30 before 30 Challenge

As I approach my 28th birthday, it occurs to me that I’m getting close to my 30th birthday and that now might be a good time to make some goals for myself.

So I’m making a list. I’ve seen this in some other places too. It’s called 30 before 30 and the idea is 30 measurable goals to meet by your 30th birthday.


1. Get a Ph.D.

2. Get a “real job” (one lasting more than 14 weeks)

3. Visit 1 “new to me” continent (not North America or Europe)

4. Go camping

5. Read (and record) 90+ “new to me” books

6. Watch the movies that Ben gave me a few years ago

7. Go to the Walker Art Museum or Minneapolis Institute of Arts

8. Organize and clean out my closet

9. Scan old negatives (involves me going to KY or parents coming to MN)

10. Call a friend or non-parent family member once a month just to chat

Diet & Fitness

11. Run a 5K (no walking)

12. Swim laps for 30 minutes straight

13. Do a one day, 50 mile bike trip

14. Juice fast for 5 days in a row

15. Reach my weight goal

16. Go vegan for a week

17. Go vegetarian for a month

18. Go ice skating 5+ times

19. Do all of the Wii Fit Yoga poses at least once without falling over

20. Master all the DanceCentral songs on Easy


21. Use all my kitchen gadgets at least once more

22. Make at least one recipe from each cookbook I own (or give said cookbook away)

23. Play the piano 90 times

24. Make a scrapbook from an international trip

25. Learn to change a tire (car & bike)

26. Make a piece of clothing with my sewing machine

27. Take a dance course

28. Keep my desk clean for 3 months straight

29. Make Bagels

30. Finish my knitting project



Backup Ideas

31. Write and post 90 blog posts

32. Grow cherry tomatoes every summer (2012, 2013)

33. Do a 4+ day trip with <20 lbs of luggage

34. Sell something on eBay or Craigslist

35. Buy a new iThing

36. Redecorate a room in the condo

37. Buy shoes that don’t make my feet bleed

38. Go to the zoo

39. Frame pictures


My idea is to blog about things as I do them (if they are interesting) or just count them if they are not.

If you have ideas or suggestions to change about the list or add to the list, please let me know. Tomorrow the challenge begins, so you have a few hours to get your ideas submitted.

6 Responses to 30 before 30 Challenge

  1. Abby says:

    One of my goals for this year is to do a warrior dash http://www.warriordash.com/

    You and Ben should do one with me!

  2. Reid says:

    I look forward to progress on #19 on YouTube.

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