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In Maui

Me, on a perfect beach in Maui

Hello, welcome to my blog! My name is Katie and I totally wasted my 20s. I don’t think I’m alone there – it seems to me that a lot of people spend their post-teenage, pre-adult years trying to figure out just what it is they’re supposed to do. I definitely fell into that trap – I lived the life I thought I should have instead of the one I wanted. I made some terrible life decisions, got in some bad relationships, spent too much time and money supporting other people, and set all my dreams to the side. *sad trombone*

Now I’m 29, on the verge of 30, and I want to change. All of the bad things that came with living for someone else (regret, debt, a failed business, heartbreak) were great lessons. Now I know that I’m at my best when I live for myself. If I’m following my heart and setting my own goals, things seem to work out. I used to think I was more of a dreamer than a doer, but as I considered creating this blog, I realized that I have an amazing power to get things done and make things happen. The only reason I haven’t made my dreams a reality is because I was too busy lending that power to other people.

Spending my birthday in France

My birthday, 2010. I was not actually in Paris.

Well, as of January 17th, 2013 – my 30th birthday – I’m taking it back! In the 10 years that follow, I will set out to accomplish 30 of my lifelong goals. Some are things I’ve always wanted to do or learn (like how to blow glass), some are things I’ve just never had the balls to do before (singing a song at karaoke  for example), and the rest are places I want to visit (10 countries, 3 continents minimum). I have always loved travel but I’ve never made it a true priority, even though it’s what I would really like to get paid to do… well, that and eat – Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations is pretty much my blueprint for the perfect career.

So why now? Because I’m out of reasons why not. I don’t have kids, or a husband, or a house, or a career – I’m not tied down at all. I make decent money (though that’s likely to change – one of the things on the list is to get a job where I actually matter), I have a lot of free time now that my personal business failed (silver lining!), and I have a wonderful and supportive partner. I can’t think of a better time to cross some things off my life’s To Do list and I don’t want to wait so long that it turns into a bucket list.

My business was cupcakes

My business that failed: wedding cupcakes like these!

The full list of 30 things is posted below and on its own page – I’ll cross them off there as I get them done. In the weeks leading up to my 30th birthday, I’ll be making in-depth posts about my goals so you can find out why I chose them, how I plan to accomplish them, and other fun facts. After the project launches, I’ll be blogging about my progress with The 30 Things, as well as my smaller goals, adventures, and life goings-on. There will (hopefully) be some very exciting moments, and there will probably be a few failures, and then there will be some boring bits where I talk about how I totally freaked myself out taking all this on, even if it is over a decade. No matter what happens, I’m making a goal to post regularly – just check out Thing #30!

  1. Learn how to blow glass
  2. See the Northern Lights
  3. Take violin lessons
  4. Bicycle a long path – 300 miles at least
  5. Travel the Way of St. James
  6. Touch a penguin
  7. Learn a new language
  8. Snorkel in the Caribbean Sea
  9. Do something that really, truly scares me
  10. Sing a song at karaoke
  11. Get another dog
  12. Take my mom to Costa Rica
  13. Fix my credit
  14. Throw a really big party
  15. Finish a half sleeve of tattoos
  16. Win a contest
  17. Build or repair something
  18. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  19. Learn how to dance
  20. Volunteer
  21. Get a new car (or move where a car is not necessary)
  22. Drive the PCH
  23. Meet someone I admire
  24. Have a secret posted or published by PostSecret
  25. Refuse to buy physical things for myself for a whole year
  26. Legally change my last name
  27. Get a meaningful job
  28. Read 300 books
  29. Visit at least 10 countries on 3 continents
  30. Write and work on this blog for a decade