Back in 2016, at the ripe young age of twenty-three, I comprised a list of thirty things I wanted to accomplish by my thirtieth birthday (a blog post that can be found here). Since then, I’ve made it a point not to hold myself to any kind of timeline, especially since I am almost never in control of certain things. It’s been so long since I initially put that “30 by 30” list together, that I actually forgot about it until I was scrolling through the archives of this blog recently. Like I said, I don’t really try to hold myself to any kind of timeline, but having just turned twenty-nine a few months ago, I thought it would be fun to revisit that list, and see all the things that I actually did end up doing, all the things that I now have less than a year to accomplish, and all the things I naively thought I could actually accomplish. Here we go.
Be an extra in a movie or TV show.– I’m gonna go ahead and mark this as done. I’ve been to a handful of show tapings where I was in the eye-line of the camera, so I might have been on an episode of America’s Got Talent and Whose Line Is It Anyway.
- Learn to drive a stick shift. – Nope, though this would still be a great skill to learn (maybe just not while I’m living in a place with high elevation and where it snows).
Leave for a trip on a whim.– This has become my favorite thing to do.
- Give someone a reason to believe in God. – I’m not sure about this one. That would be really cool if it did happen, though.
- Write (and sell) a screenplay. – There was a season in my life when I was really dead set on working in television and getting to create or write for a TV show. Clearly, my priorities have since changed. I’m not saying that this will never happen, but the possibility of this ever happening is getting slimmer and slimmer.
- Learn a new language. – I’ve recently stumbled upon a few Tiktok accounts that teach Tagalog, so work in progress I guess?
Visit the east coast.– Florida in 2017 and New York this past October. Host a dinner party.– When you’re involved with a young adult group at church, you often get roped into hosting a bunch of these. Go on a personal retreat.– See item number 3. Take a trip somewhere with some close friends.– San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Joshua Tree with da boiz™
- Fly first class. – Still very much on the to-do list at some point, but probably not before I turn thirty.
Roll my own sushi.– I feel like this had to have happened at some point in the past couple of years.
- Throw a surprise party. – Have not had a surprise party thrown for me yet, either.
- Adopt a puppy. – This is at the top of my to-do list, especially now that I live alone.
Get published.– With this blog, I guess you can say I’m technically self-published? Would still like to publish a whole book, though. We’ll see. Do an in-depth research on my family tree.– Full story can be found here.
- Write a novel. – I can barely finish reading a novel, let alone write one. Though this is still a goal of mine.
- Serve on a jury. – I’ve been summoned a few times, but have not yet served.
Get a second (and third) tattoo.– Done (and done).
- Try not to eat with a fork for a year. – I’m gonna be honest. I don’t know why I listed this as a thing I wanted to accomplish.
Play in the snow.– Guess who lives in Utah now.
- Learn to play the banjo. – Again, another goal that I still have, but have yet to take the steps to accomplish.
- Work at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving (or just on any other normal day). – Sad, but I have not done this yet.
Sell something I created.– There was a very short season of my life when I commissioned graphic design projects. Watch the sun rise.– Not counting the times I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep, right? Stay up all night having a heart-to-heart.– These are good. Move somewhere new.– See item number 21. Dissect the Bible in great detail and retain a better understanding of the Word.– I’ve been fortunate enough to have been part of several Bible studies and discipleship groups over the years. Fill up an entire journal (either with entries or hand-lettering).– Little known fact about me: I hand-lettered church sermons every week in 2019. Cook every recipe in a cookbook.– Maybe not every recipe, but I did make a significant number of recipes from Joshua Snyder’s website last year, and continue to reference it for new recipes.