30 Before 30: The List

Finally, I have perfected my 30 Before 30 list. I keep saying I have a year and two months to go, however, given that May starts today I actually only have a year, a month and 4 days. It’s taken me longer than I thought to curate this list, but now that I am about to finalise it here, on the blog, I am ready to jump head first into it!

1. Get a tattoo – I’ve always wanted one. Always thought I would be too scared, but having had three c-sections with the last being horrific I figure I can do this. I am putting together what I want, have a short list of places to go in Sydney and am so ready!

2. Go to a night clubI talked about this in my first post on my list. I feel like I can’t move onto the 30’s without having been to a night club. I’m unsure exactly why that is, but I am happy to go with it and try something new.

3. Try a cocktailLike going to a night club, it just doesn’t feel right to have not tried a cocktail before 30.

4. Lose weightI’ve not given myself an actual number, though I probably should. Any loss at this point is a good thing.

5. Run 5ksHaving started my Ease into 5ks, I know this isn’t going to be easy. I am excited about the challenge and just a little worried about myself, as I have never, ever wanted to do anything like this. I’m probably ill.

6. Visit QueenslandThis is pretty self explanatory. We used to plan family trips which never happened and I want to go. Now.

7. Attend Digital Parents Conference ’13I have missed the last two DP conferences and it looks like I won’t be making it to this year’s Blogopolis, but I intend on being there next year with bells on!

8. See a movie in Gold ClassI have heard wondrous tales of lounging, relaxing, food on call. I want that.

9. Finish a manuscript If I break this writing thing down and don’t pressure myself to have something published in this time, I figure I might not freak out and not do it. I have a book in me, I can feel it.

10. Do the Illawarra Sky WalkWhile down the Coast, we were meant to do the Sky Walk after our Minnamurra walk. Unfortunately, my inability to be a normal person and not break down in a rainforest meant James reassessed and we didn’t go.

11. Try sushi (non-fish)I think this might be one of the hardest things on this whole list for me. I am a boring eater. I don’t like things that are too crazy (ie tasty, with flavour and so on) and I do not feel okay about trying new things, but how am I going to continue to teach my children that trying new things is important if they see that I am not doing the same?

12. Write my willI should have already done this.

13. Have a romantic night away – including a romantic dinner in a restaurant I really, really like the idea of a date night and romance with my hubs. Whether or not this happens remains to be seen.

14. Take a family trip to the ZooJames and I went to the Zoo a lot when we were childless. These days, it’s not so easy to do but I really want to take the Munchies; they love animals and I am a fan of experiences.

15. Win NaNoWriMoLast November, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, which is where you aim to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I failed miserably, but this year I intend on being prepared and to have reached the target by November 30.

16. Have Case take family portraitsMy beautiful cousin, Casey, is living one of my dreams as a photographer. She takes amazing photos and I want her to take some of us, otherwise I am simply never in any of the photos as I am taking them! You can check out Treehouse Photography on FB.

17. Print the blog into a coffee table bookI have a dream and that dream is to print a year’s worth of posts on a yearly basis. Just the thought of it gives me goosebumps, however, I must start with one book and that one book must convince James that this is a good idea!

18. Learn to change a tyreI don’t want to be stranded and unable to do so.

19. Grow BeckyandJames.comThough, I am unsure exactly how.

20. Frame and hang one of my photosI would love to have a print of my own displayed in my home.

21. Start my 100 Strangers projectThis one is on my 101 in 1001 and I’ve mentioned starting it a couple of times, but approaching strangers and asking to take their photograph terrifies me, but at the same time it thrills me. I am going to do it, it’s just a matter of finding the courage!

22. Secure a paid writing gigThere are things I wish I could do without having to ask permission, like popping out for coffee, just because or donating to a worth cause or buy new art supplies. And with a paid gig you become a writer.

23. Learn to use the sewing machingI’ve never felt the urge to sew, however, I now have one sitting in the dining room and my new love of art journaling has me wanting to sew on pages and tags… and maybe one day I will want to sew clothes, who knows!

24. Write and publish an eBookI feel this is another step in my writing dreams and I have added it without a clue of what I have to offer in the form of an eBook. Any suggestions gladly accepted!

25. Spend a whole day writing/arting, undisturbedQuiet to do what I need to do. I imagine it would be a very productive day…

26. Have a night away alone I’ve never had a night away on my own and, while I don’t intend on going away without my family a lot, I do feel it’s something I need to have experienced and know how to do before 30.

27. Sell 5 of my photographsRecently, one of my very dear friends and her hubby bought my first ever print from my RedBubble account and the feeling was amazing. Selling my photography has always been a dream and I would love to have sold 5 prints in this time.

28. See something ‘Big’ (ie The Big Banana)I’ve seen the Big Merino and that’s it. I can’t even tell you what other ‘big’ things are out there. This seems a big (hehe) oversight in my childhood and as I see something of the large variety before my thirtieth, that means my children will also see it. Win Win.

29. Get a funky haircutAs a teen I dyed my hair a whole lot. Pink, black, black and red. You name it I did it. However, I did it to hide behind, it was my mask, I have never really done something fun with my hair for the sake of being fun and enjoying it. I’ve started pinning some inspiration here.

30. Delve into Self LoveI have talked here before about my wish to give my girls the tools to love themselves for who they are and I want to start a journey of self discovery with them. I have a couple of awesome projects for us to do together to teach them that there is so much to love about them and to appreciate themselves and while I am teaching them that I will be, hopefully, changing the way I think about myself.

There you have it, the things I wish to do before I turn 30. I am excited. I know it’s not an overly reaching list. There are things that will be easy, things that will challenge me, at least one thing I am not sure I even want to do. It’s not too deep, though there are a few elements of enriching self and life. Mostly, I want to have fun with my family and have an idea of the direction I want lifeΒ  to take.

I’m looking forward to the journey, even if I am not sure how I’ll get it all done! Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Have you written a 30 Before 30 list? I’d love to follow your progress if you’re blogging about it!

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  1. That’s a good before 30 list πŸ™‚ Nice to see you’ve got sewing on there too! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Cassandra. I am actually surprised I put sewing on there, I have always been so anti and now, here I am making it a priority!

  2. Oh my gosh I’m so excited for you!
    I can “help” with a few of these! ie- I will drag you to the sushi bar lol.. There’s crispy chicken, teriyaki chicken etc. lots that aren’t fish πŸ™‚
    And I can’t wait to read your book!! X

    • Thanks hun! I thought you would be happy to hold my hand through some of the hard things and I certainly had plans to hit you up about what kind of Sushi to try (so scared!)

  3. Good luck Becky! It sounds exciting!

    • Thanks Bec, I am pretty excited and a little scared!

  4. Fantastic list. I’m so impressed you could come up with 30 things… I’m terrible with these sort of things! All the best in your goals as you head towards the big 3-0!!

    • It was harder than I originally thought. I did some searching to get some inspiration and 30 things seemed such a small list but finding things I actually thought I could achieve in the time frame took a whole month off how long I had to do everything!

  5. Great list ! Look forward to seeing you at DPCON13 !!! πŸ™‚

    • Yay! I look forward to seeing you, too. I am very excited!

  6. Great list. I have a bucket list of sorts and hey, if you ever need to get a tattoo removed call me πŸ™‚

    • Wow – really? I will keep that in mind, maybe it’ll help my hubby to stop freaking out about me getting a tat πŸ˜‰

  7. Great list – I am 40 and many of these are on my goal list for the next year as well – sewing, ebook, paid writing gig, learn to change a tyre. My hubby loves visiting the “big things” so we have seen a fair few – better act fast as quite a few have closed down in the last 2 years sadly including my favourite – the big orange!!

    • I wanted to make them realistic things, since I am quite able to make crazy lists of things I want to do every other day. I wanted these to be achievable. Though, now I have questions about the whole eBook thing!
      I didn’t know they were closing down – that’s so sad! And, I feel ripped to have never seen the big orange. I didn’t even know there was one!

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    • It’s good to write something before you hit enter!
      This is a great list. Very achievable and practical I think. I might have to steal some for my list πŸ™‚

      • I look forward to reading your list, Jess! I was certainly going for achievable. I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed and unable to give it a good crack.

  9. This is an awesome list Becky. I would love to do lots of those things too, a few I have done already – having spent way too much time in nightclubs in the past! I would love to go to one again though! I completed the Couch to 5 Km last year and I am still running. It has done amazing things for my mood. Good luck! xx

    • Thanks Lee. I am hoping C25K will do the same for me and give my mood a lift – I need it!!

  10. That’s a great list! We actually have a few common goals.

    Here is my 30 before 30 list. Some of the things I am not so sure I will finish but others I know I will. πŸ™‚


    • Hi Alicia, thanks for dropping by. I am going to pop over and see your list. I love to see what other people have as goals and to see how they go.

  11. I never formally did such a list though I can see their benefit. Problem is I’ve already turned 40 so the next list…..I don’t want to think about that number! It’s a travesty! Ok, drama over…..but I did always wonder why it seems to get harder. I mean if people do lists based on birthdays, then it’s 30 before 30, 40 before 40, 50 before 50…I think you get my drift.

    • Haha. A bit of drama is expected when you’re looking at the next ‘oh’ birthday I recon. For a minute anyway. I won’t be continuing in this vein and going 40 before 40 and so on, however, I am starting an ‘impossible list’ which continues and grows. You mark things off, you live and you put things on. That’s not a great way of explaining it, though…

  12. Hi Becky,

    I might be able to help you out with the Illawarra Fly one, email me when you are thinking about doing it πŸ™‚


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