30 Things to do Before 30

Hey, guys welcome back! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy with the current events going on in the world. With that said, I have chosen a more upbeat and inspiring topic for this week. At the beginning of the week, it was my 29th birthday and with that, I wanted to bring back a bucket list I started in my early 20s and hope to finish this year. I have completed about 70 percent of this bucket list and am hoping to complete the rest by my 30th birthday next year. Here are 30 things to do before 30!

Bride on her own
Photo by Kristen @ Golden Birch Photography

1. Rent a cottage with Friends

This one is timeless and always guaranteed to be a good time. Haul your group of friends to a cottage for a weekend or even a week. Dalton and I rented a cottage with our good friend Adam when we first started dating. We had a wonderful time, great laughs and unforgettable memories.
Completed in 2015

2. Unplug for an entire weekend away

As a society in 2020, we spend an ample amount of time on our devices. I hope this summer I can get Dalton away and spend a weekend without our phones and truly be in the moment. This year I vowed to be more present and, be in the moment, so a great exercise to do that.
Not Completed, hoping for Summer 2020

3. Take an American Road Trip

This one excites me very much. I’ve done some small Buffalo trips but never really road-tripped far over the border. Dalton and I have already discussed going on a road trip to Philadelphia to see a Philadelphia Eagles game. We are thinking about a preseason game so that would be in August 2020.
Not Completed, hoping for August 2020

4. Graduate Post-Secondary

A major accomplishment for me. I had some struggles right out of high school kind of finding my place in the world. I took a few different courses I did not enjoy. However, everything started to fall into place in 2015 when I found Human Resources and the passion I had for it. I graduated in 2018 and could not be more satisfied.
Completed in April 2018

5. Workout consistently for 1 year

This is something I started this year. It was not my New Year’s resolution but ended up becoming a massive goal of mine in 2020. Unintentional goals are sometimes the best goals because it’s what your subconscious wants without you knowing it. I found my groove with working out and want to keep it up for the entire year.
Work in progress, hoping for 2021

6. Learn a new language

After high school and post-secondary, you tend to stop learning new things. My goal is to avoid that, so I want to learn a new language or relearn the two languages I know briefly (French and Spanish). I will not be fluent by the time I am 30 years old but want to always be working on me and bettering myself.
Work in progress forever

30 things to do before 30
30 things to do before 30

7. Find a new hobby

It feels cliché to say but you can constantly learn at any age like I mentioned in #6. My creative-side often gets the best of me, so I decided to explore the world of stationery, planning and lettering. I am focusing on bullet journaling and journaling in general. It is so therapeutic and a creative outlet. I suggest finding something that lights your creativity or soul.
Work in progress forever

8. Learn to cook 5 homemade recipes of my mom’s

This one really pulls on my heartstrings. My mom is my best friend and an amazing chef. Although I am a decent cook, nothing compares to my mom. I want her to teach me some of her basic recipes, the ones that are not in a recipe book but in her head. For example, the perfect roast beef, French dip sandwiches, how to cook a turkey, etc. It’s the small things in life and these are those kinds of moments.
Work in progress, love you forever

9. See the sunrise at least once per week

I’ve done this a lot lately as I have been getting up at 6am for my workouts. By the time I leave the gym there is the most beautiful sunrise and its very liberating. It’s a moment all to myself and I want to do more of this, and I think once a week is a doable goal.
Work in progress

10. Eat out alone

This one is difficult for me and makes me step outside of my comfort zone. Eating alone and being comfortable with it is a challenge for me. I think it teaches independence and self-confidence when you eat out alone, so I want to strive for that.
Not Completed, hopefully in 2020

11. Write in my journal every single day

This is my New Year’s resolution as you guys know. My resolutions were off to a good start (as most resolutions go), but of course, life gets crazy and I kind of fell off. I want to pick it back up again as I do love how therapeutic it can be. Thinking about it, I really need to minimize the pressure to make it “pretty” and just focus more on raw thoughts.
Not Completed, continuing through 2020

12. See the Grand Canyon

I went to the Grand Canyon in 2017 and it was a wonderful day. If you haven’t read Dalton’s post about how he proposed to me check it out here. Visit the Grand Canyon at least once in your life, it is unbelievably breathtaking and pictures will never do it justice.
Completed May 2017

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
–Dr. Seuss

30 things to do before 30

13. Learning Brush Lettering

I envy anyone who has beautiful handwriting because I definitely do not. To improve my handwriting, I bought a couple of books about brush lettering and some techniques. I would like to go through those books and consistently practice my handwriting.
Not Completed, continuing through 2020

14. Become a Morning Person

Something I never thought I would be able to do. I can confidently say I have successfully changed myself into a morning person. The wee hours before anyone else is awake is now something I love. It’s time for myself to be productive before my day even starts.
Completed in 2019

15. Host Thanksgiving or Christmas

This is the epitome of I am growing up. Now that we have an entire house, I want to try hosting Christmas. If I can’t get Christmas I will settle for Thanksgiving. I want to have both sides of the family over for dinner and gifts, have everyone together in one place. My hope is I will be able to do it this coming holiday season. “Hint, hint” family!
Not Completed, hopefully in 2020

16. Learn about my Family Tree

This was one that Dalton convinced me to do. We bought two DNA kits from 23andMe. This taught us a lot about our background, DNA and even as in-depth as health information as well. Our major idea behind this was getting an understanding of our backgrounds to tell our children.
Completed in 2018

17. Learn about our Camera and Photography

Have you ever bought an intense piece of technology and you know you aren’t using it to its potential? That is me with our camera. I know how to use the basics but would like to know more about all its features. There are many online photography/camera courses online that I should check out.
Not Completed, hopefully in 2020

18. Visit the Ocean 

I love being close to the ocean. In 2019, Dalton and I went on our honeymoon to the Dominican Republic for 10 days. I definitely spent quite a bit of time in the ocean and laying on the beach.
Completed in September 2019

30 things to do before 30
30 things to do before 30

19. Grow a Garden

I have never been much of a green thumb. Actually, I am the opposite of a green thumb. My poor mom has lost many good plants due to my horrible plant-watching skills. This year I plan to turn that around. I want to build a small garden but nothing too fancy. Possibly just an herb garden. I heard they aren’t too hard.
Not Completed, hopefully Summer 2020

20. Go to an NFL game

This is one I am hoping we will get to do this year. I’ve always wanted to go to an NFL game and get to experience a true American football game. Dalton and I have really bonded over our love for football and would love to do that together at a live event.
Not Completed, hopefully Fall 2020

21. Get a Puppy

Anyone who knows me, knows I love dogs so much. Anytime we would go anywhere with dogs I would be the one playing and petting the dog. Dalton and I finally got our own fur baby Scooby in 2017. He is the sweetest dog and more than what either of us could have asked for. We are definitely proud doggy parents and will always be.
Completed September 2017

22. Start a Blog

This one is obviously completed as you are reading this post on my blog that I created with my husband Dalton. The Couples Blog has been such a wonderful passion project that both of us put our hearts into. We just love sharing content with you guys.
Completed January 2020

23. Create a Capsule Wardrobe

This is one that I have wanted to do for many years before making this bucket list. This is something you work on as time passes. I have already purchased a few quality pieces to start my own capsule wardrobe. My problem is that I get caught up in fun colours and prints.
Work in progress …

24. Write a Letter to Yourself and Open it in 10 Years

I will admit that I have done this in the past but I opened it after a year instead of waiting. Looking back, I wish I waited but it was still so therapeutic for me to see how much I had grown. I want to do this again and stick to it this time it will be so worth it.
Not completed, but definitely in 2020

30 things to do before 30

“The reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself.”
– Rita Mae Brown

25. Go on a Tropical Vacation

Dalton had never been on a tropical all-inclusive vacation, so this was something I really wanted to experience with him. So, for our honeymoon, we went to Excellence El Carmen in the Dominican Republic. We absolutely loved the resort and would go back in a heartbeat.
Completed September 2019

26. Pay off Credit Cards

I really wanted to put some sort of financial goal on my bucket list. Although I really wish I can pay off my student loan, it is just not the right time. I want to focus on saving and making sure my credit card balances are paid off or staying low.
Work in progress…

27. Get Lasik Eye Surgery

One of the best decisions I made in my twenties was getting laser eye surgery. It was a nerve-racking experience as you can imagine with your eyes. However, it was worth every penny and it did not take long to recover. I can now see 20/20 which was something I haven’t had since I was very little.
Completed February 2015

28. Hike Camelback Mountain

I’ll preface that we did not make it to the top. Camelback is a difficult hike, but we did make it more than halfway up. It was such an experience to hike in the desert and to challenge myself to do something I had never done before. I would love to challenge myself to make it to the top. Maybe that’s something to accomplish in my thirties.
Completed May 2016

29. Visit British Columbia

Unfortunately, I think this is the only one that I don’t think I will get to do this year. I want to make it a 5-year goal/vacation destination. Dalton and I both want to visit the western side of Canada but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I have heard that it is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. In my thirties, my goal is to travel more in Canada.
Not Completed.


There is only one you and that is a beautiful thing. Always be kind to yourself and remember your worth. You are on your own path and you are the only person who knows the pace in life you should take. That is all I have for you guys today. Please stay safe out in the world. Have a wonderful week and I will talk to you all next week.

Much love,

Bride and groom
Photo by Sara @ Sara Diana Photography

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