fried rice (like the good, Japanese steakhouse kind of fried rice)
5. Sew a minimum of 3 articles of clothing for myself (and actually wear them)
6. Learn how to paint with oils
7. Grow a garden (flowers or food... doesn't matter)
8. Create a successful blog brand (this blog has come a long way, but I think it could grow a lot more)
9. Become more proficient in photography
10. Open an Etsy store
11. Go to New York
12. Watch a movie at a drive in theater
13. Host a dinner party
14. Run a half marathon
15. Go to a vineyard
16. Disconnect from the world for a weekend (no phone, email, social media, etc.)
17. Visit an orchard or a pumpkin patch
18. Master the eight-angle yoga pose
19. Have a spa day
20. Be a published or paid writer (or maybe both??)
21. Start (and stick with) a skin care regimen
22. Improve my posture
23. Learn how to bake a delicious (and pretty) dessert
24. Have a post go viral on social media
25. Go to a high-end restaurant and eat a dinner that I cannot afford
26. Learn how to do pretty coffee art with lattes
27. Learn how to play a piano piece more challenging than any other piece I've learned.
28. Participate in a 30 day challenge (photography, whole 30, etc.)
29. Find the perfect LBD
30. Upgrade my camera

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38 comments:

Kristy @ Rejoice and Repeat said...

I thought the same thing about 30 and now I'll be 30 in April! I began a list and need to update it. In reality I may not get to all of them but I'm hopeful.

Paige @ An Uncomplicated Life Blog said...

Girl, you're only 27?!
I'll be 30 in exactly 30 days. I'm not as organized as you with a great list, but I'd take that spa day you mentioned! You're certainly more on top of things than I am :)

Ashley @ Hello nature said...

I have about two and a half years before I hit 30 - I think I may have to do a list like this!

Hall Around Texas said...

I love that picture of you and your gorgeous hair!! I would love to do many of these on your list…especially visit New York, take a trip at least once a year, and further my photography skills. Great list!

theaccidentalmama.com said...

Don't remind me about the dirty 30. I will be there in half the time you will be and I could add dozens of things to your list! But I love that you have one. I might have to do one too!

xoxo
The Accidental Mama
http://theaccidentalmama.com

Andrea || Mitchael Journey said...

Niiice! What a great list! I may just have to steal some of your goals for myself :D

Melissa Haag said...

My 30's have been SO MUCH better than my 20's! You have lots to look forward to.

Andi said...

I like the combination you have here - varying degrees of ambitiousness, that way for sure you will definitely cross things off, and still have challenges.

PolkaDottyPlace said...

GREAT list!! I'd also love to... grow a garden of some sort, pull out my sewing machine and use it, take classes to learn a new hobby like calligraphy, make great fried rice and improve my posture :) Now that I'm 32, maybe I should start a list of things to do before the big 3-5!!

Jenna Brussee said...

This is a great idea! I just saw someone else who did a 25 by 25 list and it inspired me! I need to put together my own list soon.

Stephanie Cox said...

I love these goals. You have 3 years to make tons of memories, experience life and be the best 30 year old you can be. I can't wait to follow along!

Fiona Naughton said...

I love posts like this. I think I'll do my 30 before 30 next year when I turn 25. Best of luck ticking everything off your list :)

Amby Felix said...

These are awesome goals! I just turned 30 this year and was like WUT lol! I was nervous about turning 30, but now it's whatever hehe.

Stefany T said...

These are all great! I would have to do a 40 before 40. UGH!

Chloe Logan said...

I love lists like these! I have a 101 in 1001 list. Having a post go viral is a cool one!

Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

Natalie said...

Sounds like a fun list! I turn thirty in November, so my list would probably be more like "The 5 things I get around to doing in 60 days." :) I, too, want to learn to make really good fried rice, and I'm hard at work on editing my first novel. Here's to success for both of us!

Lindsay Living Vegan said...

Great list!!! I need to make one of these :)

Angie said...

I love this but I'm a total list maker! Great goals :)

lauriel said...

Great list of goals! I think the hardest one is the 'viral post' one, but all of the others... I have no doubt that you'll achieve them in the coming years. :)

What camera do you currently have, and what would you like to play with? I think that even though it's an investment, it's better to upgrade sooner than later because it's better to enjoy better quality of precious memories rather than waiting...

Good idea to create such a list. Am thinking maybe I should do a '40 before 40' - I'm 36. :P

xo,
lauriel
EyeForElegance.com

Kayli Schattner said...

Love your outfit! I like the spa day idea :) I want one of those too!

Laurel Wadsworth said...

These are great goals to do before 30. Can't wait to see them all come true!

Erica Marie said...

What a great list! I'm 30.5 so I may have to wait and do a 40 list! :)

Winter White said...

Great list! Be open to that and so much more! There's a lot that can happen in 3 years and you seem like the kind of person that is pretty ambitious. Leave room to cross off the list and change it ;)

JoAnn said...

This is a very awesome list! You have a fun three years ahead of you :-)

Brendy Beauty said...

Great list! Thanks for sharing!

Taneja's Bride said...

I'm 31 tomorrow, so you have some time, but let me tell you! I love the 30s so far! You will, too! <3

Katie said...

Awesome list. I think my list constantly changes and develops. If I could travel for the rest of my life I definitely would!

Katie <3

Logan Cantrell said...

I want to go to a Vineyard SO bad! My husband and I had planned a trip to Napa this fall but we had to cancel. I was so bummed, but we will go eventually! I love your list! I also read your "about"page for our tribe dare! Loved learning more about you!

Rebekah Clarke said...

Great list :) I need to do a 35 before 35... not really the same ring lol

Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking said...

This is a great list! Watch out, 30 sneaks up on you. I'm a lot closer than you are :)

Kendall Rayburn said...

Awesome list! I really need to sit down and write one of these - 30 is just around the corner for me too!

Cam said...

You've got a great list! I want to learn to sew and make myself something. It's been on my list for a while.

Alyssa said...

Improve posture. That's mine too, I feel like such a hunch back. That number 30 sure does sneak up on us!!

holistichealthandhappiness said...

You have such a cute blog so I'd say have accomplished #8. Really, #12 you must do! Drive in theaters are such a cool feel :) I'd love to do #16 as well. Go away with my boyfriend for the weekend and tell everyone if they need me they're going to have come find me. Hope you accomplish all these before you're 30 :)

Lauren said...

I just turned 31 and I haven't done a lot on your list! I really need to correct my posture. Even as I am writing this, I can feel myself bend over to the keyboard :)

Kristen Forgione said...

Fabulous LIST! I think I am going to do this myself! So inspiring!

Jennifer Pilgrim said...

I like #11 and #30. You will NEVER regret upgrading your camera. I went to NYC for my 30th and it was epic. Great list! I hope you accomplish them all! Xo

Alice Johnson said...

Oooh great list. I'm in the same place except I only have 2 years to go now! It'll fly by. I love number one on your list - I'd like to do a PHD too as that's my next academic step but I think it will probably take a minimum of 3 years. at least maybe I could start one :) love your other goals too :)