Everywhere I see these lists that bloggers have made of 30 things to do before turning 30. They have always inspired me, but I often think, “Well what happens once I turn 30?” I want to set goals in life, but I don’t want them to end. Setting milestones along the way is important, but I want my list to be something I can keep adding to, even beyond the age of 30.
Recently, my husband shared with me a paper weight with a quote on it, which was given to him long ago. It says, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” It’s a quote he has lived by in his adult life, and now that we are married, he wanted it to be a mantra that I could latch on to, too.
We are making plans for the future, and we are dreaming big. It’s scary, but also exciting. I am an ambitious person, and believe I could make my dreams come true without support from others, but I am so thankful for my husband and family and their support in helping make my dreams come true! So my list is going to be based on this quote and in random order. There’s no end to this list, just pauses along the way!
Dreams Come True Without Failure:
1. Publish a book.
2. Publish a 2nd book.
3. Ask my dad to share stories of my grandmother, who died long before I was born. My dad, aunt and cousins have begun to share stories and I am learning a lot! Much of what I am hearing I have never heard before and it’s providing a lot of perspective on how my dad grew up and appreciation for who he is and how he cares for his family! Family history is so important and I savor each moment I get to spend with them!
4. Run another marathon with my (now) husband.
5. Rekindle my desire to play the guitar. I got the opportunity this fall to start teaching music to preschoolers and it has truly been a joy…Eventually I want to join a group of guitarists and continue to learn.
6. Learn sign language and be able to communicate with others.
7. Return to Italy and bring back more coffee!
8. Travel to Spain.
9. Visit every continent (Still need to hit Australia, Africa & Antarctica).
10. Hang out with fellow redheads in what should be my native land of Ireland.
11. Visit at least one local restaurant on every trip I take with my husband.
12. Drive a motorcycle. And maybe one day own one.
13. Shoot a gun.
14. Meet my all-time favorite athlete, Peyton Manning.
15. Continue to publish articles, devotions, etc…not for financial gain, but to make a difference in a community of professionals that I believe in.
16. Attend my 10 year high school reunion without fear of who I was then and more confident in who I have become. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend my high school reunion because I had committed to something at that date, almost two years before. I only found out about my reunion three months before hand so it was out of my control. I am looking forward to the 20 year reunion!
17. Donate to a worthy cause on an annual basis, regardless of my financial situation.
18. Build a hammock and put it in our living room.