30 Things I’d Like To Do Before I’m 30

07/04/2017 Lifestyle, Lists, Personal 28

30 Things I'd Like To Do Before I'm 30My birthday is in a couple of weeks, and I’m officially going to be 24 years old! I know that isn’t old, but seen as I still feel like some kind of awkward 17 year old inside, it’s always kind of jarring to be reminded of my age, and the fact that I am, in fact, a grown adult.

Heading into my mid-twenties has really got me thinking about my next landmark birthday – the big 3-0 – and all the things I’d like to have done before then too. Your twenties is generally considered to be this exciting, coming-of-age time of life where you have loads of great experience and really figure out who you are, so it kind of feels like I should get working on that! So I’ve made a list here of all the things, big and small, that I’d like to have done or achieved by the time I’m thirty years old:

  • Become a published author.

If you’re a regular over here on my blog, you’ll know that my dream is to become a writer, so in the next 6 years I’d love to have a book published, whether that’s self-published, or traditionally published.

  • Finish writing three manuscripts.

I’m kind of ashamed to say that despite my dream to become a writer, I’ve never actually complete a first draft of a manuscript: I always give up halfway through when I’ve grown bored of the story, or thought of a ‘better’ idea. However, I’m currently well on my way to finishing my ‘first’ first draft at 90,000 words and counting, but by the time I’m thirty, I’d like to have completed at least two more.

  • Publish some short fiction…somewhere.

Yep, it’s another writing goal, but I’d love to have got some of my short fiction out to the world by the time I’m thirty!

  • Grow my blog.

6 years is a long time, but I really hoping I’m still blogging away by the time I’m thirty (providing I’m still enjoying it, obviously!), and I’d love to have grown my blog a lot more by then.

  • Read a gazillion more books!

OK, so maybe ‘a gazillion’ is a bit much, but I’d love to have read a lot more of the books I want to read. I can’t say anything like ‘I’d like to have read everything on my TBR list’, because that’s more of a lifetime goal (it keeps growing!), so I’ve had to basically just say ‘read more books!’

  • Figure out my career.

When I finished university the original plan was that I would go full time at my part time retail job until I found something else, and figured out my career…two years later, and I’m still working at my retail job! I really like the people I work with, but it isn’t really a job that’s well suited to my super-introverted personality type, and it isn’t what I want to be doing with my life. So I’m hoping I’ll have figured out the whole career thing by the time I’m 30, and be well on my way to doing it!

  • Start a(nother) business.

I do already have a small business (my Etsy shop!), but my sister and I have kind of been throwing around ideas for a joint business we could set up, which would be really fun!

  • Move in with my boyfriend.

So I’m seriously hoping this isn’t going to take me six years to accomplish! My boyfriend and I have wanted to move in together for so long now, but seen as I work miles away from where he lives and works (I would have a monstrous commute from there!) plus we don’t have the money for a deposit, it just hasn’t happened yet. So hopefully we can save up the money for our own place, and I can get another job soon (and that’s one of my other goals anyway, so that’s two in one!) and we can finally live together.

  • Have my own library.

Yep, this is the dream! My boyfriend and I have always said that when we get our own place it’s going to have to have at least one spare bedroom for the library/gaming room (he’s into video games), so I’m looking forward to that!

  • Own my own home.

Whilst we’re probably going to have to settle for renting for a while, I’d love for us to have owned our own home by the time I’m thirty!

  • Figure out this whole ‘adulting’ thing.

I’d also like to have got the hang of all those things you just have to do as an adult that still sends me scrambling to get my mum’s advice/get her to do it for me. You know, things like sorting out bills, car insurance, ringing the dentist etc.

  • Get better with money.

I’d really love to actually grasp the concept of saving, and stop spending all of my money on clothes I never wear, excessive amounts of hair dye and books (OK…I’m not that sorry about the books!) the minute it hits my bank account every month.

  • Be a great auntie.

I’ve actually been an auntie for nearly five years, and I hope I’ve been doing a decent job of it so far! However, it occurred to me the other day that in the next few years my nieces and nephew will start to make those all-important childhood memories, and when they look back on their childhoods I really want them to remember me as being a cool, fun aunt, the way I remember my aunties from when I was little!

  • Go abroad.

Yep, I’ve reached the grand old age of 24 without having left the United Kingdom! I don’t even have a passport! I’m hoping to remedy that soon though, and have gone abroad (hopefully a few times) by the time I’m thirty.

  • Explore some more of my own country.

At the same time I’d love to have seen more of the wonders that my own country has to offer. I used to go walking and camping a lot with my family when I was younger, so I’ve seen a fair bit, but I feel there’s still so much exploring to be done!

  • Climb Snowdon and made it all the way to the top!

Last August my friend and I climbed Snowdon and raised £600 for charity, and it was an incredible experience! Unfortunately though because of very bad weather conditions (as in, we were soaked through to the skin, and very nearly blown off the mountain!) we only made it to within half a mile of the peak, so we’ve said we’d love to go again in better weather and go right to the top.

  • Get more tattoos.

I already have a few tattoos, but I’ve always wanted more. It’s mostly been a lack of money that’s stopped me getting more so far, but hopefully I can find the cash soon to get the forearm piece I’ve wanted for ages done.

  • Get my nose pierced.

I’ve also always wanted to get my nose pierced, but seen as I’ve worked on a deli counter for years where you aren’t allowed piercings (I guess it wouldn’t be too good if it fell in the food…) I haven’t been able to.

  • Figure out my style.

I’m absolutely hopeless with clothes, and have pretty much stuck with the whole ‘teenage emo look’ I’ve been rocking since the early noughties, only a little more toned down and boring. So I’d love to figure out a nice, grown-up but still alternative style that will suit me when I’m a thirty year old woman!

  • Dye my hair all the colours!

Despite wanting to look a little more grown-up, I can’t see the coloured hair thing going any time soon…not until I’ve dyed my hair all of the bright colours (except bright yellow…I can’t see that suiting me!). So far I’ve been red, blue, pink and purple, and I have some pine green hair dye all lined up for next! It’s safe to say I’m getting there with his goal!

  • Figure out how to apply eye make-up without looking like a racoon.

I’ve always wanted to wear eye make-up, but seen as I can’t see a thing once I take my glasses off, it always just ends up looking like I have two black eyes…I’d love to have got the hang of it by the time I’m thirty.

  • Become more confident.

In general, I’d just love to become a more confident person, both in how I look, and how I interact with others. I’m quite shy, and am also one of those annoying people who is continually convinced they’re hideous, so hopefully I’ll have grown into my skin a bit more by the time I’m thirty!

  • Attend a social event and not be horrendously awkward.

Whilst I’ve gradually grown to be OK with not being a super sociable person (see, Being OK With Being An Introvert), it would be nice to be able to attend some sort of social event in the future without feeling excruciatingly awkward!

  • Stop eating like I’m still a student.

I’m still virtually living on Dominos pizza and Pot Noodles, so I feel like I should progress to proper food at some point soon…

  • Learn how to cook. 

…and I will do that by learning how to cook!

  • Quit drinking Diet Coke, and start drinking water.

Literally all I ever drink is Diet Coke, and I kind of feel like it isn’t great for your health? So hopefully I’ll be able to embrace water more in the future!

  • Watch all those tv shows and movies I’ve been meaning to watch since forever.

Much like my TBR list, the list of TV shows and movies I want to watch is huge! Largely because I never seem to get round to watching much TV, or any movies at all really, so I’d really like to do more of it.

  • Take more photos.

The only photos I seem to have taken recently have been for my blog, but I’d love to start taking more of my loved ones, so I have something to look back on in years to come. Especially as my nieces and my nephew are all growing up so fast!

  • Print more photos. 

In the same vein, I’d love to actually print out more photos, as I tend to take them on my phone, and then they just sit there and I never actually do anything with them. Hopefully I can start printing them out and framing them, or making a scrapbook or something!

  • Do more walking.

I used to love walking as a kid, roaming around the woods with my family during a camping holiday, or taking day trips out to scenic countryside spots, armed with a picnic…it seems like I haven’t done that in years though, so I’d love to get back into it!

So what’s your next landmark birthday? Are there any things you’d love to have done by then?

28 Responses to “30 Things I’d Like To Do Before I’m 30”

  1. Mimi @ Poésie de la Lune

    Hey Laura,

    a very inspiring and interesting blog post! <3 I will turn 30 in 2019, so that's not too far anymore.

    In any case I also want to publish some of my books before I turn 30. I have already made the step from drinking Diet Coke to drinking water by the end of last year. Now water is all I drink, usually. I also would like to lose a bit of my weight, because I'm overweight and I don't feel well in this body. I also should learn to cook, because I eat way too much canned food and stuff like that.

    Kind regards and good luck with turning your goals into reality. 🙂


    • Laura

      Congrats on making the switch from Diet Coke to water! That’s going to be a really tough one for me, so hopefully I can follow your lead 🙂
      I would definitely like to lose a little bit of weight too. I’m not overweight, but I have put on a fair bit of weight recently, so I think I’m going to be heading in that direction soon if I don’t start eating better and exercising more now.
      Thanks for commenting, and good luck with your own goals! 🙂

  2. Katie @ Foxy Readers

    Aw this is so cool! and I totally agree with many of these things, though I will be turning 23 at my next birthday (January!). Before then, I would really like to finish writing the second draft of my book, move into a new apartment in a new city with my fiance, graduate college, and begin making money on my blog!

  3. Kelly

    The big 3-0 is this year for me! ?

    I’m still figuring out the cooking and adulting part, though I did get married a few years a go and I do own my own home! My best friend and I often talk about going into business together, but we can’t settle on anything we’re willing to risk everything for…not yet, anyways!

    Best of luck with your publishing journey, and the rest of your goals 🙂

    • Laura

      Well I’m glad it’s not just me who can’t figure out the whole adulating and cooking thing! But yay for being married and owning your own home! That’s great, and definitely counts in the adulting category as far as I’m concerned 🙂
      Thanks for commenting, and I hope you have a great 30th! 🙂

  4. Michelle @ FaerieFits

    This is a GREAT list 🙂 I can definitely relate to some of those! I actually HAD my own library in the extra bedroom. And then we had a kid. So now I have all of my books in my office. Still … I have an OFFICE/LIBRARY. So that is pretty bad-ass.

    YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY GO EXPLORING! Not many people can say that they’ve climbed a mountain AND have not left their home country. DO IT!

    As for adulting … It’s overrated. Put that one off. To, like, never.

    I would like to get into Etsy (and all the publishing things too), but just haven’t managed to figure out how to juggle my time enough.

    • Laura

      Yay for that office/library! That’s awesome! I’m hoping one day soon I’ll have one too 🙂
      And yes, the exploring is one of the goals I’m most hoping to achieve! People are always really shocked that I’ve never left my home country, and I guess it is pretty unusual at my age, so I’m hoping to put that right soon!
      Haha, you’re right though – the adulting thing probably is overrated. I’m maybe not that desperate to be good at sorting out car insurance etc.
      I really hope you manage to achieve all the stuff you want to achieve! 🙂

  5. Dina

    These are such wonderful goals! I feel super old, because I am already thirty and haven’t accomplished most of these goals. *Hides in shame* How did you get to so many words on your manuscript? Are there prompts you follow? I get indecisive or insecure about my ideas. But, I am working via Camp NanoWrimo this time. So, I’m trying to keep typing without reading what I have written.

    For photos, perhaps you can just photo challenges on Instagram! Or, be the fun auntie and give photo shoots to the little ones. I do that with my family and try to act as the photographer at outings. When the little ones are older, you can geek out with them over books.

    Hope your twenties are fantastic and you accomplish all your dreams.

    • Laura

      Aww, thirty isn’t super old! I just chose it because it’s my next big birthday! And I’m sure I’ll look back at the list when I’m thirty and think ‘oh yeah, I haven’t done half of this stuff! 🙂
      With my manuscript I’ve basically just had to be really tough with myself! I have the same problem with being indecisive and insecure about my ideas, so I just decided I would pick one and go with it, and I have to finish it! I did most of it during NaNoWriMo and I’m carrying on with it for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I find that having the goal helps. I really hope you find Camp NaNoWriMo helpful, and that you get your manuscript done too! 🙂
      I love the idea of the Instagram challenges! I’ve seen those before and it seems like a good way to make sure you’re taking pictures regularly. And I’ll definitely have to volunteer myself as the family photographer. It would be nice to be able to show the kids all the photos I took when they’re older 🙂
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  6. Greg

    Great list! I think we all struggle with the adulting thing lol? It’s not exactly always fun ha ha. But we don’t get younger so I guess there’s no choice. I like the climbing Mt. Snowdon one, I’m sure that’s a beautiful area. “pizza and Pot noodles” yeah I kinda live on pizza… sad really. 🙂

    Good luck with your goals!

    • Laura

      You’re right – I think everyone struggles with the adulting thing! I definitely don’t know anyone who enjoys calling insurance places or working out their finances anyway! 🙂
      And yeah, the pizza thing isn’t great, is it? I hope we both learn to cook more and expand our diets! 🙂

  7. Karolina

    I love the list. I do have a request: When you publish your book, could you make sure that it’s also hardcover. I love re-reading books and paperbacks don’t last long enough 🙁

    • Laura

      I’ll make sure it’s in hardcover, don’t worry! I really like hardcover books too, they just look so nice on the shelf 🙂

  8. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Some good aims to have and plenty of time to try and get it done. Fingers crossed you can achieve everything with time to spare! Can I just say, though, I am totally shocked you haven’t been outside the UK. I may not have gone abroad in the past couple of years but I have managed it. Hopefully, the first time you go abroad it will be somewhere you really want to go.

    • Laura

      I know, everyone’s always shocked I’ve never left the UK! I never did it when I was little, which is when most people start (neither of my 40-odd year old parents have ever left the UK either!), and I could just never be bothered trying to sort out my passport. I’m definitely going to do it soon though, and I’m really hoping I’ll get to go to some of the places I’ve always want to go 🙂

  9. Cilla

    These are awesome goals, Laura! Thirty is also my next landmark birthday, and I too hope I’d figure out how to apply eye make-up before I’m thirty, haha. I’d love to be a published author by then too, but I’d also like to be settled in the current career I’m pursuing (which sadly doesn’t leave much time for writing, but making time for writing could be a goal!). I’m the same about social events – I’d especially like to second-guess myself less when I have to hold conversations with new people! Anyway, I hope you enjoy your coming birthday, and good luck with the goals!

    • Laura

      Haha, the eye make-up is a tough one isn’t it? Hopefully we’ll both figure it out soon! 🙂
      I really hope you manage to become a published author and that you get settled into your current career! And I’d really like to stop with the second-guessing thing too – I always overthink everything when I’m at a social event, and it makes me even more nervous and awkward!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  10. Kaja

    You’re an April baby, too? My birthday’s on the 24th (I’m turning 30, ha!).
    Great list, Laura, it looks like you’re getting serious about your life and career – good luck with all of it. I make these kinds of lists, too, my 30 before 30 included getting a manicure & facial which I will do on the 22th, just days before my self-imposed deadline! 😉

    • Laura

      Happy Birthday for the 24th! And yay for being April babies! 🙂
      Haha, that’s great that you’re getting that in just before the deadline! I hope you enjoy your manicure and facial. I’ll have to look back on my list when I’m nearly 30 and check if there’s any last minute goals I have to squeeze in too! 🙂

  11. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I love all of these. I think getting hang of adulting is the hardest—just when you think you’re starting to get it down, you hit a new stage of life and there are curveballs all over the place. Sigh. My next big milestone isn’t until 50. Yikes! I’m sure there are 50 things I’d like to accomplish before then!

    • Laura

      Haha, yeah. I feel like new aspects of adulating just keep on cropping up every so often, so I guess it’s something no one ever really gets the hang of 🙂
      I hope you manage to accomplish your 50 goals before 50! 🙂

  12. Jackie

    I must have missed the memo that my twenties were supposed to be some of my best years. Because my twenties were a bust up until I turned 26 and started getting my life back in order. In two and a half years, I moved in with my boyfriend, re-established my savings account, got married, and bought a house. Those are actually kind of big moves, right?

    Anyway, my next birthday landmark is also thirty, but…that’s like a year and three months away. I probably should have started my Thirty Before Thirty years ago. I really would like to make a real, genuine friend. I mean, I have friends, but they’re scattered about, so we get to see each other once every couple of years. I want someone I can go to the movies with or grab a cup of coffee with or do a christmas cookie swap with. I also…am pretty excited to start the adventure of motherhood. But, also really terrified.

    • Laura

      Wow, it definitely sounds like you crammed a lot of the big stuff into the later half of your twenties! Congrats on getting married and the house and stuff! That’s awesome 🙂
      It sounds like you have some great goals for thirty, and you still have time! Making friends is definitely much harder as an adult, and my own friends are scattered about a bit too, so I understand how you feel there. And motherhood is understandably an incredible but terrifying goal!
      Best of luck with everything! 🙂

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