This week, I turn 29. I feel like 29 is a weird age, ya know, just like 19 was, and 9 (and who isn’t weird when they’re 9?!?), and as I assume 39, 49, and so on will be too.
When people I know turn 19, I like to write on their cards the words to the iconic Britney Spears song ‘I’m not a girl! Not yet a woman!“ because anything ending with a 9 just kind of feels like this weird limbo while we wait for the next birthday.
I don’t think my kids know what 29 really is. Lemonade keeps asking me if I’m really turning 29 this year as if she knows that I’m getting to the age where I might start fibbing about my age. I won’t, child, I’ll own it. I’ll own every minute of it.
Even if I don’t know how to do that well.
I tend to be a looker-backer when it comes to birthdays and anniversaries. For me it’s so reflective, and it’s fun to look back.
But as I stand on the doormat of 30 I thought I would try something new, something different. Because when I was in my teens I thought for sure that life would look a certain way at 30 that is almost so laughable to how my beautiful, messy, and incredible life actually looks.
So this year, I want to look forward to my next year and have like, a bucket list for this year. It’s kind of like a birthday gift to me – planning and plotting the next year. 🙂
30 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 30
- get to 2000 in my thankfulness journal
- take my kids to ride the camel at the zoo (this was the bribe to get Dozer to work on potty training)
- attend a blogging conference
- write an honest to goodness letter to someone (probably my great aunt JoJo)
- go on an overnight trip with just my husband
- take my kids to the beach (I’m not really a beach person but hey…)
- eat a brand new food (any good ideas to try?)
- visit a new state (see my map below)
- have a 30 days of cleaning month (I don’t like cleaning so this is big for me)
- finish reading through the Bible again
- find a podcast to listen to
- record a podcast
- write 3 chapters of a book
- get a heart ring piercing
- start a minimalist wardrobe (I mean that should be easy since I haven’t been the same size in the last 5 years, right?)
- exercise, walk, or stretch 2x a week
- tell my kids something I am thankful for about them each day
- tell my husband something I am thankful for about him each day
- dive in to a study on the women of the Bible (thinking I’ll do ‘For Such a Time as This’ because you know, kids’ Bible)
- work on and finish the kids baby books (I’m getting behind already…)
- memorize 30 Bible verses
- hold myself to one cup of coffee before switching to tea
- hang one load of laundry on the line each week (the drier is just way too easy)
- not get on my phone till after breakfast time with my kids
- do a family road trip to visit the grandparents
- sleep outside in the tent with the kidlets (I don’t think I’ll have the pregnancy card to play again this summer)
- sew something with my new sewing machine
- make a good loaf of sourdough bread
- drink kombucha every week
- give my husband a 10 second kiss every day (because mmmm)
What kind of things would you include on your birthday bucket list? I’d love to see some of your ideas!