60 Before 30 | Goals

I like goals. I’m motivated by seeing them, empowered by completing them, and inspired by reading about them.

Although I love a good to-do list and a good set of goals, it was not until this year that I actually created tangible, written goals for myself.

I didn’t do them on anything fancy. In fact, they were just written out on different pages of one of my husband’s half used legal pads. I took a few evenings at the end of 2015 and made a few lists: scratched things out, and added a few more touches. I referred to some of the pages of some of the Well Designed Year that I purchased the year before but never filled out, my prayer journal, and a few of my favorite blogger’s yearly goal sheets, including two of my favorites: Valerie Woerner & Lara Casey! (and this is a great resource!)

The first 6 months, I was fairly intentional, although I did have a baby in that time, so as intentional as someone can be on minimal sleep, physical recovery, and an extreme life change. Each month, if not multiple times a month, I tended on my goals by checking in on what I had completed, what I was currently working on, and what I needed to be doing to meet them.

Since July, I’ve started to slack off a little more. I think I tricked myself into thinking I had them all stored in the back of my mind. I picked my notebook back up yesterday, and it was great (and FUN!) to mark some things off, but I also realized there were a few things I had totally forgotten about. So, to start holding myself accountable, and maybe even give you some motivation, I’m going to do what many others do: blog my monthly goals!

Since October is almost over I’ll start next month, but today I’m going to post a fun list I’ve been working on for quite a while. I’m now closer to 30 than I am 20 and saw this fun idea of posting a bucket list for before you turn 30 from Emily who works over at Southern Weddings Magazine.

60 before 30 Start date: October 2016
End date: September 21, 2020
Updated October 2017
  1. Make a quilt July 2017  a quilt for Wiles
  2. Sew a piece of clothing May 2017  a cover up! I actually made 2!
  3. …and wear it June 2017 on our LYLAS girls trip!
  4. Host a “favorite things” party
  5. Do an Escape Room
  6. Host a murder mystery party
  7. Host a neighborhood cookout
  8. Hang a gallery wall March 2017 
  9. … and fill it with pictures (almost!)
  10. Create a yearly family photo album
  11. Create Artifact Uprising books from family trips (so far: Boca, Honeymoon)
  12. Create Truman’s 1st year picture album Spring 2017 from Artifact Uprising
  13. Write a will
  14. Get life insurance
  15. Blog monthly goals (year 1: 3/12)
  16. Make a “life list” (Valerie Keinsley’s brilliant idea!)
  17. Re-do contentment challenge
  18. Continue capsule wardrobe (year 1 succss!)
  19. Go back to Tanzania or Kenya
  20. Plant / grow a garden Spring 2017!
  21. Attend my 10 year high school reunion
  22. Take the Myers-Briggs Test Spring 2017 and then made all my friends take it!  
  23. Join a women’s Bible Study
  24. Go to a conference (MTH, IF:gathering, Influence, etc.)
  25. Study a book of the Bible the Women of the Word way 
  26. Find a place to serve
  27. Complete a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  28. Go to Napa
  29. … and Nashville January 2017
  30. Relax on a nice beach (preferably a place needing a passport)
  31. …. and go scuba diving there
  32. Go camping as a family
  33. Go antiquing in Roundtop
  34. Pay off my car
  35. Pay cash for the next car we buy
  36. Practice family Sabbath once a week for a month
  37. Cut down our Christmas tree from a Christmas tree farm
  38. Buy only ethically made gifts for at least one Christmas
  39. Read 21 books each year
  40. Add another Scott to our family July 2017: WILES! 
  41. Establish a morning routine
  42. … and a nightly routine
  43. Create a skincare regimen/routine
  44. Fully fund our emergency fund
  45. Talk to a financial planner May 2017
  46. Only spend 50% of our income
  47. Delete Instagram / social media for a month May 2017
  48. Take dance lessons with Cody or go to a fun dance night (swing, two-step, square, etc.)
  49. Start a journal of notes for Truman
  50. Paint our bedframe
  51. Buy a duvet cover that fits our bed size Winter 2017 thanks Ikea! 
  52. Surprise #1 June 2017 we threw a SURPRISE 70th birthday party for my parents
  53. Surprise #2
  54. Write a letter to Mom and Dad
  55. Record our family history in one place
  56. Join a city group (rotary, junior league, political, etc.)
  57. Do a back tuck into a pool… just to prove I still can
  58. Rock climb on real rocks
  59. Go skiing
  60. Do a 5k

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2 thoughts on “60 Before 30 | Goals

  1. Love your list so much! The best part is, even if you don’t check off every single item, working toward these goals will make for an amazing few years! 🙂

    1. So true, Em! I love that you came up with this idea! It will definitely help make these next few years full of fun adventures and big dreams and lots of intentionality. Thanks for the encouragement!!

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