30 Before 30

I will be turning 30 in just under 2 years.  Each birthday after 24 has gotten harder, but this one has been the hardest.  Not  because I am afraid of turning 30, but because I am afraid of turning 30 with little in my life to show for it.  This probably sounds pretty outrageous to my friends and family, but I know deep down we all feel a little bit of it.  I am married to the most amazing man, we own a home together, and I have recently started my own business. I want to do more, see more, BE more!

My list of 30 is a bit daunting as many of them are multi-faceted, but I am up for the challenge!  Without further ado and in no particular order other than category…


Health and Fitness Goals

1. Learn to surf (or at least attempt) by taking a lesson.

2. Be able to complete 30 real pushups in a row. 10 isn’t cutting it!

3. Hit my goal weight.

4. Complete a cleanse.

5. Beat my 1/2 marathon time (under 2:17).


6. Take my photography to the next level.

7. Learn to drive a stick shift.

8. Plant a garden…and keep it alive.

9. Bake my own sandwich bread.

10. Master the art of the macaron.

11. Master make-up application; especially eyeliner and flawless skin.

12. Learn to use a power drill.

13. Become comfortable hanging wall decor on my own (without my husband!).


14. Get professional head shots.

15. Hone my Photoshop skills.

16. Write an eBook.


17. Build a grown-up, well-stocked bar.

18. Completely organize and declutter our home.

19. Complete at least 5 home projects currently on our list.


20. Conquer a fear – Something like doing a zip line!

21. Establish a skin care regimen.

22. Complete a 30 day challenge.

23. Visit 30 local restaurants that I’ve never been to in Phoenix.

24. Start a collection.

25. Read 12 books in 12 months.

26. Do something cultural each month.

27. Complete 30 Random Acts of Kindness.

28. Unplug for at least 24 hours.

29. Become a morning person.

30. Become a mother.


Well, there it is! I will be giving an update of my status at least once a month until the big birthday, but you can check my status any time: here!


  1. Courtney,
    I love your list and even making such a well rounded list means your are on your way. Inspiring, thoughtful, creative. #29 and #30 are my fave!

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