monday musings

30 things before 30 years

October 10, 2012


There are so many life lists out there these days, I figured it was about time I get my own started. Since my twenties are dwindling away by one more year this week, what better kind of list than a bucket list of sorts for my twenties?

I fully intend on this list living past my 30th birthday and continue to add things on, but we’ll start with these 30:


1. Design my own fabric and have it made via Spoonflower
2. Make something out of it
3. Take a class at the Cultural Arts Center
4. Yarn Bomb something
5. Give (at least) 20 handmade gifts
6. Knit a sweater (dog, child, and/or adult)

7. Make an apron (why? because I just want to)
8. Make a quilt 


9. Buy a good, new piece of grown up furniture (preferably a couch)

10. Actually redo the living room
11. Redo the bedroom

  • Officially checked off! (check out all the posts here)

12. Host a dinner party
13. Buy a house (fingers crossed this becomes a possibility)


14. Run a 10k

  • 03.03.2013 Run Your Buns Off 5k – Half way there!

15. Bike 200 miles in one month
16. Run a themed run (i.e. the color run, warrior dash, etc)

17. (mostly) kick my caffeine habit


18. Make homemade ice cream (more than once, lots of flavors)
19. Try 30 new “bloggable” recipes


20. Learn more about / read books on color theory
21. Learn more about / read books on typography
22. Create my portfolio website
23. Buy a new computer (B’s pumped for this one)
24. Keep growing and developing the blog

  • Went to Alt Summit


25. Go to California
26. Go to New York City 

27. Visit 10 new-to-me states / cities

  • Kansas City
  • Missouri
  • New York City
  • Harleysville / Skippack, PA

28. Go to more concerts/live music

  • 10.10.12 – Ingrid Michaelson
  • 01.29.13 – The Eastern Sea

29. Get a mani/pedi (because I never have, can you believe it?)

  • Manicure in NYC! 6.19.13
  • And a mani/pedi in west virginia! 12.27.13

30. Learn how to do the “spring” card flourish (because who doesn’t like knowing fancy card tricks?!)

Ahh, this list was hard to limit to just 30, so don’t you worry, I’ll continue adding to it, but we’ll keep in the spirit of “30 before 30” for at least a week.

Do you have a life list? I love reading other people’s goals and ambitions, so share your list by linking to it in the comments!

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  • Reply Melanie October 10, 2012 at 7:11 am


  • Reply em October 11, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Oh Stephie…HB to you!
    #6….you know your amazing nephew will wear anything you make him, he is the perfect (and small) prototype!
    #20….did you know I studied this in college? I have two really great books you are welcome to have…..
    and #29, thanks to Cole I got my first mani/pedi this summer….pretty awesome, let’s do one when you’re in toledo before the end of the year!!
    love you sis!

  • Reply em October 11, 2012 at 4:45 am

    and PS…#14 through #17…..don’t count on me for those! 🙂

  • Reply Tara January 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I have a Things before 30 List. I decided to google other 30 themed lists and yours came up. 30 things are too many for me, but your list is interesting and quite practical. I’ll definitely link people to your website once I post my list.

    • Reply steph January 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Thank, Tara! I’m glad you found it helpful! I really wanted to come up with 30 things that I could feasibly accomplish in the next two years, I’m hoping to transform it into a more ambitious life list as I cross some of these things off. Good luck with your list, and looking forward to seeing it!

  • Reply goodbye 2013, hello 2014! January 2, 2014 at 6:55 am

    […] bringing some big (but awesome!) changes and I couldn’t be more excited. My deadline for my 30 before 30 list is coming up this year, which means I better get busy working on checking off some more items! […]

  • Reply I made a quilt! April 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

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