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29 October 2012

30 Before 30

Today marks the official countdown to 30...two years to be exact! I am not one of those girls who's dreading the event, but rather someone who is looking forward to it - if nothing else than for a big bash (hint, hint, friends). In my many blog readings over the past few years, one of the things I've most enjoyed reading are lists like Mackenzie's & Jess's - lists of things that are both dreams and goals, but lists that are most of all, accomplishable. I am sure there are many things I could include on this list, but these are the things that came to me. So, without further adieu, I present my 30 before 30 list:

Finish my specialist degree
Present at a Regional or National Conference
Become Google certified 
Take a photography class
Get a professional headshot
 Take a photoshop class
Consistently blog 5 times/week
Attend a blog conference
Meet & have a drink, coffee, meal, or activity with 5 bloggers (2/5 - Sara & Jenn)
Partner with a brand I love
Speak with and learn from a personal stylist
Find a red lipstick
Invest in one, timeless, quality bag
Add three of the classics to my wardrobe (guides here, here, & here)  
Decorate a room from start to finish by myself
Take a cooking class
Attend a foreign film
Bake a Southern Living Christmas Cake
Visit 5 new destinations
Buy a piece of real art
Learn how to play tennis
Have my writing published in at least two publications
Go to see a movie alone
Learn how to bake a pie, crust to finish
Go to the ballet 
Plan a dinner party
Go on a girls weekend trip with my best friends (can you believe we've never done this?!)
Host a holiday meal
Pay for someone else's toll
Put $10 in savings for every goal accomplished (stole this one, but I love it)
*let me know if you know the source of the above picture. thanks!*



  1. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Great goals. Here's to a fabulous 28th year! :)

  2. This is such a good idea! I still have a few extra years before 30, but it's always good to plan ahead. Hope you have a great birthday!

    Life Unsweetened

  3. Happy birthday! And I hope that sometime we'll be able to get dinner or drinks—I'm already itching to return to Atlanta for another amazing meal at South City Kitchen!

  4. Happy Happy Birthday, sweet girl! LOVING your 30 before 30 list- so many great things! I'll be more than happy to do some of these with you :)

  5. Happy birthday! Really likin' that list.

  6. Hi there! I'm Erin, a new follower! I found you through Jenn @ Party of One!

    These are some really awesome goals! As for red lipstick, you should try Ruby Woo from MAC. It's a really awesome shade of red. I always get compliments on it!

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Go to my post to find out more:


  7. Hi Nicole! This is such a great list!! I too am a few weeks away from two years until 30 ... may need to look at doing one of these lists myself! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Lauren @


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