30 before 30

March 16, 2013
Updated: May 5, 2013
Updated January 9, 2016

With my time in graduate school coming to an end in the next two months, I know myself too well to know that I will not be trying to do something big and exciting still. So I decided to come up with a list of 30 things I would like to do before I turn 30. I have just over 5 years to do the things I put on this list, so I am keeping that in mind as I write it.

Items in italics are in progress, items in bold are completed, and items which are crossed out have been re-evaluated and have been replaced by something else.

  1. Finish my Masters degree and graduate.
  2. Get a job as a school counselor.
  3. Move into my own house.
  4. Pay off my car.
  5. Fall in love.
  6. Get married.
  7. Have a child.
  8. Take a trip to Las Vegas.
  9. Take a trip to NYC.
  10. Visit Chicago (again). Visit Denver, CO to see my best friend.
  11. Go to Germany.
  12. Travel to another European country.
  13. Travel to Costa Rica. Go camping.
  14. Meet my Mom's sisters.
  15. Attend a school counseling conference.
  16. Get my first tattoo - in memory of my dad. 
  17. Get a second tattoo just for me.
  18. Grow a garden with fruits/veggies.
  19. Go on a hike in the mountains.
  20. Go to a concert.
  21. Play in fresh snow.
  22. Meet a celebrity.
  23. Spend a day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  24. Swim with dolphins.
  25. Go on a week long cruise. Go on a cruise.
  26. Play messy Twister.
  27. Become fluent in Spanish.
  28. Road trip with my best friends.
  29. Plant a tree.
  30. Complete a 5k.


  1. Have you completed anything yet?

  2. Girl! Your #30 needs to be something fun! Like the Color Run! Or a mud run!