the thirty by 30 list

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Thirty By 30

i turn 25 on august 12th.

i’ve been using this month to really reflect on where i’m currently at now in life, but most importantly where i’m trying to be. i first saw a thirty by 30 list on krystal of the fiesty house’s blog + then, one of my good blog friends elle started writing hers. their list both inspired me so i figured, i’m turning 25 soon.. why not set up some goals to accomplish by the time i hit 30. being a big sucker for lists, it wasn’t hard for me to come up with thirty things i wish to have done within the next five years.

thirty by 30 list

1. pay off all student loans + be completely debt free.
2. take two to three months off to backpack across the world.
3. buy a ‘fix-me-up’ house, lake house or cabin somewhere out the city + renovate it. preferably the catskill region.
4. learn another language by way of rosetta stone. starting with german.
5. buy my first two pairs of christian louboutins +/or louis vuitton bag. i want to be able to actually afford this lifestyle.
6. make at least six figure income, if not on my way to seven.
7. gracefully quit my job + never work for anyone else but myself again. with the exception of freelancing from time to time.
8. get more tattoos. more specifically my back + right arm done.
9. get another dog. this time a boy.
10. train + compete for some type of athletic competition, whether its american ninja, crossfit competitions or even just a triathlon.
11. teach a design based workshop around the world. starting with amurrica.
12. learn how to shoot a gun.
13. learn a mixed martial arts. preferably muy thai +/or krav maga.
14. throw a lavish dinner party for friends.
15. be a guest speaker at a blog +/or design conference.

16. get work published in major publication like computer arts.
17. enter into some design competition + actually win.
18. take a road trip, preferably from the east coast to the west.
19. get engaged, plan my own wedding + get married.
20. practice the art of meditation + yoga on a daily basis. namaste.
21. take on a full interior design project.
22. get a green thumb + grow my own plants, fruits, vegetable + a ‘medicinal greenhouse’.
23. speak to friends + family at least once a week on the telephone. not via text.
24. get court side tickets to a basketball game.
25. have my well decorated living space published in a major home design magazine +/or blog.
26. have visited at least 30 of the 50 states.
27. get back into painting + paint a piece for living space.
28. live by way of stilettos at least 4x a week.
29. go on a ten-day silence retreat.
30. give up fast food completely.

so here’s the list. i turn thirty in 2018 giving me more than enough time to knock out these thirty things. i will definitely keep everyone updated on how things on the list are going. as of today, #12 is how i’m thinking of spending my 25th birthday. a day at the shooting range followed by some barbecue, or something. ugh, i’m such a guy sometimes. #30 is in the works as i’ve given up basically everything but wendy’s + burger king.. but eventually those will have to go. #9 is in the works for the end of the year, as the mister + i are planning on getting a male alaskian klee kai. and now that this blog has actually launched, working extra hard to make #11 + #15 happen within the next year or so. i got my fingers crossed. how about you?

do you have a list of things you want to accomplish by a certain time? what are some of those things?

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  • I am so proud of you for getting this list together. I plan on being involved in at least three of the goals listed. I’m trying to be grown like you out here lol.

    • L.

      Girl, let’s get this work! *whips hair*

      • lmao yass! let’s go!

  • Katherine Gilbert

    This is an awesome list!!

    • L.

      Thank you so much Katherine!

  • guyanesesista

    I’m gonna be 29 in November. I don’t think I’ll be able to do 30 things by then. Maybe I can make a list and see how far I get.

    • L.

      Why don’t you make a thirty-five things to do before 35 list? Or.. something like 100 things to do in 1001 days (that’s a few years)! Just some ideas to get that list started!

      • guyanesesista

        I was thinking about a 35 before 35. I think I’ll go with that one. Thanks.

  • Guest

    Love this list! I am inspired to create one of my own 🙂

    • L.

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed! Please share when you’ve made yours!

  • Corrisa

    This is a good idea. I’m 23 now. Seven years to accomplish some things. I should make my own list.

    Some places to start btw:

    Paying off student loans:


    Good luck. 🙂

    • L.

      Thank you so much for the links! I’ve been staying on top of my student loans, so hopefully I’ll be debt free in 5 yrs or less. Just want to start making bigger payments.

      And gonna check out the Couch-to-5K. I used to be a runner, and stopped once I got into college. Slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things. Will definitely use this as a guide!

      And if you do make a list, please share! I’d love to check it out!

  • Girl your so young! Im 28 with less time. My favorite…. #30! I need to do the same!

    • L.

      I’m really proud that I gave up McDonald’s.. I haven’t had it in over 4 years. That was the hardest one. But there are days when I just crave Wendy’s or BK.. maybe even Popeye’s.. then I feel so bad after eating it. Ugh, but yea I’m working on it. One of these days it’s going to be cut off for good!

  • Troy Carmichael

    I have a list in the works (own a house and pay off student loan debt by 30). I turn 24 in September, anything I should get crackin on before 25? lol

  • Kimberly Marie

    Sue me for reading all of your old posts like now, but whatever lol. Anyway I feel old has hell. Shoot, I am old as hell, so I’ll have to settle on 35 things by 35… I’m over 30 so yeah.

    I’m trying to make #30 happen but french fries are the devil + so are California burritos.

    I’m so with you on #1. That is at the top of my list. I’m almost there.

    I’m kinda with you on #16, but I want to actually write a book. An entire book. I can’t believe I even typed that, but if you launch this stuff into the universe, it’s supposed to manifest itself, so…

    #27 <— This all day. I took this lil bougie art + wine class that was cute and fun and I revived my love of painting again, so I'm committed to paint something to hang up on my place within the next 6 months.

    This post inspired me to do my 35 before 35…because I have only 2 months before that happens ;-). I told you I was old.