30 before 30

Ernest Hemingway Nobility

Lots of people make lists of things they’d like to do or see before they hit the dirty thirty. When I think about approaching the big 3-0, I think about the bad habits, stubborn traits and short cuts of my 20’s that I don’t want to carry into the next decade.

Here are 30 things I’m working on in my 29th year, in no particular order:

  1. reconnect with estranged friends and family, even if it means forgiving and forgetting.
  2. be open to new ideas and different perspectives.
  3. be informed; ignorance is not bliss.
  4. accept that perfection is impossible. and boring.
  5. don’t let irrational fear win.
  6. keep learning new things.
  7. volunteer.
  8. worry about nothing, pray about everything. (Philippians 4:7)
  9. spend more time outside.
  10. stop falling asleep to the television.
  11. start playing the violin again.
  12. make exercise a priority.
  13. ask for help and/or graciously accept when it’s offered.
  14. take constructive criticism and learn from it.
  15. send more snail mail.
  16. pick up the phone and call instead of always texting.
  17. build a nest egg.
  18. don’t be a know-it-all.
  19. communicate, even when it’s uncomfortable or difficult.
  20. try new things.
  21. wake up earlier.
  22. have more date nights.
  23. tell important people they’re loved and appreciated — a lot, so they never question it.
  24. network with other small business owners.
  25. make new friends, but keep the old ones.
  26. take lots of photos. and print them!
  27. let go of the need to control every little detail.
  28. don’t run from conflict.
  29. enjoy guilt-free down time.
  30. say “yes” more often than “no.”

What Do You Think?

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  23. sorudi wrote:

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  24. Best of luck! Your list looks fab!

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  25. I’m actually turning 30 this year. I love this blog post. Looking forward to reblogging this :) Thanks for the inspiration. I like the send more snail mail. :)
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  26. shaners79 wrote:

    #1 is so hard to do but probably the most rewarding out of the whole list. Kudos to you for putting it on your list and making it known.

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  27. Absolutely love this.

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  28. Bettina wrote:

    Love your list!!! Really straightforward and doable!! :)

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  29. Zoia wrote:

    A looot of these things are things I need to work on myself, well except maybe the violin part, since I’ve never played violin. But the the friends, family, worry, exercise, wake up early and all that stuff, yeah definitely need to work on them. 😅😅😅😅
    Good luck, I know it’s hard to give up bad habbits 😊

    Xoxo,
    Zoia

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  30. Shannon Murphy wrote:

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  31. Great list X

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  32. Anne wrote:

    Worthy things to work on for sure… and I love reading these types of lists! I’m working on my own 30 before 30 right now, but I have less than 6 months to go. Eek!

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  33. Rola wrote:

    Your #16 is an important one. I prefer phone call conversations over text messaging. If a text conversation requires more than three text messages in one exchange,one should be having a conversation on the phone.

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  35. Amy wrote:

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    my favorites re # 3, #5 and # 10 :)

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  38. Now those are attainable and very honest resolutions. Good luck x

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  39. I love this post and that quote. The first one is actually the biggest I’ve been working on. I’m 25, so I suppose I’m “ahead of the game?” Maybe? HaHa. As for networking with other small business owners… let’s chat! Facebook me, email me, call me… whatever. All my information is there.

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  40. Nish wrote:

    love that quote and your list :)

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  41. Juliane wrote:

    Hi Keira,
    that`s a wonderful post and list. I really enjoyed reading it and keep my fingers crossed that all of that comes true.

    Always believe in your goals and dreams! You are an incredible woman. I wish you all the best!

    xoxo Juliane

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  42. Brilliant, I think they should appear on everyone’s list

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  43. Great List and actually doable. Good Luck on your list I hope you accomplish everything!

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply
  44. Telma wrote:

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  45. Flor wrote:

    oo wish you Good luck I’m sure you gonna need it :)

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  46. I love this list!!

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