When I was growing up, I wanted to be a doctor, a professional athlete or a princess in a castle with a closet full of shoes. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), none of those dreams worked out; so here I am, a 20-something working as a social media ninja by day and a blogger by night. While I am loving life right now, it’s nothing like I imagined my adult life being.
My 30th birthday is just 27 months away (May 6th, 2018) and while I’ve checked a lot of things off my bucket list, there is still so much I want to do and so many places I want to visit. In no particular order, here’s my list of 30 things I want to do before the clock strikes midnight on my 30th birthday. Some will be fun and some will be very challenging and test my limits but I promise to complete every single thing on this list!
1. Camp at Zion National Park
I fell in love with Utah on our trip to Salt Lake and have always wanted to hike The Narrows. Even if I can’t get a permit, who can say no to camping under the stars in this gorgeous part of the country?
2. Snowboard in Canada
I’ve travelled across the border into our neighbor to our south so it’s about time I made to Canada, eh? Banff and Whistler, I’m coming for you!
3. Visit 3 European Countries
I’m 27 and never got to study abroad during college and still need to visit the countries across the pond. I missed out on going to a soccer tournament in the Netherlands in high school so I’m long overdue to check this one off. Italy, Spain and Greece are on the top of my list.
4. Become a Brand Ambassador
While I consider myself an outdoorsy person, I’m not quite a gearhead, but I’m getting there! I can’t imagine a better life than being a gear review blogger so this seems like a natural first step.
5. Take an Avalanche Safety Class
As I’ve gotten better at snowboarding, I’ve found myself in a few questionable situations. I want to feel confident on the mountain, knowing I can get myself (and my friends) out of an avalanche situation if we ever found ourselves buried. I’d ALWAYS rather be safe than sorry when it comes to riding backcountry terrain.
6. Go Split Boarding
While the idea of skinning up a mountain isn’t so appealing, the powder you can access and the high you get from setting first tracks makes it so worth it. I should do #5 before I give this a try tho.
7. Write an article that gets published in a major Magazine or on a Blog
I might be a little biased but I like to think I have a way with words. I’d love to continue doing what I love and be able to share that with a larger audience. This is definitely a work in progress.
8. Start my own side business
If you love what you do, it no longer seems like your job but just another opportunity to grow. i’d love to learn more about photography and blogging. Or maybe I’ll start a DIY store? The options are endless here. Again, do what you love, love what you do!
9. Run a Half Marathon
Yikes, I almost can’t believe this one made the cut. I signed up for the Slacker Half Marathon in June so it’s official. The run goes from Loveland to Georgetown so is considered a “downhill” half but 13 miles is still 13 miles people. Definitely a challenge on this list.
10. Hike 27 of the (54) 14ers
Love doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about 14ers. I’ve done 15 so far and would love to make it halfway by the time I’m 30. There’s not much that can beat a beer and donuts on the summit with your friends in the summer. So I’m going to hike, hike and hike some more when it gets warm.
11. Take a dance class
Everyone thinks because I’m half black that I’ve got dance moves: FALSE. I definitely got the short end of that stick. This one is just on here to help me have a little fun and try something new.
12. Volunteer at an animal shelter
My family has always had dogs but it wasn’t until recently that I began researching the importance of adopting an animal from a shelter. I LOVE dogs and think every single one deserves a fun, caring home where both human and dog are happy as clams. I also support volunteering and don’t do nearly enough of it so this will be my small way of giving back.
13. Photograph Wildlife in Alaska
Moose and Bears and Caribou, Oh My! But seriously, why not? When my parents came back from their trip, I audibly grumbled in envy of how amazing their pictures were. This is happening in 2016 with camera in tow.
14. Take Bella on a solo Road Trip
Being a puppy is hard work and she definitely deserves a vacation. Besides, mom won’t mind taking you along. I promise lots of country music with the windows rolled down so you can let your ears flop and adorable try to “eat” the air as it flows by.
15. Take a cooking class
I love trying new recipes from Pinterest but let’s be honest, a real cooking class would be so much fun! One where we can drink wine and dance around the kitchen while we’re cooking is preferred!
16. Go to a Naked and Famous concert
This is my favorite band to shred to but I still haven’t seen them live. Let’s make this happen!!
17. Go to a sit down dinner by myself
I’ve been to the movies by myself and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I imagined but there is something about going to dinner solo that takes that fear to a whole new level. For those of you who have done this, you are amazing individuals! Maybe if I take a book it won’t be so bad…
18. Payoff my car loan
This one is on here for obvious reasons. The less debt I have, the more money I have to travel 🙂
19. Show my photography in a gallery
This is the only item I was terrified to put on this list and am afraid on not accomplishing. I’ve taken some decent pictures but still have A LOT to learn. I’d love to have them shown somewhere, anywhere. This goal will definitely take some creativity and persistence.
20. Make a summer video edit
In addition to writing for social media, I love taking and editing video. I’ve always said I’d like to make a mountain bike edit but need more footage and time. My GoPro will get lots of use these next 27 months haha.
21. Go to a shooting range and learn how to shoot a gun + bow/arrow
In light of the Zombie Apocalypse, I need to know how to defend myself! In all seriousness though, I wan to become more educated on gun laws and learn how to defend myself if I ever got into a situation where I needed these skills.
22. Complete the 365 day photo challenge
There is only one way to get better at photography and that is to practice! I’ll start this project in 2017 but will work on smaller challenges before that to prepare.
23. Decorate/Create a Home that makes me proud
I’m still renting which makes it a little harder to find your own decorating style but I’d love to come home to a place that feels like me. Pinterest has given me some ideas so this is definitely a work in progress and will go well with my DIY goals for the year.
24. Go Geocaching and leave something cool for someone else to find
Geocaching is like the adult version of hide and seek and I’m a kid at heart so obviously still enjoy this game. I’ve downloaded the app on my phone and plan on going on several treks by my house in the coming months.
25. Visit Las Vegas
I’m 27 and still haven’t been to Vegas. I feel like this is an experience everyone needs to have in their life, whether it’s gambling or going to a show.
26. Get a New Tattoo
I would like to add a graphic to the tattoo on my ribs. There is something liberating knowing you are permanently marking your body with an image that has meaning to you. I’ve got a few ideas (hint: watercolor may be in the mix!) and they’re all very unique.
27. Learn how to play guitar
I’ve played violin since I was 5 and would love to learn a new instrument. This one will definitely be a challenge since the cords are completely different but I’m totally up for it.
28. Get a facial
It seems a little sacrilegious that I’m 27 and still haven’t pampered myself with one of these so this is happening! I’m sure my skin will thank me later.
29. Watch a sunrise from the top of a mountain
There are few things more peaceful than being top of a mountain by yourself watching the sun rise over a city that is still waking up. I need to do more of this.
30. Complete a Canvas & Cocktails painting to hang in my house
I am by no means an artist. In fact, the best drawing I did involved a stick figure so that should give you an idea how challenging this one will be. I’ve always wanted to do this though so no matter how it turns out, I can say I checked it off my bucket list.
I’m really excited (and nervous) to get started on this list! It will take me overseas and out of my comfort zone. Come along for the ride; it’s sure to be a crazy journey!
Have you made a similar list? What did you put on it? Share your ideas with me in the comments!