Thirty is by no means old -- far from it. But the big Three-Oh (or Dirty 30 if you like) seems pretty symbolic of reaching adulthood. At the very least, it's a milestone.
With my remaining one year, two months, and 21 days of being a twenty-something, I have big plans. I'm going to reinvent myself. Or rather, I'm going to enjoy my life and continue my efforts to be my best version of myself. I want to approach my thirties in prime shape with zero regrets. It's not about freaking out about a ticking time clock. It's just about being a woman on a never-ending quest for self improvement.
This all sounds totally chick-lit, and it is. But that's only half of it. A few months ago, I was day-drinking with a friend (before you judge, it was a glass of wine during an afternoon at Christmas) and we talked about everything we wanted to do by the time we turned thirty. Naturally, we were brainstorming blog names, checking for domain availability, and making our "to-do by thirty" lists before our glasses needed refills.
And so Defining 30 was born. During the time between my friend's 29th birthday and my 30th birthday, we would each set out to accomplish 10 individual goals each and 10 combined goals. And once a week, each of us will write one post a week
My goals are:
- Pay off car loan.
- Pay off my student loan.
- Buy my own home or at least be buying ready.
- Get within a healthy weight range.
- Complete a 10K run.
- Get back in the dating scene.
- Write two holiday novellas.
- Write two novels.
- Book a vacation to somewhere I’ve never been.
- Have a lunch/drink/coffee/dinner date with a friend once a week.
And our combined goals are:
- Visit Mansfield, Missouri, and the related Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.
- Create and stick to a cleaning schedule.
- Visit Burr Oak, Iowa, and the related Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.
- Visit Independence, Kansas.
- Refinish piece of furniture.
- Make meal plans.
- Book swap-trade once a quarter (six total books).
- Re-read the Little house series.
- Write a personal letter or note to someone once a month.
- Have a writing retreat weekend.
We're two months into the project, and while I can't say I'm a totally new woman, I'm working on it. You can read about my quest for self-improvement here.
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