Thirty, Flirty and Fun (aka HOLY POOP I'm 30!)

So... I'm 30 now...

O. M. G.

For some time now, I've been looking forward to my 30th birthday.  I've felt like that's when I'd have everything figured out.


That's when I'd know myself, have the perfect career, have a family and just be on my way.

How naive was I?!

Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty darn happy, and feel more like myself than ever, but I definitely do not have everything figured out.  And you know what?  That's ok!  If I had everything figured out life would be pretty darn boring.  I wouldn't be surprised when things get shaken up a little bit, or have any challenges to overcome, or goals to attain.  And while I haven't accomplished a few of the things I thought I would by 30, there is so much that I have accomplished that I'm pretty proud of.

So with that, I give you my list of Thirty Before 30 & Thirty After 30.
Thirty things I accomplished before I turned 30, and thirty things I hope to accomplish after.  Some of these things are big, and some are pretty small, but all have (or will) shaped me into the person I am.

Thirty Before 30 (in no particular order)

  1. Marathon
  2. Hiked Grand Canyon
  3. Graduated with a Bachelors
  4. Moved to Portland
  5. Lived by myself
  6. Fallen in love
  7. Healed from a broken heart
  8. Traveled to Mazatlan
  9. Completed a century bike ride
  10. Para-sailed
  11. Traveled to San Fransisco
  12. Published (writing)
  13. Published (photography)
  14. Embraced a job I love
  15. Made amazing friends
  16. Stayed close with immediate family
  17. Asked for a raise and received it
  18. Valued myself enough to leave a bad job situation
  19. Bought and fully paid for my car
  20. Got my first tattoo
  21. Been to Disneyland
  22. Been to Epcot Center/Disney World
  23. Competed in the Dirty Dash
  24. Had my photo on the cover of 3 magazines
  25. Been photographed with the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile
  26. Made a difference in the lives of children at the Boys & Girls Clubs
  27. Taught photography 
  28. Changed my own flat tire
  29. Hit a grand slam to win a game
  30. Been there when family needed me most

Thirty After 30 (in no particular order)

  1. Learn to rock climb and kayak (own equipment for both)
  2. Compete in triathlon
  3. Photograph Santorini at magic hour
  4. Sky Dive 
  5. Get Scuba certified
  6. Visit Great Barrier Reef (and scuba there)
  7. Run sub 6 hour marathon
  8. Run sub 3 hour half marathon
  9. Get a dog
  10. Learn to surf
  11. Zip Line in New Zealand
  12. Adopt a child (or 2) from the foster system in my own city
  13. Hike to the top of Mt St Helens
  14. Start a nonprofit
  15. Sit on the board of a nonprofit
  16. Become debt free
  17. Swim with dolphins
  18. See a Broadway show on Broadway
  19. Run the Race to Robie Creek
  20. Author a book
  21. Cliff dive in Hawaii
  22. Learn to ballroom dance
  23. Be in Times Square on NYE
  24. See a baseball game in every stadium (preferably all in one year on one epic roadtrip)
  25. See Dave Matthews Band in the Gorge
  26. Compete in the Tough Mudder
  27. Get certified and run my own spin class
  28. Have my own gallery show of photographs
  29. Hike each hike in the Curious Gorge guide book
  30. Have the cover photo of a national magazine