Thirty Before 30 | Katie Proctor

I love making lists. This post? Spot on. In fact, when I lived in Nashville the running joke with my roommate was that I was constantly in a state of “organizing myself.” lists-make-me-happyI think most bloggers are Type A list-makers, too. That’s why there’s a movement across the web to capture and share Bucket Lists. But “things I want to do before I die” seems a bit vague to me. I (not so secretly) perform better under pressure, and I think 60+ years left to accomplish my list leaves just a bit too much time for procrastination. So I thought…why not recreate this concept only time bound? Genius! Enter: Thirty Before 30. Some of my goals are fun and easy to accomplish, like making my own pickles. Others are a bit loftier, like being quoted in a major fitness and health publication. I actually see this list as the perfect thought-starter for those “what should I do today” days. Hello, Katie…go fly fishing! It’s on your list!

And in true list-maker fashion, I waited until I had something to cross off before posting my list, which I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks. It just feels better, right? Aaron and I closed on our first home on Tuesday and couldn’t be more excited. I’m positive this picture window in our new kitchen will be prime for improving my recipe photos in the future. Now all I need is the DSLR I hinted at in my list (hint, hint Aaron. I know you read these!).

I’m eager to document our home ownership journey here as we work to make this place our own. First up? A privacy fence to keep the 5 (yes, five) dogs next door at bay. And so the adventure begins!

Thirty Before 30 – check my progress here

  1. Graduate with my MBA.
  2. Visit Hawaii.
  3. Make my own pickles.
  4. Take a voice lesson.
  5. Visit all of the breweries in Denver.
  6. Climb at least 5 fourteeners.
  7. Go fly fishing and cook the fish I catch.
  8. Buy a DSLR camera and learn how to use it.
  9. Compete in a triathlon.
  10. Adopt a dog.
  11. Have a quote in a major long-lead health and fitness publication.
  12. Be interviewed on-camera for local or national news.
  13. Learn how to change a flat tire.
  14. Raise a vegetable garden.
  15. Plant a fruit tree.
  16. Own a home.
  17. Bake a pie from scratch.
  18. Host a crawfish boil.
  19. Try stand-up paddle boarding.
  20. Obtain conceal and carry license.
  21. Learn how to operate a sailboat.
  22. Give a presentation at a national conference.
  23. Publish a book or cookbook.
  24. Swim with dolphins.
  25. See George Strait and Jason Aldean in concert.
  26. Go on a road trip with no itinerary and no destination.
  27. Attend a taping of The Today Show or Good Morning America.
  28. Buy a new car.
  29. Drive down Route 1 in California and drink wine in Napa.
  30. Cook a turkey.

What’s on your short-term “bucket list”?