Friday, September 13, 2013

30 Before 30...

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The older I get, the more I realize that this life is only ever going to be what I make it.  I'm discovering that I will constantly feel stretched between my roles as wife, momma, attorney, friend, daughter, etc., and that if I don't start living with intention, I'm going to wake up in 10 years and wonder where all the time went.  

So.  I turn 30 in roughly two years.  And between now and then, I want to do/see/experience/accomplish 30 things of significance.

Thirty things to make me braver.  Sillier.  Healthier.  More generous.  More spontaneous.

More intentional.

So here's what I came up with.  I started to create a predictably practical to-do list centered around Micah and Grace and our everyday lives, but I threw that list away.  These things are for me.  This is about me being better, which in turn will make me a better wife, momma, attorney, friend, daughter, etc.

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Here goes nothing, y'all...
  1. Stroll through Central Park again
  2. Run a 10K
  3. Make Pad Thai from scratch
  4. Sing karaoke... in public
  5. Publish something
  6. Pay for a stranger's dinner
  7. Buy a pair of ridiculously expensive shoes
  8. Find my signature perfume
  9. Finish reading the Bible
  10. See a ballet
  11. Try Bikram yoga
  12. Volunteer
  13. Sleep under the stars
  14. Gamble in Vegas
  15. Spend the day at the spa
  16. Grow something edible
  17. Sponsor a child through Compassion International
  18. Fit into my wedding dress
  19. Take a trip with the girls
  20. Watch 10 Best Picture Oscar winners
  21. Leave a $100 tip on a $20 tab
  22. Do something that terrifies me
  23. Sip champagne at sunset
  24. Design a gorgeous home office
  25. Be a mentor
  26. Take a Sunday drive to nowhere
  27. Drink wine in Napa
  28. Give up Facebook for a month
  29. Rap every word to Kanye West's "Gold Digger"
  30. Create something beautiful
*** And although this isn't my usual style of confession, I'm linking up with Leslie today because it took some guts to commit to doing all of these things (and to even tell you guys that I apparently harbor a secret dream of becoming a rapper... ha!).


Joy said...

All of these things are doable, but you are perfect just the way you are. And if some of those things don't happen in the next two years — you're hubby and baby girl will continue to love you even more everyday.

BTW, I've bought someone else's meal behind me in the drive-thru... and I left Facebook for 7 months. But were very rewarding!

Jessica K said...

I laughed at the Gold Digger one! :)

Two years is plenty of time! That girls trip is a must!

I like the idea of 30 before 30!

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

I love how you have so many selfless things on this list. Paying for someones dinner? Leaving a $100 tip on a $20 tab? You are so sweet. I really need to get a 30 before 30 list started.

Laura said...

Umm, can I say that I just love this list?? The facebook one would have scared me at one time, but I honestly spend less and less time on there. I find social media is for me one of the biggest drains to productivity. And look at me online reading some blogs...

Brooke said...

Love your list and your reason for doing it, you're right, time goes quickly, so living with intensions just makes sense!

Quinn L said...

Hi Ryan, I found you through the Confessional Fridays link up :)

Great idea on this list... I'm making progress towards the big 3-0 as well, so I think I'll start putting a list of my own together. Your #29 in particular hit home with me. Haha ;)

Jessie said...

These are all wonderful ideas! I may have to steal a point or two. :) Funny because I just wrote a little post about how my 20's have been the craziest, most change-filled, etc. decade of my life! How would it be to make it go out with a bang?!

Jennjilla said...

Great list! I kind of did a 30 after 30 list that looked similar - something about that milestone that really resonated with me and pushed me to do things I never thought possible!

And you are right - doing these things will only make you a more well-rounded person which, in turn, will make you a better citizen of life. :) Have fun with it, print it out, celebrate crossing things off and enjoy the ride.

And 30 isn't so's actually the best years I've had!

Jennifer Trillsch said...

As someone older (ahem, almost half way though my 30s, sniff, sniff...), I can tell you that 1, 6, 7, 11, 15, 22 and 29 are all wonderfully satisfying! ;) (Love me some shoes and bikram! LOL)

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