So this year I turned 28. I know it doesn’t seem that old, but for some reason this year it really hit just how close I am to 30. There are definitely some things I want to do before hitting the big three-oh but they’ve always been a sort of back-of-the-mind, someday-maybe goals. That is, until I was contacted by an old client, Emilie, to design a graphic she could print out with her 101 Goals in 1001 Days.
I tried doing a 1001 in 1001 before and failed pretty miserably – I think I got 20 goals done? But I really loved the idea of setting goals to be completed in a pre-determined amount of time (vs. bucket lists which are pretty loose). So I sat down and started writing my 30 Before 30!
As I sat down to write down my goals, I thought back to my feeble attempt to 101 goals and tried to think about how and why I failed to meet those.
The first issue was unrealistic expectations – I set some pretty lofty goals with not a lot of time to accomplish them in. 1001 days sounds like a long time but it’s actually just short of 3 years. 101 goals is a lot of goals for that amount of time unless a lot of them are quick and concise goals.
Which brings me to my second issue – hard to measure. Some goals were just plain ol’ hard to measure – did I complete them? Did x, y, or z count, really count? So as I thought of the 30 things I wanted to accomplish before 30, my criteria was
- Set realistic, achievable goals in the time frame given (2 years)
- Set specific, measurable goals
And without further adieu, here are my goals
30 Before 30
- Learn to drive a stick-shift
- Decorate the following rooms
- Living / Dining Room
- Master Bedroom
- Boys’ Room
That’s right. I’m 28 years old and I do not know how to drive a stick shift. This was actually a goal in my 101 in 1001 that I did not complete but I’m pretty determined to get it done this time around!
As far as the decorating goals, I’m only listing 3 rooms in the house because I can only do so much with two children around. I’m concentrating in the rooms that get the most use and the ones that will have the most impact when completed.
- Read 100 books, 10 of them non-fiction
- Join a book club
- Make a cheesecake
- Find + perfect a vanilla cake recipe
- Do 3 Silhouette projects
- Refinish a piece of furniture
- Build a piece of furniture
- Sew a quilt for each of the seasons
- Autumn / Halloween
- Summer / Patriotic
Quite possible my most ambitious goal is reading 100 books in two years, that’s 50 books per year – aka, more than I’ve ever read in a year, ever. The two goals regarding furniture and the one for Silhouette go almost hand-in-hand with the decorating goals above so that will work nicely.
As far as the quilts go, you might’ve noticed a Winter / Christmas quilt is missing from the list and that’s because I already have one that I finished last year. This is actually what prompted this goals, as I was thinking how nice my Christmas quilt will look displayed on my blanket ladder, I realized I need one for every season now!
BUSINESS / PROFESSIONAL
- Become a Genesis Contributor
- Create + Launch a WordPress plugin
- Work/Volunteer at a library again
Becoming a Genesis contributor is something I’m actually really looking forward to doing simply because my business would not be what it is if it wasn’t for the Genesis Framework and the community. I want to give back to something that has so greatly benefit me and my family.
Wanting to create a plugin stems purely from wanting to test my skills. I’ve learned a lot about WordPress development in the last 4-5 years and I feel this is the next obvious step for me. And I already have an idea of what I want to do! The initial concept of for a free plugin to go in the WordPress repository but I might also do a paid version, we’ll see!
Lastly, as much as I love the world of blogging and WordPress, I’ve always felt my true calling is in the library world. I wouldn’t have gotten my Master degree in Library Sciences otherwise. And boy, do I miss that world. As much as this would help my future professional life once I get back into the traditional work force, it’ll also be really good for my soul to be back around books.
FITNESS / HEALTH
- Start + Maintain a workout routine
- Reach my goal weight / size
- Give up soda for a year
Need I say more? This mama needs to get back into shape. Not because of pressure from anyone, anything but I miss feeling better in my own body, more comfortable, like I can do more things, in less pain from my back / joints, etc.
- Go to a professional soccer game
- Go to a concert
- Learn German
- Visit 10 new countries
- Visit Paris
- Visit La Sagrada Familia
- Visit Rome
- Visit a concentration camp
- Take my mom to Salzburg
- Go to Oktoberfest
- Swim in the Mediterranean
I live in Europe, traveling kind of comes with it, yeah? A lot of these are things I’ve wanted to do my whole life and I can’t miss this opportunity – when else am I going to live two hours from Oktoberfest or four hours from Salzburg (aka, Sounds of Music central)?
Also, I cannot believe in 28 years old and a huge soccer fan and have YET gone to a professional soccer game! Luckily Bayern München is just two hours and they have a Chilean player. Basically meant to be.
- Put $xx in retirement every month
- Put $xx in savings every month
- Pay off credit cards
I didn’t feel comfortable sharing exact money amounts but it’s about dang time I got serious about saving some money, after all the dream is to RV for retirement and I’m going to need some moolah for that!
Phew, that was a lot! But I’m so excited to get started on this. I technically already have since I’m counting my Harvest Banner as a Silhouette project and I have nine (almost 10!) books down for my count! I’ll try to blog about as many of these as I can too! 🙂