Tuesday, June 7, 2016

30 by 30

Apparently this is a thing. I didn't know this was a thing until the other day, but the idea intrigues me. Unfortunately, I am only 10 months away from my 30th birthday, and from what I can tell by a basic Google search, this is a list you should be working on for a good decade. Depending on how this pans out I may do a 40 by 40 and give myself a full 10 years, but I tend to give up on and/or forget about goals pretty regularly.

Anyway, I figure I need to go pretty easy on myself if I want to finish 30 things in 9 months.

1. Go skydiving

This one should hopefully be pretty easy since my plan is to go skydiving for my 30th birthday already. Easy stuff, remember?

2. Go see Magic Mike Live show in Vegas

Again, this is a trip I'm already planning on doing for my birthday. It's going to be amazing.

3. Pay off student loans

This one will be pretty tough, but I'll give myself some leeway. Right now I'm on track to have these paid off about six months after my birthday. "By 30" technically means "before 31," right?

4. Watch 100 best movies 

I'll probably end up shortening this to 50. Or 10. Cause right now I'd have to watch about 3 movies per week, and while I watch a crazy amount of TV, I don't watch movies all that often.

5. Play clarinet again (learn a song)

This will be hard. Maybe I should start with "play the clarinet enough so you don't sound like a beginner."

6. Play piano again (learn a song)

This will be easier. I think.

7. Start knitting a blanket

I have a nerd blanket all planned out, but figuring out the patterns has been really difficult so I've stalled on that one. I'll be happy if I just get one square done.

8. Get buff

It's arbitrary, but I don't like not having muscles. Of course, this would require that I start going to the gym again and doing weights, which intimidates the crap out of me.

9. Grow out hair (touch shoulders)

This list is a work in progress. My hair hasn't touched my shoulders since I was 18, so this may be hard to pull off.

10. Start up Omage-o-Meter again

I have another blog where I watch every movie they referenced in the TV show, Spaced (based off of the (Omage-o-Meter captioning on the show) and review it and/or ramble while referencing the references. I stopped after 5 movies because I couldn't get through 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also I went to grad school.

11. Write in journal regularly

I used to be good at this. It probably wouldn't be too difficult to be good at it again.

12. Learn to make paella

Classic Puerto Rican dish that my family has every Christmas. Surprisingly, I've never helped my mom make it. I don't cook, but I need to at least know how to make that dish.

13. Read something - Les Mis? Count of Monte Cristo? Presidential biography? 

Something big. Something I've been meaning to read for a long time but haven't. Or in the case of Count of Monte Cristo, something that I love but haven't read since high school. I'm bad at reading these days, so this will be tough.

14. Go camping

The last time I spent the entire night outside was in 2006. Well, not including the night I slept in line at Comic Con for Hall H. Can that count?

15. Add photos to portfolio 

I have an actual portfolio of some of my favorite photographs just for myself, but I haven't added anything in years. Maybe since high school. I just bought a DSLR and I need something to motivate me to get good at photography again, because right now I suck a lot.

16. Replace windshield

Half way through this list and I'm already scraping the bottom of the barrel. But I only have 10 months (plus a year grace period)!

17. Think of 13 more things to add to this list


  1. I can help you with #10! Come over and we'll watch it in my theater room. (You and Brin can be thoroughly bored together while I soak it up.)

    1. The first half hour or so was visually amazing, so watching it in a theater room would at least be nice to look at!