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.
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.