30 Before 30 Bucket List

Inspired by my friend Sam—and spurred on by my rapidly approaching 25th birthday (quarter-life crisis?)—I decided to create a “30 by 30” list! I’ve lived an incredibly blessed life. Yet, I’ve realized that it’s a bit too easy to fall into a comfortable routine during busy times. Hopefully this will inspire me to shake it up a bit more often!

Here are two-and-a-half dozen to-dos that I want to tackle within the next five years:


  1. Be in a wedding as part of the bridal party (we’ll consider the bride part later!)
  2. Run a fundraising race for charity
  3. Fill up my race medal rack by the end of 2013
  4. Watch the sun set in at least two more continents
  5. Participate in RAGBRAI
  6. Fall in love
  7. Get my personal training certification
  8. Swim with dolphins
  9. Join a book club
  10. Begin a gratitude journal
  11. Go white water rafting
  12. Eat a piece of cake, brownie, cinnamon roll, etc. with zero guilt
  13. Take a nap (this seems to be a skill I lost somewhere around high school)
  14. Start learning a new language
  15. Spend one week completely off the grid…no cheating!
  16. Plan a vacation around a 10K, half-marathon or other fitness event
  17. Take a photography class
  18. Give a Kiva loan
  19. Complete a full month of “photo a day”
  20. Go on a trip with my whole immediate family now that we’re all adults
  21. Ride in a hot air balloon
  22. Do at least one pull-up
  23. Teach someone how to do something really meaningful and new
  24. Learn how to surf
  25. Make one week complaint-free
  26. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
  27. Do something truly spontaneous
  28. Take a trapeze class
  29. Be able to turn my brain off and just “be” during corpse pose in yoga or be able to meditate without a wandering mind
  30. Climb a mountain

This weekend, I’m starting to tackle number one—my sister Sarah and I are co-hosting my sister Amy’s bridal shower/bachelorette party! Since Amy and her fiance Joe are headed to Italy for their honeymoon, we’re having an Italian theme. Salute and talk to you after the festivities!

What is on your bucket list?

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  1. I want to read the stories behind each one you cross off!

  2. I think climbing a glacier should count as “Climb a Mountain.” Just saying ;)

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