Thirty by 30: Day 1

Several days ago I was struck with the thought to compile a list of thirty things I should/must/want/need to do by the time I turn 30. It wasn’t something I had previously given much thought to, but once I got the idea stuck in my head, I decided to roll with it. So, with the help of Facebook, Google, and input from friends and family members, not to mention a few ideas of my own, I created my list. 


  1. Read the Bible, cover to cover. I’ll be relying on all those handy-dandy “read the Bible in a year” guides.
  2. Get inked. I’ve wanted a tattoo for a long time, and I think I’ve finally settled on a design. It was my birthday gift from Meg last year and I just haven’t cashed in on it yet. Hey Meg, get ready to pay up. 
  3. Get pink highlights. I’m not going punk, but even if it’s for a week, I want some pink in my hair. 
  4. Learn to juggle. I can already make balloon animals. I add this to my repertoire and I’m looking at a backup career as a clown. 
  5. Write a book. Granted, there is a 99% chance I’ll be the only one to ever read it. But how cool would it be to say, “yeah, I wrote a novel. ‘Aint no thing.” 
  6. Run a 5k. I hate running. But it’s still on the list.
  7. Visit a children’s hospital dressed as a Disney character. This was a brilliant suggestion from a Facebook friend (thanks, Charlotte!), and one I look forward doing the most. Any friends want join me on this one? 
  8. Watch all the Godfather movies. So I can master the “make him an offer” line. And also just because. 
  9. Learn sign language. Seems like a handy skill to have. No pun intended. 
  10. Join a book club. The hard thing is finding one that doesn’t meet in the middle of the day. 
  11. Take a gun safety course. I don’t own a gun but it’s probably not a bad idea to know how to handle one safely if the occasion arises.
  12. Memorize 30 Bible verses. I have a terrible memory, so this one could be a little difficult. 
  13. Buy a house. 
  14. Go on a cruise. 
  15. Learn to change the oil in my car. Something every woman should know. If I’m being honest, even when I do learn I’ll still take it to the nice men at Walmart who do it for 27 bucks while I buy my groceries. I just want to say I know how. 
  16. Put all my travel pictures into albums. Seriously, I still have boxes from the trip four years ago, as well as the excursion to France this past March. It’s time to get them in their proper place so I can enjoy the experience all over again.
  17. And speaking of travel, I’d like to put another stamp on the ‘ol passport. I’m thinking Turkey or Romania?
  18. Volunteer at the animal shelter. And not bring any home with me. I repeat, and not bring any home with me. 
  19. Learn French. I took a little in college, and splurged on the Rosetta Stone program. Now I just need some self-discipline and get cracking!
  20. Stop biting my nails. A terrible, terrible habit I need to break.
  21. Learn CPR. 
  22. Read 15 of the “Greatest 100 Novels of all Times”. The jury is still out on who has the “official” record. I’d like it to be more, but have you seen this list so far? I’m going to have a busy year. 
  23. Learn to knit. I’ve tried several times over several years and always gave up. I will persevere this time around!
  24. Take a cooking class. Because I cannot live on sandwiches alone, and eventually I’d like to remember how to hard boil eggs without having to Google it first. 
  25. And speaking of cooking, I want to learn to make Grandma Kauffman’s potato salad, Mom-Mom Scott’s ham gravy, and mom’s chocolate icing.
  26. Blog daily. If anybody knew the number of blogs I’ve ‘started” over the last year or so… I’m really bad at completing what I start.
  27. Learn to can jam. It just seems like a fun project.
  28. And keeping with the 30 theme, I’ll plant 30 trees this year. We’re destroying them faster then we can grow them. 
  29. Send a message in a bottle. Nothing sappy, just silly. “This bottle will self destruct in 20 seconds” or “Please refill and send back”. 
  30. Do 30 random acts of kindness in a day. I saw this blogged elsewhere a while back. A woman spent her (42nd?) birthday doing 42 random acts of kindness. Totally awesome. I might save it for my birthday next year.   

And there we have it. My (somewhat hastily but still thought-out) list of things I should/must/want/need to do in the next 364 days. 

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  1. Josh mast July 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This is an extremely busy list to complete in 1 year!! 2 trips! You may be able to combine the cruise and the passport stamp, and you can read your books on the trip…blogging daily is a high goal I think!

    1. barefoottravels July 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Blogging daily is high. I’m already thinking to revise it to maybe to 3-4 times/week.

  2. Sue K July 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Whoa, favorite niece! Leave a little time for sleep there, would ya? =) Can’t wait to see how it all goes!

  3. Nikki Burris July 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I will TOTALLY visit a children’s hospital dressed as a Disney character with you!!

  4. Janelle Welfley July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I LOVE this list Jenny 🙂 Yes, it’s a big list, but there is just so much life in it, i can’t help but be excited for you. Some of my favorites: the random acts of kindness, I think that will be an immensely fun job, reading the Bible through….something I have never accomplished, and cooking, you should be able to make yourself fabulous meals 🙂 I would be so glad to help you with that last one!! 🙂 Oh heck, they are all just great…I’m so looking forward to hearing all about them, so you better make sure that #26 gets done…at least part way! :))

  5. Janelle Welfley July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    wow….i went a little nuts with the smiley faces hahaha sorry…

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