30 while 30

Feb 21st 2011 05:41:02 pm

You may remember that about six months ago I wrote down a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. Well, I didn’t do so great completing the list… but I’m not beating myself up over it. I am flexible. I am revising the list to be a “30 while 30” list. I have crossed out the items that have been completed and added more items to replace them, creating a new list of thirty things that I would like to do before I’m 31. … Or, at least before I’m 40!

My 30 while 30:

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.
Promote peace.
Get a unicorn face painting!

New items:

Run a sub-2-hour half marathon. (This may be impossible.)
Set up an online Swap-bot merch store.
Force Travis to watch Star Trek: Generations with me.
Eat less candy.
Attend a taping of the Wendy WIlliams Show.
Buy awesome, new, flattering jeans.
Visit the New York Transit Museum.
Bake a loaf of bread from scratch.
Become an adult.

What do you think? What else should I add to my list?

15 Comments » Categories: Birthday, Feeling Happy, Just for Fun, Thinking

15 Responses to “30 while 30”

  1. Misty on 21 Feb 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I love that you have unicorn face painting, visit the zoo, and become an adult on the same list 🙂 I’m still working on becomming an adult too. I’m looking forward to seeing your cross things off your list this year. Happy (belated) Birthday!

  2. Seth on 21 Feb 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I have a good brioche or cottage loaf recipe if you would like to try.

  3. Brian and Sara on 21 Feb 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    take off “become an adult”

    this makes no sense!

    -Brian and Sara

  4. jenique on 22 Feb 2011 at 2:05 am #

    We almost got married at the Cloisters – so pretty there! If you want camera lessons or a good recipe for blueberry pancakes or marinara sauce, say the word. I’m all about to-do-before-x-age lists!! I’ve slaughtered quite a few of them.

    But seriously though, where are you even going to get 15 lbs to shave off your teensy frame? The item should read “learn to love the awesome body that got me through a freaking marathon and is getting me through a half!”. 🙂

  5. jenique on 22 Feb 2011 at 2:07 am #

    So, hubby has a lot of bread recipes, if you want. I love his cinnamon raisin bread the best!!

  6. Lela on 22 Feb 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    I am here to tell you, the sub-2 half is possible! That was my big goal for last year and I didn’t do anything other than regular TNT half marathon training combined with some Jazzy strength training (bootcamp 1x/week). I am now the proud owner of a 1:59:31 PR. Do it do it do it!

    And don’t necessarily choose the flattest course; obviously everyone’s different but I think with all the training we do on hills in NYC, it’s actually more doable on a mixed course.

  7. Amy on 23 Feb 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Rachel, buy the InStyler for your hair. It’s a little expensive, but it looks like it will give you the loose waves/curls you’re looking for. Google it to see what it looks like if you aren’t familiar with it. Hope this helps! xxxooo

  8. Abby on 28 Feb 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Happy 30th, Rachel! I like the flexibility idea….I’m not doing so hot on my “30 Before 30” List either, and I have two months to go. You’ve inspired me to start working on my own “30 While 30” list!

  9. sara c on 01 Mar 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Rachel! I have been trying to reduce my internal negativity too! It is very difficult but every little effort I make I can feel myself becoming a more positive person. Turning my inner critic into something positive is by far the most difficult part of this whole thing. I’ve really gotten a lot out of “The Four Agreements.” Good Luck with everything on your list!

  10. Denise Benedict on 17 Mar 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Rachel, put Mardi Gras on your list! Its amazing and the most fun you will ever have. Definatly a must do before 40

  11. rachel on 29 Mar 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Thanks for all of the encouraging comments everyone!! I haven’t checked many things off the list still, but there are so many more things I want to add!!

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    Eat less candy??? No!! :p

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I'm Rachel. I run websites and run marathons. I live in Brooklyn and write about art, crafts, design, food, fitness, fashion, my daily life, and New York City.





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