The List

A couple of friends and I have been working on our “30 Before 30” lists.  The only rule is that the items have to be things that are within your control – winning the Lottery and marrying Clive Owen are, unfortunately, OUT of my control.  Below is my list of 30 things I need to do before January 20, 2013 – that averages to about one a month between now (8/31/2010) and my 3oth birthday.  I will be crossing out and posting about each item on my blog as I complete them, I’m pretty excited about this little challenge!

UPDATE: After discussing with the group, we’ve decided that we have until the eve of our 31st birthdays to complete the list. So now it needs to be completed by 11:59pm on 1/19/2014.

Here’s my list, in no specific order:

  1. Road trip cross country with Essie
  2. Go whale watching 9/7/12
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon
  4. Complete a 10k race
  5. Hike to Machu Picchu 4/21/11
  6. Visit Patagonia 4/29/11
  7. Learn how to snowboard 3/6/13
  8. Climb Kilimanjaro
  9. Attempt to get one of my travel stories published 8/12/11
  10. Captain the Emma Rose
  11. Plan for and leave on a spontaneous trip – all within the same week 3/4/13
  12. Sing a solo karaoke song
  13. Become involved with a charity on this side of the pond
  14. Learn to use a sewing machine 2/26/12
  15. Participate in a speed date (wing man welcome!)
  16. Visit an authentic Chicago Blues Bar 2/3/12
  17. Get my SCUBA certification in a cool, exotic place 1/28/12
  18. Read the unabridged version of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  19. Take my parents out for a nice dinner
  20. Take a Spanish refresher course 4/6/11
  21. Take a trip with my high school girl friends to somewhere warm and beachy
  22. Go to a Bears game at Soldier Field
  23. Bike from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs on the Lakefront Trail
  24. Host another arts show to highlight my work
  25. Go on a Chicago River architecture tour 9/12/11
  26. Pitch a photojournalism story to a local publication and see if they bite
  27. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway with no schedule – as many stops as I want
  28. Go to Lollapalooza (perhaps with a press pass??) 8/5/11
  29. Create and give a presentation about the IDP situation in Kenya in hopes of inspiring people to become involved 9/16/10
  30. Visit my cousin in Denver


  1. Kick a$$ list!!! Love this ! Myself and my fiancée are doing something like it ourselves, we left our home and are backpacking through Europe. Loving every minute of knocking out stuff we’ve always wanted to do.

    Thanks for sharing and I’m looking forward to following.

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