18 Jan 2013

30 before 30 challenge

I've been reading Zoe of Marshmallows and Promises' blog for a while now and came across her '30 things before 30' page and with me being 22 now, I thought that eight years is plenty to try and accomplish 30 things! When I was deciding what to put on the list, however, I didn't want to finish the list by the age of 25, I wanted goals on it that could possibly take until I was 30 to finish. Some of them are quite fickle (get a DSLR camera) and others are more meaningful (donate blood - on the list twice!).

Here is the complete list:


I'm already noting which ones to get done to aim for in the short term (start a 'one line a day' diary for instance). Considering I have eight years to do this, some of them will need starting immediately and so, I am going to organise a rough time or date to do some of them (i.e. Visit Auschwitz, visit America).

Are any of you considering a list like this? I mean, if you're already 30, why not do a 40 before 40 list? It would be easier to aim higher with more life experience, surely? :)

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  1. Great list! I love making lists and will consider doing one too (same: 30 things to do before 30). Ooh, I do agree to having a Spa day :D

    It would be amazing if you can tick off all that list before 30! If not, there's still the fun of chasing your goals *and 40 things before 40 ;)*.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Bevolee

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    1. Aw thanks :-) Making lists is huge fun right? Not as fun as checking things off though! That's definitely the best part.

      I'm hoping to at least tick off 20/30 :) Guess we'll have to see how things go! x

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  2. Hi Angela

    I like you list. Don't shop for a whole year sounds hard though! I have just done my own list of 10 before 40 and hope I haven't been too ambitious with it!

    http://florandpaws.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-10-before-40-list.html

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    1. Hehe, the don't shop for a year mainly refers to clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, scarves, etc. I have so many clothes and shoes and bags that I just cannot justify anymore money spent on those things. At the moment, I'm packing in preparation for a house move and it's really brought home how much I have!

      Your list is a lot more ambitious than mine, it has to be said :-) good luck with yours! x

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  3. Aren't giving blood and donating blood the same thing? Sorry if you've already mentioned this somewhere I missed!

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  4. Yes, I missed it... never mind! Sorry!

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    1. Yep, they are the same thing - I wanted some 'easier' goals on there, and so putting it on twice seemed better than saying 'give blood twice' as it was hard trying to think of 30 goals which were a mix of challenging and 'easy' :) x

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  5. I like the idea of this list (actually, I just love lists generally!). At this point, I would only have 5 years to complete it, but that would still only be 6 items a year, which is not bad. I really like the variety in your list, and I like how you included both items that you can do once and then check off (like get a DSLR camera or visit America) and other items that will involve long term changes in your life (like becoming a minimalist or saving more). It's a good mix, I think.

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    1. Like you said, six items a year is achievable :-) Because I have eight years to go, I'm worry I will procrastinate for a few of the goals! Yeah, for me, the whole point of this list is to have a mixture of things to check off. If they were all too ambitious, I knew that barely any would get checked off and I'd lose interest as they just wouldn't be achievable within the timeframe :) x

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  6. Love this idea and might try and do a 35 before 35 (as I am already past 30!) - love the idea of a one line diary too! Great post! :)

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    1. Great idea! The more goals, the more successful you will feel once they are checked off :D x

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  7. How are you able to write a diary with just one line? :)
    Give blood and donate blood looks the same to me.
    What kind of book do you want to write?
    You can combine "have a savings account" with "saving 15000 from work".
    Unless you are a millionaire - have my own home and get Masters and save and move to London and live several months abroad sounds completely opposite - you save or spend. :)
    I envy that you are still 22 :)

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    1. Wow so many questions!

      A one line a day diary is something like this and it means that if my life gets too busy, I will still be able to 'journal' each night as it won't feel like too much of a chore.

      Give blood and donate blood is the same, but like I said in the post, I want to do it twice.

      Writing a book is merely for myself - I won't be publishing it and I've already done it with NaNoWriMo so that one has since been checked off :)

      I don't want to combine 'have a savings account' with 'save 15,000 from work' because I want a mix of goals that are achievable instantly and goals that aren't. Opening a savings account is the first step to saving the £15,000 from work so I prefer to see them as two different goals.

      Although I want to save some money, I feel that I also want live a little, hence why there are a few spending ones too. Moving to London, I've already done and will be finishing up in a few weeks. Living abroad won't be too hard as when I say that, I primarily mean Hong Kong where I have family so I will be saving a lot on accommodation. Get a masters is fine because when I was doing my first degree, I saved up a lot of money by living frugally for the three years. I've actually saved enough to do a Masters and some, so that isn't a worry. Have my own home is a more ambitious goal and will probably come towards the end (so just before I am 30) as the £15,000 I hope to save will most likely be invested in either shares or property in some way, and hopefully, it will be much more than £15,000 by the time I decide to use the money to put down a deposit for a house/flat.

      Hope this answers a few questions x

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  8. Great idea. I've added writing this list to my 'to do' list in my Filofax... might take me until I'm 30 to get to it!

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    1. Hehe, that's the point :-) Hope you have success with your list! x

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  9. Oh wow... you and I have a very similar 30 before 30 list. Don't worry, being young and planning ahead means that you have a lot more time to achieve those :) I have 5 years to complete mine and I'm still having trouble completing the list! :/ haha.. stay tune for the post though! :) xo

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    1. Look forward to seeing yours then :D I think the main thing is to remind yourself of these goals because if you forget them, you're less likely to accomplish them :) x

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  10. I think you have a good varied list. Where in America would you like to visit?

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    1. I'm not sure yet. Obviously, New York is top of the list (can't resist a good old shop!), but I'd quite like to go to Seattle too (and Vancouver as they are kind of close, even though Vancouver is in Canada!), San Francisco... I've not really researched it properly yet as you can tell! Are you from America? If so, where do you recommend? x

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