I like the idea of a bucket list, but it’s just too big for me. I don’t know where I’ll be decades from now, or if my goals will have changed. I recently came across a bucket list that I made as a teenager, and some of the things now seem silly and precious and very clearly written by a 15 year old (Drive a motorcycle, for real on the road).
Others are random and I have no idea why I ever wanted to do them (Own a pet bird).
And there are also some that, while they seemed cool to a teenager thinking about an unknown future, now seem unlikely or unappealing (Live in another country).
So, about a year ago, I came across the idea of a 30 by 30 list, and thought that sounded a little more do-able. Since I made the list, I’ve completed 10 of the items. So I’m ahead of schedule!
So here’s the list!
Go Ice Skating ⛸
Completed Fall 2018. I totally knew I would not go 5 years without ice skating. Ayan and I used to go to Steinberg Skating Rink in St. Louis all the time in the winter. Downtown Ice in San Jose is not quite as nice, but much warmer.
Buy a Piano
Completed Summer 2019. I purchased an Alesis Keyboard. While I would like to upgrade it someday, it’s so nice to be able to play again. It’s such a stress reliever for me. 🎶
Completed Winter 2018. We stayed with Ayan’s family in Kolkata for about a week and a half and had a beautiful reception to celebrate our marriage. It was so cool to see where he grew up and to meet his extended family. (The photo below is of the Victoria Memorial, one of Kolkata’s most famous landmarks.)
Take a Class
Completed Summer 2019. I took a chocolate making class! Hosted by an awesome diy workshop called WorkshopSF. We made chocolate bars from the bean and learned about the history of chocolate making. In this photo I’m grinding chocolate beans for a tea that ancient Mayans drank. ☕️
Get a Tattoo
Completed Summer 2019. So I’ve thought about getting a tattoo for years and was just too afraid to commit, but one day I decided that life is short and just went for it. 🤷🏻♀️
Go On A Road Trip
Completed Fall 2018. So Ayan and I have made 3 drives between St. Louis and the Bay Area (one with everything we own including our dog and cat packed in our cars), and I really enjoyed them, despite the stress. But that was before I made the list 🙂. I decided to count our drive to LA as a road trip, although it’s only 5-6 hours. Here’s a photo of our babies in the car. They’re road trip veterans at this point. 🚗
Go To Disneyland
Completed Fall 2018. I completed this one on the same Thanksgiving weekend as our road trip 🙂. It was seriously the most magical day. I was amazed at how big the park is. We were there for like 12 hours and still didn’t do everything. (We’ve been back since and spent 3 days doing alllll the things.)
Visit New York City
Completed Spring 2019. I had a work trip to Philadelphia and my coworker and I took a few extra days off to see NYC. This was only my second time there (the first time was a few years ago with Ayan) and my coworker had never been, so we pretty much did all the touristy things. It was great. 🗽
See a Broadway Show
Completed Spring 2019. Obviously on the same NYC trip. We saw Mean Girls! If you know me you probably already know that I love musicals and worked at The Fabulous Fox for several years – which came with the perk of frequent free tickets to touring shows. Sadly, those days are over. But I still try to stay somewhat informed about the world of musical theater.
In spite of this, I had never actually seen a show on Broadway (on my last NYC trip I saw Avenue Q, which was great but already off Broadway at that time). So, needless to say, I was really excited. There are a lot of great shows right now, but we wanted to see something fun and light, and being millennials, Mean Girls called to us. It was a super fun show and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the movie.
Lose 20 Pounds
Completed Spring 2019. So my last blog post went into great detail about my weight loss, and if you’re interested you should check it out 🙂.
Visit St. Louis
I started my list shortly after my last visit to St. Louis, and I’ll actually be visiting again next month and get to mark this one as done 😊. St. Louis is the best city in the world. If you’re wondering why I want to visit. Also my parents got a new doggo so of course I NEED to meet her.
Read 200 Books
So I underestimated my reading habits (or overestimated my social life) because I’m already at over 100 books. I’ve also been reading a lot more lately due to my commute and Facebook book club. So yeah, this one will definitely happen. 🙂
Dine at a Restaurant With 3 Michelin Stars
There are only 15 in the United States, but lucky for me, five of those are in Northern California. They’re all pretty swanky and expensive, so I’ll wait for a special occasion. I’m also spoiled for choices and have to decide which one I want to try. Currently I’m thinking The French Laundry in Napa.🍴
Pay off Credit Cards
I’m on track to do this within a year if nothing crazy comes up.
I’ve never tried to make them because it seems kind of involved, but I also love a baking challenge. I tried to make my list a combination of big picture goals and more easily obtainable ones, so this is one of the latter.
So this is definitely a more challenging goal, but I think I’ll definitely get it done by 30. It’s more difficult for my husband to visit Europe because he’s an Indian citizen and will have to get a Schengen visa. In a perfect world, he’ll become an American citizen before I turn 30 and booking a European vacation won’t be such a challenge. 🧳
Visit the City Museum
If you’re not from St. Louis, google the City Museum right now. It’s amazing. But weirdly I’ve never been there with Ayan, so it’ll have to happen on a visit to STL. 🙂
Visit the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium in San Francisco is described as a “hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception.” They have evening events with drinks and no kids so I’m thinking that might be a fun date night. 😊
Have a Dinner Party
I have thrown a barbeque, but I decided that doesn’t count. We have lovely shared spaces at our apartment complex that would be perfect for hosting a party. I just need to make it happen.
Have a Birthday Party
I haven’t really had a birthday party as an adult, but it would be fun to go to dinner with friends and maybe have a game night or something. I think it’s too late to plan something for this year, but maybe next. 🎂
Visit Tartine Bakery
Tartine Bakery is a famous bakery in San Francisco. This is definitely an easier one to complete and I don’t know why I haven’t done it yet. 🤷🏻♀️
Visit the Winchester Mystery House
This allegedly haunted house in San Jose is a bit of a tourist trap, but I still want to go. 😂
It’s a 3-4 hour drive from us and we’ve been wanting to go for a weekend trip. The main issue is that it’s apparently always super crowded.
I’ve never been on a camping trip with Ayan but it would be fun. I just hate to buy a bunch of camping equipment and only use it once. 🤔
No real plan yet on when or where to volunteer, but I’m sure an opportunity will arise.
Have a Picnic
This will be an easy one. I think it would be really nice to bring a picnic lunch to our favorite park in Dublin (Donlon Point). 🧺
Have a Spa Day
This might be a nice birthday present to myself.
Visit Lake Tahoe
This has a similar issue as Yosemite… it would be a great weekend trip but it’s apparently always crowded.
Go Zip Lining
Idk it just seems really fun. 🙂
I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle, it just seems cool. And coffee is life. And we have friends there, so I’m sure we’ll make a trip in the next few years. ✈️
Okay, so now that I’ve posted this list I think I’ll be more likely to follow through with everything. 😂 I still have four years, but I know it’ll go by fast!