30 before 30

Normally a lady never reveals her age… but then, I am what I am. And I am heading towards to end of the third decade of my life. Before I have some kind of meltdown or existential crisis, I decided to make myself a little list. I love lists. They make me happy. And the other day I was feeling mighty overwhelmed and needed to find some happy place in my mind. So I took out one of my new coloured pens, I chose the toffee colour, and let my mind wander and dream.

30 before 30 list

I have written here before about my goals, dreams and aspirations. Just like before, I believe that writing them down and sharing them help to cement those dreams into real and potential goals. In some ways, sharing these goals on my blog makes me feel more accountable to achieve them. Not that you are all sat there drumming your fingers on the table waiting for me to succeed (or are you?).

By sharing one of my goals, setting up an online vintage shop, I kind of had that niggling feeling at the back of my mind that not only would I let myself down if I didn’t try it, but that other’s would know that I didn’t try either.

So this time I am sharing some ‘things I would like to do before I turn 30 years old’.

  1. open an online vintage shop (done)
  2. learn to drive
  3. move in with the boyf
  4. host a cocktail party
  5. develop accessories for The Rosalilium Shop
  6. attend some networking events
  7. go to the Ballet
  8. make a photo gallery in my home
  9. write my Burma series on Rosalilium
  10. learn to crochet a granny square
  11. visit one new place (village, town or city) a month
  12. read more books
  13. learn yoga
  14. take a road-trip with the boyf
  15. make fresh homemade lemonade
  16. buy Polaroid film and take photos
  17. write an article for a magazine
  18. celebrate my Master’s graduation in style
  19. take an art/craft day class
  20. enjoy my hammock
  21. visit Canada
  22. go on a camping trip
  23. reupholster the ottoman
  24. take photobooth photos with the boyf
  25. improve my photography
  26. visit my Grandparent’s and learn their life histories
  27. meet up with old friends
  28. apply for the Churchill travel fund
  29. design a range of greetings cards
  30. make more homemade booze


I may or may not achieve them all, but it will be fun to try.


Are you a list-fanatic? Do you have some ‘things you would like to do/achieve’ this year? Please share!

***inspired by A Beautiful Mess and Hula Seventy




  1. 17 February 2012 / 8:07 pm

    My kind of list… Unfortunately I’ve passed the 30 mark and creating a 40 before 40 would be a mission (and very depressing)!

    Good luck with the list :)x

    • Elizabeth
      17 February 2012 / 8:11 pm

      check out the Hula Seventy blog, who originally inspired this list. she started her lists in her 30’s and did one for each year until she was 40. they are a great read. and she never completed every single point. 🙂

      • 17 February 2012 / 10:10 pm

        Great. I’ll take a look. Thanks 🙂

  2. 17 February 2012 / 8:37 pm

    I’ve got a list like this somewhere – unfortunately all these pesky pregnancies keep getting in the way of me ticking things off mine! I can teach you the granny square if you like 🙂 ‘Open a shop’ is also on my list – but I always fall at the first hurdle by keeping all the stock for myself!
    Looking forward to reading each point getting crossed off!

    • Elizabeth
      18 February 2012 / 8:54 am

      if babies were on the list then you would totally have those ticked. 😉

  3. 17 February 2012 / 9:09 pm

    Love lists like this, I wrote one for this year to try and get me to do something other than studying! Also, I used the exact same pen as you, maybe toffee is a good colour for age related to-do lists?

    • Elizabeth
      18 February 2012 / 8:55 am

      toffee is the colour for age and wisdom.

  4. 18 February 2012 / 12:00 pm

    Good list. I have loved my lists for the last few years. I never finish them but I don’t think that’s the point…….. xx

  5. 18 February 2012 / 12:48 pm

    What a great list! I should probably work on one for me, but I am struggling to come up with more than about 5 things. Maybe I am lacking in ambition?

    • Elizabeth
      20 February 2012 / 7:49 pm

      I’ll be honest, it took me a while to come up with all these. I had to read around a bit to get some inspiration. 😉

  6. 18 February 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Thank you for reminding me I probably should look back at my list. Oh i have a feeling this will not go well!

  7. 19 February 2012 / 11:24 am

    I AM a list fanatic. And I often add things to a list that I have already done just in order to cross it off 😉

    • Elizabeth
      20 February 2012 / 7:50 pm

      such a good feeling isn’t it?

  8. 19 February 2012 / 3:35 pm

    That’s a good list!

    I didn’t learn to drive until after I was 30 too. Sometimes it’s a case of better late than never.

    Congrats again on launching your online shop – you’re off to a roaring start!!

  9. Lori Smith
    20 February 2012 / 3:23 pm

    You’ve missed one thing off your list! Organise a big fun awesome 30th birthday party 🙂

    *runs off to start a list of things to do before I’m 40*

    • Elizabeth
      20 February 2012 / 4:16 pm

      oh yeah. haha!

      I guess having a ridiculously timed day of birth (right after New Year) I am used to not doing too much. But I do like the idea of a party!

  10. 20 February 2012 / 5:20 pm

    I am a total listaholic… partly out of practicality as I never seen to remember to do things otherwise 😉 But partly because I know that having things written down means there’s a high chance that’ll they happen… Love that number one is done already! 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      20 February 2012 / 7:51 pm

      Totally. If it’s written down on a list, I’m more likely to actually do it. 🙂

  11. Sarah
    20 February 2012 / 5:44 pm

    I am nearly thirty and there are lots of things in your list I haven’t done yet. Can I include some your things to do in my list? I think this is a great a idea. It is a great way to constantly check on my progress.

    • Elizabeth
      20 February 2012 / 7:51 pm

      absolutely, and have fun with it!

  12. 23 April 2012 / 1:07 pm

    I was 30 last year and it got me thinking about how different my life would have been if I’d chosen a different course at college, went to uni, etc. You know how the mind rambles! Anyway, it got me thinking about all the things I wanted to do when I was younger and I remembered I’d always wanted to do Photography. So instead of dwelling about what I may have missed out on I decided to do something about it and have now officially enrolled in a part-time college course in Photography. Woop woop. We’re never to old to follow our dreams and making a list is a great idea 🙂

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