Before I Turn 30

I’m approaching my 28th birthday this week, which means 30 is just around the corner.  Overall I think my life has gone in the right direction (I’m not homeless, I’m not a drug addict, I haven’t committed any crimes), but I definitely still have some goals to accomplish in the next couple of years.

28 bday

Things I want to do before I turn 30:

1) Live in another country for at least a year. Unlike most of my friends, I never lived abroad to study or teach.  When I was 23, I was actually planning to move to Brazil to teach English, and that is when I met Hector.  We got engaged very quickly, but Hector promised that we would live in another country at some point.  I will definitely hold him to that promise.

2) Quit my insurance job. This has been my goal since my second week of work, and I keep getting distracted by raises and promotions.  Life’s too short to work a job that you don’t care about.

Photo from G Adventures
Photo from G Adventures

3) Do a G Adventures Yolo trip. I found this travel company a while back which offers budget-friendly adventure trips for people ages 18-39 (so I guess technically it could be a “before 40” goal).  Every now and then I go back and peek at their website – it is definitely still on my radar.

4) Learn self-defense. This is so important and has been on my to-do list since I was a teenager.  One year I tried to take action and signed up for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, not really knowing what it was (I thought it was similar to kickboxing), and thinking it’d be a good place to meet cute Brazilians.  Turns out it’s actually more like wrestling, and I was the only girl in the class.  Getting jumped on by sweaty men wasn’t exactly appealing, so I never went back.  This time maybe I’ll try karate.

5) Go hammock camping or stay at a hammock hostel.  A hammock hostel has no beds – instead you rent a hammock and hang it somewhere.  From what I hear these are usually super cheap, like under $20/night.

Photo from Travelogue Travelvice
Hammock Hostel (photo by Craig Heimburger of Travelvice)

6) Become fluent in Spanish.  This is another goal that I’ve been working on for many years, but I don’t think I’ll become fully fluent until I achieve Goal #1.

7) Learn about art history so I can have a better appreciation of art. Now that I’m older, there’s no excuse for being culturally ignorant.

8) Learn to get along with my in-laws.  I’ve been trying at this for years now, so if you have some advice, please throw it out there.

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