30 by 30

A little over three weeks ago, I turned 27. My birthday was a wonderful celebration, seemingly continuing for a good two weeks, and I was utterly spoilt by my family and friends. Mr Posy and I have big plans for the next 12 months – twenty-seven is shaping up to be a fabulous year for me.

Soon after the candles had been blown out, and the last of the cake had been eaten, I started to think about how far I’ve come over the past few years, and where I’m looking to go next. I started to create a list in my head of holidays I wanted to take and goals I wanted to achieve, and before I knew it, my list was so long that ideas were spilling out on to paper.

In three years, I turn 30. People tease that I’m getting old, that I’ll soon be over the hill. Turning thirty doesn’t scare or worry me, it doesn’t fill me with anxiety, but I do have a lot between now and then that I want to achieve. If not now, when?

So I kept adding to my list, until I had my magic number. My 30 by 30 –

  1. Move to Sydney
  2. Stop, absorb, and enjoy our wedding day
  3. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
  4. Finish a half marathon
  5. Finish a marathon
  6. Take a cooking class
  7. Learn to play one whole song on the guitar my great uncle made for me
  8. See dolphins/whales in the wild [changed from swim with dolphins]
  9. Take a photography course
  10. Visit Hawaii
  11. Learn to surf
  12. Make a soufflé
  13. Drive the scenic route down from Sydney to the Sapphire Coast [changed from drive the Great Ocean Road]
  14. Keep a plant alive
  15. Take a ballet class [changed from buy a stranger their coffee]
  16. Book in a regular (weekly? monthly? fortnightly?) massage
  17. Go parasailing
  18. Dine at La Villa Mahana (Bora Bora) [changed from degustation at Vue de Monde]
  19. Book a snow holiday
  20. Make my own ice cream
  21. Buy an amazing piece of art
  22. Sign up as an emergency foster carer
  23. Take a design course
  24. Book a beach holiday
  25. Turn off the TV for a week
  26. Host a Christmas lunch/dinner
  27. Buy myself a pair of diamond earrings
  28. Land my dream job (or, at the very least, work out what my dream job actually is) [changed from write a novel]
  29. Forgive
  30. Organise a fabulous celebration for my 30th birthday

Mr Posy is not too impressed with item no. 25 (I suspect during that week he’ll be sneaking in TV-time when I’m not home), but for the rest of my list, he’s happy to come along for the ride.

I’m looking forward to our adventures over the next few years. This list is exactly what I need to get me out of my funk.

And so it begins!

Image credit: Thank you to my design friend who saw me struggling with Photoshop one afternoon after work, and after ascertaining exactly what it was that I was trying to do, helped me create the image that I had in my mind.
  • Shelley
    February 24, 2012

    That’s a fantastic list! I turn 35 a month from today. Might need to work on a five year list of 40 by 40! xx

    • miss posy
      February 25, 2012

      Do it, Shelley! It was a lot of fun coming up with the list.. I still have so much more I want to do, but had to be realistic with my timeframe 😉

  • Camilla
    February 24, 2012

    What a great list! I love them all 🙂

    • miss posy
      February 25, 2012

      Thanks, Cam!

  • Jess
    February 24, 2012

    Loving the list, very inspiring!

    I love reading your blog and good to see a new post 🙂

    • miss posy
      February 25, 2012

      Aww thanks, Jess. Very slack, I know…

  • gayle
    February 24, 2012

    Number 31 I’m assuming is going to be to meet me! 😛 LOL. So glad to see you back in the ‘blogging world’, looking forward to reading your continuing de-funking adventures!!!

    • miss posy
      February 25, 2012

      Oh of course 😉 The planets just haven’t seemed to align when I’ve been down in Melbourne, have they.. Hopefully next time! 😀

  • Miss B
    March 2, 2012

    This is great!!! Can you make G create a list like this too? Would def make birthday buying soooo much easier.

    …………and I’m sure #32 is to ‘go west’ for a holiday to cross off #8 @ Monkey Mia. I know, what do dolphins have to do with monkeys??

    B xx

    • miss posy
      March 5, 2012

      That’s such a good point – you should totally get him to write a Bucket List!

      Umm, I want to swim with dolphins, B, not sharks……. 😉 But yes, a trip West is definitely a must!

  • Melinda
    March 9, 2012

    A fabulous list! I love everything on it – especially the Bora Bora one 🙂


    • miss posy
      March 12, 2012

      Thanks, Melinda! I look forward to reading your Hawaii adventures, if your 2013 “trip” is still on the cards?

  • Brooke
    March 11, 2012

    I made a list a long time ago and definitely recommend it. It’s great to see things crossed off the list but I should probably edit mine as I have grown up and my plans have changed quite a bit. I’m not too sure I want to own a ranch with 30 dogs now :p

    For our honeymoon I would LOVE to go to Bora Bora but have been put off my shark sightings. Maybe it can be your honeymoon destination?

    I swam with wild dolphins in Rockingham in W.A and it was incredible! Would definitely recommend doing that. Dolphins are my favourite animal but even if they’re not, it’s a surreal feeling.

    I would like to take a photographer course too. Maybe I should steal your list?

    Adam and I learnt to ‘surf’ in Noosa and it was a lot of fun. We stood up but that was the extent of it. Still a great day!

    I went parasailing in Fiji in November and it was really fun! Amazing views!

    Okay, I better stop commenting. Your list as some great activities on it and everything I said I’ve done, was once on my list too. I wish you the best of luck with them all! X

    • miss posy
      March 12, 2012

      It’s amazing how much we grow in only a few short years. I made my first list when I was 24 (a 25 by 25) – I didn’t even finish half the list… Looking back, there’s so much that just isn’t relevant or doesn’t interest me now!

      Ha, I hadn’t heard about the shark sightings – I’d better not tell Mr Posy! He’s scared enough of the beach, even when we visit Sydney 😉 We’re thinking we’ll go for our honeymoon – very excited.

      I love that you’ve already completed so many items on my list!

      I think you need to write a new blog post, Missy… xx

  • Jacs
    April 16, 2012

    I’ll help you with number 11!

    • miss posy
      April 17, 2012

      I did think of you when I wrote that one down 😉 I might have to pay you a visit…

  • Kristen
    May 25, 2012

    Your list is brilliant… wish i’d had such a clear list when i was 27yo… not much chance of my achieving this in the next 4 weeks 😉

    • miss posy
      May 26, 2012

      It was really hard narrowing down a list of things to do in the next three years – there are so many things I want to see and do, but I figure a lot of it can wait until life after 30 😉

  • wtmontana
    January 14, 2013

    I adore your list! Love #18 – it’s on my THIS YEAR list!

    • miss posy
      January 16, 2013

      Exciting! Are you booking it in for your trip to Melbourne? Would love to hear how it goes!

      • wtmontana
        January 16, 2013

        I’m not 100% sure at this time – the partner is a bit iffy about pricing vs me being a picky eater. I’ve loved lots that I’ve seen though :-/ but I may get to go another time with my sister maybe!

        • miss posy
          January 23, 2013

          I’ve heard that they’re very good with asking what you will and won’t eat etc – I am a bit fussy myself (and it’s usually best if I don’t know what something is, haha), so it will be interesting!