30 Before 30

When I told my mom about this list, she said, you better get a move on, you don't have much time.... FACE, MOM!!  I still have 2 years!!  The ones with stars are the ones Rashan has flat out refused to do with me!  LOL

1) Get married. :))))) [7/1/11]
2) Get one of my films into a festival. [8/25/12!!!]
3) Go skydiving.*  I've always wanted to do this!
4) Ride a mechanical bull for at least :08.  I know I can!  :)
5) Go on a helicopter ride.
6) Go white water rafting.*
7) Use my passport again.  It's been 10 years!!  My passport expired in May 2010. :(
8) Read the entire Bible. [Started 5/31/10][Finished 10/20/11] 
9) Run a 5k.  I've been saying this for years so it's time to actually do it!! [10/16/11]
10) Take a cooking class.
11) Go wine tasting in North Carolina Wine Country. [8/23/11]
12) Cook my way through Tyler's Ultimate cookbook.  It's achievable by sheer volume (there are about 100 recipes) but still difficult enough because of the techniques required to be interesting.  And with some of those ingredients, it will be a true stretch of my ability to follow a recipe. IN PROGRESS
13) Go to a gun range and shoot it out!*  Don't ask what IT is!  Lol.
14) Work out 3xs a week for a full year.  I've done it before (for almost 2 and I'd love to do it again). [7/24/12]
15) Run a 10K. I would never have imagined I'd be bitten by the running bug enough to want to do this before 30 but I really do! [3/17/12]
16) Find a church. Not just any church, one that speaks to my soul. Very close Dec. 20112!
17) Prepare a six-course meal. [12/8/12]
18) Learn how to hem clothing.
19) Play laser tag! My mom is anti-toy guns so we weren't allowed to go as kids. As I got older, I always wanted to and never did it. Plus this seems like a stupid thing to have on a 35 before 35 list. LOL
20) Make a house a home via decoration!
21) Tour a brewery!  :)  [7/14/10]
22) Find my perfect shade of red lipstick. [12/24/10]
23) Make AND KEEP a budget.
24) Take a dance class for some dance you have to get pretty for! :) [8/22/12]
25) Read 10 classic books: [12/17/10]
a. Pride & Prejudice [6/6/10- LOVED IT!!]
b. Oliver Twist [8/14/10 Liked it a lot. The neat wrap up was rather ridiculous at the end. My 2nd e-book.]
c. Catch 22 [5/15/11] A historical fiction about a WWII bombing squadron from the officers' and fliers' perspectives.  I really hated reading this.  It was out of sequence and went in circles so you heard the same story with different details two or three or four times.  Incredibly frustrating at times. Moderately interesting at others.  It took me months to finish this month.  I'm so glad to be done.  Good riddance.
d. Catcher in the Rye [1/13/11] I can absolutely see why this one was banned. I don't particularly enjoy being cursed out the entire time I'm reading a book.  It was a pretty easy read.  Very stream-of-consciousness which I was actually far more tolerant of than I've ever been before.
e. Grapes of Wrath [8/20/11] Loved it!! OMG I didn't expect to like this book about the dust bowl migration but I did!  It's a classic for a reason!  He skillfully interweaves general migration stories with the tale of the Joad family-- complete with a strong matriarch and a likeable murderer.  Right!?  Loved it.
f. The Great Gatsby [5/2/11]  It's the story of a mysterious man living among the filthy rich. The cadence of the writing felt off to me from the beginning, I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters.  It all felt frivolous.   I can honestly say I didn't enjoy this book. 
g. Invisible Man [12/17/11] Slow start but really sped up after the first 150-200 pages. Made me want to read a literary critique.
h. Lord of the Flies [12/2011] It was just okay. I wondered more about what happened to the boys AFTER they left the island.
i. Their Eyes Were Watching God [12/4/11] Loved it! Such an amazing love story.
j. Uncle Tom's Cabin [7/15/10- Slow start, intriguing & at times infuriating middle, shark-jumping end. My first e-book. That experience alone was an adjustment.].
26) Go to an opera! [10/5/10]
27) Get my name in the newspaper. [8/2011] A local paper covered a class I taught at an area high school.
28) Enter a food competition with my own recipe. [7/31/11] Entered a Taste of Home breakfast recipe contest.
29) Watch AFI's Top 100 movies.  I know I should be excited about this but I'm really not.  This might be more like a chore.  I'll have to get some really good ones. [12/28/11]
30) Get a job I love.  I've never had one of these.  I've been happy for periods of times at my old jobs but I can't say I've ever had a job I loved. [8/15/10]

* I substituted #15. It was previously "Take at least one picture every day for a year." I never liked this goal but it sounded interesting so I started it in March anyway. I couldn't take it. Especially since I didn't have a job, it was tedious to complete. Maybe I'll try again when I'm actually leaving the house for more than the grocery store and exercise.


Kristin said...

Love this idea of 30 before 30! I might do a 25 before 25 but I only have 5 months left for that one, so think I might have to go for the 30 goal list! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Jameil said...

Yay! You're welcome! It's been a lot of fun!