Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meg vs. Myself: 30 by 30

Happy birthday to me! To celebrate my 29th birthday, I decided to come up with 30 things I want to do before I turn 30 in one year. The hubs helped me out with #6 already by taking me to see Les Mis in San Francisco as an early birthday gift last week, so we are off to a good start! Coming up with these goals has made me really grateful for everything that I've been able to do and experience so far in my life, which enables me to focus on a lot of fun things this year. Lucky me! I'll keep up on this list in a new "30 x 30" tab and post about how my plans and projects continue. Wish me luck!
  1. Finish up all of our major home repairs.
  2. Decorate my house as though I were planning on staying here.
  3. Run a ½ marathon.
  4. Sew an article of clothing from scratch and wear it.
  5. Get a professional pedicure.
  6. See Les Miserables on stage.
  7. Get life insurance.
  8. Read War and Peace.
  9. Learn how to hit a golf ball and not look like an idiot (I don’t even aspire to try to get it in the hole).
  10. Ride a horse. (Not on a pony ride or guided by someone else.)
  11. See Yosemite.
  12. Decorate my house for all the major holidays and celebrate with my kids.
  13. Grow a successful harvest of something other than zucchini.
  14. Catch a fish.
  15. Make a pretty makizushi.
  16. Have only one child in diapers.
  17. Date my husband – plan something every week, no matter how short the time.
  18. Do/try at least half of the things I have pinned on Pinterest. (That’s a lot; I’m pushing a thousand pins, though I won’t count things in the category “Dream Home,” etc.)
  19. Learn Pachelbel’s Canon in D on the piano.
  20. Establish and maintain a routine to keep my house clean and organized.
  21. “Upcycle” or purge all the clothes in my pile.
  22. Have a yard where I enjoy spending time with my family.
  23. Stay on a budget for more than a month.
  24. Start accruing real food storage (done on purpose, stuff we can survive on and will actually eat).
  25. Learn to cook a palatable steak for my husband.
  26. Read one (non-picture) book each in Japanese and Spanish.
  27. Write 100 posts for my family history blogs, and get what little I have done in some semblance of order.
  28. Finish translating articles for my cleft blog in Spanish, and update both blogs.
  29. Learn how to do my makeup for realsies and find products that I like and can afford.
  30. Create a wardrobe I am pleased with and get rid of everything else. (Tricky, since I am in the “I am constantly changing sizes” phase of life.)


  1. Happy Birthday! Great goals Meg - this is motivating to me.

  2. For #17, there's a ton of great websites with simple, cheap, ideas!! My favorites: