30 things before 30

I created this list in October 2015 when I was 26 and in the throes of dissertation writing. I was fairly miserable trying to write the first couple of chapters and create a plan for data collection and analysis. I think my frustration was more knowing that I was not going to pursue an academic job when I was done with my PhD and writing a 100+ pages seemed pointless. One night I decided to make a list of all the things I would rather being doing than writing.

I did not know then how I would actually accomplish anything on the list. I just knew that they would be more fun than writing a dissertation. I have slightly revised it over time with notes about the revisions.

Now at the beginning of 2017 and at 28, I have a much better idea of how I will get everything on this list done by the time I’m 30 (okay maybe 31 ;-)). 

Megan, Jan. 1, 2017

Things to do by 30

  1. Buy a house or condo  Take a Painting Class (Revised 2/9/2015 for feasibility with student loans)
  2. Make somebody else’s dream come true
  3. Go sky diving
  4. Go on a weeklong hippie yoga retreat
  5. Travel to 5 countries (Nigeria, Kosovo and more to come!)
  6. Volunteer monthly for a year
  7. Finish all the 100 books to read before you die
  8. Swim under a waterfall
  9. Go camping
  10. Get a tattoo and/or remove first tattoo
  11. See a Broadway show in NYC
  12. Take cooking classes
  13. Write a book
  14. Stay up partying all night in a different city
  15. Watch a meteor shower
  16. Do a 30 day random act of kindness challenge
  17. Go snorkling
  18. Try out for a community theatre show
  19. Get braces
  20. Create a minimalistic wardrobe of clothes I love
  21. Be interviewed on live TV
  22. Take a weeklong unplanned road trip
  23. Get in shape (lose 60 pounds) Love my body (Revised 5/26/2016 as a statement of body postivity)
  24. Have a portrait painted of myself
  25. Volunteer to be on a mission to Mars or the moon
  26. Be a vegetarian for a month
  27. Go over 100 miles an hour in a car
  28. Go to Universal Studios in London and see the Harry Potter set
  29. Ride Titan the rollercoaster at Six Flags over Texas
  30. Write myself a letter to open at 40.