30 Before 30

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As of yesterday, I am officially 30 months away from my 30th birthday. While I’d like to think that this milestone won’t seem like a big deal, I have a feeling that in two-and-a-half years, I might feel differently. To preemptively make my 30th birthday a celebration rather than a commiseration, I’ve decided to make it all positive. With 30 goals to accomplish before 30, I’m hoping that I can look at my 30th birthday as a pathway forwardย to another awesome decade, rather thanย a window looking backward on a decade that could have been more awesome.

Whenever I accomplish one of these goals, I’ll be sure to add a post about it–so we can all celebrate together, and I can hopefully inspire you to start setting and accomplishing your goals too!


Travel Goals

1. Finishย the โ€˜Around the Worldโ€™ calendar: Cairo, Moscow, Athens, Sydney, Tokyo, New York

2. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea

3. See Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhogโ€™s Day

4. Take a Caribbean Cruise

5. Scale a wall of the Grand Canyon (NB: on mule-back!)

6. Hike Symphony Lakes Trail (Alaska)

7. Bike to Eklutna Glacier (Alaska)

8. Go swimming with dolphins

9. Visit Africa

10. Spend at least one month living abroad in the same place

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Business Goals

11. Get an article published in an outside publication, onlineย (Completed 12/3/14)

12. Get an article published in an outside publication, in print

13. Have someone outside of my family pay for one of my canvas printsย (Completed 1/22/15)

14. Have my photography displayed in a gallery

15. Purchase a new digital cameraย (Completed 12/8/14)

16. Have 500+ email subscribers

17. Run a print ad in a magazine for the site

18. Purchase a new computer for work/travel

19. Begin a long-term brand partnership (>1 year)

20. Cross 5,000 Twitter followersย (Completed 3/9/15)


Personal Goals

21. Re-run my personal London 10k route

22. Run my personal Seattle 10k route

23. Plan and execute the ultimate destination 30th birthday party

24. Pay off all my credit card debt and pay down the rest of my car

25. Begin writing a book of short stories, memoirs, etc.

26. Become a dual-citizen with Croatia

27. Become intermediate to proficiently fluent in a foreign language

28. Sell one of my canvas paintings

29. Invest >$1000 in a new professional & travel wardrobe

30. Buy a really, really nice set of sheets

Do you have any big milestones coming up? What goals have you set, if any?


  • Cool! I’m a big fan of lists and I actually did a 30 before 30 as well! I blogged it my30before30 (dot) wordpress (dot) com. It was fun picking out things to take myself out of my comfort zone! Good luck with your list! =)

    • Malia, I love your 30 Before 30 site! It’s super inspirational, and really helpful for me to think about how I should write about mine! Thanks for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lea Grbavac

    Liked it. I’m almost 20 so I should make a list too ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny how you have a goal for swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and I’m swimming in it my whole life and obviously don’t appreciate it enough. I live in Croatia, we’re small but have over 1,000 islands. I don’t know if you heard anything about it, but it’s a beautiful country and I suggest you come and see ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lea, hello! Thanks so much for commenting all the way from Croatia! I am half Croatian and would LOVE to come visit! What area of the country are you in?

      I like lists because they help me keep focused and know if I’m accomplishing my goals. If you make a list, please share it with me, I’d love to see ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe yours will include ‘swimming in the Pacific Ocean,’ which is right next to me here in Seattle ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • This is such a great list! It makes me want to do the same, as I just turned 30 this year.

    • You should, Drew! Any age is a good one to set goals for the upcoming year(s)! Thanks for reading!

  • number 26?! :)) aahhh I just scrolled down and saw why!:)

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