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.