Today is my 30th birthday, which is weird only in that I still don’t feel like an “adult.” I guess no one really does even when they are. It’s also weird to think I’ve been on this good earth for 3 decades!
Since it’s a Tuesday, I celebrated with friends this past weekend with food and especially desserts, as well as a good dose of book discussion – which is to say, a few of us had some strong words to say about Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.
That said, my 30th birthday also marks the “conclusion” of my 30 Before 30 project.
I say conclusion with quotation marks because I’m obviously not going to stop working towards these goals just because I’m 30 now. But I do want to reflect a little about what I managed to do and how I want to proceed from here.
Here is my list as it stands.
- Road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway.
Order a subscription box. (Owlcrate!)
- Finally read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
Attend San Diego Comic Con.
Attend a music festival. (Coachella x2)
See a Broadway musical on Broadway. (the brilliant Hamilton- off & on Broadway)
Go on a spontaneous vacation. (New Orleans with the ConSquad)
Visit Harry Potter Wizarding World /Harry Potter Studio Tour. (The Los Angeles park)
See something Shakespeare performed in London. (Coriolanus w/ Tom Hiddleston)
- Go on a writers’ retreat.
Sell a poem. (Actaeon!)
Vacation with my friends. (East Coast trip! NOLA!)
- Attend a book convention. (Does YALLWest count?)
Visit Hamilton Grange (finally!!)
- Finish book trilogies: Graceling Realm, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Lynburn Legacy.
- Visit the White House.
- Rehaul my closet.
Go to Italy.
- Finish a manuscript.
Watch a big game at a sports bar. (The 2014 World Cup)
- Learn calligraphy.
- Read Jellicoe Road (finally!). (Reading it now.)
- Ride a mule down into the Grand Canyon.
Bonfire on the beach. (My 29th Birthday!)
Participate in a podcast. Done (1), done (2), and done (3)! Done (4)!
Have a summer movie marathon. (Star Wars movie marathon)
Visit The Last Bookstore.
- Take Loki to the beach.
Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
- Make magic coffee.
There are a few items I’m currently working on (I’m reading Jellicoe Road now), and there are a few things I’m looking forward to repeating (Hamilton, again – all day every day). I think overall, I didn’t do too shabby in the past year, though I really could’ve planned my reading schedule better to get the reading goals in.
I’m most pleased by No. 11; I was able to sell a poem. That goal was one that wasn’t in my control, and I still can’t believe it happened – and that it happened with my first poem out. Way to set a high bar! Beyond that, working towards that has pushed me to submit more and to write more – and I’m pleased to be doing that.
Next week, I will be posting a new/updated list as a 30 before 35. I hope this might inspire you to make your own list or to set a few goals of your own. Thanks for joining me on this journey!