Turning 30 is a major milestone.

Personally, I am looking forward to 30. I have never been more clear in my life on who I am, where I am and how I want to be. I am spending the last year of my twenties, traveling across 12 international cities, across three continents in Asia, Europe, and South America, with 65 people. It has been an adrenaline-pumping, jaw-dropping, soul-searching and purpose defining ride thus far. On the cusp of my 30th Birthday, January 2018, I have created a 30 before 30 list. Here’s to happy hopes of living my best decade.

I’m sharing with you for two reasons: so you can join in on my journey and hold me accountable to complete. Here’s to 30 [almost]

  1. Spend the day with Pandas (they are my favorite animal) Singapore Zoo (February 2017)
  2. Have a meal with a stranger (Prague, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Malaysia, Thailand 2017)
  3. Learn a new dance from a different culture
  4. Hike Machu Picchu (January 2018 on 30th Birthday; Happy BDay to me!)
  5. Travel somewhere truly exotic – a place that absolutely takes my breath away (Ha Long Bay, Vietnam  Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (March 2017), Ko Lipe, Thailand (May 2017)
  6. Bathe an elephant Patara Elephant Farm, Chain Mai, Thailand (May 2017)
  7. Connect with an old friend (2017)
  8. Enjoy a solo trip Singapore (February 2017)
  9. Anything that involves adrenaline and massive heights – skydiving, perhaps (Skydiving, Lisbon, June 2017)
  10. Eat something that makes me squirm Bull Penis Soup, Durian – Malaysia (February 2017)
  11. Spend time volunteering in at least 5 countries (Malaysia (food-kitchen), Buenos Aires (sustainable water heaters), Cordoba (kids activity center), Santiago, 2017)
  12. Act on fear and change (Starting training for life coaching – March 2017, quitting corporate November 2017)
  13. Attend a popular sporting event that I have never witnessed, firsthand (Futbol, Cordoba, Argentina November 2017)
  14. Do a class or activity that is out of element Skydiving, Portugal (July 2017)
  15. Crash a wedding  Cambodia, (April 2017)
  16. Unplug for a full day – no phone on Wi-Fi (Umepey Day Retreat, Cordoba, Argentina, November 2017)
  17. Do Something insanely brave Skydiving, Portugal (July 2017)
  18. Road trip in an international country (I hate road trips, btw) Spain, 5 cities in 8 days (July 2017)
  19. Take up Mindfulness Meditation (March 2017 – Present)
  20. Arrive somewhere by boat Ko Lipe, Thailand (May 2017). A 1.5 hour taxi ride + 1.5 speedboat ride.
  21. Make friends with a monkey Batu Caves, Bali, Indonesia (February 2017)
  22. Watch a sunrise and sunset on the same day (Sandroni, Greece, September 2017)
  23. Attend an all-white party Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (March 2017)
  24. Reach out to someone who inspires me (Remote Year group mentors, 2017)
  25. Be an inspiration to someone (charity campaign for 30th Birthday for Animal Rescue, December 2017 – January 2018)
  26. Watch a foreign film in its entirety
  27. Learn to be confident in my own skin
  28. Become a better public speaker
  29. Complete a self-improvement challenge of at least 30 days (Meditation – 12 months, Vegetarian – March 2017)
  30. Be my own boss (November 2017!!!!!!!)