On June 24, I turned thirty years old. Ouch.
How is it possible that I am now thirty? I feel no different than I did when I graduated college. I still love cheesy pop music and think Coke Slurpees are the best invention ever. I would rather wear flip-flops than high-heels, and I still need to remind myself that my laundry won’t do itself. If I didn’t know any better, I would think I am still in my late teens or early twenties.
But time stops for no one, and I have to come to the realization that it’s time for me to start acting like a real adult, even though I still don’t feel like one.
Although I believe age is just a number, turning thirty has opened my eyes to areas in my life that I want to improve. I can no longer claim ignorance on health and financial matters. Gone are the days of thinking I can eat whatever I want, buy whatever I want, and worry about the consequences later. It is finally “later” and some things need to change.
A few months before my birthday, I jotted down a list of things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned thirty. I am ashamed to say, I accomplished none of them. On my birthday, I took a good look at myself and vowed that I would finish what I started. I will take this next year to work on my top ten goals. By June 24th, 2014, I want to:
- Run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run
- Compete in a mud run of some kind
- Be near, if not at, my goal weight
- Open a health savings account
- Be credit card debt free
- Volunteer for a charitable organization that is close to my heart
- Take a trip somewhere warm that serves drinks with umbrellas
- Compete in one CrossFit competition
- Be able to do pull-ups and push-ups unassisted
- Go sky-diving
When I look at that list now, I know there is nothing there that is out of my reach. If I can achieve these ten things, I will be on my way to living a healthy, fun, financially-stable life.
Tell me, what goals do you want to accomplish over the upcoming year?