My Ultimate 29 Before 30 To-Do List


I am turning 30 in a little less than a year. I now have less than 365 days before my big 30 hits. I am looking forward to it. I have grown and changed a lot in the last several years and I truly feel like life is getting better for me with each year. I also realize that I have done a lot of stupid things in my early 20-ies. Oh well, that’s what they are for. So to celebrate the upcoming new decade of my life I have decided to put a list of 29 things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. I will be sharing the progress as I go. I have started this on July 18th 2016 and it will end on August 27th 2017.

Learning (2/6):

  • Learn the basics of HTML/CSS
  • Learn one of the Ballroom Dances (Tango or Salsa)
  • Learn another language (At least to get around)
  • Take an Acting Class ( Completed September 2016-Improv)
  • Take a cooking class and master a new dish
  • Learn a new piece on piano (Chopin: Nocturne op. 9 No 1)

Personal Development/Growth:

  • Read 29 new books (Unfinished Business, The Light Between Oceans,  The Good Girl, All The Light We Cannot See, Hardball For Women, The Nightingale,)
  • Rebuild my 6-month Emergency Fund
  • Unplug from all electronics for the weekend
  • Help a stranger
  • Go for one month without spending any money (except for food and basic necessities)
  • Complete a 365-day photo project
  • Have something I wrote published
  • Participate in a March (Women’s March in Dallas January 21, 2017)
  • Go completely vegan (Vegan as of October 2016)
  • Go without drinking any alcohol for 1 month


  • Try Surfing
  • Do something that scares me (skydiving in the mountains, bungee jumping, cliff jumping)  (I’ve done those in the past, time to refresh)
  • Get scuba certified
  • Be able to do a handstand
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Walk a half marathon ( 14.7 miles in Barcelona 2016)
  • See a great band in concert or several bands: ( Completed  at ACL October 2016: Radiohead, Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, Bob Moses, Mike Snow,  M83)
  • Finish decorating my apartment and donate excess/old stuff
  • Stay up all night and watch both the sunset and the sunrise


  • Travel to a new continent or visit a new country (Spain 2016)
  • Visit a new State
  • Take a spontaneous last-minute trip somewhere