30 by 30

Everyone has a bucket list; a list of things you want to do before you die, but what about short term goals and dreams? Things you know have a good chance of accomplishing within 5 to 10 years? I hadn't thought to write them down, until recently. Sometimes it feels like time is slipping through my hands. Rather than fall into a deep depression thinking about all of the shoulda, coulda, woulda's I've passed on through the years, I'm going to meet 30 head on. Hopefully, by the time that ominous day comes, I'll be able to give myself a commanding pat on the back for all the awesome things I've accomplished. I can hear the commentary now..."You're young, why worry now?!" Truthfully, I don't want 30 to sneak up and smack me in the face, so I've got a little over 3 years to make all these things happen. I tried to make the list fun and exciting, while keeping in mind I have a time limit to consider and a bank account to avoid depleting. My list of items seems attainable given all the variables that make up my life, and many of them will prove to make me a better person. World traveler, educated citizen, and a more fulfilled person all by the age of 30? Challenge accepted.
Besides, 30 is the new 20, right?

For every item on the list that I don't accomplish by age 30, I will donate $100 to be split among the ASPCA and the USO.
START DATE: February 26, 2011
1.   Travel through Europe
-Visit my WANDERLUST page for all our travels.
2.   Run a 5k or 10k without walking
3.   Do a Mud or Color Run
4.   Take Shag lessons
5.   Take a calligraphy/design course
6.   Read the Bible cover to cover
7.   Have a baby
8.   Make my own wine
9.   Read 100 new books
-The Light Between Oceans // Gone Girl // 50 Shades of Grey // A Reliable Wife // The Hunger Games // Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Series // The Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Series // Rick Steve's: Mediterranean Cruise Ports // What Alice Forgot // The Fault In Our Stars
10.  Take a photography class
11.  Ride a horse
-Does a donkey count?
12.  Go kayaking
13.  Visit California’s wine country
14.  See NYC at Christmas
-NYC Girls Trip {Christmas 2012}
15.  Ride in a hot air balloon
16.  Visit 3 states I’ve never been to
17.  Go to a Carolina Panthers football game
18.  Ride a train somewhere
-Kaiserslautern, Germany to Trier, Germany {April 2012}
-Paris, Germany to Paris, France {August 2012}
-Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany to Munich, Germany {October 2012}
19.  Place a $100 bet in Las Vegas
20.  Refurbish a piece of furniture
21.  Learn to knit and sew
22.  Cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner from scratch
-Friendsgiving 2013
23.  Workout with a personal trainer
-WAAF Fitness Center {November 2011 to February 2012}
24.  Eat at 3 restaurants seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
-Blue Moon Cafe {Baltimore, MD-March 2012}
25.  Go rock climbing
26.  Buy a house
27.  Be in the best shape of my life at my goal weight
28.  See Niagara Falls in person
29.  Swim under a waterfall in somewhere tropical
30.  Find a job that I LOVE

How about you? What do you hope to accomplish before you hit the big 3-0?


  1. This is so inspiring and such a great idea! I have some of those same goals!

  2. Oooo, this is so inspiring! I want to do my own now :-) Although, that only gives me 1.5 years (eeek)

  3. Hey There,
    I stumbled across your blog from Carrie's "Chasing Big Dreams" blog on linking up community and I was drawn to your 30 by 30 link. I LOVE your project. 30 is only 3 years away for me but I've been very inspired to make a bucketlist and try and reach some of those goals. I recently learned about The Buried Life and their book "What do you want to do before you die?" I bet it would inspire you to keep going for the items on your list. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Hi Casey! I just found your blog via the Follow Me Maybe link up. :) I love your 30 by 30. I have something similar, a 30 before 30 in my series section. But I really love that you will donate money to the ASPCA and the USO. I'm prior Air Force (I see you are in Germany; I did a stop there on my way to deployment) and a big animal lover so I really love that!

    I love your read 100 new books. I'm a reader too and very much enjoyed The Hunger Games series. How did you like it?

    Oh ride a train is one of my life goals. I want to take the Amtrak up the west coast, rent a little room on it and everything. I think it would be lovely!

    Anyway, glad to find ya!

    Project Lovegood

  5. I'm working on one of my own and stumbled upon yours! You have a great collection. Travel Germany is on mine, so I'll have to get your opinion on where to visit. Just three years now for me. Why wait your whole life to accomplish some goals is right! Good luck on completing it( but I love that you're donating if you don't meet your goals!)

  6. You have inspired me to go ahead and make a list like this of my own. My new goal beginning in 2013!!!

    Ashley Danielle

  7. I am currently writing up my 30 before 30 lists now. Yours is great and you are well on your way to completing it. I hope I am as successful.

  8. I wish I'd seen this first... My list is 101 Things in 1001 Days. I'm slowly trudging through it, but I'm not sure I'll get everything done! 30 by 30 would be much more doable...


  9. I LOVE your list! Mine is a little less exciting, but I have a list obsession. Good luck!

  10. Should do hot air ballooning in Turkey!!!


  11. These are GREAT! Such wonderful goals! You are inspiring me to start thinking through my list! :)

  12. I have to ask.... what is a shag lesson?

  13. I somehow, after surfing and surfing and finding more and more interesting things here on the www, came upon your site. I've bookmarked you (cuz if you don't bookmark, you never find 'em again) for future visits. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed any/all of your photos. You have a great eye.

  14. this is so inspiring! congratulations on all of your success

  15. Another Panthers fan?!?! I thought I was the only one!

  16. Thank you so much for this, Casey.
    I love this idea... So much you actually inspired me to set a similar list for myself!
    Good luck! Hope you can make it all work. :)

    xx, Tatiana

  17. Casey! You have inspired me to write my own 30 by 30 list! Thanks a lot! Hugs all the way from Philippines! :) ♡

    Here's my list: http://iamlostandfound.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/30-adventures-before-turning-30/

  18. I NEED to do this! What an awesome idea! I love it.

    I recently got back to blogging and would love you to read :)



  19. Great list! If you need help with knitting, hit me up.


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