30 Life Things to Do Before the Big 3-0

Tomorrow I turn 29, and I’m not all that happy about it. I can feel a couple of my friends rolling their eyes, but something about being in the very last years of my twenties leaves me clinging for dear life before I turn the big 3-0.


Half of its due to my abnormal issue with time. If you ask anyone of my close friends, I’m not exactly the most prompt person. I cannot stand being bound by time, so much that I’ve “disabled” the clock in my car, and hate giving times to meet people.

The other half is because this decade of my twenties means so much to me. I’ve overcome disease, graduated college, married the love of my life, made new friends, and moved across the country –  all while truly growing into who I am as a person, and learning so much about myself, my perspective, and the world.

So, in order to have no regrets about what has so far been the best decade of my life, I’ve made a list: 30 Life Things to do Before the Big 3-0

1. Become a yes person. I tend to say “maybe” a LOT. Just ask this girl – she said it’s my most one and only annoying quality. And she’s right – I do say maybe all the time. Call it fear of commitment or fear of life, but I’m not going to be a maybe person in this 29th year of mine. I’m going to be a yes person, and say YES to any request that comes my way (so long as it doesn’t negatively affect my job, family, or health/stress Winking smile) I’m going to make like Jen Comas Keck and #embraceYES

2. Do 10 chin ups. Hopefully this will progress to more chin ups, and then pull ups by my 30th year, but right now, I’m stuck around 2 (and it used to be 4.)

3. Go backpacking and camping. Honestly? This scares the bejeezus out of me. I’m convinced that I’m going to get eaten by either a mountain lion, a bear, or a swarm of mosquitos. I went once last year, and it was really really cold.

4. Hike another 14-er.


Want to know a secret? I really dislike things that are really hard. Hiking 14-ers is really hard. That 14-er I hiked last year was the hardest thing of my life, and I probably flipping LOVED it and loathed it equally. I’m both looking forward and dreading my next one.

5. Visit somewhere I’ve never been.

6. Travel to the pacific northwest.

7. Surprise someone with unexpected kindness.

8. Learn pole dance fitness.

9. Become a certified health coach.

10. Love everyone (and everything)


Our reality is a projection of what’s going on in our mind. So to me, loving everyone/thing means to not get mad, jealous, annoyed, frustrated – basically negatively affected by my surroundings.

11. Not take life so seriously.

12. Meditate daily.

13. Take a beer or wine pairing class.

14. Go to a fancy, expensive, 7 course dinner.

15. Go on at least 3 Colorado-cations.


Last year I went on two, and this year I’d like to go on more. There’s SO many places in Colorado that feel like you’re in an entirely different state!

16. Read more – around 2 books a month.

17. Read more fitness and training-related books.


I tend to read novel after novel after novel, and neglect books that will help my career (but I do read hundreds of articles and studies about that each month!) Going to try and change that this year. I’m reading Ignite the Fire now, and it’s such a good one!

18. Be in the present.


Because there really is no past or future, is there?

19. Find something I’m passionate about to volunteer my time.

20. Buy my first home.

Shane and I lived in and owned a house back in Illinois, but he had already bought the house before I moved into it. Next year, I’ll be involved in the process.

21. Do something crazy like get another piercing or a tattoo (which I currently have none of!)

22. Go to a concert at Red Rocks.


Because, music and party in a mountain.

23. Forgive everyone who has ever wronged me.

24. Learn how to fly fish.

Shane fly fishes in Rocky Mountain National Park all the time in the summer, and I’ve never joined him once. This year I’ll say yes (refer to #1) when he asks me to join.

25. Go to a roller coaster park…one more time.

26. Take an all-girls road trip…or two.


27. Stay up until the wee hours of the morning doing something fun.

There’s that time-problem again. I have a tendency to need to be home by a certain hour. If I’m out past 11:00 or midnight, I’m up way late!

28. Run in the biggest 10k in the US – the Bolder Boulder.


29. Sing karaoke

30. Go to a professional football or baseball game in Denver…and tailgate

Phew! I’ve got a busy year ahead of me Winking smile

What’s one thing you want to do that throws you out of your comfort zone in the next year?

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  1. So I was one of those people who didn’t think turning 30 would be that big of a deal but it turned out I was wrong. To be honest, it just felt different…in an awesome way. A lot of people tell me it’s the best decade and I really think (and hope!) they’re right!

    Great list…and happy (early) birthday!
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  2. Being a stay at home mom. Currently I am working and recently have decided that being a stay at home for my son is what speaks to my heart most at this time. This is REALLY out of my comfort zone!
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  3. OMG, you are soo wise for your age!! I love all of these:)

  4. I totally support getting a tattoo or piercing! I love this list – looks like you’re going to have an amazing year!
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  5. These are awesome goals to tick off before the big 3-0! Have a great birthday tomorrow :)
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  6. Love! I think you and Lauren should come visit me in Charleston :)

  7. Haha that’s a big list of goals! I’ve already got some big things planned in the next couple of months, including a trip which will partially be alone and very much out of my comfort zone. Coming up soon – a 200 mile relay and hopefully a month of yoga!
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  8. Chatelaine says:

    Great list!!! It’ll be fun knocking those items off :)
    FWIW, I didn’t like 29. 28 was awesome. 30s are fine. But when I was 29 I wanted to stop time.

  9. I think #3 and #15 means you, Lauren, and your hubbies should meet up with us in Buena Vista when I’m in CO this summer and let me take you backpacking :)
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  10. If your 20s were THAT great- just think about how much better your 30s will be! You have things more figured out, you’re more self-aware and adjusted. :)
    I want to help you knock off the majority of this list (and have a feeling that I’ll be involved in quite a few of those things!). You guys should DEF do Bierstadt next. It will feel like a breeze compared to Quandary (though no 14ers are “easy”…).
    Happy Early Bday, bestie!!
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  11. These are so great, and I love your attitude. I’m working on the YES thing and, let’s be honest, it’s definitely a commitment/comfort zone thing. My next goal is to move out west. I’ve loved living in Florida, but my next adventure is waiting, I can feel it :)
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  12. 29 is not too bad, believe it or not, cant believe i’m saying this (you KNOW me ) and it’s really NOT THAT BAD. (not looking forward to 30 tho, i’ll be honest) buuut we’re big girls now and we need to pull up our big girl pants and move on! :)
    i cant wait to go on 3 plus girls trips with you, and redrocks concert would be BOOOMMMB! :)

    tomorrow will be awesome as you are blessed with a great husb and great (boooo!!!jk) CO friends and they will treat you just as good as your MULU’s would– you hopefully will drink tooo much and pass out surrounded by love and Niko, annnd Claraboooo too —> j wish i could be thurr, as we would be rocken stilettos in da club (even if we would be hangen’ in at home with fannypacks chuggen 99 bananas, oooh wait was that last year and 7 years ago) eiiither way i lurv you beave face
    XOXO love d

  13. Great list, Paige. I have a few of the same items on my own to-do list! And, in my opinion, my 30’s were my favorite years–so far anyway (I am 42). So much more confidence and knowledge about who you (“you”, in general) are and what you want. More certainties, less doubts! With all you have going for you, I can’t imagine you’ll have anything less than a blast. Happy (early) Birthday!

  14. Oops. I mean Happy Birthday today!

  15. I love these! I was told to go to a concert at Red Rock when I come visit… someday!
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  16. this is an awesome list of things to accomplish — good luck tackling these! i agree that hiking a 14er is no easy task! i used to live in Buena Vista, CO, and hiked Yale — rough!

  17. I love this list! I’ll be 30 next February, and I think I’ll copy off of you and come up with my own list 😉 Thanks for sharing!
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  18. What a great list!!

  19. Catching up here… First, Happy Birthday!
    You’re going to love your 29th year, and your thirties will be excellent :)
    Your list is great – I especially love your goal of seeing a concert at Red Rocks. It’s such an incredible venue!
    I was freaking out earlier today when my sister reminded me I’d be in Boulder on Memorial Day, and thus Bolder Boulder – I’ll be running, too! I’ve never experienced such a gigantic race field. I’m stoked!
    I will email soon about meeting up that week – it would be fun to hang out!
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