Last year, I wrote a post that outlined 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. Well, I bet you forgot about that post (because I did too). I thought it would be interesting to go through the list and see how well I did without trying.
1. Be more active – You used to go to the gym. What happened?
I didn’t get to the gym this year like I wanted. While I have lots of excuses, that’s all they are – excuses. I did try things like parking a few spaces further away at work although I didn’t need to. I also purchased a FitBit so I could track my activity. I don’t know why I can’t get motivated.
2. Find an indoor, all-season pool – You need some low impact exercise.
I may do this yet this Fall, but it’s unlikely. It’s hard to get motivated to get all dressed to go swimming and drive 20 minutes to the nearest indoor pool. We did manage to go swimming this summer both at our apartment community pool as well as some indoor pools at various hotels we stayed at. The exercise was great and fun.
3. Lose 30 pounds – If not much more. You’ll feel so much better.
Hahaha. I probably gained half of that instead of losing it. Oops.
4. Start remembering to take your makeup off before bed – Stop being lazy.
I was briefly better about this. And then I wasn’t.
5. Take your vitamins – You bought those Star Wars vitagummies for a reason.
I get better about this in spurts. I’ll go strong for a month or so and then stop again.
6. Drink more water – You have been bad about this. I know it sucks, but do it.
I haven’t been as good about this as I would have liked, but I HAVE been better about including water in my day.
7. Drink less soda – Mt Dew is not the nectar of the gods you perceive it to be.
I still drink Mountain Dew almost every day, but I have gone from drinking two 20 ounce bottles per day to just one 16 ounce bottle. A few days per month, I even skip soda entirely.
8. Eat less fried food at work – Yes, it’s convenient but it’s not good for you.
Before I quit my job, I went many months without eating mall food. I actually got really good about it and I overall felt a lot better.
9. Bring more lunches to work – Even if it’s such a sandwich and some fruit.
I did it! It’s how I managed to stop eating fried foods at work.
10. Cook a large meal and invite everyone – Feeding people is nice.
I didn’t get to do this unfortunately. I can’t wait to do it next year in our new home!
11. Save some money – You suck at this. Save at least $1,000.
Well. Yes and no. Jeremy and I saved up $2,500 for our house deposit. And then we spent it… on the house deposit. Haha
12. Establish a line of credit – You really need to get serious about adulthood.
I did it! It’s not much. My bank used to offer me one of those stupid “credit establishing” cards where you give them $300 and they give you $300 in credit. I think they are a huge scam. They offered me a $500 line of credit a couple of months ago for $99. I had to start somewhere and I needed the wiggle room in our finances for a few months. I have used my card to buy things I needed for an upcoming wedding we’re attending, dinner, etc. It’s nice to have the backup and I’ve already made my first payment. Hooray!
13. Read more books – You’re always happier that you did.
Absolute failure. This upsets me.
14. Be more productive during your awake time – You get very little of it.
I’m trying to be. I feel like there’s always so much I need to be doing – to the point that I can’t focus on doing one thing! It leads to too much distraction and not finishing stuff.
15. Get new glasses – Yours are already 5 years old. You know better.
I got not one, but TWO new pairs of eyeglasses and even some prescription sunglasses this year! Check out these adorable frames I got from GlassesShop.com – Read about them here!
16. Consult a dermatologist – You’ve needed to for a long time.
I haven’t done this and I don’t see it happening anytime soon. I’m stuck with horrible skin and I will just have to suffer through it. Insurance doesn’t cover this.
17. See a Dentist – At least get a cleaning.
My insurance doesn’t cover dental either. I am going next week with a friend who needs someone around after her wisdom teeth extraction and while there, I am going to find out how much it would cost to get a cleaning and for them to look at my mouth. I’ll probably leave there laughing and unfortunately it’ll have nothing to do with the gas mask.
18. Birth Control – You don’t want any more children. Take more precaution.
This is a lie. Well, no… at the time, I really thought I didn’t want any more children. I convinced myself that I wasn’t deserving of having a family and that I needed to do everything possible to prevent pregnancy. I’ll go one further and be honest: I considered getting a hysterectomy and then shied away from it. Deep down, I wanted another baby but I was too afraid to admit it and scared of what people would think of me.
19. Test drive a very expensive car – You aren’t buying it, but it’ll be fun.
Well, I don’t know that I would say we have a “very expensive” car, but we not only test drove some – we bought one! I fall more in love with our Dodge Charger every time I drive my Chevy Cobalt. Haha
20. Be nicer to your skin – You have lotion, use it.
I’ve been better about this – especially when the humidity lowers here in the Fall. I even use a facial toner every day plus a dual action moisturizer to help prevent and treat pimples. Go me!
21. Get a little more sun – No tanning or burning… just some sunshine.
22. Spend more time outdoors – You could use the fresh air and exercise.
23. Take an actual vacation – A really, real one because you deserve it.
You might even say that I have taken a few vacations this year – notably our anniversary vacation up to Myrtle Beach. But this year, I have also gone upstate with Jeremy to visit his family a few times as well as gone with him to North Carolina where he’s currently working.
24. Learn to ride a bike – Because seriously, you are turning 30 wtf.
I honestly don’t see this ever happening.
25. Find a reason to get dressed up and feel like a princess – No reason needed.
This hasn’t happened. I do get to dress up all fancy for a wedding in October tho!
26. Completely unplug from the internet – Come on, at least a weekend?
Hahahahahaha. Oh I’m so precious.
27. Attend a concert – You haven’t since Aerosmith in 2001. WTF?
Ugh. I have had several opportunities, including Marilyn Manson, Bryan Adams, and Fall Out Boy. No one ever wanted to go with me!
28. Take a class – Anything so long as you learn something new.
I wanted to go back to school this semester, but I was kind of late to the game and couldn’t get my high school transcript in time. I do plan to start taking college classes in the Spring.
29. Try to keep a better tab on your friends – Just be more involved.
Overall, I think I’m getting better about this.
30. Pay it forward – You had a lot of help so help a lot of people.
I’m very proud to say that I’ve been actively doing this for the past 4 months. We took in a house guest who stays here free of charge while they get their life back in order.
While there were plenty of complete failures, I also see many successes in that list. Over all, I feel that in the last year, I have improved my lifestyle even if I didn’t change it totally. The nicest thing is that I accomplished a lot of things that weren’t even on this list!
- We Contracted to Build a House
- I saw my daughter for the first time in 5 years
- I started my second tattoo
- I began the process of changing my last name
- I went to the Doctor
- I replaced my computer
- Bruce & Oliver went to the Vet
- We got a new cat, Harley and then she went to the Vet
- We got a Washer & Dryer
- I turned 30!
It was a GREAT year and I’m looking forward to this first year of my 30’s and changing my lifestyle even more for the better. What are some things you wish you’d done before you turned 30 (or hope to do)?