Upon the writing of this list, I was six months and a quarter of a century old. With so much life happening all at once and rushing by, I took a moment to pause and challenge myself to continued growth and write a thirty before thirty list. And, to throw in an element of accountability, here it is, edited as I dream about, plan, and work to complete the list before my 30th birthday.
Some of these goals will take a great deal of time and effort such as saving for and buying a house. Some of them are more or less out of my control such as being taken on a date (no judgement please). Some of them I've been putting off for years like reading all of the books I own. Some of them totally freak me out (any kind of performance in front of anyone ever). But each one is possible and that is extremely exciting.
thirty before thirty
begun: june 2017
last updated: may 2018
goal date: december 2021
live in a house -- preferably my own
create a vegetable and flower garden -- i've got all of my tools, now i just need the dirt.
care for a flock of chickens
✓ procure beautiful dinner dishes and napkins. In March 2018 I took my first ceramics class and am now using the plates I threw.
✓ start my own business. in 2016 I opened The Sick Box, a little shop filled with handmade and carefully curated goods to nurture and encourage self-care.
earn a teaching certificate
lead-teach for at least one full year
✓ get paid to organize someone's home. the summer of 2017 saw me designing and creating a room for a dear friend. picking the design, cleaning and organizing, and creating a quiet crafting haven for knitting, weaving, tea, and conversations. 2018 saw me working with a client working towards a clean slate after years of grief.
work with a photography client
travel solo outside of the United States -- the more I think about this one the less I like the idea...but challenge is important so the goal stays.
drive from one coast of the United States to the other
✓ take a multi-day cross-country train trip. in june 2017 i took my grandmother on an amtrak train from Seattle, WA to Saint Paul, MN for her birthday. it was magical.
bike from one major city to another -- anyone want to go from Seattle to Portland with me?
return to Scotland -- Tentatively scheduled for 2019 or 2020.
swim in warm ocean water -- Hawaii perhaps? Or Florida? Spain could work too...
✓ go on an overnight boat voyage. june 2017 saw me boating the puget sound from case inlet to everett.
go 30 days with a quart trash jar without filling it up -- because I haven't yet gotten this strict with myself though I have significantly reduced my trash
have my portrait taken or painted
read every book I own -- it's been a goal of mine for about a year now. I've made some progress but it could be much better.
✓ throw pottery. i'm now using the plates and dishes I made daily.
confidently play and sing at least three tunes on the ukulele with someone to witness them
accomplish a difficult yoga pose -- preferably with a balancing element
✓ try oil painting. in summer 2017 I took a five week course for beginning oil painters. My goal now? experiment all on my own and see what happens.
✓ BONUS: display my first art show in a cafe. in may 2018 I hung eleven watercolors up on the walls of nuflours bakery on capitol hill and left them there, each labeled and priced and frighteningly public.
write the life story of at least one relative
be taken out on an official date
buy work from a local artist
fix someone else's flat tire
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