30 Things

Hi, my name is Jenny, and I’m going to be 30 years old in less than five months. To say I’m a wee bit freaked out about this would be an understatement. I could lie and be all, “Yeah, 30 is the new 20, bring it,” but I’d rather keep it real.

It’s just that I’ve always been the Young one, the Mature one. Now my years are getting a bit more mature. I mean, some days I still feel seventeen, the age I was when I declared that 30 was old. When you turn 30, you’re a really real grown-up, not some 20-something pretending to be one.

So now I’ve come to the place where I’m screaming in my brain HOLY CRAP GIRL WOMAN, YOU’RE ALMOST 30 AND WHAT HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED? Ok, I have done a lot of cool things. I’ve hit a decade of marriage. I have two beautiful little girls. A job I love.

But there are some things I’d like to do before I hit the big 3-0 next January. I’ll write about each one and link you to the experience, so you can follow along and marvel at my adventurous spirit. And by that, I mean laugh at the number of times I fall on my hiney, because I never claimed to be graceful.

Without further ado, here’s a list – in no particular order – of 30 Things I want to do before I turn 30. Wish me luck!

  1. New York City Las Vegas at Christmas
  2. Surf
  3. Ride a horse not on a trail ride at junior high summer camp
  4. Shoot a gun
  5. Finish writing the book in my head
  6. Start Vlogging
  7. Take a wine tasting class
  8. Get a tattoo
  9. Play the lotto
  10. Ride a mechanical bull
  11. Learn to roll sushi
  12. Stargaze at the Palomar Observatory
  13. Zipline
  14. Jetski
  15. Be called a babe by Rush Limbaugh … on air
  16. Read at least one Jane Austen novel in its entirety
  17. Go to a professional college football game (at a sports bar)
  18. Visit a farm and milk a cow
  19. Buy a bottle of Cristal to share with friends
  20. Learn the steps to at least one ballroom dance
  21. Ride in a helicopter
  22. Visit a ‘You Pick’ orchard and pick too much fruit
  23. Be featured on cable news
  24. Memorize Lincoln’s second inaugural address
  25. Watch The Godfather Trilogy
  26. Figure out Photoshop
  27. Sew a dress … and wear it in public
  28. Help work for a Republican presidential candidate beat against a Democratic incumbent
  29. Try oysters
  30. Jump out of a plane (with a parachute, duh)