When I dyed my hair last week, it started me thinking about how little of my 20s I have left. I don’t mean that in a “poor me” way, but as a motivation to make the most of the days I do have, however many or few I have left on this earth.
That said, I’ve decided to come up with a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30 on December 15, 2012. That happens to be 6 days before the “end of the world,” so it’s a good deadline, right?
I have no idea how many of these I’ll actually accomplish. I tried to make them realistic, but I know that when I have a lot of goals, some seem to fall by the wayside. That’s okay…the point is not to be perfect, but to challenge myself in a healthy way.
All that said, these are 30 things I’m working to accomplish before my clock hits “30.”
1. Read the Bible twice through.
The way I read the Bible, I read through different sections at different paces. But I want to read every part at least twice in the next 16 months. Will continue to keep me in the Word, which is a good thing.
2. Memorize Colossians.
I actually want to finish memorizing the disciplined eating questions and verses as well as Romans 6 and 7 before I get to Colossians. So yeah, this is a challenge. Memorizing isn’t hard for me, but it takes dedication and consistency, which I want to work on.
3. Lose 50 pounds.
Okay, this goal sounds HUGE. It is huge. Fifty pounds is a large bag of dog food like those I had to lift too many times as a cashier because some customers insisted on putting them on the belt, though I told them not to.
But, 50 pounds is a pound a week, with about 18 weeks of forgiveness. Incredibly doable if I stick with my eating and exercise regimen.
And yes, I definitely have 50 pounds to lose. In fact, I will still have another 40 on the other side until I get to a healthy weight. Yes, I want to look better (who doesn’t?), but I want my chief motivation to be to better honor God with my life.
4. Save $2,000.
With the move, my emergency savings got cut into a lot. I want to bounce back, for sure. I can’t find security in money, but I do want to use it wisely.
5. Publish The Journal.
It’s still my goal to self-publish my debut novel at the end of this year. Need to get working on editing though, especially if I want to do NaNoWriMo again, which I’m not sure I will this year.
This goal will remain private. I have no problem being open, but there are things that are not wise to talk about in such a public forum.
7. Pay down my student loans to $XX,000.
I really wish I get these down to 4 figures by the end of next year, but it’s not going to happen unless I stumble onto a pile of cash. But I am pushing myself…I really don’t want to be paying them until December 2019 as I’m scheduled to do.
8. Write What about Emotions (working title).
This is a non-fiction book that is in its infancy. When I have a final product with my novel, I want to get back to this project.
9. Read 160 books.
Perhaps not much of stretch, as this is my current pace (actually, I read a bit faster than that, usually). That’s okay…I have to have some super-realistic goals on this list, right?
10. Read 5 classics.
I don’t read these very fast. I almost always enjoy them, but they take a lot of work.
11. Swim a mile (again).
I want to get back in the pool. There’s just something about swimming that I absolutely love. I think this will be a big part of goal #3.
12. Work a polling place during an election.
Actually, this is on my schedule for next month. I’m looking forward to it. I’d totally do it for the experience, but I’ll be thankful for the financial compensation, too.
13. Celebrate our 30th birthdays with Dana.
Not sure what we’ll be doing, but we’ll be doing something, alright.
14. Cut caffeine down to only one Diet Dr Pepper a week.
I had been down to 2-3 a week earlier this summer, but it has creeped back up with the move and the work craziness. I’m working on slowly getting this back down. I like the stuff, but I don’t want to have it all the time.
15. Sell 100 copies of The Journal.
I’m not planning on this being a moneymaker, but it’d be nice to make back the little bit of money I’ve put in it. I have no idea if I’d even sell 100 copies, or if I’m totally low-balling myself.
16. Make an author website.
I hope to have this done soon. I guess that means I have to get started on it, huh?
17. Fast 16 days.
Not in a row, for sure. But I’d like to take a day a month to fast and pray.
18. Pray through Operation World.
I want to pray for every country throughout the next year.
19. Spend time on Yom Kippur fasting, praying, and thinking.
I’m not Jewish, but I do want to take this holiday God gave His people to remember what He has done for me.
20. Decorate my apartment for Christmas.
I’ve slowly been collecting Christmas decorations through the years, but this will the first year that everything will be my own.
21. Meet my niece.
This is kinda a big deal and should happen well before my 30th birthday…
22. Write in my journal 100 times.
That works out to about every 4 or 5 days, which isn’t really a lot. But it’s more than I’ve written in the past year or two. Journaling is a great way for me to process.
23. Make a baby blanket for Bean.
This is a late addition. I just learned how to crochet (well, I learned a simple stitch in college, but didn’t really do much with it). I learned on a whim (because others were doing it), and I’m glad I did, as I really enjoyed it.
24. Have an empty to-read shelf.
I have no idea if this is possible. I don’t necessarily have to read everything on the shelf, but if I choose not to read it, I need to get rid of it.
This would be easier if I didn’t ask for any books for Christmas, but that’s not likely to happen…
25. Write 70 encouraging letters or emails.
I’d actually like to write more, but this is a good goal number.
26. Bake bread.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I do plan on doing this in a bread machine, though.
27. Make my own laundry detergent.
This is slated for whenever I finish my current bottle. It takes a while for a single girl to go through detergent, though…
28. Finish recording the Chronicles of Narnia for my niece.
I’m halfway through The Magician’s Nephew which is going faster than I expected. 6 1/2 books to go…
29. Walk 4 miles on the treadmill.
Not like that’s very far (I’m pretty sure I’ve walked around the streets of Turkey for at least that far), but I’d still like to do it.
30. Read the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon.
They’ve both been sitting on my shelves since college. I started reading the Qur’an this summer, but I’d like to finish both by some time next year.