30 Before 30 Update

Right after I was 23, I made my first 30 Before 30 bucket list post (2018).

Every year since, I’ve updated it: when I turned 24 in 2019, when I turned 25 two years ago, and last year when I turned 26.

I turned 27 in April and totally spaced on posting this update, better late than never right?


Have my own place. Not yet, my partner and I are happy in our current place but wouldn’t mind our own apartment in a year or two so he can have his cat and we can get a dog!

Change my surname. I was thinking of doing it around this time since my passport expires in January 2023, but changing your name is time-consuming and expensive, so I will have to wait longer.

Become totally fluent in Spanish. I feel like I’ve regressed with this, falling off the DuoLingo train and not having anyone to practice with. I will really try to make time for it in my current routine.

Get a car. This was completed a few years ago now! My 2009 Honda Civic, Pearl, is still running like a charm.

Double my tattoos. At the time of writing the original post, I had four tattoos. Since then, I got a heart tattoo on my shin, a little fish tattoo on my ankle, a large deer on my arm and finally an avocado on my leg, making my total count eight!

Get a dog. Not in my current house. My roommate got a dog and while she’s sweet, she like being an only child.

Read 500 more books. When I first wrote this, my original goal was 100 books and then I changed it to 250 books. Since the original post in May 2018, I’ve read a whopping 451 books. I had no idea my love of reading would take off and I would have a job (observing) that landed me with lots of free time and no Internet. I will make my final goal 500 books, which is crazy number to read in less than seven years!

Attend a dance class. “For the longest time, I’ve wanted to take a dance class. I’m dismal at dancing, but I find it so fun and would love to learn properly!” Anyone want to be my partner?

See 30 musicals in my adult life. Seeing Anastasia and Les Misérables in London (again) last year put me at 22, I hope to see Moulin Rouge later this year!

Read 30 classics. The classics I’ve read previously are as follows: Animal Farm, The Alchemist, The Great Gatsby, And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Brave New World, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Hobbit, The Outsiders, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lord of the Flies, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The House on Mango Street, Of Mice and Men, A Christmas Carol, The Giver, The Little Prince. Books I’m adding on to this list are: The Crucible, In Cold Blood, and Pride and Prejudice. That bring me to 23!

Join or start a book club. Yes! My friend and I have started a queer book club. With busy schedules it’s hard to find a time for us all to meet, but next month we will be discussing In the Dream House and picking our next read!

Attend a cooking and drink making class. I’ve subscribed to HelloFresh and that’s made me more confident in my cooking skills!

Continue to pay off debt consistently and invest. This is getting increasingly hard with inflation and stagnant wages, I’m just focusing on getting by right now.

See half the NHL teams play. I’ve seen about ten teams play (Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Devils, Oilers, Jets, Ducks, Kings, Kraken, Canucks, Maple Leafs, give or take) so just a handful more and I’m there!


Visit six continents. Four down. (No change)

Visit 35 countries. 21 down. (No change)

Do 100 dives. 60-ish down. I’ve changed this from 150 dives to be more realistic.

Complete the Camino de Santiago.

Go skydiving and/or bungee jumping.

Visit six more U.S. states. With observing, I reached my original goal of visiting three new states (Alaska, Washington and Oregon). With my roadtrip in May through Idaho to Montana and Wyoming, I’ve made it!

Take a holiday with one or both my parents.

Go to a music festival.

Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Visit five national parks anywhere in the world. Sicne writing this post, I’ve visited Channel Islands, Joshua Tree and Yellowstone, two more to go!

Book an impulsive trip. Screw it, I planned my Yellowstone trip in less than a week and that’s about as close as I’ll get.

Take a cross-country roadtrip. I’d like to either do the 101 or US 20.

Revisit three places. Grant and I went to the UK in November and visited Brighton, London and Edinburgh. I’m going to count these!


Be a published scientist. Now that I’m not longer in the world of academia, I’m not sure how practical this is. I love research and hope I can land a job that will help me get published.

Become a dive master.

Go to a conference.

What’s on your 30 Before 30?


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