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While wrapping Timothy’s birthday gifts for the end of March (I obsess over birthday gifts, and always start early), it suddenly dawned on me that I turn thirty in just a couple short years. Lots of internet blogging friends and role models have started (or finished!) their “thirty before thirty” bucket-lists. I have so much I’d like to accomplish before I hit the big three-oh, so I thought it might be nice to take a stab at the list, myself.

  1. Learn to drive. [finished a AAA learner’s course October 2013]
  2. Get my license.
  3. Move in with T.
  4. Grad school [started at Harvard Extension School January 2014, degree program work starts in the fall]
  5. If grad school does not pan out, take some graduate level courses on audit.
  6. Make surfing a regular part of summer routine. Stand up. Conquer fear.
  7. Produce art on a regular basis. Finish pieces. +
  8. Have artwork shown.
  9. Learn to make a couple recipes fantastically.
  10. Get a library card.
  11. Go up in hot air balloon.
  12. Get my tattoo.
  13. Mentor.
  14. Give blood.
  15. Hike the local mountains.
  16. Go camping.
  17. Visit Redwood National Park.
  18. Dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean.
  19. Purchase a quality pair of leather knee boots. [purchased Keen Ferno High Boot in black, March 2014]
  20. Take a yoga class.
  21. Volunteer.
  22. Build something.
  23. Learn to knit.
  24. Get health insurance. [February 2014]
  25. Clean out my belongings from Dad’s house, sell/donate what I don’t need.
  26. Try a restaurant’s tasting menu.
  27. Replace the “basics” (tanks, tees, leggings, socks) in my wardrobe with ethically produced/environment-friendly versions, and start to build a quality lingerie collection.
  28. Look into the potential of opening a gallery (?)
  29. [So Far Silly TOP Secret Creative Culinary For-Fun Project]
  30. Complete a 5k. [Color Run, 26 September 2013]

+ Bonus (as part of no. 07): Submit books for 2014 and 2015 Sketchbook Project

Some of these things are for fun, some are a bit more serious, and some are just things I simply haven’t done yet.

You can follow my progress by checking out entries tagged “thirty before 30.”

I rather like the idea of turning thirty. I’m confident that the next few years will be lovely for me, no matter what happens. I am in a good place. I guess when I was younger, I thought I’d have my life a little more, you know, together by now. I think my definition of “together” may have changed since then.

Also, I am pretty sure I thought twenty-five was old. Ha.

I’ll post progress updates occasionally!

PS. My tenth high school reunion is this summer. I am going to go home to Hardwick Vermont and cling to my best lady friends (one got married over the summer with a ginger-haired baby soon due, one is in law school for fun, one is a teacher/guidance counselor who frequently travels to London). Nota Bene: graduating class of approximately seventy, union school.

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