30 Before 30

Partially inspired by my cousin and partially fueled by my mind mapping in my Passion Planner, I thought it would be interesting to list 30 things I’d like to have done by the time I am 30 years old, which will happen in the last bit of 2019. Let’s see what I can do in the next three years!

I’ll be tracking this list as well as progress on my goals through blogs tagged under goal tracking.

1  Get paid to write something

2 Significant progress on animated short film

3 Do a VEDA/VEDO/VEDJ/Vlogmas/Vlogember/consistent long-term-ish project w a start and end on YouTube

4 Host a panel/presentation at a con/event/thing

5  Go to the Met

6 Revisit Serendipity 3 for frozen hot cocoa and Two Hands cafe

7 Write the pilot script and series bible for my own webseries

8 Teach Miko how to swim

9 Visit Mt. Greylock

10 Re-watch the first four seasons of Digimon

11 Go geo-caching

12 Visit the Balto and Alice & Wonderland statues in Central Park

13 Beat a Digimon video game–any one of them

14 Write an essay collection

15 Write a feature screenplay

16 Open an online store

17 Revisit Harry Potter World & Disney World in Florida…or be saving money specifically for it

18 Participate in a NaNoWriMo again

19 Release an enamel pin

20 Board out one of my projects

21 See a show on Broadway I haven’t already seen

22 Submit to the SAS

23 Have my own LLC…or have a business plan heading in that direction

24 Collaborate on a shadowbox project with Miko

25 Go to Medieval Times

26 Noguchi museum

27 Have a consistent editorial calendar for blogs, videos, podcasts, etc.

28 Learn how to make more of my mom’s recipes–specifically my grandma’s spätzles and cheesy chicken, my abuelito’s yellow rice, and orange chicken, and maduros and tostones. And document them.

29 Go to Japan…or at least have dedicated money towards the trip

30 Re-read Harry Potter

You can read a blog post that I wrote at the time of first posting this here.

I think an important thing to remember with lists like this is that there will inevitably be failures, and that’s totally OK. Already one of the places I wanted to visit closed down, and many of them are dependent on me living near NYC or being financially stable enough to travel or have disposable income. I didn’t include anything about my career because I feel that at the moment a lot of it is out of my control, but that will change (I know, vague, sorry). Some may argue that some of these are not realistically achievable in such a short time, and that’s fine too–it’s not like there’s a penalty for not achieving these things, and it’s not like I can’t pursue them once I turn 30 either. If anything they’ll just become 40 before 40 perhaps? Or just get added to my general goals list. As long as I am living each day with these in mind, knowing what I want to prioritize in my life and work towards being the person I want to be, that is an accomplishment.

I think with school it’ll be a little tougher than if I had a stable 9-5 job, as with school you just tend to work yourself into the ground. :\ At the same time, I’m still pretty optimistic as many of my goals can sort of be combined, or are interconnected, such as trips into NYC and projects with overlapping aspects.