My next thirty years

I find Nicole Balch truly inspirational. The beautiful monthly photos of her children Eleanor and August are what inspired my monthly photos of Peter. I also loved her “30 before thirty” list, but didn’t feel that I had enough time to complete one of my own by the time I saw hers. Nicole has inspired me again, making “A lovely life list.” I decided on my 30th birthday to make my own list, and I’m calling it “My next thirty years.” (You know, like that awesome songicon.) Happy thirtieth birthday to me.

Next 30 years



  • Take a trip to Germany and visit the house my grandfather was born in
  • Spend a summer in Croatia, and meet my husband’s family there
  • Return to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary
  • Return to Costa Rica during the dry season and see Arenal

Family & Relationships

  • Exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months
  • Have another baby
  • Take a family portrait at least once per year. 2011, 2012
  • Finish the family tree I started and send it to my extended family members
  • Start a date night tradition
  • Start an annual get together with my best friends who no longer live near me

Home & Green Living

  • Have every room in our home organized at the same time
  • Drive a hybrid car and/or live without a car for a year
  • Live in an off the grid home
  • Live somewhere with a real washer (and dryer)
  • Live somewhere where I can hang clothes outside to dry
  • Live somewhere with a balcony or patio
  • Live somewhere with a window seat

Skills & Creativity

  • Learn to play the piano
  • Become fluent in Spanish
  • Learn more crochet stitches
  • Take a sewing class
  • Learn to drive a stick-shift

Career & Finance

  • Launch the business I’ve been daydreaming about for several years. Launch a completely different business!
  • Go back to NYU for a design certificate or degree
  • Open an Etsy shop
  • Be completely debt free (having the cash on hand that could pay the debt off doesn’t count)
  • Sell my car
  • Go a week without spending any money

Health & Fitness


  • Grow something and eat it (besides herbs)
  • Make homemade extracts (vanilla, mint…)
  • Write a cookbook
  • Take a knife skills class
  • Start meal planning
  • Be able to confidently add herbs and spices to whatever I’m cooking without consulting a recipe


  • Only own clothes that I love the way I look in (and nothing more)
  • Find the best haircut for my face
  • Create my own (non-toxic) perfume
  • Find my perfect “little black dress”