29 things to do before… gasp… 30

My life has been crazy these past few months. I even forgot to tell you about my 29th birthday. Or that this blog is 2 years old! GASP. Iknowright?

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions per se. I prefer to make life goals. A goal is easier to accomplish, in my mind. A resolution seems so rigid. But a goal… a goal can change… morph… evolve.

Therefore, here are the 29 goals I would like to accomplish before I turn 30. Because I waited almost 2 months to write this up, I am giving myself an extension for most of these goals to December 31, 2012. I have divided them into categories.


  • Continue to work out, eat better, get healthy.
  • Run a marathon.
  • Run a half marathon without walking.
  • Run 100 miles in a month. (I have done 100 miles of activity in a single month, but never ran 100 miles in a month).
  • Run/walk/bike/elliptical/etc 1000 miles in 2012.
  • Run a race in at least 3 different states – any distance (I’m fairly certain this will happen, so I have an extended goal of 5 different states).
  • Do a duathlon, triathlon or “extreme” race.
  • Complete my work’s Get Well Incentive Program.  And get a HSA bonus for 2013!
  • Go vegetarian or vegan at least once a week. Unfortunately, I can’t do much more than a couple of times a week. Remember? Last year I found out I can’t digest fiber very well. Stupid lazy stomach.

Personal/Professional Development

  • Write more (Start that book. Blog more. Write letters to friends and family.)
  • Take a class (or attend a conference).
  • Network with education professionals (bonus if they specialize in social media, web communications and technology).


  • Complete a 365 project. I have an iPhone app that should help remind me to take a photo every day. I will be sharing the photos via social media. You can also see them in this Flickr set.
  • Document 2012 weekly using my Instax. I’m going to take at least one photo a week all year long and compile the Instax mini photos (think polaroid) into a scrapbook.
  • Make pretty things. 


  • Pay down debt (working on this, but I have a long way to go).
  • Create a budget. And stick to it.
  • Support local and/or small businesses. Buy local when possible. Support small businesses.


  • Family time. Continue to make an effort to spend time with family – even if it is by phone, text or skype.
  • Help people. Whether it’s donating time, talents or money, help others. Doesn’t have to be charitable.
  • Friends. Make time for those who truly matter. Reconnect.


  • Faith. Pray. Worship. Devotion.
  • De-Clutter (this is going to be a big theme for me in 2012).
  • Find and settle in to an amazing apartment.
  • Get a tattoo (I made a pact with peeps to get one if I raised money for charity. I just have to get around to making the appointment!)
  • Read. Catch up on RSS feeds. Read books. Read the paper. Read blogs. Avoid JSOnline comments.
  • Travel. Bonus points if travel involves any of the following: Road trip, Besties, Running, Airplanes, Booze. Super duper bonus if travel involves a passport.
  • Make time for me. I have been getting better at this over the past couple of years, but I still overcommit and say “yes” to things I’d rather not do. I need to learn to say no to others and yes to me.
  • Laugh. It’s the best medicine.

One Reply to “29 things to do before… gasp… 30”

  1. You know I’m rooting for you with your goals! 🙂 I’d be happy to help you with the friends and traveling parts!!!! Hope you have an awesome year! I know you’re going to kick its ass!

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