Sep 13 2012

The Turning 30 To-Do List: Mission (Mostly) Accomplished

Welp, I did it. I turned 30! It wasn’t that hard, really. In fact it was so easy I did it in my sleep. So now what?

A few people have asked me what I plan to do with my blog now that I’ve officially left my 20s behind. To them I say: Now the real fun begins! Now that I’m officially a member of the 30s club, I figure I’m a real expert on the subject. And I have no doubt the next decade will offer plenty to talk about.

Those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning of this blogging adventure may recall that I started out with a short list of some very critical things I hoped to accomplish in the dwindling weeks of my 20s. So without further ado, it’s time to check in and see how I did with my OMG I’m About to Turn 30 Last Minute to-do List!

Forget about blondes. Purples have more fun!

  1. Start a blog
  2. Ride a mechanical bull
    Doh! I hate that this is so near the top of my list as I’ve yet to make my bull-riding debut. Alas, the establishment where I’d planned to ride apparently was forced to put its bull out to pasture.
  3. Eat a deep-fried Twinkie
    What could be better than light-as-air cake filled with fluffy sweet cream? The aforementioned dipped in batter and tossed in the fryer, right? Meh, it was ok. Not worth the extra artery blockage, if you ask me.
  4. Color my hair an obnoxiously unnatural color
    Some will say I cheated on this one because my purple tresses were only temporary. But what can I say, I don’t think Crayola-colored hair would work too well in my day job. (For anyone else looking for one-night-only color, I give a shout-out to Kevin Murphy Color Bug. It’s like eye shadow for your hair.)

    Enjoying the sights in beautiful Santorini.

  5. Travel abroad
    Did it. Loved it. Can’t wait to do it again. You can read more about my trip to Greece here.
  6. Go to a movie by myself
    This was on my list because I wanted to tackle that irrational fear of being seen alone in a social setting. I gotta say, it really wasn’t so bad. After all, I got to pick the movie (hello, quirky indie rom-com), I didn’t have to share the popcorn (hello, extra butter) and I got both armrests to myself.
  7. Scream myself hoarse at a concert
    While I’ve been to plenty of concerts over the years, I was hoping to get another one in before my 30th birthday, but it didn’t happen, due to the complete lack of decent acts playing in my area. BUT … thanks to a stellar friend who got me concert tix for my birthday, this one will be taken care of in short order!
  8. Watch “The Matrix”
    After hearing many a friend chastise me for not seeing this movie, I finally forced myself to check it out, despite my conviction not to watch anything starring Keanu Reeves. I’ll admit it was better than I expected.

    Another psychic visit probably not in the cards anytime soon.

  9. Do a thorough closet cleaning
    Check! I recently moved, which got the ball rolling on this one, and I’m proud to say I purged quite a bit of unnecessary junk. A real accomplishment for a packrat like me!
  10. Get a psychic reading
    Indeed, I took a trip to the neighborhood psychic fair. Was I offered amazing insights into my future? Not really, although the woman who “read” me was quite adept at pointing out the flaws I already know I have. Think I’ll stick to fortune cookies from now on. They’re more forgiving.

There you have it! Considering I only gave myself a few short months to tackle this list, I’d say I didn’t do too shabby. I’m actually feeling pretty good about leaving my 20s behind, and I’m ready for all the new adventures the 30s will bring. Perhaps it’s time for a new list?


  1. Erin

    I think you did a great job. I can’t wait to tackle some other wishes as you embark into this decade…welcome in!

  2. Kaylene

    Wow! You really did tackle almost all of them. Good for you! It has been awesome reading your blog. I hope you keep it up and let us 30’s followers know what lies ahead. After all, you will have a whole two weeks of thirties wisdom by the time I turn 30;-)

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