30 Before 30

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Today I am 29. The first year of the roaring twenties, means the last year of my own. During my twenties I learned so much about myself, love and life. I experienced so many joys and adventures, pursuing things I was passionate about and finding my way as best I could. But I’m not done yet.

I’m not done learning, not done adventuring and not done pursuing what I’m passionate about. And of course I have the rest of my life to accomplish these feelings and goals, and often times it’s silly and redundant to create a time sensitive list simply based on age. However, I’ve always been one for clichés, milestones at specific time frames, and of course, lists

To be fair, this is a list I’ve been working on for awhile. When I turned 25 I really started to feel the gravity of being halfway through my twenties, and began creating a mental list of things to accomplish in the next five years.

That summer, I crossed a big one off that list by flying to Greece alone and exploring Italy, Ireland and England thereafter. That should really be a blog post for another time… but the whole adventure really did start my long running 30 Before 30 list.

So some of these things I have already completed. And that’s perfectly fine because it’s a 30 Before 30 list, which began years ago before I was even nearing 30, not today, one year prior to the main event. With that said… I actually do have to complete the remainder of these this year. Because if they’re not done by New Years 2021, they’re certainly not getting done before my 30th birthday, haha.

Wish me luck. One year left. Annnnd GO!

TRAVEL ALONE✓

I completed this during the summer of 2016 when I was 25. I flew to Greece by myself, explored Santorini with girls I met on the island, and truly had the time of my life. After that I flew to Rome, my mom met me there and we took the train through Italy together. We flew to Ireland together and road tripped across it from west to east, where she then departed back to Canada and I ventured off on my own to England. Again… that’s a story for another time. But I definitely nailed that travel alone thing down, and still to date it’s the most empowering, invigorating thing I have ever done.

TRAVEL WITH MY PARTNER ✓

I’ve done this several times, having gone to New York City, the Dominican and San Francisco with my boyfriend. But I hope to travel more together in the near future.

GET ANOTHER TATTOO

One is just not enough! I got my first and only in London England on the last day of my solo trip. So I feel like tattoo #2 should have a neat story behind it too. Who knows, maybe today on my birthday would be a good choice.

PAINT TEN ART PIECES

I’ve recently become so in-tune with my decorative style, as well as my creative style. I like to combine the two together and create my own art for my own apartment to really match my own vibe. I’ve painted like, 4 so far. So just a few left. But I’ve got ideas.

RUN A MARATHON

… Or a half marathon… or maybe just a 15K. But the idea of running a whole marathon before I turn 30 sounds as powerful as it does terrifying lol. I Do run often, but I’ve really gotta buckle down and train if this is going to happen in the next 12 months.

HOST A DINNER PARTY

A small one. In my small apartment. And not just a party with drinks and music and games. But a well thought out hosted event where I cook for my guests, set the table, and eventually have some drinks and play music and games. Haha.

GO FOR THAT DREAM JOB

First: establish what my dream job really is. Then: find out how to go after it. I don’t necessarily have to land it. That would be amazing of course. But as long as I push myself hard into a place where I feel I’ve tried, I think that’s pretty good.

GET ENGAGED

Not entirely under my control. But I have a feeling this is the year for it.

LEARN TO USE MY CAMERA

I have two amazing DSLR cameras and no clue how to use them. And for someone who wants their photo taken several times a week at random, it would be quite beneficial if I knew how to get some killer shots of myself.

CREATE A BOMB MEDIA KIT

And then, utilize it. Get invited to some influencer events and get more brand partnerships.

ORGANIZE MY IPHOTO

What can I say. It’s a mess! Photos in all these different streams, random folders from shared accounts, and duplicates X 100000. Time to create organized folders, delete photos that I don’t need and even print out some really important shots.

LEARN TO LOVE MY BODY ✓

I’m happy to say this one is done and fulfilled. I really mean that. I look at myself and see my uniquenesses, my memories, my story. Now it’s just about continuing the solid relationship I’ve built with my body and loving it even when it changes.

LEARN TO LOVE MY MIND

Not complete yet. I have a harder time being kind to myself when it comes to my thoughts, goals and dreams. I fall into a lot of negative self talk about what I could never accomplish and won’t ever do. I want to train my subconscious mind to think positively towards the future, rather than immediate falling into a trap of self pity. “What ifs” and “could haves” are the death of all sanity. It’s time to remove them from my vocabulary.

VISIT A PSYCHIC

What the heck, why not?! I don’t really have an opinion on whether or not they are legitimate or loony. But why not do something a little different and see what a total stranger has to say about the years I haven’t seen yet.

GO INDOOR SKYDIVING

Last summer I did the CN tower edge walk and it was both amazing yet terrifying. I totally loved it but I realized I could probably never do anything more extreme lol. So if I want to take to the sky, it’s going to be inside. Plus it just sounds like a whole lot of fun.

GO OFFLINE FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND

This will be a hard one for me, yet is so so necessary. I think I’ll do it soon. The all consuming world of social media can be exhausting. And being connected at all times can be limiting. I don’t necessarily want to decrease my overall online presence, just set out a chunk of time in which I deliberately do not go on any apps. Sorry, still gotta keep my phone on, as my grampa calls me everyday, haha.

GO TO A DRAG SHOW

They just seem like a lot of fun! Not to mention the effort that must be put into makeup, hair and costume styling looks completely enviable. I admire any human who can do more than just eyeshadow because I can’t even do that!

GO SKINNY DIPPING

Self explanatory. What a rush! Ooo lala!

START SEEING A COUNSELLOR

I’ve got a lot of issues I am finally ready to unpack. A few of my nearest and dearest already know what they are, but I do not wish to burden them with the deep dive it’ll take to help me overcome them. I am ready to move forward, but I do think I’ll need some help from a third party perspective in order to do that.

LEARN TO FORGIVE MYSELF

Similar to the last one. And I think it’ll come with time and possibly with assistance. But I can’t go on living in personal guilt for mistakes and choices I’ve come made.

TAKE MY HEALTH MORE SERIOUSLY

Just overall doing things that promote longevity and old age. Eating less sugar, cooking more meals at home, moving my body once a day if I can. This has nothing to do with changing my body. I’m already beautiful I just want to live to be 105!

READ ONE BOOK A MONTH

And I’ve got a lot of unopened ones sitting right on my shelf that I can start with.

WRITE ONE BLOG POST A MONTH

A good place to start would be to catch up on the many amazing travel blogposts I could have written in 2019, but had no motivation to do so. San Francisco and Montreal city guides will be my next blog tasks.

FINISH MY POEMS

2019 was a weird time with weird feelings and weird outcomes. So I wrote some poems about how I was feeling and honestly, they’re not bad. I’d like to finish the series of poems I had been working on and try to close the chapter of all those ~wEiRd TiMeS~

COMPLETE 1000 KM ON MY NIKE RUN APP

I’ve literally had this app downloaded on my phone since 2014 and am still only at 850 km. I’ve had it for FIVE YEARS and haven’t even hit 1000 km yet it’s honestly embarrassing lol. In my own defence, I only use the app when I run outdoors, not when I’m on the treadmill. I don’t run outdoors for about five months of the year because I hate cold and snow. And I really have no other excuses okay just time to lace up and run lol

TAKE A COURSE

(online or in class) I took an in class course two years ago at a school for mature students that offers courses geared towards those who have studied in the social sciences in the past. Taking this course reminded me how much I loved university. That feeling of being surrounded by people who share a passion for the same discipline, and together you can learn, build and grow new ideas. id love to do that again.

TRAVEL SOMEWHERE NEW

My list of places I want to travel to grows everyday. This year I’d like to cross one of them off, whether it be near or far.

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Another one about mental and emotional self care! I am already proud of me for having these things on my list! But seriously. I want to learn to mediate and commit to a routine practice of it. I believe it will begin to level my thought process, my impulsiveness and overall just give me a smoother mental slate.

TAKE A GIRLS TRIP

Want to come?

CELEBRATE MY 30TH BIRTHDAY SOMEWHERE HOT

A winter babe that hates the winter. And after years of celebrating my birthday in itchy layers and hair flattening hats, I want to turn 30 in 30 degrees.

 

Happy birthday to me. Are you turning 30 soon? Or ever? Or just have a list of things you want to accomplish? Let me know what’s on it, maybe we can even inspire each other.

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