Wednesday, September 3, 2014

30 Before 30 | My Goals

Hello, beauties! It's no secret that I turned 28 a couple of weeks ago. In fact, my mother never fails to remind me just how close I'm creeping to the dreaded 3-0 (she finds this HI-larious). When I stop to think about all the things I've done in my life, though proud, I feel like I should have done more. Growing up poor, I didn't have as many opportunities as other kids, but I feel like I've made the most out of what I have.

However, now that I'm an adult, and especially now that I'm getting close to 30, I feel like I have the chance to really step out and add a few more experiences under my belt. Inspired by other people's 30 Before 30 posts, I decided that creating a tangible list of 30 things I want to do before 30 would be a way to set some realistic goals for the next two years! After careful consideration, here are my 30 goals for the next two years.

1. Get my passport.
2. Learn to make sushi.
3. Get a second tattoo.
4. Buy a house. (Completed 11/07/2014)
5. Grow the blog to 5000 followers.
6. Hit my goal weight (and stay there).
7. Take a cruise.
8. Attend a blogging event.
9. Pay off a debt.
10. Have dinner at a five star restaurant.
11. Adopt a pet from a shelter.
12. Spend a day at a spa.
13. Take a long weekend in Washington DC.
14. Go to the top of the Empire State Building.
15. Craft my perfect skincare routine.
16. Cultivate a wardrobe that I love.
17. Feed the tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue.
18. Tour the Biltmore Estate.
19. Rent a cabin for a weekend.
20. See the leaves turning in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
21. Visit Williamsburg, VA during the holiday season.
22. Cross the Mile High Bridge.
23. Go to King's Dominion.
24. Take in dinner and a show at Medieval Times.
25. Attend a murder mystery dinner.
26. Go to Dollywood.
27. Ride a train.
28. Start a YouTube channel.
29. Reach 40,000 gamer points on XBOX Live. (Don't judge!)
30. Ride one of the world's top 10 tallest and fastest rollercoasters. (One is opening here next spring!)

I'm really excited to work towards all these goals! They're all things I've been wanting to do for ages, but always thought I just wouldn't have the time. Well, now I'm taking control and giving my life a little upgrade! Time to take the bull by the horns and go out there and create the life I want. The only way I fail is by not doing, right? And since I only have two years to complete the list, it means I'll need to get started soon! So, stay tuned and wish me luck!

Do you have a 30 Before 30 list? What are some of your goals?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!



  1. What a great post! I have just turned 27 myself and definitely need to a post like this and list all my wants to do before the 3-0.

    You have given me the inspiration to start one!


    1. Yes, make a list! I'd love to read what your goals are! Glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  2. Great list! I had a list...I think it needs some editing if I'm going to make it lol I only have a year and a half left.

    1. Oh, I totally feel you! I took forever to come up with this list because I knew I'd have a smaller time constraint than people who start their 30 Before 30 in their early 20s. I definitely have some bigger goals that I'd like to go for. Maybe a 40 Before 40? If you post a list, link me. I'd love to cheer you on! xx

  3. Happy Belated 28th and good luck with cross off all your 30 before 30 goals! I'm working on getting passports for my family right now so that we can take cruise soon.

    1. Thanks! That's so exciting that you're getting your passports to go on a cruise! That's definitely what I'd like to do once I get my passport (I'll be able to knock off two goals at once). Where are y'all taking a cruise to? I'd love to do a Disney cruise! xx

  4. What a great list. I haven't been in years, but I love Dollywood. It's fun! I feel like I should start a 40 Before 40 list, even though I'm only 33. That would give me lots of time to get things done!

    1. Oh, I'm so jealous that you've been to Dollywood! I've wanted to go for years and years, but every time I've been in TN in the past few years it's been closed. Definitely do a 40 Before 40 list! I'd love to see what goals you hope to achieve. xx

  5. This is a great list! I'm currently working on a 40 before 40 list. Fun, fun, fun. :)

    1. That's fantastic! What are some of your goals? Love seeing what sort of different things everyone chooses! xx

  6. Love your list! I want to learn to make sushi too!
    ~ Ashley

  7. I love this list, and it seems completely doable in two years! I'm turning 30 in two months (egads), and I feel like I had a pretty good run of it during my 20s. I'm going to have to come up with a 30 after 30! :)

  8. Hey Megan!

    It's been a good long while since we were in Shakespeare together in high school and this may be a bit out of nowhere, but I liked your list and just had to comment. I have a lot of similar goals for myself before the big 3-0 and I feel like I should do what I can to help a fellow late-20-something lady knock an item or two off her list!

    I am currently living in Washington, DC in a row house with two friends from grad school, so if you (and your hubby) can ever get away for a weekend, it would be lovely to see you up here. Moreover, we do have a queen-size bed in our basement for guests that you are more than welcome to (though I understand if a friend/family member's house or hotel might be more what you were thinking). Regardless, I hope whenever you make it up to DC that we can at least get a drink and catch up on the past 10 years (yikes!). :) Good luck with the list!


  9. I've done a few of your list, lol.. I haven't been to King's Dominion in like 12 years though, haha

  10. I got my passport when I was 27 but have since lost it. I turn thirty in Dec and my goal should be "find passport before I turn 30. Ugh! :)

  11. What a great list of goals! So many of them are amazing! I've seen the Biltmore but never stayed there. Would love to stay there myself! I hope you reach as many of these as possible girl! :)

  12. I cannot wait for your youtube channel to be started! that will be amazing. I want you and Beth to get one. I know Daphne has one. Hope you're well lovely and enjoyed your birthday.

  13. This is a fantastic list! I have a list of things I'd like to accomplish before 30 as well, only I have less time to work on them. I turn 30 in April!! I only have a few things crossed off so far so I better get to work! Looking forward to hearing about your experiences as you cross items off your list! :)


  14. I´ve only recently had similar thoughts. I want to do so much and see so much of the world during my life and sometimes I fear I might not go there because it´s out of my comfort zone (and I am only 18!!!). I still try to stay positive and say that I´ve got plenty of time to do everything I want as I am just that young. Lists like yours are really helpful to actually step out of your comfort/ lazy zone and actually do the things you want to!
    xx Lisa

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