Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thirty before 30

I'm quickly approaching 30 years old. It's hard to believe. It seems big! For whatever reason though, it's always hard for me to believe big things are true. It's hard for me to believe when summer is here, or when it's almost Christmas, or that Matt and I have a year left in WF. Sometimes it's even hard for me to believe how big God is. Why are utterly true things hard to process like this?

Anyway, I'm still 26 for now, but 27 is right around summer's corner. Most of the time I don't even feel like an adult, but some older, wiser adults have confided in me that not feeling like an adult is pretty key to being successful at adulthood. I like that idea.

Some friends of Beth have been coming up with "Thirty Before 30" lists, some even "Forty Before 40" and so on. Imagine what you could do with this! At this juncture of my life, a bit of direction or purpose is welcome even if it's just thirty things to do before I'm 30. Here's my list (a few are things I've done, but want to do again, in no particular order). Let me know what you think. Are any of these the same as your list? What else would you add or change for yourself?

1. Sky dive.
2. Travel abroad to a new continent.
3. Backpack anywhere.
4. Start an IRA.
5. Live in a house with a yard.
6. Do a pull-up.
7. Be 15 pounds lighter.
8. Have a baby naturally.
9. Run an 8 minute mile.
10. Contribute regularly to a cottage fund.
11. Own a dog.
12. Read the whole Bible.
13. Go to a rock concert.
14. Master self-control with food.
15. Tend a garden.
16. Learn to cook eggs well.
17. Help make maple syrup at G & G Miller's.
18. Go to Uncle John's Cider Mill in the fall.
19. Go on a hay ride in the woods.
20. Volunteer at a shelter for homeless people.
21. Train the dog.
22. Develop strong familial relationships.
23. Visit Alaska.
24. Visit California.
25. Cook food from a new culture.
26. Initiate and nurture female friendships.
27. Make a five course meal from scratch.
28. Scrapbook a week of my life (got this idea from a magazine...it would be like a time capsule:).
29. Write a children's book.
30. Love well more often than not.

Here is my personal disclaimer to myself: By the way, ALL of this is to point Brooke toward God and require her to trust Him, love Him, and allow herself to be loved by Him.


  1. I like your having a baby naturally :) That's on my list too...I am adding in running a marathon to mine. I think I can handle the food control thing (seeing as I've been on a diet most of my 20's I better have it down). Sky diving sounds FUN..I just need to stop being pregnant. OH...add drinking margaritas by the Riverwalk to mine too. Love your list!

  2. I personally am glad scientists figured out a way to numb me from the waist down, but whatever floats your boat... :) If you want to go on a hay ride in the woods while it's snowing and see real, wild elk come and eat the hay you're sitting on, come visit us here in Idaho in the winter. It's a pretty amazing experience and it happens just a few miles from our family cabin. Great list! I'll try to do one too... when I get a moment!

  3. Brookie! I LOVE that skydive is #1 on your list. Let me know if you decide to take the plunge and I can recommend some good dropzones for you (the ones with the best instructors and planes to give you the best experience)!

    Glad I found your blog. Hope you're doing well!

  4. Love the list. I would make one of my own, except I'm a little too close to 30 to make a 30 before 30 list; and making a 40 before 40 list would just be depressing. One goal before I'm 30: visit Tokyo. I live in Japan, and have never been to Tokyo.

  5. I think you can also cross off 26 & 30 :)


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