Tuesday, March 2, 2010

29 things to do before I am 30

With the big 3-0 looming, I want to enjoy this last year as a 20-something- or at least get some things accomplished so I can be free to do whatever comes my way (sans guilt). This is kind of like a high list of New Year's resolutions, but hopefully putting it out there helps me get things done!

In no particular order:

1. Go tree zip lining.
2. Train or try to run a half marathon (this is going to be the hardest thing for me!) Actually, maybe I should just put down- try to run. period.
3. Go on a trip (perhaps Las Vegas with my girlfriends to celebrate our 30th birthdays)
4. Start practicing yoga at home (and continue my practice in the studio too)
5. Finish renovating the basement rec room
6. Plant our garden. (Last year, my parents were sweet enough to do it for us. I am sure they would do it again, but I would like to give it a try)
7. Sell at least one painting. Somehow.
8. Pick up some more freelance design work. Anyone need my services?
9. Pay off my credit card (This will also be hard!)
10. Go for Sunday drives with Dave. Inspired by this cute post by Things to do for Two.
11. Buy a sewing machine (second hand or on sale), and attempt to make curtains among other crafty things
12. Make a date night (at least) every two weeks with Dave
13. Make more of an effort to keep in touch with friends
14. Attempt to refinish my old childhood dresser. And if I feel confident after that:
15. Refinish our kitchen cabinets
16. Learn calligraphy
17. Refresh my web design skills (and make a portfolio website)
18. Go back to Oak Island  (where we got married) to celebrate our Anniversary.
19. Take advantage our our health benefits and treat myself to monthly massages (what is wrong with me that I haven't taken advantage of this yet?!)
20. Learn to crotchet/knit
21. Start my RRSP (I know. I know. Should have started this one looooong ago.)
22. Read more books. ( I have a hard time picking up a new book once I finish a really good read.)
23. Go indoor rock climbing (have never tried it)
24. Go to the driving range with Dave
25. Try to always have fresh flowers in the house
26. Go to a wine and food tasting at Bishops Cellar
27. Make a seafood chowder
28. Hike the Cabot Trail
29. Keep trying out this bloggin' thang

Well, there it is. Some small, some big, some fun, some not so much. Do you have a 'bucket list' or list of things to do before you are, say- 30? What does it include?

{illustration by Adam Dedman}


  1. These are all great goals! I'll bring you a copy of my half marathon training schedule ... it's really not that hard when you do it a little at a time. Husband and I hiked the Cabot Trail for our honeymoon and loved it. You guys will too :)

  2. happy 29! wish i had thought of putting a list like this together a couple months ago - not much time to make and accomplish so much now...30 is next month!

  3. This is a great list! I am with you on the RRSP thing--I NEED to start one this year. And I too have had free massages with my job benefits for the past four-plus years and have never gone!

  4. Your blog is looking great! Re: #13 on your list...I need to connect with you on some DIY wall art for my nursery. I'm thinking something with paper or felt that can be framed. I want the artwork to have a modern feel, but still feel whimsical...if that makes any sense at all :) I'd love to get together over coffee to pick your creative brain.