February 23, 2015

I turn 30 in about two weeks. I’m so ready to get there! I’ve been excited about turning 30 for months! So much so that over the past few weeks, I’ve been tweaking and developing some goals for my thirties, and I’m excited about sharing them with you today!

I wrote a 30 before 30 list a few years ago, and I got a few things crossed off. I did in fact get engaged, plan a wedding and get married. I found not one but two signature fragrances (Chloe during the day and My Burberry after hours). I didn’t teach a college-level course, but I did give a graduate-level lecture at Columbia (it’s a start), and I did dye my hair. If you look at my 30 before 30 list, you’ll see that a lot of it was fluffy and a bit trivial, wasn’t super meaningful or important. Like, do I need a Chanel quilted bag now that I’m turning 30? Or a Burberry trench coat? Not really. But there were other things on my list I didn’t get to that I do think are important goals, like adopting a grandparent and learning another language.

For weeks I’ve been thinking, soul searching, and figuring out what it is I really want to accomplish in the next ten years. The result is my 30 In My Thirties List, a list of 30 things I want to accomplish while I’m in my thirties. I’ve kept some goals from my 30 before 30 list, but I’ve included a lot of new things that I feel reflect where I want to be once I hit 40.

THE 30 IN MY THIRTIES LIST | 30 Goals For My Thirties

If there’s anything I’ve learned from making these lists, it’s that they can be quite ambitious. My 30 In My Thirties List is truly aspirational. These are the accomplishments I hope to have in my thirties, but I won’t think I’m a failure if I don’t cross everything off. I’ll honestly be so happy with myself if by my 40th birthday, I’m still actively pursuing all of these goals and making progress.

I promise to share my motivations behind adding each of these goals to my list before I turn 31. Like the reason why I want to save $30,000 on my own (I promise I’m not preparing for divorce), or the real reasons why I want to have children. But in the meantime, I’m hoping this list inspires someone else to look at the “big 3-0” with excitement vs. trepidation. This list definitely gives me a lot to look forward to, so perhaps if you’re struggling with leaving your twenties behind, you can create a list of your own!

If you do have a 30 before (or after) 30 list, I’d love for you to share some of your goals! And if you don’t, that’s totally fine. This isn’t a life requirement, but I bet getting some of your long-term goals on paper (even if you never look at them again) will be a really insightful and motivational learning experience.



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  • I love everything about this post! From the idea to the images to the layout to the actual goals themselves! I have a 30 before 30 list with quite a few goals to complete in the next few years, but this makes me wanna turn 30 so I can make another list – I’m inspired!
    Also, I think we may have the same birthday, girl. Mine is the 6th!

  • thebayarean

    I crafted a similar “29 bucket list” of 29 things I wanted to accomplish before 30 (which was 2 wks ago). Some goals were small, others were more ambitious, but the experience was invaluable. Now, at 30, my goals are to stay focused, have fun, live healthy and maintain happiness. So far, so good!

  • Latoya James

    This post is everything! You’ve inspired me to create a 30 before 30 list. I think we all have things in our head that we would like to achieve by a certain age, but having a list helps to define them + make them more attainable. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday in advance! 🙂

  • I LOVE this post!!! The images are beautiful and I love the layout. There is so much power when you begin to write down and visualize what you want for your life. I look forward to reading how you’ve crossed everything off of your list. I’m inspired to create a 40 before 40 list. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Oh, that is an AWESOME list!

  • Love your list!

  • Dagny

    Love this idea! I usually write a short list of goals each year, but they rarely connect to the bigger picture of how I want my life to evolve. I’m going to try a fuller list to strive for the remaining 4 years of my 20s. Thanks!

  • LOL at “have these babies”. I love this post! The graphics are super cute. I love your branding overall!

  • Crystal

    Love this post I travel Europe alone for 4mts and I have to say it was an amazing experience life changing go for it!!!!

    • Thanks Crystal! My husband isn’t excited that I want to go out of the country alone, but I think that would be an amazing experience. It’s good to hear that you enjoyed your solo travel!

  • What a great list! Especially love lead a ministry and start a non-profit. I just turned 30 in 2015 as well. This has inspired me to put my own list together now. 😀 Thanks!!