Eight Month Update – 30 by 30 List

I’ve hit the 8 month mark. That means I’m almost 30. Wow this year has been flying and I’ve been trying to make things fly off my list as well… Let’s see how I’m doing.



  • Get to my goal weight
  • Work out on a regular basis- I’ve been hitting up the new gym quite a few times this year already!
  • Complete the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – done!


  • Visit at least 3 new cities (1: San Francisco, CA, 2: Hershey, PA)
  • Pack a picnic dinner and see a movie on the Esplanade- done!
  • Go to the beach! (can you believe Hubby and I haven’t had a beach day since we moved to Boston 3 years ago) – done!
  • Go to the Cranberry Festival in October- done!
  • Take a spontanious trip with girlfriends


  • Talk to younger siblings (A and L) on a regular basis – I have been making an effort here. Luckily talking to teenagers is easy if you’re willing to text/FB chat
  • Plan/host a girls night (in or out)
  • Go visit my little brother’s college dorm room – as I mentioned last month, this one can’t happen, so I’m marking it off. Instead I’m adding the next item
  • Eat lunch with my coworkers at least once a week – I tend to kind of keep to myself and eat at my desk so that I can leave earlier. But since I started a new job, I figure eating lunch with them will be a good way to build relationships with them.
  • Meet my friend’s babies in the Midwest – done!
  • Babysit/Spoil my new nephew as much as I can – done!
  • Send birthday cards to my siblings, parents, and nephew – started – October kicked off the winter birthday season for us. I got cards out to my youngest sister, L, my dad, my other sister B, and my mom. That’s it for birthdays for me until April.
  • Plan a date-day with Hubby – started – I have a Boston stacation planned for us in early March.


  • Take a cooking class – done!
  • Read the photography books my dad got me – started – I started reading both the books he gave me, so that’s good!
  • Finish all the nearly-complete kitchen projects – started – I brought the paint up from the basement to do the touch ups but haven’t actually done the touching up yet…
  • Fully de-clutter our place – started – I did some MAJOR fall cleaning in our bedroom. Took everything out of the closet and my dresser. It felt good to purge some things.
  • Volunteer for something at least four times (1: volunteered to take care of the ongoing can-recycling project at work, 2: volunteered to sell pies for Pie in the Sky, 3: it hasn’t happened yet, but I’ve signed up to volunteer at an event on April 2, 4: TBD)
  • Plan a Boston area food blogger event – started – I have an idea about this and need to get going on some planning…
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19 Responses to “30 things to do before I’m 30”

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    Kris — June 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    I had one of those lists when i was 28 too, then i got pregnant. that was the only thing i got to cross off 🙂 Good luck with your list and enjoy your last year of your 20’s!! What a great way to gear up for 30!! And let me just say that 30 is great, i am having a blast!!!

    I saw marshmallows on your list. I have a great recipe and they are seriously easy to make and so delicious that you will never want to eat store marshmallows again!


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    Katie — June 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’m starting to create a similar list… good luck accomplishing all of it!

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    LauraC — June 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Happy birthday!
    I made a list before I turned 30 also. It is addictive so I keep an ongoing list. Then this year I did Mondo Beyondo and list got crazier!

    On the chicken tikka front, Cook’s Illustrated did a recent chicken tikka and it is unbelievable! As close to the restaurant as you can get.

    And for cooking classes, my husband and I took a knife skills class together in Chicago and it was THE BEST class I have ever taken. I can easily chop like the pros and it has saved us literally hundreds of hours in the kitchen.

    Here’s my list for this year:

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    Jessica — June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    I’ll be 29 in August, so I think I’m going to steal your idea and make a list of my own (probably with a lot of the same things you mentioned!)

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    ashley — June 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day!

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    roxan — June 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but I think this is my first time commenting. I just wanted to say that I think it’s awesome that you have a list of goals to hit before you hit 30! I’m turning 30 myself in about a month and a half and I’m wondering where all the time went. Maybe I’ll set a couple goals to fulfill within the next several weeks. Happy birthday.

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    Elina — June 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
    These are really great goals. I haven’t been to the beach since moving to Boston 3 years ago either. Ridiculous. Must change this this summer 🙂

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    Cupcake Activist — June 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I’m turning 29 this year also (ahhhh!) and I love this idea. Good luck on your goals. And definitely keep us updated with your progress.

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    We Are Not Martha — June 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I really need to make a list like this too! That’s a lot to accomplish in a year, but I think you can do it!

    Happy birthday!! 🙂


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    Jen — June 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone. And thanks for the recipe links! If anyone has any others to share to help me get through my list, I’m all ears!

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    Memória — June 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    What a fantastic list!! I need to make one for 35 things to do before I’m 35 hmmm.

    Good luck with getting through this list. It looks so fantastic.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Amy — June 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Happy Birthday!
    This is a great idea – 30s are great – however I only have a couple years left of them.
    Love your blog…

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    EEMorris — June 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hello and Happy Birthday to a fellow midwest transplant!! I’m from Greenville, OH (it’s 40 miles north and west of Dayton) and now live in Central Massachusetts! Your list is quite similar to mine…especially about keeping in touch and meeting friends babies back home!! It gets tough living so far away. Good luck with the list, and keep baking, I love your recipes!!

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    Cupcake Kelly — June 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve started to make baked donuts. I wish there were more recipes than just plain out there. http://americancupcakeinlondon.blogspot.com/2010/06/mini-cake-donuts.html

    I just did a trial at a Bikram Yoga studio. It’s miserable doing it but I lost 1kg after only 4 classes!

    I’m organizing a bloggers event but sadly it’s in London 🙁 It’s hard work. I’m trying to get a guest speaker but no one is interested as this is the first one.

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    mrsnic — June 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Love the list! I just made baked doughnuts… they were beautiful… unfortunately they tasted nothing like doughnuts. Maybe there’s a better recipe out there for you! I’ll look forward to checking back to see if you have any success with those.

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    Evan B — June 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! I check out your blog often and love it! I love the list you got going- I think I need to start one up 🙂
    We made bagels the other morning and they are surprisingly easy! If you wanna check them out :


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    bcallegra — June 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I had problems accessing your blog for some reason on Thursday, but wanted to pass along well wishes and echo everyone’s thoughts on what a great idea your list is. Alas, similar to Roxan, I’m turning 30 in August but maybe I can set a few reasonable goals to achieve in that short time. 🙂

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    Drama queens mum (Kimberly) — June 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Great list. I think I’m going to do 1 for my b-day tomorrow. Of things I want to do this year.

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    Elizabeth — July 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    First – happy belated birthday! Second – I love the list…what a great idea. I love the name of it too. I may borrow it for my 30 “while I’m in my” 30’s! To be honest though, 30 was a tough birthday, but I’ve never loved life more than I do now!

    Hope to see you over at Sunny Bug sometime 🙂

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