30 Before 30

In exactly 35 days I will turn 29. I don't know who's more freaked out by it, me or my mother. This means in 400 days I turn 30. Jeebus! For a while I've been seeing 30 before 30 lists all over the interwebz and the blogosphere. I noticed them on pinterest too. Interesting. 30 things to do before turning 30. Sounds easy enough. It's NOT a bucket list. It's a to-do list. Okay okay bucket lists are to-do lists but I don't like thinking of this in terms of things to do before the end of my life. No. I have the attention span of a 2-year-old in a room full of sparkly things.

Unless you're my godson...then nuts to the sparkly things, where Thomas the Tank engine!?

Bucket lists have a "finalness" about them that I don't like. So to me this isn't a bucket list, it's a 400 day to do list.

Creating this 30 before 30 list with best friend (she has a list too...go look) has been a real exercise in focusing on me and trying to prevent a loss of self.

"What are you talking about Tatiana? Loss of self? That sounds too deep for me!"

It's simple really, a year and a half ago we left our life in Canada so John could play a staring roll in "Johnathan: The UPU employee and international man about town!" My life was put on hold and it's very easy to get overshadowed by the sparkle that is John and his career (yeah I totally called him sparkly on the internet....) So this is my effort to not get lost in the shuffle.

I have 400 days to accomplish the following:

1. Apply to the Glimpse Correspondents Program (Done July 4)
2. Dispose of a camera for the disposable camera project  (Done May 3rd)
3. Get my third tattoo (I can hear your sighing heavily from here mom)
4. Go on a hike requiring an overnight.
5. Successfully grow tomatoes (Done August 19th)
6. Master my new holga and my Polaroid (Done)
7. Take one spur of the moment trip.(Done! January 31 to February 3)
8. Read/re-read 10 classics (10/10) (Done)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • Catcher in the Rye 
  • The 39 Steps
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Are you there God it's me Margret?
  • 1984
  • Flowers for Algernon 
  • The Great Gatsby
9. Successfully saber champagne (done)
10. Look fabulous at 30 (healthy living, healthy eating, healthy body image all that wonderfulness) (done)
11. Buy a designer something (John's money is on that something being shoes) (Done)
12. Get rid of 30 items. (30/30) (done)
13. Have breakfast at Tiffany's. (done Dec. 23, 2013)
14. Become a better proofreader (done)
15. Be more present (done)
16. Get business cards for my blog. (done April 15, 2013)
17. Write the framework for my novel. (Done March 31, 2013)
18. Write my book the Stephen King way (1000 words a day until you have your book)
19. Move on (done)
20. Shop my closet for 30 days (done)
21. Develop a sponsorship program for my blog ( Done! March 1, 2013)
22. Complete my online portfolio (done)
23. Write a letter to Juliet in Verona
24. Clean out my email.  (Done! March 7 went from 3000+ emails to 850)
25. Do the Montreux wine hike. (done...sort of...I've done half the hike...twice)
26. Go on an adventure with my Husband (done!)
27. Go to a cooking class. (Done June 12)
28. See a wonder of the world. (Done February 2 - The Coliseum in Rome)
29. Go to the Mediterranean
30. Go to one of these libraries (Done May 4 - National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum)

*Bonus Items*
- Learn to play a song on the guitar.
- Pass a coursera class (Done August 22nd)
- Rock GISHWHES (Done August 18th proof)



Erwin said…
Well... does Canada's Parliament Library count? You were there as a little girl :P
Elfe said…
Read Anne of Green Gables!
Jaim said…
Little Women

Les Mis
Love this list -- and your philosophy on it! :) A to-do list!