Today, I turn 27. I don't dwell on age or the number. My year as a 26-year-old was pretty wonderful, and I'm looking forward to what life as a 27-year-old has to offer. In three years, I'm not going to have an ohmygodi'm30 freakout. It is what it is. Like a fine wine ... and all that.
I think we all have things in our minds that we intend to do in our 20s though. Some of my goals are time consuming, some are lofty. If I start now, I have a full 1,095 days to complete them. Doable.
30 by 30:
1) Eliminate half of my student loan debt. I have a chunk of student loan debt that needs to be paid.
2) Go down south for a week. This is something Husband and I have never done, and we'd love to do something like this together. Maybe for a 30th birthday celebration?
3) Volunteer for something that makes a difference. I'm not sure what this is going to be yet, but I'd like to use some of my spare time to contribute to something bigger than myself.
4) Grow my little family. I'm not going to comment on when this will happen or how many more children we would like to have, lets just say we're hoping/planning to give J at least one sibling.
5) Invest more. We have some of these adult things set up already, but I'd like to increase our contributions to better plan for our future.
6) Join a book club. I know this is kind of cheating because I did this already, but it really was one of my goals. I love our little club!
7) Try a new activity. Last year, I went to zumba for the first time and it was a lot of fun. I've always been curious about pilates. I will enrol in a new activity.
8) Take a cooking class. I love to cook and bake, but I've never had any professional lessons. I'd love to take a class to learn some new tips and tricks.
9) Buy a house. SURPRISE! This one is already finished, too! More on that soon!
10) Write more. Obviously I write plenty, between my weekly column gig, this ol' blog and various smaller projects like J's baby journal (which I don't update nearly as much as I'd like). I want to write more ideas down as they come to me, and in whatever form they take. I want to write more snail mail to friends and family to brighten their days. I want to be more creative/inspired/funny/interested.
11) Learn to use my SLR camera. It's a shame that I haven't cracked the manual on the camera we've owned for more than three years. I will make the most of that. Soon.
12) Buy adult furniture. Our couch and love seat are the kind you buy when you're just starting out. They served their purpose. Now it's time for an upgrade.
13) Read all of my hard-cover classics. I own 14 of them and have only read a few so far.
14) See more of the world. Visit one new province and one new state. It's all about keeping the goals realistic.
15) Take a course that will make me better at my job. I could refresh and learn more about Photoshop, or try some new software like InDesign or Illustrator.
16) Take a road trip with girlfriends. Shopping, anyone? Boston? Montreal?
17) Make yoga part of my regular routine. I love yoga, but often don't make enough time to practice. By 30, I'd love to be attending regular weekly classes.
18) Build something. With wood and nails and everything.
19) Donate blood. I've tried to do this years ago, but as a new vegetarian my iron was too low and I was denied the opportunity. I have a much better handle on my diet as an adult and I'm sure I would be eligible now.
20) Edit our wedding videos. These are now on three un-edited discs. I want to combine them and add some subtitles so we have a lasting time capsule of that wonderful day.
21) Dye my hair. I've done this many times in the past, but haven't done it for years. Then, just yesterday, a co-worker pointed out, "hey, you really do have grey hair!" ... yeah. So by 30, I fully expect to be a hair dye regular.
22) Attend my 10-year high school reunion. Next year. Where does the time go?
23) Do a 10k run. I've run a 5k since running the half marathon in 2010, so I don't see why I couldn't practice a bit more and run double.
24) Plant flowers and landscape my yard with success. I didn't say I could do it without help.
25) Dust off my trumpet. I remember the basics, but that doesn't mean it's going to sound good.
26) Try surfing. I'm sure I'll be as uncoordinated at surfing as I am at dancing, but it's worth a try.
27) Institute an actual moisturizing routine. Just because I don't mind ageing doesn't mean I'm just going to let myself go. This also includes never forgetting sunscreen again.
28) Sew more. Maybe even try some patterns. (Sorry, HH!)
29) Get CPR and first aid certification. Good skills for anyone, especially a mama.
30) Be thankful for my family and friends every day.