I'm turning 30 this year. It doesn't feel too bad either. For years I've been the youngest of my friends and I act pretty young. All of that makes this feel like an easy transition. 

But that doesn't mean I don't view it as a milestone. 30 is a big deal. 

Life in my Twenties

I did what I always said I wanted to in my twenties. I've been single, lived in the city, travelled the world, partied pretty hard, and experienced a life of independence and growth.

When I was younger I listened to a lot of country, and I feel like I was really shaped by a Reba song in particular. That song was Is There Life Out There. I don't think anyone realized what 90's femme country was doing to us little girls in the world. We were told that we should live for today, find wide open spaces, and put a lead foot on the accelerator.

I remember being 20 and thinking there was no way I was going to miss out on the fun that could be had in the next decade. Well, I didn't. But the end of this decade is fast approaching, and while I've already done so many huge things, I wouldn't mind cramming a few more in there.

Creating My 30 Before 30 List

Keeping a goal journal has been a part of my life throughout my twenties. I received this goal journal upon graduating from high school. I've been writing in it - lists, dreams, and goals - for over ten years. So creating a list of goals isn't that new to me. But I hadn't thought of creating a list that had a ticking clock.

My friend Jess is a few months younger than me and she recently posted on Instagram about creating a thirty before thirty bucket list. I was inspired. She'd mentioned having a hard time, and I set out to see if I could find thirty things that I could and would love to do in the short period of time before I turn the big 3-0. 

It was surprising how much fun it was to make this list. Considering I only have four months until I turn 30 it added another level of urgency that made me really consider each thing I was putting on the list and kept things realistic. 

The amazing thing about making any type of goal list, including a 30 before 30 bucket list, is the intention that is suddenly added to each of the goals. Just writing a goal down puts energy behind it. 

3 Things to Consider When Making Your 30 Before 30 List

1. Timing 

When are you turning 30. Tomorrow, a couple months, a couple years, a decade from now? I'm turning 30 in 4 months. That doesn't leave a whole lot of time to plan a trip to Thailand or buy a house. Add things that are doable in the timeframe that you have. Are you already 30, then create a 40 before 40 list! Don't let your lack of time or the what you've already done keep you from doing this.

2. Dream Big 

Even if you don't have a lot of time, that doesn't mean you have to think small. And while being realistic with your timeframe, doesn't mean you can't add a dash of wish list to it. I have a few stretch goals on my list, that I know I can work towards but aren't necessarily a slam dunk. Seriously, I put Go Viral on my list. There is no way to guarantee it, but boy do I love the idea of working towards achieving that.

3. Create Reasons 

This goes hand in hand with timing. Add things that you've always wanted to do and are completely possible. I'm a native Oregonian that has never been to Crater Lake or seen our hilariously placed Stonehenge replica. Both are completely possible and within my reach, I just never had a concrete reason to do them. This is my reason. 

My 30 Before 30 List

  1. See Crater Lake
  2. Go on a Road Trip
  3. Sober Month
  4. Go to a Britney Spears Concert
  5. Dye my hair a crazy color
  6. Jump off a cliff (into water!)
  7. Visit Smith Rock
  8. Go Viral
  9. Go to some Hot Springs
  10. Create a Self-Portrait
  11. Get a Photo Portrait taken
  12. Do a Sponsored Post
  13. Get a Tarot Card reading from a Psychic
  14. Try a Float Tank
  15. Eat a Sushi Ship
  16. Eat a Seafood Tower
  17. Go on a Horseback Ride
  18. Visit the Oregon Coast
  19. Visit the Oregon Stonehenge
  20. Go Berry Picking
  21. Get a Brazilian Wax
  22. Go to a Star Party
  23. Go to a Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening
  24. Visit Purringtons Cat Lounge
  25. Make pôts de creme
  26. Buy and use a Selfie Stick
  27. Read the Count of Monte Cristo
  28. Read #GIRLBOSS
  29. Read Not That Kind of Girl

See that last spot? That's me letting go a little bit and leaving room for fate to add something to my bucket list. Personally, I'm waiting for something scary to pop up that I need a reason for. The fact that I have a free space on my bucket list will allow me to create a reason.

As a note, I've also put some things that I've definitely done before on my list. Most of them are things that I love and have done, but haven't done in a VERY long time. Too long. I didn't need to be a stickler about making everything a first. I just wanted it to be a list of things that are out of the ordinary as well as never been done.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this feels and crushing some goals. 

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