Goal setting

30 by 30 Finale

Here I am. 30 years old as of 11:28 a.m. this morning. With three decades under my belt, I’m just beginning to get the hang of this life thing–figuring out what I want and how to get there.

To see my original 30 by 30 list, here’s my first post and introduction to the project.

What I did

In the past two and a half years since I made this list, I have:

  • Flown first class, internationally
  • Traveled to California, where I crossed two bucket-list house tours off my list
  • Purchased a high-quality every day purse that meets all my needs
  • Collected a series of transportation-themed planters for my succulent garden…then killed my succulent garden
  • Gone skydiving
  • Maintained a decent work out routine
  • Invested time in networking and talking with strangers
  • Monetized my blog and focused on creating a blog schedule
  • Read more
  • Learned to curl my hair
  • Sent more postcards
  • Had my photo taken professionally…and Bentley’s photo
  • Saw the D.C. cherry blossoms in bloom…twice
  • Practiced saying “Yes” (and “Yes, and”) to more experiences
  • Traveled to two new international locations
  • Focused on positivity and gratitude
  • Really upped my skincare routine
  • Spent time focusing on myself and what I enjoy, investing in my hobbies and interests and removing toxic relationships and ties from my life
  • Became a regular at a local spot
  • Went back to Notre Dame with someone I love for a football game and to finally see my name on the wall of National Scholarship winners
  • Kicked butt at language learning
  • Refurbished a chair and gave new life to a dresser (with a little help)
  • Celebrated the heck out of holidays big and small, even when I didn’t feel like it

The more interesting question than what did I do is actually: what didn’t I get done?

I did not get a tattoo. I have never been able to commit to a design that I would want on my body forever. This one probably won’t make it onto my 40 by 40 list, and that’s OK. If you just transfer goals from year to year without examining why you set them and if you still want to achieve them, then you’re setting yourself up for failure.

I did not finish scrapbooking my time in Poland. This is one that will be moved to my 40 by 40 list. There are so many memories I want to preserve in one way or another. Scrapbooking is my avenue for that, and reviewing my scrapbooks brings me a lot of joy.

I did not run a 5k. I intended to use a work-sponsored 5k as motivation, but the one I did run was only two miles. I doubt this will make the 40 by 40 list, but it will get accomplished.

I did not become closely involved in a specific charity cause. I did participate in one-off charity events and volunteering activities. I know the research shows that those who give back are happiest. I just have had a hard time committing my regular time to something. I still want to do this.

I did not finish a significant crochet project. I did make amazing and significant progress on a crochet project that needs a little bit more work to be completed. Moreover, that specific project is one that I started at least 15 years ago. I’ve been dragging the yarn from apartment to apartment, and I’m finally close to fully finishing it.

I did not go to a lantern festival. I had tickets in hand when the event in question was canceled, but that doesn’t exactly mean I managed to complete it, does it?

I did not do something messy. OK, I did plenty of messy things. I ate wings with my fingers at one point. I painted and worked out and got my hands dirty. But the intention of this item was to do something wildly messy–like a mud run or a paint party–something that would make my naturally ordered self feel very uncomfortable. And I did not do that.

That’s it. That’s my 30 by 30. I finished 23 items. That’s a 76% completion rate, which isn’t the best. But it certainly isn’t the worst. I’m proud of myself, especially since I completed some more difficult items and I made progress on some of the items I didn’t manage to fully complete.

What’s next? Stay tuned for my 40 by 40 list. So far I have about 20 items listed… what big bucket list things should I be accomplishing in the next decade?

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