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Looking forward from 30

30 Before 30: The list

Here is a list of goals I hope to achieve by my birthday at the beginning of April.  I decided to keep a few ground rules: I wanted to stick to specific goals that I am completely in control over both starting and finishing, and with a quantifiable way of counting whether it has been achieved or not.
  1. Get my learner’s permit.  I still don’t have a driver’s license yet for a number of different reasons, including living in a college town for five years where you could walk everywhere, as well as all the time I spent in cities with (admittedly subpar) public transit.   I’m also a little wary of the expense of actually owning and driving a car, but being able to drive is a good skill to have, and for someone that likes to travel as much as I do, it would be worth looking into.
  2. Apply for my passport.
  3. Restore my internal clock from “night owl” to “early to bed, early to rise”.
  4. Set up a new layout for this blog.
  5. Finish my stack of unread books.
  6. Create a page on Existentialist Weightlifting for quick access of all my SNL reviews and essays; fix any typographical errors in previously posted reviews.
  7. Finish reviewing the 1980-81 season of SNL (There are a grand total of 13 shows to review.  I’ve already finished four reviews, and am working on the fifth).
  8. Watermark my photography and set up a true online portfolio.
  9. Take at least 10 new pictures of friends for my “simple portraits” series.
  10. Go through my clothes and get rid of any that are in too bad shape or that I just don’t want.
  11. Send 30 letters to friends through snail mail.
  12. Complete all those drafts of letters I’ve started in GMail.
  13. Write 30 proper e-mails to those I don’t have drafts in my e-mail folder to.
  14. Do not buy a single DVD, CD or book unless it is a present for a family member’s birthday between the day I post this and the day I turn 30.
  15. Watch all unwatched DVDs purchased before September 2010.
  16. Have a completed piece of prose or poetry (as oppose to a more quickly written blog post) to post online.
  17. Have a completed drawing scanned and posted online.
  18. Spend my 30th birthday (or thereabout) in Halifax or another city besides Miramichi.
  19. Go without internet or computer access for one whole weekend.
  20. Transfer all my remaining ’97-’05 original broadcasts of SNL from tape to DVD.
  21. Go without fast food for one whole month.
  22. Go to one restaurant or bar in Miramichi I haven’t been to before.
  23. Sit down at my computer and free-write for one hour five times.
  24. Have 100 applications for jobs completed at the very minimum, unless I am hired by the time I hit that number.
  25. Go out for a 30-minute walk at least 30 times.
  26. Go to the library ten times.
  27. Go somewhere in New Brunswick where I’ve never been before.
  28. See at least one live music show.
  29. Plan and cook all my meals for one week.
  30. Post the results of my 30 before 30 with annotation, and post my 35 before 35 on that same day.

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16 thoughts on “30 Before 30: The list

  1. Great list! I think this is very doable, except maybe #15… I wish you well with that one 😉

  2. Interesting idea! By the way, when you don’t drive and you walk everywhere, you stay much healthier. I live out in the middle of nowhere, so walking to anywhere is not really an option unless you include the other people who live on houses on the same ranch! I encourage you to really go for it. You can do it!

    For me, I would have to write up my 50 before 50 list, but then I would have 2 years and 4 months to complete the fifty things. Most people my age are writing bucket lists, things they want to do before they die… Ick! I may write out a list of things before I am 50 though! Besides I want to live to a hundred + like my Grandma did! I can do it twice then! Hehe

    Peace and Harmony,

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  3. I’m reading the Steve Jobs biography and your post made think of a Hindu saying it quotes: “For the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.”

    I think this is a wonderful idea to make some new positive habits before you turn 30. I’ll be watching for updates on how you’re making out with it. Good luck!

  4. mamaofthreebrat/fae twitter on said:

    I wrote this wonderful comment but the tornado siren test went off, which for some odd reason it always shuts my computer down. I usually get off before noon on Sat. but I wasn’t paying attention (habit of mine).

    So back to your list, wow , lots to do but doable. When I read about you getting your drivers license I had to laugh. My daughter drove for 11 years..all over the state of Florida and beyond, then she moved to Ireland and hasn’t driven since, 5 years. She walks everywhere or if it’s a distance her hubby drives.

    I love your writing!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. longstockingns on said:

    Great list! I wish I’d done this list for when I turned 30 but here I am turning 31 in a few days. Maybe I’ll make a before 35 list. You’ve inspired me! You’re writing is great! I look forward to your progress!

  6. Fantastic list of goals! I wish you all the best with them – I know you can do it!

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