30 by 30

By my 30th birthday, Friday, November 16th, 2012, I’d like to accomplish a few things.  I got the idea to come up with the list from my friend, Ben, but I’m not ambitious enough to list 100 things in 1000 days.  I was thinking about just doing “24 things in 24 months” but that makes it seem too urgent to complete things monthly.  I want this to be a gradual process, and hopefully a natural one as well.  I’ll update the list with dates and descriptions on how it was satisfied as we go along.

Professional Growth:

1.  Earn the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

I passed the exam on June 15th, 2011!

2.  Earn a Masters degree

Finished my last class in March 2012 – graduation set for May.

7.  Take a promotion or new job

As of June 1, 2011, I’ll be the group manager.

Health/Fitness:

3.  Run a 5k in less than 24 minutes

4.  Run a 10k in less than 50 minutes

11.  Be able to do 100 pushups

21.  Dunk (on 10′)

Family:

5.  Get Kallie pregnant

We’re due April 12th, 2012

12.  Spend dedicated time for a day or an activity with each of my nieces/nephews:

David

Dave came over and sorted LEGO bricks with me in March 2012

Abbie

Abbie stayed with us 2 nights before Mother’s day 2011

Ben

Watched Ben while everyone else went to a concert March 31st, 2012

Josie

Deacon

Bayla

Kincade

Oliver

Elizabeth

Theo

29.  Spend at least 1 full day a year with my mother

Financial:

6.  Pay off personal school loans

19.  Have $10,000 in liquid assets

25.  Give 1 gift worth $100 anonymously

Recreation:

8.  Go to a country I’ve never been to

9.  Go on a cruise

10.  Go to a U.S. city I’ve never been to

23.  Ride the Pittsburgh to DC bike trail

24.  Go camping at least 10 times

1 night at Keren’s, 2 nights at Bald Eagle

Self development:

13.  Record enough tracks for a CD of my original music

14.  Give away 100 copies of original music CD

15.  Be an opening or featured performer for a crowd of people

18.  Fix something on my own, that would normally require a professional.

UPDATE-I fixed my RRoD Xbox 360, but it died again 3 weeks later…

UPDATE – Fixed Deirdre’s iphone! (story)

26.  Complete a daily devotional program for at least 1 month

27.  Publish a poem at least once a month on the blog

28.  Make something creative out of LEGO and either sell it or give it away as a gift

Miscellaneous:

16.  Rip digital versions of all my CDs

17.  Have title, artist, track number, album, and album art for every song in my library

I’m going to mark this one done.  I don’t need track numbers, and can’t get album art for songs that were unreleased.

20.  Give something of mine to someone, simply because they want it

22.  Make a meal (without Kallie’s assistance) for at least 4 people.

UPDATE-I made spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and hot sausage sauce for Jake, Kallie, and Christine on 3/31/11

30.  Read all the books I own but never read (excluding Kallie’s books).

Additional/Backup/Replacements/Extra Credit/After Thoughts:

  1. Write and record 3 new songs

Be With Me Now

  1. Paint ceiling / finish quarter round / fix office ceiling / paint-decorate basement bathroom and guestroom
  2. Remove front yard stump
  3. Call at least 10 different people just to catch up and talk – CO,AK,KJ,KJ,TM,SP,KG,JR,BM,JF