Last week was my birthday. The big 2-8. It was one of those birthdays that had me saying that I could no longer claim I was in my early twenties or even mid twenties. (I know, last year was a stretch!) And in just 2 short years I would be 30. There is a lot that I wanted to do before then!
My twenties went by way to fast. A lot of growing up and self discovery. I used to have a bit of anxiety about getting older. But I honestly believe that this year will be better than the last and that my thirties will be better than my twenties.
A friend suggested that I write a 30 Before 30 list. I loved the idea of celebrating my 30th birthday in two years, but also the completion of 30 goals. I also loved the idea of going into my thirties feeling on track, confident and happy.
So here is my list! What would you put on yours?
– Pay off my debt. 95% of my debt is student loans, but student loans or not, I want them all gone. It would be amazing to go into my 30’s debt free!
– Make the 700 Club. My credit score, well, sucks. And that’s the nicest thing I can say about it. Stupid decisions made and now I’m paying the price. However, I don’t have that much debt other than my student loans. So, I’m working hard on doing things the right way and getting it cleaned up.
– Create a savings plan. I love my job. I really do! Blogging has some amazing perks – working from home, finding out about new products, doing what I love, etc. But one thing that it doesn’t have is a benefits package. I really need a savings plan in place.
– Learn about the different kinds of investments. I’m honestly not that knowledgeable in the different financial terms, investment opportunities and the best way to utilize them. I would love to learn more so I can start making the right decisions.
– Get a better Credit Card. The credit card I have now has a high interest rate, but I’m hoping that with my credit score improvements I can close this account and get a better one!
Here are some books that I’m planning on reading to help with my financial goals:
- Personal Finance For Dummies
- Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School?
- Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance For Your Twenties and Thirties
- Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s Guide To What The Numbers Really Mean (This is more a book for my business rather than personal)
- The Total Money Makeover
– Take my vitamins everyday. And stop forgetting to take my medicine! I’m so horrible about being consistent with it. You would think it wouldn’t be that hard, so I’m not sure how/why I keep forgetting!
Give up Diet Coke. Ok. This is supposed to be a realistic list. :) Drink 6 glasses of water and 2 glasses of green tea. Then, if I still want something then I can treat myself to a Diet Coke. And who knows, maybe my soda will be a good motivation!
– Eat real food. Get rid of junk and make foods myself instead of buying them.
– Get the body that I’ve been talking about getting. That means losing the extra pounds and working these muscles out! I want to go into my 30’s feeling good and confident!
– Run (yes, actually run) a 5K. I actually hate running. But that might have something to do with it being hard and me not being very good at it. :)
Places To Go
– Go to the Kentucky Derby
– Start an Annual Camping Trip
– Take a trip to the amusement park.
– Stay in a tree house hotel
– Take a cruise
Things To Do
– Complete a 365 Photo Challenge
– Decorate our home with cool antique pieces
– Find a place to volunteer regularly
– Be more active in our church
– Go tailgating
– Buy the perfect piece of art
– Publish an E-Book
– Get professional head-shots taken.
– Get half a million page views in a month.
– Write for another publication.
– Speak at an event
– Reach 250,000 total social media followers
What is on your list?
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