30 Before 30

Happy Friday Blogstalkers!

Today one of my dear friends, whom I have admittedly never actually met but gchat/email/twitter stalk on a daily basis, is turning 30.  Happy Birthday Katie!  (She's doing a birthday giveaway on her blog, Words For Worms today if anyone wants to enter!)

Katie reaching this milestone made me remember that I've got just about 9 months until I myself turn 30 and I still have not made a list of 30 things I'd like to do before it goes down.

So that is what I'm doing today.

30 Before 30

1. Start a book/dinner club.  My sister gave me this idea but I sort of think it would be awesome to read like, Anna and the French Kiss and then get together and talk about it at a French restaurant or at someone's house whilst trying to make crepes.

2. Take voice lessons.  Then play and sing a song on our piano in front of people. (Dogs don't count)

3. Learn how to play chess for real, without utilizing the rules I made up in grade school.  No more "fly-overs" and definitely no "turtling."

4. Finish writing a book. 

5. Have a sandcastle building contest at the beach this summer with friends.  

6. Make a successful soufflé.  

7. Take a knife skills course.  (Then add "Awesome at Kniving" to the "Special Skills" portion of your resume.)

8. Read 150 books

9. Plant a rooftop garden.  (New hat required, clearly.) (Or bonnet maybe?)

10. Beat the original Mario Brothers game.

11. Participate in a color run.  Chicago's is currently sold out, though I am volunteering at it on June 16th so I'm looking into other cities.  Dallas in the fall maybe?  Anyone else doing one somewhere else?

12. Get my butt to the gym 5 days a week.  It'll be easier in the summer because our gym has a rooftop pool and a bar...obviously.  What? don't all gyms serve alcohol?  I can't wait to get all tipsy and fall down the stair-stepper.

13. Write a letter to myself to open at 40.  Make sure I keep this letter in my place of residence at all times.  So my dad doesn't find it...like last time...that was humiliating.

14. Babysit a young child/children.

15. Make a tee-shirt quilt for a future child using Ryan's old tee shirts.

16. Host a game night.  WIN THE GAME NIGHT.

17. Get a tattoo. (I think I know what I want but this scares the heckfire out of me.)

18. Make Ryan's 30th birthday, at which time I will still be 29, memorable.  (Secret plans with code names  are in the works....)  

19. Try Vinyasa (hot) yoga.  In the past I've proven crap at yoga, I constantly fall down and my arms get in the way of everything but the advantages of hot yoga are crazy good: lessened anxiety and depression, help with neck problems, etc.

20. Christmas in Chicago Part II.  Bigger and better.  Anyone want to join this time around?

21. Have a "Sisters & Brother ONLY" night with Jordan, Nicky, Clarke and Davis.

22. Learn all the world capitols.  (I learned all the countries last year, next year will probably be bodies of water, yuck.)

23. Get pregnant. (No we're not currently trying to get pregnant.)

24. Be forced to endure the torture that is Crossfit with my friend Megan who has been pressuring me to do it for YEARS.  ONE TIME MEGAN.

25. Attend BlogHer '13 in Chicago!

26. Find an organization at which I can volunteer regularly.

27. Participate in some sort of a flash mob.  Preferably not one I create myself as I am terrible at choreography. 


29. Learn how to use my camera in Manual.

30. In preparation for someday getting pregnant, taper myself safely (with doctor's supervision) off my medications.

So that is that!  Sorry this post didn't make you fall out of your chair laughing, but just think of the laughs me actually doing some of these things will bring!  Do you have any suggestions of things I should add?

Also, in full disclosure, I am officially this week 100% drug-free.  I have tapered off all of my anxiety and depression medications successfully.  I'm doing OK for now, just a little shaky and nervous.  So I guess that means I can cross off #30?


61 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/22/2013

    Hi Lauren,
    Try Core Power Yoga for #19... amazing instructors, great classes, and will make #30 so much easier!
    Good luck!
    Carin in Portland, OR

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    1. Thanks for the tip Carin! I think my gym actually does offer classes for that so I'll have to give it the old college try!

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  2. Way to go Lauren! Nice list...you better get started!

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    1. I am ordering gardening bonnets as we speak!

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  3. Come up to Minnesota for our Color Run in July! I am already signed up because last year was awesome. I am not a huge fan of running but the end result is worth it.

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    1. Is it sold out? I seriously can't find one that isn't already sold out!

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    2. And...I'm like days late with this comment. BUT the afternoon ones are still available, but it may be slightly hot. And by slightly hot I might mean the 7th ring of hell with flames that lick your skin until they are blisters hot.

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  4. Ligouri3/22/2013

    Congrats on the meds!! Know that its 100% okay and no judging if you have to go back one day. We love you the way you are.

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    1. Thanks Ligouri! I've always been pretty open about being on ALL THE MEDICATIONS and I will not hesitate to go back on them if I start to feel like I can't hack it. Right now I'm doing alright!

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  5. Was #8 filler? Because I'm preeeeettttty sure you've already read 150 books...

    Congrats on crossing #30 off your list! That's exciting! Just remember to stay positive and keep life in perspective at all times. It's hard at first, but gets so much easier in time.

    Good luck on everything!

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    1. Haha have definitely read more than 150 books in my life, I meant 150 in the next 9 months since about 200 a year is what I average.

      And thanks! Positive is tough for me sometimes so right now i'm just focused on Staying Neutral and it seems to be working.

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  6. Congrats on #30! I love #12. I can't think of a better use for the built in cup holders on those machines.

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    1. It's funny that my gym has a bar right? It cracks me up all the times I go there. Which is one time so far.

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    2. Ours does too! But people look at me funny when I take my wine in a plastic cup on the elliptical.

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  7. I turn 30 in less than 2 weeks- yikes! I don't think I have time to make a list. I don't know if you have time to accomplish everything on your list, but I hope you do because all of them would be great stories! Good luck!!!

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    1. You could totally make a mini-list! Like...learn to do a push-up and make an apple pie? Plus since I'm sure YOU can already do a push-up you could just cross that one off the list immediately.

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  8. I'm doing the Color Run in Brooklyn in July. I totally wish you could join Team Sistafriends and we could wear matching tutus.

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    1. I totally would if it wasn't all sold out! They sell out so fast.

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  9. Cecelia3/22/2013

    New commenter, frequent reader here. # 6 is actually really manageable. Fine Cooking had an article about dessert soufflés in the last couple of months with lots of tips. Also RE: #26, do you Midwesterners have Junior Leagues? I'm a member in a mid-size NC town and it's a lot of fun and meaningful philanthropic work and not at all what The Help makes it out to be. Maybe it's still like that in Atlanta or something, but we're all pretty normal girls with jobs and families and no servants. Love your blog and looking forward to hilarious voice lessons hijinks being chronicled!

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    1. Junior Leagues - I really am not sure as I've not heard of any around here, I'll have to do some googling!

      And I've never actually tried to make a souffle before so I'll take any tips I can get, I'll definitely look up the Fine Cooking article.

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  10. Congrats on your med changes. I hope you continue to manage that in a healthy and happy way! Additionally, I think it's great that you put together such a meaningful list...Good Luck!!

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  11. Monica K.3/22/2013

    Congrats on being able to get off of your medications. Hope that goes ok for you. The Color Run is soooo much fun! I did one in St. Pete in December, and I can't wait for them to come back so I can do another one.

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  12. Anonymous3/22/2013

    Good luck!!!! Suggestion for #26, Make a Wish. 90% of the work is volunteers. My family has had personal experience with them and they are fantastic!

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  13. Stacey3/22/2013

    The Portland Oregeon event for September 7th is still open! I would run it with you :)

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  14. If you do the color run in dallas, tell me so i can sign up for the color run in dallas since i live in dallas. Fun times ahead. Also, congrats on getting off the meds!

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  15. Meaghan3/22/2013

    The Indianapolis Color Run on July 20 is still open! It's on my 30 before 30 list, I'm so excited!

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  16. Wrennifer3/22/2013

    Great list, Lauren! Couple of things: what is usually the problem with your soufflés? I'm no professional, but I know my way around hoity-toity baked goods!

    If you come to Dallas for the run (or any other reason) I hope you'll let us all know well in advance! I'd love to take you out to dinner or drinks if you do make it down this way :)

    I have no idea if this is an option in Chicago or not, but I used to spend about 4 hours a week recording books for blind and dyslexic students. It was amazingly rewarding, and with your love of reading I bet you'd both enjoy it and be awesome at it. If you're interested, any local school for the blind should be able to help point you to a group that does recording work.

    And is that 150 books between now and your birthday? Because I can't believe for a minute that you haven't read 150 books yet! You sound like me when you talk about books: I once went on a 9-day trip and took 12 books. My boyfriend thought I was crazy and overprepared, right up until he had to buy me a book at the airport bookstore because I had finished them all and wouldn't stop whining about being bored. Now I have a Kindle, so I can carry dozens with me no matter where I am -- my favorite piece of technology from recent years!

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  17. I was on antidepressants for most of my life. When I finally was able to get off them it coincided with my also getting off of the Pill. I know some doctors will claim that the Pill doesn't effect mental health, but I am not so sure. I haven't had to get back on them while I've been off the Pill. Happy to hear you are off them successfully. Good luck! :)

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  18. that's a lot to do in nine months! great list. You should come to Seattle and do the color run. Actually Seattle is sold out so I am doing the Tacoma color run, so you should do that one too. it's in october. I haven't signed up yet, but my 13 year old wants to do it with me. :) Also in October....P!NK!!! Tickets go on sale soon. me and my girlfriends are hoping to get tickets. I love P!NK. She puts on an amazing show. Also...I'm turning 44 tomorrow. ACK!!

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  19. Also...next weekend I am doing #21. Headed to Vegas to see my parents and my sisters and brother are going too, no spouses. I imagine one night will be a "sisters and brother only" night in a casino. :) Only sad part is we'll be missing our oldest brother. :(

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  20. I made my first souffle ever last week, and it was awesome! Here is the recipe I used. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/spinach-and-cheddar-souffle-recipe/index.html

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  21. I'm heading Team Unicorn Power in the Providence Color Me Rad 5K on September 28th. Come join our team!! We're going to wear awesome t-shirts and unicorn horns! It's not sold out yet!

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  22. And congratulations on #30. You're so strong and brave and we're all here for you!

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  23. Learning how to use the camera in manual isn't nearly as hard as you think! It's photoshop that's the doozie!

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  24. Megan K D3/22/2013

    What a great list! I want to do the color run in Denver, it seems like so much fun!! I really want to make a t-shirt quilt myself, but I have no idea how to do it. Tattoos are super scary when you're getting ready to get them...and maybe a little bit when you're getting them...but I love mine! Also I personally think number 30 sounds really scary, best of luck! I think it's an awesome list!

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  25. Laurie3/22/2013

    Ha ha I just told my husband the other day that I am making a "50 before I turn 50" list (which I will be turning in two years!). He said that sounds really dumb. I said "well you just made it to number one on the list" He said "what is number one?" I said "get divorced and re-married, preferably to a mute man this time." Then I said "it is the first day of Spring, why would you pick such a glorious day to die?"

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    1. This made me laugh!

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  26. Kansas City Color Run! But then you would have to come to Kansas/Missouri. BUT a short 3 hours away from KC is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. Congratulations on tapering off the medications. That is a big deal!

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  27. I had a college friend who desperately wanted a tattoo, but was scared not only of the pain, but also about whether she would regret it later in life. So she got a tattoo of a freckle on her ankle. No lie. 20 years later and I can't even type this without cracking up.
    Stacy

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  28. I enjoyed this post. I should have made one of these lists before I turned 34. I guess I could start a 40 before 40 list. Also, there is a color run in Indianapolis, which would be pretty close for you. It doesn't appear to be sold out yet and is in July. If you come and do that, you can also cross babysitting off your list because you can watch my kid for me! Ha.

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  29. Good luck on the list. I don't even think I considered making a 30 before 30 list. I was just glad I was finishing my phd and would no longer have nightmares about rewriting my dissertation. There should be a Junior League in Chicago. If not try Americorps or Habitat for Humanity or Big Brothers Big Sisters if you aren't quite sure at which age you'll wonder why did I have kids--they will totally hip you to that. Or maybe Special Olympics. I did try the AFI list but realized I totally disagreed with about half of them and couldn't watch them lol.

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  30. Anonymous3/23/2013

    CrossFit is AWESOME! You will love it and the amazing community spirit that always exists in CrossFit Boxes, it's so unlike a gym. Can't wait to hear about it! OR you could come to Australia and do it with me!! Nic.

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  31. I'll go with you for the tattoo- I want a couple more, and just need to find a good artist!! I got my first three alone (in the same day) and it was a bit dull, although my artist was great.
    AND I can help you truly learn to go manual, not just the cheater-hack way of just spinning dials until the exposure scale reads 0 (since you're not really learning anything about metering or light balance then). And Lightroom is much more intuitive than Photoshop- it was made for photography, and Photoshop has since been geared specifically towards graphic design. (I have a BFA in photography, so I'm not just pulling this out of my butt.)
    And I'm doing a Color run (I think it's with Color Mania?) in Raleigh in a couple of weeks! I'm sure it's sold out... but I'll let you know how crazy it is!
    Great list- and #30? Congratulations!!

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  32. If you do a color run in Dallas I'd join you!

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  33. #31: Meet Katie in person so when we tell people about how we're super friends (yes, we will need rings), they don't think we're being Catfish-ed. :) You are awesome. XOXO

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  34. Anonymous3/24/2013

    Wow!!! You're much braver than me for some of those, but what I really wanted to say was that I'm happy to hear you've been able to go off your meds (and that you're doing it right unlike me who just quit taking mine when I was 21).

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  35. As always, you're inspiring me... I just turned 38 last month, so I have just under 2 years to complete a 40 by 40 list. I'm going to have to get started thinking about that. It's a lot of time, but it's 10 more goals. Hmm... thinking... ok, really I'm just procrastinating while sitting in my office on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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  36. This is a great list! As far as the tattoo's go, they really don't hurt that badly.....and you can always get it somewhere you can't actually see without help (like a shoulder). That way if later you don't like it, you dont have to look at it ever again! That was my thought anyway when I got my first. :)

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  37. You have a very ambitious list and I applaud you! I currently have 11 tattoos and though the actual needle process will hurt a little, it is the itching while it scabs and heals that drives me insane. And I would absolutely love to join you for Christmas caroling so make sure you pick a date early so I can get my plane ticket.

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    1. This is exactly what I was going to tell her. Everyone will tell you that the needles hurt (common sense). They don't hurt as bad as you would expect. The itching is what no one mentions...I just got my first tattoo (on my wrist - normally higher pain spot) last week, and I would rather have the needles than this effing itchiness!

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  38. Cleveland is having their color run on June 8 and they are not sold out.

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  39. This list is awesome and ambitious and you've inspired me to think about my list but I've passed the 40 mark so my list would be 50 before 50 - Holy crypt keeper, batman. Now, I'm just sad. Because I'm old not because of your list. Your list is great. I'm so rooting for you!

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  40. Anonymous3/25/2013

    Grand Rapids, MI has a color run on 8/13. It is not sold out. I know you may not have ever heard of Grand Rapids, but it is a gentle 2 1/2 hour drive away from Chicago. Most of that drive runs along the beautiful Lake Michigan. :)

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  41. Might I recommend some places to volunteer? The Anti-Cruelty Society (you can either make DIY pet beds and toys out of fleece, or actually go in and pimp dogs out to adoptees. One of these pimps helped me find my wonderful dog). I also live near the downtown Ronald McDonald House (brand new, serves Northwestern Memorial), and it might be a good place to get in some interactions with children!

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  42. 150 Books! That is impressive. I never go anywhere without a book. They are squirreled away all over the house - the ones I still have to read that is. Getting short of room I bought a kindle - the kindle is now stored somewhere safe, I just don't know where safe is.....

    You should add a page to your blog with book recommendations. Along with the accolade "awesome at knifing" you could add "awesome at reading".

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  43. I'm dying to take a knife course... But where to find one!?

    Hugs!

    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi

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  44. I make a list of items (the same number as my age) every year for my birthday. Crossing things off is so much fun. Your 150 books this year certainly puts my 60 to shame.

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  45. I'm doing a colour run in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 7 (which, by the way, is my birthday). You could come do that aaaaaand I can guarantee that you can knock at least two books off your list flying to and from. Win-win for you...and for me.

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  46. Stephanie3/27/2013

    If you need a good gardening hat, I suggest the Wallaroo Hat Company. Not only is the name fun to say in an australian accent (you know you tried it) but they have a UPF 50+ rating, which is like SPF but for clothing. I love all of mine!!!

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  47. I have a goal to finish a novel over the summer, when I am recovering from my foot surgery. I will probably get distracted by watching/reading Harry Potter...

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  48. Congrats on your project! You have some fun bucket list items to do. I just completed my own 30 before 30 challenge and feel great! Check it out at www.caseyturns30.blogspot.com. Good Luck!

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