If you’ve been following me on instagram you might have seen that I decided to write a 30 before 30 list. A 30 Before 30 list is basically a list of all the things that I wish to accomplish or do before I turn 30. I’m 26 right now and I’ve definitely been re-evaluating my life choices. I’ve fallen into the trap of putting work before my family, my friends, and worst of all, myself.
All Work No Play
A while ago I posted a life update in my If We Were Having Coffee post where I shared some of my experiences dealing with stress. I work in a very specialized field right now and the prospect of being laid off terrifies me. My skills don’t necessarily transfer to other jobs, and I would have to move to another city to remain in my chosen career. Having just bought a house with my husband who also has a job here you can imagine that the prospect of moving doesn’t appeal to us much!
I feel like I have to give 110% every day to stay on top, and I’ve been missing birthdays, holidays and things that are important to me because of this fear of being let go. I shared on instagram in that post that I was recently passed over for a job, and I was wondering why I’ve been working so hard and missing out on life when it seems to amount to nothing. At least I still have a job right? I’m not so sure anymore. I find my career rewarding, but there’s more to life than a job.
What is the point of working so hard when it means I don’t get to spend time with my family? I’m an introvert but I’ve spent meaningful time with my family twice so far this entire year. We live 10 minutes away from each other! Why am I so scared of asking for days off? Why am I working 40+ hours a week as a part time employee and feeling like I’ll be left behind if I take a step back?
Not being chosen for the job was eye opening for me. I want to live my life instead of letting it pass my by as I wait for that One Day where I’ll be retired and able to relax. I might not even live to be 65! Who knows? I completely believe in the importance of budgeting and saving money for retirement and we have started doing that, but there are things I want to do, places I want to see and I want to see them while I’m young and able. So here is my 30 Before 30 list. I might not be able to do all of these things, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try.
My 30 Before 30 List
- Get PADI scuba diving certified in a tropical country
- Visit Iceland
- Take a Solo Trip
- Road Trip California
- Go Camping with my parents at the campground we always went to as kids
- Visit Disneyland/Harry Potter Land/Universal Studios. I’ve never been, and they say it’s the happiest place on Earth!
- Take my husband to Costa Rica. He’s been wanting to go forever and I’ve been once already!
- See a Castle
- Swim with Dolphins
- Travel to an Alter Bridge Concert
- Take a girls trip to Las Vegas
- Learn to do a handstand (Yoga)
- Go Paragliding or Hang gliding
- Take a Crossfit Class
- Try Bouldering
- Rappel down a waterfall
- Go on a Wine Tour
- Take a Cooking Class
- Learn to Bake Croissants
- Learn an Andy Mckee Song on Guitar
- Relearn everything from my first year Music Diploma
- Finish Writing My Book
- Learn Calligraphy
- Get a Financial Advisor
- Take a Finance Course
- Treat myself to a Spa Getaway
- Grow a garden
- Volunteer with Animals
- Get a Tattoo
- Learn to refinish furniture
What’s on your 30 before 30 list?
I know I might not be able to do all of these things in the next 4 years but I think the key is to have a goal. I want to be intentional about living my life to the fullest while being responsible enough save for the future. There has to be a balance! Wish me luck friends, and here’s to the future 🙂