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.”

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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