13 Things to Do Before 30- One year later

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).

Completed one 10K in March and another in November :).  The November 10K broke my March 10K time by almost seven minutes!

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.

5.) 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?

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4 Responses to 13 Things to Do Before 30- One year later

  1. S Club Mama says:

    You don’t even weigh enough to give blood? Holy buckets! Small one! 🙂 But healthy! That’s what counts.
    I keep a diary for my boys now; I write in it about once a month (used to be more often but 2 keep me busier than 1). 😀 I love it and hope they get a better glimpse of themselves as tots than baby books provide.

    And Nebraska happens to be a good state to randomly visit. 😀

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      I’m also 25 and just under 5’0″… which explains why I don’t weigh enough to give blood. Not to mention, no kids and running ~20 miles a week keeps me thin.

      It’s not fully obvious how tiny I am in many of my pics, but I can outrun people much taller so yeah =).

  2. Tori says:

    I love these kinds of “bucket lists”! I can’t believe you’ve never driven to a different state. Not even when you were younger? I remember an awesome trip I took with my mom and grandmother to Elvis’s house at Graceland. It was amazing. My family pretty much drives to every vacation spot, no flying in our famliy. And living in the south, it’s a given to drive to the beach most summers. So fun! You have to make that your next goal! Roadtrips are something you never forget.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hey, Amy!

    Another inspiring blog post from you! 😀

    Well, you’re farther than me on my list. I’ve driven without an intended destination, dyed my hair temporarily, and rode in a horse-drawn carriage (or, Amish buggy, really).

    But I’m thinking about redoing my list. I’m not really content with it, and some of the things I don’t really want to do anymore, like counting the bricks on a building for example. hehe. I don’t know what I had in mind when I wrote that one down. hehe.

    Anyways, I think it’s great that you’re going to watch your blood count, keeping it at a healthy level. It’s okay that you can’t give blood…a lot of people can’t. So, don’t feel bad. 🙂

    I’ve recently started writing letters to my future husband. Well, actually, this is a second attempt. I started last year, but I felt that I wasn’t being honest with him, you know? I’d like to have something for my future kids, but I think I’ll focus on putting this journal together for my future man. I haven’t met him yet, or if I have, I’m just not aware of it. But I look forward to giving him the journal (hopefully all nice and filled up!) on our wedding day! ❤


    – Rebecca

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