A Year of 30I hope you’ve been enjoying my site so far, and have checked out some of my previous posts (like this one about how to be a “grown-up”). In this post, I’ll be asking for YOUR help!

I didn’t think this day would come, but it has: when I dread my birthday rather than look forward to it. This spring, I will be turning 30 years old. The past decade has brought a few milestone birthdays, like being able to legally drink in the US (21) and being able to rent a car (25). I got an undergraduate and a graduate degree. I got my first full-time job, and worked at the same university for five years before moving.

My 20s offered a lot of opportunity and flexibility: I was able to grow as a student, friend, and employee, but I was also given a lot of leeway when I made mistakes. “It’s okay, I’m not a grown-up yet,” I would think as I downed a Gatorade at work, having had a few too many on a weeknight, “I don’t have grown-up responsibilities yet.”

I think something changes when a person reaches the age of 30. You’re considered a real adult seemingly overnight: people my age buy houses and have mortgages. Some people get married and then have kids (or have already done either/both). People are supposed to have retirement plans, or five-year plans, or even ten-year plans!

I’m able to look back on my life thus far and be thankful for the opportunities I’ve had, the friends I’ve made/said goodbye to, and the strides I have been making. But I don’t think I’m the only person that can recognize these things and still want to continue growing – I think it’s human nature to want the best for our friends, our family, and ourselves. As I get closer to the next milestone, I’m going to be coming up with a list. This is not a bucket list; sure, there are things I want to accomplish and do before I “kick the bucket,” but the list I’m working on now is separate and will span over a shorter period of time.

I’m calling this my “Year of 30” list. A friend of mine recently celebrated her 30th birthday (hello, fellow 1986 babies!) and had a “30 Before 30” list – you can see her adventures on Instagram here! She was able to do so much in a short period of time, and it was great to track her progress via social media. I’m taking her idea and tweaking it to span over the entirety of this year.

I have a few ideas so far, including:

  • Max out my annual Roth IRA contribution ($5,500)
  • Read 30 books
  • Attend a spring training game ✓
  • Volunteer (thanks, Laura!)
  • Attend the Navy v. Notre Dame football game ✓
  • Give up social media for Lent ✓
  • Go to a concert
  • Have a picnic in the park ✓
  • Go on a Caribbean cruise ✓
  • Visit Hawaii ✓
  • Make it out of an escape room – in less than an hour! ✓
  • New: Vote ✓
  • New: Get my wisdom teeth out ✓
  • New: Learn how to make chicken adobo ✓

Here’s where you come in: I need help coming up with 16 more things to do this year! I’ll be updating this entry and posting to social media as I add/complete things and would love to have your help! Leave a comment (or get in touch with me via social media) with your idea(s), and I’ll be sure to give you credit (unless you post anonymously or request anonymity) if I use your suggestion(s)!

Leave a comment below, send me a message on Twitter, see my progress on Instagram, and/or check out my Pinterest board dedicated to this journey!

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