30 before 30

Rachel with a glitter unicorn

I am getting old. I can’t remember when this photo was taken. I must have been three or four, still living in Saint Louis, and totally rocking a sparkly unicorn face painting. Where did I get it? Did I request to have this photo taken? Why is my shirt so dirty? It is so funny to think that I lived inside that little girl for years and can’t quite even remember what it was like… Someday will I forget what it was like to be me, now, at 29?

I got this idea of a “30 before 30” list from one of my favorite blogs, Making It Lovely, and thought it would be fun to do since I am turning 30 in February…

Here are 30 things I would like to do before my 30th birthday:

Redesign the Swap-bot homepage.
Go to dinner at Al Di La.
Get super-comfortable using our DSLR camera.
Run the NYC marathon!
Be noticeably sweeter to my husband.
Take my donation pile to the thrift store.
Visit The Cloisters.
Lose 15 pounds. (Isn’t this on everyone’s list?)
Buy a really beautiful and practical dress.
Make marinara sauce from scratch.
Take an overnight trip with my husband that is not at a relative’s house.
Visit the Bronx Zoo.
Watch every episode of Tosh.0.
Get the Florence + The Machine album on vinyl.
Make Crusher a super-cute Halloween costume.
Try to live in the moment.
Make blueberry pancakes.
Start taking a weekly yoga class.
Figure out how to style my hair in loose waves/curls.
Watch Meet Me in St. Louis again.
Do all of my mending!
Drive upstate to see the autumn foliage.
Make cupcakes with some sort of filling.
Reduce my internal negativity.
Call my brothers and sister-in-law every week (or at least more frequently).
Visit all five boroughs in NYC (should happen during the marathon).
Get a new laptop.
Read a novel. (Maybe this one?)
Reduce the amount of time I spend on Facebook.
Vote!
Promote peace.
Get a unicorn face painting!

What else should I add to the list?

22 Replies to “30 before 30”

  1. What a great list! You can totally do all of these things!! The hubby one made me all teary eyed. awwww.

    I love checking things off of lists – that makes me feel so accomplished.

    I also had a list of things to do before I turned 30 and I was happy to have it completed at 28. Now I’m onto my *other* list… the list of things to do before I turn the age that I am not comfortable saying out loud. 🙂

  2. Jessica – Yes! I need company and motivation to complete many of these items.

    Jenique – Thanks! You are so sweet. I work hard to not take my husband for granted, but I know I can do better! 🙂

    P1 – I think I fixed the link. It goes to: Let the Great World Spin by Collum McCann. It won the National Book Award last year… and one of my running buds is actually studying under him at Hunter College.

    Reed – I need that macbook!!!

    Aaron – I was actually going to put 80!! Truly, but then I thought no one but you, Amber, and Scott would know what I was talking about. 🙂

  3. I think that picture was taken in our house on Kenilworth after the little fair at Clark school. You know the time you ran the race with Jonathan Maness. It was the beginning of your running.

  4. I love that picture! You were so cute! You definitely need to make Crusher a Halloween costume and post a picture of him wearing it! I love your lists!

  5. Rachel, I love this list! Sept. 14th will be 6 months before I turn 28, I think I might do something similar.

    Can I just say that you do not look 29. I have no idea what 29 looks like but when I read that I thought “what! no way!” I thought for sure you were 23 or 24. Keep on doing what you’re doing, you look great!

  6. Thanks! I guess I don’t feel 29, but I don’t really know what it is supposed to feel like. ha! I definitely still feel like I am trying to figure everything out…. someday I’ll become an adult!

  7. I like the part about calling me!!! =) I know Scott will agree with Aaron on the 80! =) (Now that Scott plays I know what you are talking about!) I should also say thanks to you and Aaron because Scott had to get a new mouse for the game and he got a pink one!!!

  8. You can check off ” Drive upstate to see the autumn foliage.” and come up to our house again in Oct. The leaves are usually the best the 2nd or 3rd week of October. See you then!
    P.S. Duster misses Crusher.

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