30 Before 30

30 feels a long way away right now. In less than a month I’ll still be a fairly young lady of 24, but since it appears I have (at least temporarily) strayed off the traditional route of working full time right after graduating from college, it’s easy to feel anxious about the future.

That anxiety makes 30 feel like it’s creeping up more quickly than it actually is.

Especially when one is far from home or unemployed or single or having to regress to asking their parents for money.

Or even worse- any combination of the above

If you had asked me at 12 or 16 or 21 where I thought I’d be at (almost) 24, I think I would’ve said generally the same thing. And I’m definitely not that “thing” afterall.

But that’s not too bad is it?

I’m traveling the world. Finding out what I’m passionate about and having so many adventures that honestly it was a bit hard to come up with 30 things I want to do before I turn 30.

This list made me realize that damn, I have already done a lot by 24.

So I see you 30. Bring. It. On.

30 Before 30

  1. Travel to Africa  My first trip was to Rwanda!
  2. Buy my own car
  3. Ski in the US
  4. Have a “go to” karaoke song
  5. Find a job I love  Learn more here
  6. Go kayaking and in the most beautiful place too!
  7. Wear sunscreen regularly
  8. Bake a pie completely from scratch
  9. Actually floss daily
  10. Go to an NFL game
  11. Learn to drive stick shift/manual transmission
  12. Learn the basics of another language
  13. Pay for someone’s meal behind me in a drive thru
  14. Grow (some) of my own vegetables
  15. Travel somewhere completely solo
  16. Pay off my student loans
  17. Go to a movie alone
  18. Take a spontaneous weekend trip
  19. Go bungee jumping
  20. Own stocks
  21. Design and code my own blog
  22. Cook the Thanksgiving turkey all by myself
  23. Road trip through the US
  24. Learn the basics of Photoshop
  25. Throw a housewarming party
  26. Have a job based somewhere other than Texas
  27. Do my own blowout (aka nicely blow-dry my own hair)
  28. Come up with my own recipes
  29. Volunteer somewhere regularly
  30. Be happy with myself and my life whether anything on this list actually comes to fruition or not

What do you have on your bucket list?

  • Great list. I am 30, very very VERY soon. But massively missed making one of these lists – I’m doing a 30 whilst I’m 30 list instead, 30 things in a year…that’s doable right?!
    M x

    • YES! You could absolutely still do a 30 before 30 list. Blog about it so we can follow along!

  • I love this list! And the general idea of an X before X kind of list. Going to a movie alone has always been on my list. I’ve eaten alone at restaurants before but something about the movies is super appealing. Good luck!

    • I’ve eaten at a restaurant alone as well so I think a movie is definitely the next step

  • I have seen a bunch of these and have started my own. Yours is great! Good luck!

    • Thank you! It was a fun list to put together.

  • Looks like a goof list to me! I have one on my blog and ‘floss daily’ is on it too! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

    • Good not Goof! Typing fail!

    • Hahaha I thought maybe that was a lame one to put on the list, but glad to see I’m not alone! Not so lame afterall maybe

  • That looks like a very doable list. Good luck! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m hoping I have lots of time to get the list done

  • Great list! Well done starting early, I am 13/30ths of the way through mine which I gave myself three years to complete.


    • Thanks! Just checked out your list and looks like we actually have a few in common. I’m a big juicing fan– would recommend the site rebootwithjoe.com

  • Eeeeeek, these are fabulous! I’d like to steal some… but that’s means I have to rewind 7 years :-/ And there is NO WAY I am making a 40 before 40 list. No.Way!

    • Let me clarify that…. rewind 7 years to be 24, NOT because I am 36 and need to be in my 20’s again. That was totally bad wording :-/

    • Hahaha! You don’t have to make a 40 before 40 list. Maybe just a general bucket list instead 🙂

  • danniellek

    you’re anxious at 24? I’m gonna be 29 in a week and am flipping out I still don’t have my shit sorted haha. I think it’s hard going the non-traditional route when sooo many people you know go the traditional, but I wouldn’t change my experiences for any of theirs, even though I’m still broke from it all!

    • Hahah well this gives me hope that I won’t have to have my life figured out anytime soon!

  • girl! 24? i have one more year to make my 30 list happen….but it was fun going down your list checking things off! especially that last one 😉

    • Hahah thank you! I’m not great with bucket lists so I decided I better get an early start.