30 Before 30

On October 1st I turned 29 years old. Many people have asked me lately how I feel about getting close to being 30 and assume I’m dreading it. I’m actually not. I’ve really proud and happy about everything I’ve accomplished in my 20s. During this last decade I studied abroad in Australia, graduated college, moved all by myself to Virginia to begin my teaching career, met some amazing people including my husband, got my masters degree, got married, bought a house, had two babies, become a running coach, ran over 70 races, including 9 marathons… Whew! That is a lot!

Kicked off my 20s by skydiving in Australia... setting the bar high for the rest of the decade!

Kicked off my 20s by skydiving in Australia… setting the bar high for the rest of the decade!

I really want to spend the last year of my 20s celebrating the end of this chapter and the beginning of a new one. That’s why I made this list of 30 things I hope to accomplish by the time I turn 30 next year. Some of them are silly, some of them are fun, some of them are bigger goals, but all of them are important to me in some way. Here we go!

30 Before 30

  1. Place in my age group [25-29] in a race before I enter a new one
  2. Do an obstacle race
  3. Add a stamp to my passport [we’re hoping to visit friends in Germany next summer!]
  4. Take a trip with just my hubby
  5. Volunteer at a race
  6. Declutter house
  7. Pay it forward at least 5 times with random acts of kindness
  8. Read 10 books
  9. Get a tattoo for my boys
  10. Brew my own beer
  11. Go wine tasting
  12. Get 3 new PRs
  13. Visit my alma mater, Penn State, for the first time in years
  14. Work on making my loft a special place of my own
  15. Take a girl’s trip
  16. Go geocaching with my family
  17. Explore a new town
  18. Do a long run in DC
  19. Try 2 new recipes each month
  20. Practice turning off technology more
  21. Put more money away into savings
  22. Get a massage
  23. Go on dates with my hubby
  24. Start planning our move away from this area
  25. Blog once a week
  26. Pace someone to a new PR
  27. Stress less, smile more
  28. Send 1 card/letter in the mail each month
  29. Use my real camera and video camera more
  30. Spend more time with family and friends

I have no idea if I will realistically be able to do everything on this list, but if nothing else it’s a fun challenge. Here’s to the last year of the best decade of my life (so far)!

29 looks pretty good to me! Can't wait to see what this year brings :)

29 looks pretty good to me! Can’t wait to see what this year brings 🙂

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