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30 before 30: A quarter life bucket list

Last Saturday, I turned 29 years old. (I know, I know- I don’t look a day over 27!)

I’ve actually never been one to obsess about my age, but something about living the last year of my twenties has struck me as quite odd. I guess it’s the same feeling I felt when I turned twenty- A distinct knowledge that you will never be that young again. And, while I am happy to have had another birthday (my mom always says “better off older than dead!”) and for the lessons I’ve learned over the last nine years, there is something tugging at me to accomplish so, so much before I hit the big 3-0.

When Bob and I were talking over our age and where we are in our lives, he simply said “What do you want to happen in the next year?”. 

After hearing someone talk about their 30 before 30, I thought I’d write down a few things I’d like to accomplish before starting off a new decade; Not so much resolutions, but more of a quarter life bucket list.

Without a doubt, I want to explore the world more, so, it’s not surprising that half of my items are regarding traveling. But I also hope to continue improving how I am at home.

Jade’s Thirty before 30 list:

  1. embark on my first ever solo trip
  2. complete a desert, snow, beach trek all in 24 hours in Southern California
  3. throw a grown up dinner party where I actually make something besides tacos
  4. start saving money for a trip to the Galapagos Islands
  5. finish the MatadorU program
  6. take a photography class and learn how to rightfully use my dSLR
  7. Take a weekend trip to Ojai
  8. Explore Northern California
  9. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  10. find more animal rescues that I can volunteer and help out at
  11. plan a trip back to Australia- this time with my mom (Bob can come too)
  12. learn how to properly cook
  13. organize my desk
  14. Go to Palm Springs
  15. Camp in Joshua Tree National Park
  16. Spend a week in Alaska
  17. Organize a girls weekend to Chicago
  18. Drive around Maui, seeing all the waterfalls
  19. get married(ekkk!)
  20. sort through my closet and donate some of my clothes
  21. Read The Hunger Games
  22. run a half marathon
  23. partner with a big travel company for Vagabond3
  24. learn how to add widgets, place ads and coding on WP
  25. master photoshop
  26. Summer road trip through Oregon and Washington
  27. attend a non-travel blogging conference (like BlogWorld or AltSummit)
  28. Drive my car through a big tree in Yellowstone
  29. camp in a yurt

I decided to leave one open- so I can add on when I think of something super cool.

Do you like the idea of a bucket list? Have you ever heard of a 30 before 30 or 40 before 40 list? What is something that you would put on your list?