I don’t mention it that much, but I definitely haven’t forgotten about my 13 things to do before turning 30 list that I made last year. I still have almost five years before I actually turn 30, so it’s not like these are all looming over my head, but I do think about them a lot.
I’ve accomplished two goals on my list- Running a 10K and Writing a letter to my future children. However- I’ve *started* on a lot of the long-term goals, such as buying a home and learning how to cook.
1.) Research my family tree & genealogy.
I haven’t started on this. I figure I’ll go to the public library one rainy day and research some, though. I’ve added several family members to Facebook… does this count?
2.) Train for and run a 10k in an actual race (i.e., not just run 10k one day at the trail).
Since running for over an hour has become second nature, I’m now considering longer distances :).
3.) Go on a mother-daughter cruise with my mom.
I think my mom really wants to go on a cruise. She retired a few months ago, and she wants to do things like cruises before she gets too old to enjoy them. Not that my mom is old at all- she’s just experienced!
Oh, and I think my cruise pictures and stories and her friends pictures and stories are helping too…
4.) Own a home. Oh, and actually establish credit. That would greatly help.
Obviously I haven’t bought a house, but I *am* saving up for a down payment. Plus, Clay and I went through the 12-week Financial Peace University course this summer, which taught a lot about buying homes. As far as establishing credit goes, I do have a credit card at a store at the mall, but I don’t use it all that much and always pay it off the next month.
I think credit card companies hate disciplined shoppers like me, but that’s okay.
Donate blood. Keep normal, healthy blood counts.
See new goal above. I’m going to focus on getting my blood count up, not to give blood, but because it’s the healthy thing to do for myself. Not only am I under the weight requirement to give blood, but with the history of anemia, it would be risky even after recovering. Maybe one day I’ll be able to give the gift of life, and if so, I will.
6.) Do a big volunteer project.
I haven’t done any big volunteer projects, but I have volunteered with our company’s Adopt a Highway and Toys for Tots in the past few months. I also painted houses with a group from church. And you know, even if those don’t seem like big projects, I know that it brings a lot of good to the world, which is what really matters.
7.) Visit the West Coast.
Nothing here yet. I have the vacation days, but I sorta need a reason to fly out there… maybe someone out there will have a documentation need and my company will send me? One can dream…
8.) Learn how to cook.
I’ve been making lots of progress here! So far I’ve made lasagna, pasta dishes, chili, homemade veggie burgers, homemade oreos, and other stuff. Not to mention, Clay and I made shrimp curry together and a few other recipes. I won’t ever be a gourmet chef, but I’m enjoying the sense of pride I get from preparing food for myself rather than relying on frozen pizza, cold cereal, and Las Palmas.
9.) Take a random road trip to another state. AT LEAST another state.
I’ll do this eventually. It’s hard to be random when you work a “real” job, but I’m sure I’ll take a random trip one day on a previously requested vacation day off :).
10.) Take a random road trip to a local place/attraction/museum/person that I haven’t visited.
I’ll probably do this soon. I might want someone to come with me- any takers?
11.) Mentor someone.
I volunteered at two prospective student events at FMU, but that’s different from actually mentoring someone. However, I have a few ideas on how to make this happen…
12.) Write letters or a journal to my future children.
Completed this over the summer. I won’t post the letters here, as they’re not for you, they’re for my future kids :).
13.) Conquer that evil software documentation monster!
I don’t know that the documentation monster can ever be slain, but it seems like everyone at my company wants me documenting their big honkin’ huge enormous documentation project- which, as much work as it is, makes me feel good about my writing. Does that count?