This is how it all begins…

So, I finally caved. For about two months my sister has pleaded with me to start a 30 by 30 project. No small undertaking as the 1st anniversary of my 29th birthday is about 7 months away. She has stubbornly ignored my numerous refusals… That’s why she’s a great Occupational Therapist.

Side note: For those who are wondering what a 30 by 30 project is, it is a list of 30 things you like to do, see, experience or achieve by your 30th birthday.

I have dreaded turning thirty for a long time now. I had just started making my peace with it when a “Friends” marathon of all ten seasons started in my house… Watching Joey at each of his friend’s 30th birthday parties crying, “Why God? Why do you hate us?” did set me back a little.

The one where they turn 30

30. Three Oh. The Big Three Oh. Thirty. A year over twenty nine. Ten years from forty. So as I tried to make it sound less “thirty-ish” in my head, I begrudgingly agreed to the idea as I figure no one apart from her and my mom would even want to read about it. As she flat out ignored my, “No Naomi. I don’t have time,” and waved off my “No Naomi, I can’t afford that,” She started a list…

“Number one… Bungee jumping!” This, just a couple days after a tourist took a dive into the croc infested waters of the Zambezi.




“Ok, ok… I know! Go on… wait for it… a blind date!” She finishes proudly.

“Heck no.”

“C’mon. We’ll set you up.”

“No. No. No. No. No.” I repeat myself until she scratches it off her list.


Finally we (she called on my sister in law and mother for advice) sifted through the proposed and Googled ideas… Some were tossed out as too traumatic (a trip to a bird park… don’t judge me), too expensive (a trip overseas) or too ridiculous (set up an online dating profile and actually go on a date – online dating is not an option once you’ve taught grade 8 life orientation about online predators).

They unfortunately hogged the list allowing me very little say as to how I will be bidding my twenties adieu. My one truly non-negotiable was that starting a blog be on the List… Nothing makes me feel better than a to do list that already has things crossed out. Obviously since I’m putting up the list I did exercise editing rights before I posted it.

I work reasonably well under pressure (in other words I leave things till the last minute) so I do foresee most of these happening just before September 21st 2012, but who knows, maybe I’ll surprise even myself.

Without any further waffling I give you “The List” and invite you to follow my journey to “The Big Three Oh.” As they say on Cool Runnings… “Peace be da journey.”


  1. Start a blog… CHECK! In case you are confused, you’re reading it…
  2. Ride on a bus, train and a taxi. I argued for this to be three separate entries, to no avail.
  3. Go to a concert
  4. Get a tattoo… A real one…
  5. Pop popcorn on the stove without a lid on the pot… Always wanted to do this!
  6. Watch a movie trilogy in one sitting
  7. Milk a cow… even as I type this I’m thinking of how I am so not farm girl material
  8. Write a message, put it in a bottle and toss it out to sea
  9. Have a photo that I’ve taken professionally framed
  10. Get my legs waxed for the first time
  11. Walk up Lion’s Head
  12. Wear a dress to work
  13. Cook a three course Jamie Oliver meal
  14. Road Trip
  15. Go coffee free for 30 days
  16. Memorise a poem
  17. Make Sushi
  18. Spend an entire day in my PJ’s
  19. Take 10 photos that I love
  20. Watch an entire season of any series in one day
  21. Host a dinner party
  22. Send someone a handwritten letter
  23. Go fishing
  24. Donate Blood (haven’t been able to donate for a while for health reasons)
  25. Go Camping
  26. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together as a family on the same day
  27. Successfully make an origami something
  28. Do at least one DIY project
  29. Volunteer somewhere for one hour
  30. Watch the sunrise with friends

So there you have it! My 30 before 30… If you feel like joining me in any of these endeavours, let me know… The more the merrier, or so they say.

Let the countdown begin!


16 thoughts on “This is how it all begins…

  1. What a stunning idea!! You are an awesome blog-writer Sarah! I’m looking forward spotting you in a dress @ work; and you better know that Inez and I will be the judges of that origami something! Framing your own photo – great idea, I will put that on my list too… good luck with your coffee fast – you are on your own with this one 😉 happy blogging…

  2. What an awesome list!! I love how they are all totally feasible too! You totally inspired me to want to make a list now haha 🙂
    By the way, I’ve stopped drinking coffee for about 2 months now and it actually feels amazing! I don’t even crave it anymore! The secret? Ignore the headaches that come for the first few days and drink lots and lots of tea! Luvya girly!

  3. wonderful! You should write books! its scary how much of your list i have already done! like milk a cow , ill show u- GONA BE FUN! Will back u up for the taxi ride – get life insurance first! and i want pics of the dress! * roadtrip!

  4. I did one of these when i turned 30 but most items were too large or unatainable. i like yours as the things you want to do are really do-able. i am interested to see if you manage them all and read your experiences while fulfilling them. i still havent managed to complete mine yet and I’m due to try out my 60 by 60 list. Not that i’ve made one. but good luck and have fun.

  5. Sarah, what a gifted writer you are! Loved it, kept me out of work for a couple of minutes, made me smile a lot – and I wondered… should I do one for my 40th next year? 😉

  6. This is a brilliant idea and look forward to seeing how you get on. I have the same issue and I’m currently somewhere between denile and terror, hiding behind the sofa hoping it’ll go away…

    Your idea (albeit badgered into by caring family members) is eminently more sensible! Good luck!

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