30 Before 30

I am goal obsessed. Give me all the sheets and lists and plans around, and I'm a happy gal. So it shouldn't come as s surprise that when I hit my 25th birthday, I panicked a little bit. I realized I had never really made any short term goals for myself EVER. 

After I got past the panic, I buckled down and spent a few weeks working on a 30 before 30 goal list. Now, these aren't necessarily professional career move goals, but they're make-my-heart happy goals that are easy to measure and achievable. And friend, those kind of goals are SO necessary in life. 

But here's the problem, if we never write them down, they'll likely never get checked off the goal list. So here I am, list in hand, looking to the next few years to hold some adventures, big and small. 

As I work through these goals, I'll be sharing updates here, so check back to see what's happening in the 30 before 30. 

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  Read at least 12 books a year.   For all you avid readers, this goal probably looks like child's play to you, but hey, I gotta start somewhere. I used to read at least four books a month, but after college, that all kind of disappeared. Not anymore.   

Read at least 12 books a year.

For all you avid readers, this goal probably looks like child's play to you, but hey, I gotta start somewhere. I used to read at least four books a month, but after college, that all kind of disappeared. Not anymore.  

  Adopt a doggo.    Doggos and puppers rule! This one has been in the works for a few months, and we can't wait to rescue a sweet doggo (older dog) or pupper (little puppy) and welcome him/her into our home and our family. 

Adopt a doggo. 

Doggos and puppers rule! This one has been in the works for a few months, and we can't wait to rescue a sweet doggo (older dog) or pupper (little puppy) and welcome him/her into our home and our family. 

  Become a mentor.    I've been blessed to have several really wise, intelligent, and talented people pour into my life in both spiritual and professional capacities. It seems only natural to pass that on to someone else, give a hand up to another dreamer. 

Become a mentor. 

I've been blessed to have several really wise, intelligent, and talented people pour into my life in both spiritual and professional capacities. It seems only natural to pass that on to someone else, give a hand up to another dreamer. 

  Buy a house.    Owning a home seems terrifying. Joshua and I are not quite ready for that adult step, but we do want to eventually have our own home where we can pound as many nails into the wall as we want without fear of multiple $10 fines. 

Buy a house. 

Owning a home seems terrifying. Joshua and I are not quite ready for that adult step, but we do want to eventually have our own home where we can pound as many nails into the wall as we want without fear of multiple $10 fines. 

  Cook with anchovies.   Anchovies are scary. They look scary, I assume they smell scary, and they likely taste scary. BUT, I'm trying to make myself get out of my food comfort zones and cook with the things that scare me. So if YOU have any favorite recipes that call for anchovies, share please! 

Cook with anchovies.

Anchovies are scary. They look scary, I assume they smell scary, and they likely taste scary. BUT, I'm trying to make myself get out of my food comfort zones and cook with the things that scare me. So if YOU have any favorite recipes that call for anchovies, share please! 

  Take a cooking class.    By now, you likely know how much I love food--eating it and cooking it. But I lack a lot of foundational skills, and a few solid cooking classes could get me a little closer to where I want to be with my skills in the kitchen. 

Take a cooking class. 

By now, you likely know how much I love food--eating it and cooking it. But I lack a lot of foundational skills, and a few solid cooking classes could get me a little closer to where I want to be with my skills in the kitchen. 

  Catch dinner in Maine.    For some reason, Maine has always intrigued my heart. I think I'd like to have a home there someday, MAYBE. But for now, I'll settle on a fresh dinner near the ocean, buried in the forest. 

Catch dinner in Maine. 

For some reason, Maine has always intrigued my heart. I think I'd like to have a home there someday, MAYBE. But for now, I'll settle on a fresh dinner near the ocean, buried in the forest. 

  Learn how to drive stick.    Are you really a valuable contributing member of society if you don't know how to drive stick? 

Learn how to drive stick. 

Are you really a valuable contributing member of society if you don't know how to drive stick? 

  Find a mentor.    Wherever we go, whatever we do, there are hundreds of thousands of people who have gone before us, and we can learn from them. 

Find a mentor. 

Wherever we go, whatever we do, there are hundreds of thousands of people who have gone before us, and we can learn from them. 

  Get paid to eat.    It's everyone's dream amiright? I mean, everyone needs food. Most everyone likes food. So why not get paid to eat? (Still working on how to make this happen.)

Get paid to eat. 

It's everyone's dream amiright? I mean, everyone needs food. Most everyone likes food. So why not get paid to eat? (Still working on how to make this happen.)

  Host a holiday dinner.    Because we live away from both of our families, we often spend the holidays traveling. And I've never gotten the chance to host a holiday dinner--the kind of dinner where you spend the entire day cooking and baking to sit for hours and hours until the wine dries up and the bellies are full. 

Host a holiday dinner. 

Because we live away from both of our families, we often spend the holidays traveling. And I've never gotten the chance to host a holiday dinner--the kind of dinner where you spend the entire day cooking and baking to sit for hours and hours until the wine dries up and the bellies are full. 

  Make hot sauce the fermented way.    We eat SO much hot sauce--hot sauce of all kinds and flavors. So we might as well make our own so we can have the exact flavor we want. 

Make hot sauce the fermented way. 

We eat SO much hot sauce--hot sauce of all kinds and flavors. So we might as well make our own so we can have the exact flavor we want. 

  Brew kombucha.    We love kombucha so much, so we figured we should at least take a shot at making our own and saving ourselves a few dollars a month. 

Brew kombucha. 

We love kombucha so much, so we figured we should at least take a shot at making our own and saving ourselves a few dollars a month. 

  Make cheese.    It can't be thaaaaat hard, right? Maybe sometime when I have a few days to do nothing else, I'll try to make cheese. 

Make cheese. 

It can't be thaaaaat hard, right? Maybe sometime when I have a few days to do nothing else, I'll try to make cheese. 

  Outfit a van for cross-country travel.    Joshua and I have talked about doing this almost since the day we first met. Step 1: outfit a van. Step 2: Take a few months off of life. Step 3: Travel the states. Seems simple enough, right? 

Outfit a van for cross-country travel. 

Joshua and I have talked about doing this almost since the day we first met. Step 1: outfit a van. Step 2: Take a few months off of life. Step 3: Travel the states. Seems simple enough, right? 

  Own chickens.   I mean, c'mon. Do you know how GOOD farm fresh eggs are?! Plus, this goes perfectly along with my dream of living on a farm and raising/growing most of my food. 

Own chickens.

I mean, c'mon. Do you know how GOOD farm fresh eggs are?! Plus, this goes perfectly along with my dream of living on a farm and raising/growing most of my food. 

  Create a polymer clay necklace.   Have you guys ever played around with polymer clay?? The necklaces you can make with that stuff is incredible! 

Create a polymer clay necklace.

Have you guys ever played around with polymer clay?? The necklaces you can make with that stuff is incredible! 

  Get published in print.    Some people say print is dying, but I disagree. Call me idyllic, but seeing my name in an actual print, not digital, magazine, for an original piece would be preeetty amazing. 

Get published in print. 

Some people say print is dying, but I disagree. Call me idyllic, but seeing my name in an actual print, not digital, magazine, for an original piece would be preeetty amazing. 

  Reach out to a digital role model every quarter.    The Internet is great at connecting people, but sometimes it also separates us. There are so many people that I admire in the digital space, and I want to do a better job of expressing that. 

Reach out to a digital role model every quarter. 

The Internet is great at connecting people, but sometimes it also separates us. There are so many people that I admire in the digital space, and I want to do a better job of expressing that. 

  Read the entire Bible.   Can you believe it? I've never read through the entire Bible. I've started and then stopped more times than I can remember, and I've missed so many valuable passages and stories. 

Read the entire Bible.

Can you believe it? I've never read through the entire Bible. I've started and then stopped more times than I can remember, and I've missed so many valuable passages and stories. 

  Talk a self defense class.    Not only do I wish to be more bad ass, but I think a woman should be able to protect herself. Bring on the kicks and punches!

Talk a self defense class. 

Not only do I wish to be more bad ass, but I think a woman should be able to protect herself. Bring on the kicks and punches!

  Drink wine in SoCal.    We're planning our two year anniversary trip, and what sounds better than ticking this item off the goal list?? Nothing, nothing, I say. 

Drink wine in SoCal. 

We're planning our two year anniversary trip, and what sounds better than ticking this item off the goal list?? Nothing, nothing, I say. 

  Grow a succulent collection.   I don't know that I can keep normal plants alive inside our apartment, so I'll start with succulents. Let's see if I can make this work.  

Grow a succulent collection.

I don't know that I can keep normal plants alive inside our apartment, so I'll start with succulents. Let's see if I can make this work.  

  Grow a vegetable garden.    We eat so many veggies in a week's time that it only makes sense to grow some. Can you blame a girl for wanting a green thumb?

Grow a vegetable garden. 

We eat so many veggies in a week's time that it only makes sense to grow some. Can you blame a girl for wanting a green thumb?

  Volunteer somewhere new every year.    Volunteering is important to me, but, being completely honest here, I don't do it very often. So I'm making it a goal to volunteer somewhere new every year. 

Volunteer somewhere new every year. 

Volunteering is important to me, but, being completely honest here, I don't do it very often. So I'm making it a goal to volunteer somewhere new every year. 

  Get my Walt Whitman tattoo.   If you've never read "When I heard the Learn'd Astronomer" you need to stop everything and go read it right now. It's an extremely important poem for me, and I want to carry it with me.  

Get my Walt Whitman tattoo.

If you've never read "When I heard the Learn'd Astronomer" you need to stop everything and go read it right now. It's an extremely important poem for me, and I want to carry it with me.  

  Make a wedding cake.    I'd like to up my cake game a little more, and finishing a multi-tier cake of beauty brings me SO MUCH JOY. If I could do that for someone's special day, that would be the ultimate honor. 

Make a wedding cake. 

I'd like to up my cake game a little more, and finishing a multi-tier cake of beauty brings me SO MUCH JOY. If I could do that for someone's special day, that would be the ultimate honor. 

  Print and frame wedding pictures.    I know, I know, I know. We only have ONE wedding picture hanging in our little apartment. It's time to hit the print button and buy some frames. 

Print and frame wedding pictures. 

I know, I know, I know. We only have ONE wedding picture hanging in our little apartment. It's time to hit the print button and buy some frames. 

 
  Write a book.   This goal is almost as old as I am. I love writing. I thrive on words. I wish I could eat them, that's how much I love them. (Weird, I know.) But writing a book? That just sweetens the deal. It may never be read by anyone but completing the act of writing it is a gift I need to give myself. 

Write a book.

This goal is almost as old as I am. I love writing. I thrive on words. I wish I could eat them, that's how much I love them. (Weird, I know.) But writing a book? That just sweetens the deal. It may never be read by anyone but completing the act of writing it is a gift I need to give myself. 

  Write a song with Joshua.    My talented (and handsome) husband is also a musician and sometimes our version of winding down is sitting on the porch playing guitar and singing. We've started a few songs, but we've never finished them. So, let's do this thang.

Write a song with Joshua. 

My talented (and handsome) husband is also a musician and sometimes our version of winding down is sitting on the porch playing guitar and singing. We've started a few songs, but we've never finished them. So, let's do this thang.

 
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Share Your Goal

As you may have guessed by now, I am slightly obsessed with goals. The only thing that makes them better is sharing them with others and gaining some accountability. Because Lord knows I can make goals all day long, but if I never tell anyone, they likely won't get accomplished.

 SO, let's share! If you have a goal that you want to achieve in the next few years, submit them below and we can hold each accountable! 

I'd love to be your goal buddy. 

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