30 before 30

13 Aug

I’m following Lindsay’s example (and that of The 30 Before 30 Project), and assembling a list of 30 goals to accomplish by the time I’m 30.  The big day is in November of 2012, so I have some time to work with.   I’m not in the position to take on a whole lot of time intensive new projects, but it is important to me to take the kinds of things I’m doing now, and make them more fulfilling. Feedback is welcome!

30 before 30

  1. Send in a secret to PostSecret. Accomplished on 10/16/12.
  2. Buy (and drink) a bottle of wine that is older than I am.  Accomplished on 12/20/11.
  3. Write at least 1 legal article and have it published in a bar association (or similar) publication.  Accomplished on 3/29/12.
  4.  Teach Baby Beez to say “Please” and “Thank you.”  (I really wanted to post a video of her nice manners, but she is not cooperative…but believe me, she’s a pro at “please,” “thank you,” and even “sorry.”)
  5.  Attend a film festival. Attended the 3 Rivers Film Festival in November, links here and here.
  6.  Read The Silmarillion. Completed on November 25, 2011.
  7.  Finish watching all the films on AFI’s Top 100 list (I tried to do this in the summer of 2003, and made good progress but never finished).
  8.  Participate in NaBloPoMo, and actually complete the whole month. Completed in November 2011.  See the NaBloPoMo tag.
  9.  Get my blog added into the BlogHer network.  Added to BlogHer directory September 4, 2011.
  10. See oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court. Accomplished on October 11, 2011.
  11. Go for a Hot Air Balloon ride.
  12. Take Baby Beez apple or blueberry or raspberry or whatever is in season picking. Accomplished on 10/8/12.
  13. Learn to do a perfect Smokey Eye. Accomplished on October 8, 2011.
  14. Develop an identifiable “personal style.” See 10/13/12.
  15. Eat at a Michelin rated restaurant. (Preferably The French Laundry). Accomplished on May 11, 2012.
  16. Go for a whole month without eating carry out (happy hour drinks excluded, since that tends to be the most convenient way to see my friends). Accomplished this, as close as it’s gonna get, in January 2012.
  17. Pay off my credit card, and keep it at a zero balance for at least 3 months. (PAID OFF on 10/11/12!)
  18. Go to OUTrageous Bingo. (Accomplished September 24, 2011).
  19. Do a food tour in Philly. (Accomplished September 17-19, 2011).
  20. Fly first class. Accomplished May 13, 2012
  21. Get exquisite personalized stationery, and send old fashioned letters to friends. Accomplished in March, 2012.
  22. See my friend Jen perform.  Accomplished May 12, 2012.
  23. Have at least 3 sessions with a personal trainer.
  24. Go to one of the speeches in the Pittsburgh Speakers Series. (Preferably Azar Nafisi, I loved Reading Lolita in Tehran). (Accomplished October 12, 2011).
  25. Plan and execute a “Perfect Day,” including spa treatments, an outing with Baby Beez, and a date with Mr. Beez. (Accomplished November 17, 2012)
  26. Learn to bake a babka. Accomplished November 10, 2012
  27. Go to a drive-in movie. Accomplished May 19, 2012.
  28. Do the Southside Step Trek. Accomplished October 6, 2012.
  29. Do a workshop at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. (Accomplished February 17, 2013, better late than never!)
  30. Go to a Pittsburgh Passion game.

(I have, on occasion, tinkered with this list a bit. There were a few things I initially put down that just didn’t feel right. These should all be things I really want to do, and if it feels like a chore, it’s going to destroy the fun).

29 Responses to “30 before 30”

  1. LindsayInNYC August 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Love your list!!

  2. beezuskiddo August 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks! I couldn’t be too ambitious with it (I don’t have a lot of free traveling time to visit 30 exotic locales in the next year), so I tried to pick things that are fun, realistic, and I’ve been meaning to do.

  3. sonbanon August 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Wanna train for this year’s StepTrek together? That looks like fun!

    • beezuskiddo August 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

      I want to say yes, but I just learned that this year’s StepTrek is on Yom Kippur. I will probably hold off until next year to do it.

  4. Laurie August 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Hey, this is Laurie, I found your blog from the Pittsburgh bloggers FB page – this is a great list. You should definitely go to a Pittsburgh Passion game, they are a surprisingly good time. We have a great team, there’s good people watching and the concession stand has walking tacos, what more can you want?!

    • BeezusKiddo August 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks, Laurie! This season got away from me, and I wasn’t able to go 😦 It seems like their season is super super short. And of course I JUST missed their championship weekend! drat!
      I am definitely going to make it out to see them when the season starts up again!

  5. Miss Mellie August 28, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    This is a good idea! I think I’ll have to do a somewhat retroactive list. I am also in the Nov. 2012 milestone birthday club.

    • BeezusKiddo August 28, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      You can do a 40 before 40! 🙂
      I’m planning to do one of those, as well

      PS- Just got Pgh Quarterly in the mail last weekend. Great work on your article!

      • Miss Mellie August 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

        Thank you!! I am thrilled about it. 🙂

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