30 Before 30

Today is my 29th birthday.

I’m entering this year with excitement, happiness, and an overwhelming sense of relief.  While my twenties have been one hell of a decade, I’m excited to use this year to prepare – not just for my thirties, but for the rest of my life.

I’ve done various iterations of “30 Before 30” lists in the part, filled with arcane and silly goals.  Acquire a pair of really expensive shoes, full price.  Go bungee jumping.  Audition for a reality show.  Become a boss.  Travel to all 7 continents.

But one TED Talk changed my whole view of my twenties and thirties completely:

I’ve always viewed my twenties as a decade of exploration, few responsibilities, and most importantly 10 years of FUN.  And that sums up the first half of the decade.  The second half experienced major life-changing events – I met and married my husband, started my career in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to New York City, and permanently exhausted my party girl ways (much to the relief of my parents).  The second half of this decade has been one of major growth – growth I sometimes resisted, resented, and had some challenges adjusting to.

I still have some things to work on – embracing a healthy lifestyle with more consistency, getting my sometimes uncontrollable spending under check, overcoming an irrational fear of water.  And rather than spending this last year in my twenties whooping it up, I’m looking forward to focusing on getting the aforementioned issues under check, so I can enter my 30’s as the person I’ve always wanted to be.

Not without checking off some silly items on my list along the way as well, of course.  Without further ado, here’s my 30 Before 30 list:

  1. Join the board of directors of an organization.
  2. Overcome my fear of water and re-learn how to swim.
  3. Get a Brazilian bikini wax.
  4. Commit to a philanthropic cause and contribute in a meaningful way (besides just donating funds).
  5. Get my binge spending habits under control, once and for all.
  6. Travel to a continent I’ve never been to before (Australia or Antarctica are all I have left!)
  7. Start writing the novel I have rattling in my head.
  8. Continue to grow Hitha On The Go & Portavi Company in a sustainable manner.
  9. Re-read all of Kate Chopin’s published works.
  10. Start my day with writing a handwritten note to somebody.
  11. Perfect my rap karaoke performance of “Baby Got Back.”
  12. Take an improv class.
  13. Dine at Per Se.
  14. Take my father on a wine tasting trip – just the two of us.
  15. Photograph my apartment and submit it for publication.
  16. Establish a consistent, sustainable healthy lifestyle.
  17. Watch a horror movie (I HATE them, but I’m all for getting out of my comfort zone).
  18. Learn how to cook my favorite Indian dishes – biryani, pedaas, and dosas.
  19. Become a millionaire (while this is highly improbable, I’m working my bum off to make it happen).
  20. Learn how to play the guitar, and play/sing the song by Julie Deply at the end of Before Sunset.
  21. Practice yoga 3 times a week.
  22. Become a patron of an arts group – performing or museum.
  23. Re-read my favorite Shakespeare plays.
  24. Beat my husband at chess.
  25. Be a mentor to someone.
  26. Educate myself on Hinduism.
  27. Establish a daily meditation practice.
  28. Purchase a Chanel bag.
  29. Take a walk for pleasure every day (that I can).
  30. End my twenties with no regrets.

Do you have a “30 Before 30” list?  What’s on yours?  I’d love to know!  To see how I’m progressing on my list, click here.

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  • Happy Birthday! (And I demand a video when you complete #11!)

    • hithaonthego

      I may have to make that happen (ONCE I perfect the song, of course!)

  • Adrienne Barber

    Love this list!

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you, Adrienne!

  • Happy Birthday!!!!! This is making me want to brainstorm my own 30 before 30 list…I’ve got about a month to do it, I guess! Did our talk the other day inspire #3?? :)

    • hithaonthego

      It totally did, V! Completely Bare has been recommended my multiple people, so looks like I’m headed there soon.

  • Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

    Happy Birthday!

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you Jewel!

  • Happy, happy birthday!! #11 is awesome. And you’re braver than I am — no way I’m ever watching a horror movie. I can barely make it through the previews!

    • hithaonthego

      #11 is definitely one of my favorites. The horror movie is more for the husband. I petitioning that Wold War Z qualify for it…

      • World War Z should definitely qualify. I could handle that a lot better than, say, The Conjuring (I literally screamed during the preview — not my finest moment).

  • Tanvi

    Happy Birthday! I like your list. I might pick things from it to add to my before 40 list :P

    I didn’t have a list, but I did do a tag (which now I think was lame!) – http://bit.ly/11dpDB8

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you Tanvi! And hey, a tag also works – I do recommend putting together a list, even if it’s just for you.

  • Chelle {Everyday Polish}

    Happy Birthday!!! I have a 30b30 list that I’ve only shared with a few close friends but reading yours makes me feel like an underachiever! I will say that I did the most fun thing on my list last year- Milking a Cow! Random I know, but definitely a good way to appreciate the work that goes into filling a gallon!

    • hithaonthego

      Milking a cow – that’s awesome! How was it?

      • Chelle {Everyday Polish}

        A lot harder than it looks, but the best part is that I did it while in Nicaragua visiting a friend stationed there for Peace Corps!

  • So many great ideas to add to my list! And #11?? I died laughing when I read that one!! Hope you enjoy your birthday and good luck on reaching all your “30 before 30” goals :)

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you Alyssa!

  • This video is amazing, I loved it, I’m turning 27yo and it reinforced a lot of my opinions.

    • Oh and Happy Birthday your list is fabulous, I’m right there with you with the binge spending habits and becoming a millionaire.

      • hithaonthego

        Thank you for the wishes, Rachelle!

  • Some of your goals are quite ambitious! I just turned 23 so 30 seems so far away, yet I constantly feel that I am not doing everything to get where I want to be at that age. This is definitely an inspiration for me. Well, except for 11. – some things will never get on my list :)

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  • Fallon Carmichael

    Love this list!! I need to start working on mine… I gotta little over a month before it needs to go live. And don’t forget I’m totally down with helping you conquer #11 Funny enough I just saw a girl at the airport wearing a tank that said “Oh My God Becky” … LOL! Made me think of you. My first thought was, I totally need to DIY that… ;)

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