I will be 30 in about 5 1/2 months. I knew that there were some things I wanted to do, but I just didn’t know what. I knew that I didn’t have any desire to complete 30 different things before my 30th birthday. I listened to my friends’ lists. I Googled 30 before 30 and got well over 100 hits, some of them blogs. A few sites that I came across that had interesting before 30 lists were – Glamour, Huffington Post and Stuff Steph Does. The lists were very detailed, but they just weren’t for me. So, I have finally decided on the things I’d like to do before I turn the big 3 – 0. 🙂 My list isn’t long. It isn’t fancy. Instead of trying to create a list of 30 things, just to say I did, I have created a list of things that will make me feel fulfilled upon completion. My list started off with three things and then it slowly began to grow. It doesn’t include any adventure sports or exotic trips. Although, my oldest friend (our parents were friends while we were in the womb) is supposed to be planning our 30th birthday trip. My list includes things that will make me a better, more well rounded person. Without further ado, here it is:
1) Read 30 books
So far, I have read 12 books. I’m behind. By now, I should really be at 16. But, life sometimes gets in the way. 😉 I have a stack of books waiting to be read by me in my den. I’ll get to them eventually. If anyone has any book suggestions, I’m all eyes. (get it?) As I read the books, I will choose some to review.
2) Perform 30 random acts of kindness
I am a firm believer that we serve God by serving others. As such, I will perform 30 acts of kindness for strangers (or at least people who aren’t my close friends). After all it’s super easy to be kind those we already know and love. Performing these acts of kindness will encourage others to show God’s love and perform good deeds to pay it forward (Hebrews 10:24).
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
– Shirley Chisholm (first African American woman to be elected to Congress)
3) Try 30 new recipes
It’s no secret that I like to cook. Since I am getting a late start on this 30 new recipes idea, I will have to try 6 new recipes a month, at least. As of today, I have tried 6 new recipes – 5 of the 6 were desserts. 😦 I have a horrible sweet tooth. That is why I bake and give the goodies away. But, I’m off to a good start on the number of recipes. Healthier options (homemade black bean burgers, potato & leek soup and some type of salad) will be coming next week.
4) Loose 30 pounds/ Be healthier
A few months ago I decided that I wanted to loose 30 pounds by June. All this baking isn’t helping that goal. And actually, 30 pounds, just kind of went with the theme. In my mind, 30 pounds seems like it would be too much. But, we’ll see. So far, I’m down 15 pounds! Woohoo!! My weight doesn’t matter that much. My true desire is to be healthy. God wants us to be healthy. Our bodies are temples. If we are healthy, we are better equipped to do the work that God created in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) I have a picture in mind of what I want to look like again. I have made it the background on my phone to remind me.
5-6) Make a Peach Cobbler and Bread from scratch
The peach cobbler and bread will do nothing in the way of helping me loose weight and be healthier. But, it will be a great experience. Making bread and cobbler are just things I think I should know how to do as a woman. Don’t judge me. LOL My mother makes the best homemade cobblers. So, I’ll be using her recipe.
7) Complete a 10K
When I say complete, I mean jog,walk or crawl across the finish line. I’m participating in my first 10K – the Cooper River Bridge Run – in Charleston, South Carolina in April. So, to condition, I’ve made a commitment to run/walk 3 miles every Saturday and Sunday. I’ll increase the distance every few weeks. It was a chore last Sunday. I’ve been on the hunt for jogging partners. So far, I have two!
8) Truly Surrender
SURRENDER is my word for the year. It is my goal to truly surrender EVERYTHING to God. In just two weeks, I feel as though I’m surrendering, particularly in my love life. I was bought at a price. Therefore, my life is not my own, and I can’t plan my life based upon my whims and desires. (Jeremiah 10:23). So, through June 1 and beyond, I will be still and recognize God’s authority over me and my life. (Psalm 46:10)
9 & 10) Design a Logo & new name cards
Designing a logo and new name cards are related to passionately pursuing my purpose. In pursuing my purpose I am going to dream vividly, think abundantly (Ephesians 3:20) and pray boldly (Ephesians 3:12).
11) Clean out my garage
If you saw my garage, this goal would speak for itself. LOL Currently, my garage is organized chaos. Some would disagree with me on this description. But, oh well. It’s my garage and my post. 🙂 I want to get rid of the chaos and just leave it organized. I started working on that earlier this week.
12) Make something I can wear
Making something I can wear has always been a dream, and it seems so practical! My mom is an awesome seamstress! She used to make all of her clothing, and when I was small she made all of my dresses. I’m going to try my hand at a skirt that I will wear during my photo shoot next week. I bought my fabric a few days ago! (A picture of it is below.) I’m really excited about the photo shoot!! A Savannah State Alum will be the photographer. I’ll post pictures.
Ivori inspecting the tulle
13) Send more handwritten notes
I like sending and receiving snail mail in the form of handwritten notes and cards. I get this from my mama too. 🙂 There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and finding a note in the mail from a friend. I have three friends who send me random notes and cards in the mail. I appreciate them for that. Over the past few months, I have gotten better about giving or mailing scripture cards, thinking about out you cards and notes of encouragement to my friends and family. The power of life and death is in the tongue (and the pencil). For me, it is all about letting people know that they are appreciated. My friends inspire me to be a better person. Not only does it makes me feel good to encourage and inspire others, but God calls us to do just that (Hebrews 3:13).
Some of these projects are already in progress. Follow my recipe and reading progress on the corresponding tabs at the top of the page.
Peace and blessings!