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Revisiting the 30 Before Thirty List

Yesterday, I celebrated my thirtieth birthday. I’m truly looking forward to this next decade, and I think my thirties will be the best years yet! So now that my birthday has come and gone, it’s time to see how I did with my 30 Before Thirty list. I had given myself six and a half months to do everything.

I finished all of these…

  • 1. Visit the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago. (Done!)
  • 2. Dye my hair red. (Done!)
  • 5. Stop drinking soda. (Done!)
  • 6. Lose 20 pounds. (Not drinking soda should help.) (Done!)
  • 8. Sew a dress for Eleanor. (Done!)
  • 10. Donate some of our books to the library. (Done!)
  • 11. Cook Pad Thai from scratch. (Done!)
  • 12. Organize the catch-all closet in my office. (Done!)
  • 13. Get good at applying liquid eyeliner. (Done!)
  • 14. Print the bajillion photos I have stored on my computer and put them in albums. (Done!)
  • 15. Alphabetize our CDs and finish putting them into sleeves. (Done!)
  • 16. Landscape the front of the house. (Done!)
  • 17. Make an origami paper crane. (Done!)
  • 18. Visit the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. (Done!)
  • 19. Learn how to use my camera in manual mode. (Done!)
  • 20. Find my perfect shade of lipstick. (Done!)
  • 21. Decide for good whether I want a tattoo or not. (Done!)
  • 22. Pay off my credit card. (Done!)
  • 23. Make a video montage of Eleanor’s first year. (Done!)
  • 24. Have a date night with Brandon at least twice a month. (Done!)
  • 25. Grow tomatoes. (Done!)
  • 26. Have an adorable family photo taken. (Done!)
  • 27. Sing along perfectly to “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. (Done!)
  • 28. Take Eleanor to the Shedd Aquarium. (Done!)
  • 29. Reduce (or eliminate) my reliance on paper towels. (Done!)

I didn’t finish these…

  • 3. Finish redesigning my Smart & Lovely portfolio. (It’s in progress.)
  • 4. Launch my design service. (I need to finish the portfolio first.)
  • 7. Repaint my office. (I’m going to wait and see how the white trim looks first.)
    * 08.16.11: Done!)
  • 9. Clean out the basement. (It’s getting scary down there, but we’ll get it done.)
    * 11.02.10: Done!
  • 30. Paint all of the trim in our house. (I made progress, but the dining room took forever.)

But here are a few things that I did finish in addition to the items on my list…

Along the way, many of you made 30 Before Thirty lists of your own (and many variations thereof, including a 30 Before Seventy list by a 67 year old woman). That just makes me incredibly happy. After a weekend spent concentrating on achieving dreams and goals, it seems fitting to wrap things up today. Next, I’m going to have to get going on my life list!

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    September 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Happy birthday! Your list is so inspiring. Today is my thirtieth birthday and I totally agree — let’s make these the best years yet!

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    September 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Happy Birthday and congratulations! I linked to your list and the part about the Steve Ward diet on my blog.

    Thanks for the hook up!

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    September 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve got my own list going now!
    Happy Birthday!
    :) Cheers

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    September 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Happy Birthday, Nicole! I loved my thirties, and my forties are even better (a little something to look forward to for you!)

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    October 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love your list! Look at all the things you accomplished! It gives me all kinds of motivation to do my own list. Maybe I’ll make a list today. :)

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    November 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Please please PLEASE Nichole, tell me how you do it. An amazing house, businesses, a baby & one on the way, a husband *and* this gorgeous web site! I am in awe.

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    Erin Morris
    November 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I just came across your site, and I too have been inspired to make a 30 before 30 list. I’ll be ‘stealing’ several of your list items too! I have exactly six months from Christmas Day….better get crackin!

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