Thirty by Thirty
2017 was a beautiful, freeing, difficult life-giving year of understanding.
I started my 28th year on a train ride across the country. The train took me to San Francisco and I ended my trip in Napa Valley. (I’m yet to be convinced there is a more beautiful drive than the coast of hwy 1)
Since then I have done things I would have dreamed of writing on a thirty by thirty list.
I tried out new hobbies, like, calligraphy, macrame, and refinishing furniture. I went on girl vacas, spontaneous trips, and workcations. I rode a bicycle across canadian vineyards sampling all the wine. I took up yoga. I tried out acupuncture. I had coffee with a stranger. I attended an in-depth workshop on how to study the bible. I took a solo trip where I had a photoshoot on the top of a mountain! I made new friends…
While it was possibly the hardest year of my life, it was also one of the most rewarding.
Year 29, I want to become a better, more whole version of myself.
In the so many moments I’m tempted to quit it all, to make all of the uncomfortable feelings go away, I remember that it’s the wrestling and perseverance that will ultimately lead me to real peace.
And so, on my 29th birthday, I put together a list of things I want to do before I turn 30.
Here they are!
unplug for a weekend
buy a nice camera, practice photography skills, and go on an out-of-town weekend mentor session with a professional and close friend
get a chemical peel
have a morning routine
fire a gun
send a postcard from every place visit
read the bible every day
have diamond ring made into necklace
run 5x/week and do more yoga
skinny dip in the ocean
read an entire book in one sitting
feel good in a bathing suit
use subaru racks
do a handstand
go snow skiing for the first time
write a handwritten note each month
drink black coffee - give up creamer
have a movie marathon at the theatre
if given the opportunity, go on a mission trip or visit a third world country
wash face every night - i know, i know
buy some overalls
visit the northwest
see hamilton the musical
write a book
get a bike
create a witty stationery set
get lost while driving
buy a house - still torn on this one - digging roots is serious
take a 30th birthday trip
Some are deep and long-lasting; some light-hearted and insignificant, but I know this list will bring growth, gratitude and joy.
Heading into 2018 determined af.