30 before 30

The thought came up on my 26th birthday (6 June, 2011). It fell on an unromantic Monday and I was in Moscow, Russia about 2000 miles from anyone I loved. Needless to say, it could have made for a crappy birthday (aside from the holy $%^# I just crossed the mid-twenty mark). But, in fact, I had the best birthday I have had in a while. Not because I did anything particularly fun but because I spent some time thinking about what I had accomplished in the last year and I couldn’t help but be really happy with everything that had led up to the start of the my 27th year of life.

Since June 2010, I finished up a masters degree, got a new job that I am loving, visited 18 new cities in 6 countries including finally hitting my 6th continent. I moved from NYC to Chicago for eight months and had an absolute blast in my first “grown up apartment”, then relocated to Moscow, Russia for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Along the way, I made new friends from all over the world and reconnected with old friends. I also got back into dancing by taking Zumba classes, bought my first SLR camera to get started on the path to becoming a photographer and became more committed to writing and blogging. Oh, did I mention I went skydiving?!

The joy I got from thinking back to how far I’ve come in a year’s time made me think about how I could replicate that feeling on every birthday. This thought along with the now-popular concept of bucket lists made me stop to create a “30 before 30” bucket list…. a list of 30 things I want to have accomplished before I turn the big THREE ZERO. Making the list itself was a fun process because the patterns that emerged from the different items on the list reminded me of what was important to me and what boundaries I want to break by the time I turn 30.

Feel free to peruse my list and I would love to hear about others’ lists!

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” ~James Dean

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Hi! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog and leading me to find yours. It seems we have quite a bit in common! Good luck reaching your goals and have a brilliant next 4 years doing so. We should keep each other updated on how we do 🙂

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