30 before 30

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

Anna Quindlen


Today is my birthday! I'm not one for big parties or month-long celebrations. All I need is some good food, my favorite people and a few presents to open. This past year has been one of growth. I feel like I'm slowly figuring out who I am, who I want to be and how to get there.

If you know me at all, you know I love lists, goals, structure, plans. I decided to do a 30 before 30 list. If you aren't familiar with the idea, it's a list of 30 things I want to accomplish by the time I'm 30 years old. I've really tried to make these things feasible to accomplish. While I would have loved to put something like Go on a European tour on the list... I doubt that will be able to happen in the next 4 years! After a lot of thought, here's the final list:

1. Run a 5K
2. Plan our 10 year anniversary trip
3. Start a new photo project
4. Go berry picking
5. Throw myself a 30th birthday party
6. Make a family recipe book
7. Throw someone a surprise party
8. Send one piece of snail mail every month
9. Start saving for a home
10. Take a vacation by myself
11. Leave $100 tip for a waiter/waitress
12. Write more often
13. Go on a sailboat
14. Host a holiday dinner... either Thanksgiving or Christmas
15. Attend BYU education week or women’s conference
16. Have our family photos taken
17. Do something special for my mom’s 50th birthday
18. Start learning French
19. Go one month away from ALL social media
20. Plant something and keep it alive - even an herb garden!
21. Read Jesus the Christ
22. Start playing tennis again
23. Take voice lessons
24. Take a cheese and/or chocolate tasting class
25. Give 5 gift cards away to the homeless
26. Go 30 days without sugar
27. Learn to can and preserve food
28. Learn to drive a manual
29. Prepare one family name & take it to the temple
30. Refinish a piece of furniture

Do you like to make lists and goals? Have you done a 30 before 30 or something similar? Tell me about it!


Heather J said...

happiest birthday!! that's a great list Jackie! i want to do the same but my next birthday is 29 so i've gotta hustle.

Stephanie said...

I love this Jackie--what a great list!! :) Happy Birthday to one of the best ladies I know!

Holly said...

Happy Birthday Jackie!

I was thinking the same thing as Heather. Should do this for my 29th - then hurry through it!

Heather said...

I love your list...I need to finish mine and get to work!