30 before 30 – my list (update)

30 before 30 – my list (update)

My original post got lost while moving this blog but I managed to find the list itself. With 10 months left to go, I thought it was time for an update anyway…



  • Visit 5 new places
    This can be a new country of just a city here in Belgium but it has to be a real visit, not just passing through.

I visited Utrecht but that’s about it I think… Since all my travel plans for the second half of 2018 fell through, I still have four left to go.

  • Take care of my friendships
    How my friends can put up with me, I’ll never know. I can completely disappear and suddenly resurface weeks later. I really have to make more time to hang out with the people I love.

Still working on this one…

  • Beat my funk
    I’m in a really weird frame of mind right now and I just want to feel better again. Better about myself, about the work I do, about the choices I make,…

Progress has been made, I still want to feel better and do more things for myself.

  • Mind what I eat
    I have a love/hate relationship with food and I just want to pay more attention to what I eat.

… well … not really…

  • Find a sport I like
    It’s been four years since I last went climbing. That was something I really liked because it was a challenge. I’m not sure if I want to go back to climbing or if I want to do something else…

I started inline skating last summer and really enjoyed it. I think, once the weather heats up a bit, I might pick it back up.

  • Build a household routine
    Might sound boring but you should see the state of my living-room right now. It’s like a bison stampede passed through… So a routine to keep everything somewhat clean would be nice.

This has gotten a lot better… but since we’re moving at the end of the month, I’ll have to start over.

  • Get rid of stuff I don’t use/need
    I have TOO MUCH STUFF. I’m so bad a throwing things out and that has to change.

We’re in the middle of clearing out our house. We’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff already.

  • Put money aside
    Pretty self-explanatory.

Still in progress.

  • Raise money for a good cause
    Each year, we have a massive fundraising week here in Belgium. It’s called Music For Life (De warmste week) and I would like to participate next year.

Not sure whether raising money for this particular event will happen. It takes place at the end of the year so I’m too late.

  • Keep some kind of journal
    I know I won’t be able to keep this up all the time but I really want to document the next year and a half in some way. Maybe I can do a weekly update here on my blog? Although I’m not sure if I’m interesting enough… I guess I’ll just try it and we’ll find out together.

Not sure…

  • Take more time for myself
    This is an important one to remember. I need to take the time to do the things I like, to rest, to clear my mind…

Still working on it.



  • Find a job I love
    I’m starting a new job at the end of the month. It’s going to be a huge challenge (just what I wanted) and I hope that I’m going to like it. It’s work.. so there will be good and bad days. But I want to feel like I accomplish something while working there. We’ll see… fingers crossed!

Done!! I love my job!!

  • Learn new things
    This is a vague one because I just want to learn as much as possible. I’d like to be at least decent at Photoshop but other than that, I’ll just have to see what comes my way.

Already learned a lot but want to learn so much more still.

  • Write a book
    The first draft will do. Everything beyond that is a bonus.

Done! Or I did NaNoWriMo and made it to 50k. I want to start rewriting next month…

  • Make something I’m proud of
    Could be anything really, just something that I’m 100% happy with.

Sadly, nothing comes to mind…

  • Learn to say no
    I always want to help other people but I have to learn how to say no both work-related and in my personal life.

Still working on this one too πŸ™‚ But I’m getting better at it.



  • Learn how to take good photos
    I love photography. I understand the basics but I want to take MORE and BETTER pictures.

I still don’t think I’m very good… but I have taken a class!

  • Get another tattoo
    Might happen sooner than expected…

I have two… I think this was posted after I got my second though. πŸ™‚ So we’ll have to see…

  • Go wild-swimming
    While we were in Scotland (Skye, just to be clear), we jumped into the Fairy Pools. (Yes, we’re idiots) The water was freezing cold, not that I minded that much, but I’d rather go swimming somewhere warm next time…

Done. We went hiking/swimming through the Gorges du Toulourenc when we were on holiday in the summer.

  • Have a girls-only weekend
    BECAUSE BOYS SUCK!! (not really though..)

Really want to do one this year!

  • Explore Bruges
    I moved here seven years ago but I’m sure there’s plenty more to discover in my city.

Still exploring!

  • Do more yoga
    It helps me calm down and I want to get better at it.

Doing yoga comes in waves. I’d like to have daily or weekly routine.

  • Go on more coffee dates
    Because coffee… and dates…

Done in a way… you can never have enough coffee.

  • Set a reading goal and reach it
    I’m not sure about the number yet. How many books can I read before I turn 30? This year I read 29, but I could’ve read more… Let’s say 50. So feel free to recommend me books I need to read!

I read 41 last year πŸ™‚ I set my Goodreads goal for this year at 50. We’ll see.

  • Bake more
    I love baking but it’s something I need toΒ make time for. I also want to bake my own bread, just once, or maybe some baguettes.. yummmm

I don’t think I’ve ever baked less than last year πŸ™

  • Go see a play, musical,…
    Can’t remember when I last went out and saw a play. I also love ballet so… we’ll see.

Haven’t done this yet.

  • Pick up my guitar again
    It’s been ages since I last played and I’m not saying I want to be really good at it again (because the level I had, was achieved because of three years worth of lessons and I’m not planning on taking lessons again). I just want to be able to play a bit when I feel like it.

Need to do this more often.

  • Sing more
    I used to sing all the time and I’ve recently noticed that I’ve stopped… No idea when that happened.

Have been singing more.

  • Find my favourite cocktail
    I never know what to order so I try something different every time, which in itself is good but I’d like to have a favourite… and be able to make it myself.

Need to get on this!!

  • See a beautiful sunset and sunrise
    Preferably share them with someone.

Both sunsets and sunrises have been seen… but I was alone every time… so does that count?

There’s still a lot to be done. But I have ten more months πŸ™‚

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