I turned 25 last month. So, I figured this a great time to make a 30 before 30 list — that is, a list of 30 goals I want to accomplish before I turn 30 years old.
Deadline: July 8, 2020.
1. Finish my Master’s degree
This one should be done by September 2016, which means it will probably be one of the first to be crossed off this list.
2. Attend a Bundesliga game
Although I have been living in Germany for over 2 years, I have still never been to a professional soccer game!
3. Find a job I love
This would be the logical follow-up to finishing my Master’s degree.
4. Knit an entire sweater
I am a decent knitter, although I do not knit very often. Let’s hope I find the time to knit my own sweater before I turn 30!
5. Visit 3 new countries
This is very manageable, considering I haven’t visited the majority of the countries that border Germany (I’m looking at you, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Poland).
6. Read 100 books
In general, I read 1-2 books per month. So, reading 100 books in 5 years should be achievable, as long as I continue to read consistently. If you are wondering what books I am reading, you can visit my Goodreads profile (I currently have 56 read books on my profile, which means I should have 156 by the time I’m 30).
7. Get a pedicure and/or manicure
I have never had a professional pedicure or manicure. This is mainly because I hate being touched by people, which I need to get over.
8. Spend a night in a 5-star hotel
9. Start learning a new language
Since classes are free as long as I am still a student, I have been considering taking a Spanish course next semester…
10. Read 30 books in German
I already have a lot of German novels on my Kindle, but I often skip over them in favor of English books, just because I know I can read them faster and easier. I should stop doing that…
11. Visit 10 different Christmas markets
12. Get my student debt into the 4-figure range
My student loan debt is currently in the 5-figure range. I am not sure paying it all off within 5 years is manageable, but I hope that I can at least get it below $10,000.
13. Adopt a dog
14. Buy a house
This is by far the loftiest goal on the list.
15. Learn to drive stick shift
Marco gave me a stick shift lesson over a year ago, and I have my German driving license. I’m still too anxious to actually drive stick shift, however, and I want to overcome that.
16. Grow a vegetable garden
Like how I grew tomatoes on our balcony last year, except on a bigger scale.
17. Get a professional haircut
Confession time: I have not had my hair cut by a professional in over 3 years. It started as just not wanting to do it while I was in Germany. Then it slowly grew into a sort of phobia, because I don’t like being touched. I own nice hair-cutting scissors, and regularly cut my hair at home, but I should really go get it professionally cut and styled sometime within the next 5 years…
18. Learn to code
I have learned a bit out of necessity due to past jobs and my blog, but I really want to learn some more. I will probably just utilize free resources online like codecademy.
Another confession: I have never voted. I will write more about this later, but it is something I am quite ashamed of, and something I definitely want to change.
20. Enjoy black coffee
Marco and I bought our first coffee machine a few months ago. Since then, I have begun regularly drinking coffee (just one per day, usually in the afternoon) for the first time. However, I am still a little bit of a wuss and rarely take it black.
21. Visit a winery
22. Get a massage
Once again, I hate being touched. The thought of getting a massage actually makes me feel a little bit sick, but I really want to get over this, because I am sure there will be a point in the next 5 years where a professional massage could really do some good!
23. Master the German language
When people ask, I generally say that I am “proficient” in German. I don’t always feel comfortable speaking it, and I still make mistakes. However, I can effectively express myself and discuss any topic just fine. For me, mastering the langauge would come when I never find myself struggling for words, and I don’t feel so self-conscious when having to speak German with a stranger.
24. Run 5k in less than 30 minutes
I recently started the C25k program, and it is going really well! I hope to be able to cross this one off the list within the next couple months.
25. Unplug for (at least) 24 hours
I love the Internet. Whenever I my phone “pings” to tell me I have a new email, I feel the need to look at it immediately. So, it would definitely do me some good to completely unplug for a day, or more (hopefully while on a nice beach vacation).
26. Invest in a handbag
27. Maintain an HbA1c under 6.5
This is a health goal to keep my blood sugar under control (I have Type 1 diabetes).
28. Run 10k
After feeling comfortable running 5k, I want to move up to 10k.
29. Do a pull-up
I don’t just want to run, I also want to be strong. I don’t think I have ever been able to do a pull-up, but it would be so cool to be able to do! I want Michelle Obama arms!
30. Throw a party for my 30th birthday!