30 Before 30 – The List

It’s my birthday!!!

I’ve been talking about creating one of those infamous 30 before 30 lists for ages now. It took a while for it to come together, but I finally have it. And guess what? It includes a whole lot of travel and writing. So, while this may be less about informing you about travel destinations or tips I’ve learned on writing, it’s just a little something about Girl Tries Life.

30 before 30 list

Photo Credit: Brian Gianz Flickr

Here goes:

1. Find an agent. Or at least give it my best shot.

2. Go on a solo vacation. That’s right. Solo. Just me, my thoughts and hopefully I remember to bring a notebook.

3. Drive a motorbike – just once!

4. Sing karaoke. I cringe as I write this, but you gotta do it once, right?

5 / 6/ 7/ 8 – These ones are private, but are personally important to me.

30 before 30 list - Waterton lake

Waterton – Photo Credit Mark Goble (Flickr)

9. Take a trip to Waterton. Albertans talk about the beauty that is Waterton Lakes National Park, yet I have never been!

10. Climb Goatfell. I’ve been to Arran countless times, but never have I actually climbed Goatfell.

11. Get my full drivers’ license. I can’t live on my graduated license forever, I know, I know.

12. Take my niece swimming. 

13. Backpack Southeast Asia. Coincidentally… this is currently happening. I could create a whole list of 3o things to do in Southeast Asia, but that would be cheating, because I know I will or have done them already!

14. Give scuba diving another try. Maybe I had a head cold, maybe I just panicked, but the first time I did a try-dive it went… badly. I don’t want one bad experience to mean I miss out on the wonders under the sea. Guess I’m gonna have to suck it up and give it another go.

15. Take a road trip with my brother. I haven’t spoken to my brother about this yet, in fact, I’m not sure that he even reads my blog, but even if it’s just a day or a weekend, I think we’d have fun.

Photo credit: David Blaikie

Photo credit: David Blaikie

16. Complete the writing of my standalone series. There are three books that I have to write. Have to. And even if they’re the roughest of drafts, I’d like to complete them before my thirtieth birthday.

17. Have dinner at Teatro. This restaurant is famous around Calgary, but I need to see if it’s worth the hype.

18. Get a car. You might say that this goes hand in hand with getting my license, but in fact, it doesn’t. The license just means I get cheaper car insurance!

19. Cycle from Canmore to Banff. Otherwise known as the Banff Legacy Trail, this 22.5km bike ride is definitely a goal. A sweaty, masochistic goal.

20. Go one week digital free. I am the person who checks Facebook/Twitter/Gmail first thing in the morning and countless times throughout the day. It’s ridiculous. Imagine what I could do if I detoxed for a week. Or imagine how crazy I’d go. Let’s find out which one!

21. Take a cooking class with the hubby.

22. Go one month without spending anything discretionary. Just to see what it’s like… and to save dough! I may have been inspired by these people.

30 before 30 list: Skoki Lodge

Skoki Lodge. Photo Credit: Orlandk flickr

23. Stay at Skoki Lodge. I think we’d aim for spring/summer, as I hear the cross-country ski in can be brutal.

24. Road trip to Kelowna, B.C. 

25. Get another tattoo. 

26. Re-pierce my nose.

30 before 30 list

Photo Credit: Bert Kaufmann

27. Take a trip with one of my good friends to Chicago. Hey, gives me something to blog about!

28. Visit the Gopher Museum. Who doesn’t want to visit Torrington, AB? The Gopher Hole Museum seems stranger than fiction.

29. Tuck into dinner at the Longview Steakhouse. Another Alberta trip. Just outside of Calgary I hear tales of succulent steaks and delicious cheesecake. These are both things I love.

30. Become a vege-… wait. See number 29. Nope. Instead this goal will be to find an excuse to wear a formal dress. I ask you, after the days of prom and weddings, where does one wear a formal dress?

There you have it. My very own 30 before 30 list. You might ask why crazy things like bungee jumping, sky diving or zip lining aren’t on the list? Well… I’ve done them. I’m actually incredibly lucky to have lived the life I have to date, this is why most of what’s on my list are homegrown destinations or things I want to put my mind to.

I have two years to complete this list, so here goes.

What would make it onto your 30 before 30 list? 40 before 40? 50 before 50? 60 before 60?

Seems odd to me that the lists get longer…

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2 Responses to 30 Before 30 – The List

  1. Sabina December 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!

    • Victoria Smith December 9, 2014 at 4:08 am #

      Thanks S! It was a great day. Went to the stunning My Son Sanctuary, watched the floating lanterns and stuffed ourselves with the best dinner we’ve had in SEA (for $30 equivalent!).

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