thirty before


I’m so excited to be doing this challenge as I head into my 30th birthday next May 2013! Why 30 things before 30? Why not 25 before 25? Ha! Well, heading into my thirties is exciting and so bitter sweet. So I just wanted a way to celebrate the past 10 years of growing up!

So what is it exactly and how did it all start? Well from what I understand Glamour a super fabulous magazine came out with an article about 30 things women should do and know before they enter into this new decade. It was so popular among its women readers that they even came out with a book


From the original list, some must haves…

A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

By 30 you should know…

Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.

How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.


I’m so inspired by this whole thing because it really gives me sometime to reflect about what I have accomplished up until this point and it allows me to really make an effort to MOVE and realize that I only have one life, a great and perfect gift from God himself. To take an hour or two to really reflect on how much I’ve done these past 10 years is just what my soul needs right now. It really makes me think about how many prayers have been answered and how much God has brought me through.

The past 10 years I’ve grown up A LOT, made so SO many mistakes, fallen down a mountain…literally (haha) and gotten back up on my feet. When I look back I have no regrets, just lots of smiles. Funny, because when your in the mist of your own drama filled life, something’s feel like they’re never going to pass. Like getting through school, or finding that ONE guy your going to spend your entire life with, or actually trusting God that he will give you a child after two miscarriages. Here are 20 things I’ve accomplished in this youthful decade.

Twenty in my Twenties..

  1. Fell in love {this seemed impossible at one point in my life}
  2. Got married to Mr. Right{ I remember praying to God for this..he answered in one month..pretty amazing}
  3. Bought a house { sure it was during the bubble…lol..but we bought one!}
  4. Gave birth to three kids {can’t believe this..a true miracle}
  5. Quit my job and started my dream job…stay at home wife and mom {best decision ever}
  6. Graduated from college {I thought school would never end K-8, Freshman-Senior, 4 college years!! ahh I hated school..so then I became a teacher..ha}
  7. Been on national TV {craziness}
  8. Played college volleyball { fun}
  9. Went to Puerto Rico {that’s what happens when you marry a man from the island}
  10. Dated more than ONE guy at a time..playaplaya ha! { I was so fed up with guys, but my hubby was apart of this experiment and he made the cut! lol!}
  11. Went to Alaska {college volleyball trip..it was beautiful!}
  12. Rocked a baby to sleep {best memory ever..all three of them}
  13. Went to NewYork {thanks to the Nate Show}
  14. Moved away from home {college in Arkansas}
  15. Ended a friendship and survived {so much better now too!}
  16. Attended church on a regular basis{ finally..so not a church lady but LOVE my church community}
  17. Became a bridesmaid {TWICE!}
  18. Was baptized with my husband and two great friends{great day}
  19. Taught 1st grade {I miss it sometimes}
  20. Started a blog!!! {best thing EVER!}


So here it is, my thirty before 30 challenge..


Some of these are fun, some are super shallow, some will take a little more time and thought and others are just for my own enjoyment!

  1. Spend a weekend by myself at a resort in town{exciting and weird but when it comes to relaxing I’m like a turtle}
  2. Girls weekend with some of my best friends in NYC or LA {just to shop shop shop}
  3. Go on a REAL honeymoon with Reggie {we never had one}
  4. Have a fabulous skin, hair and exercise regiment {Lord knows I need one}
  5. Lose 40 pounds…all my baby weight for GOOD {Really excited about this}
  6. Get published in a national magazine {Better Homes and Garden..swoon!}
  7. Start a blog ministry for women {close to my heart}
  8. Pick apples from an apple tree and make an apple pie! this one makes me giddy! {I really just want the pictures..ha}
  9. Have a true office space in my home {Need this SO bad}
  10. Meet one of my favorite bloggers in real life.  {Wouldn’t that be fun!}
  11. Make a heirloom something to pass down to my daughter {I’m super sentimental, sometimes I want my life to be a movie}
  12. Purchase a cookbook and try at least 20 recipes {I have a love/hate relationship with cooking}
  13. Have a smashing 30th Birthday Party! {duh!}
  14. Organize my photos on ALL my computers {this is a must!}
  15. Finish family yearbooks { last one I finished was in 06}
  16. Pray with a friend {always hesitant to pray in front of others}
  17. Call my friends…I NEVER pick up the phone{my real friends are laughing}
  18. Start a new devotional {getting back to reading the bible daily}
  19. Watch a beach sunset or sunrise {again..pictures and memories}
  20. Speak at a blog conference {even if I pee my pants..I gotta do it!}
  21. Start a craft class {sounds like fun}
  22. Do a mud run {once I’m in shape}
  23. Decorate someone’s home or room who is in need {would LOVE to do this}
  24. Take the kids to Disneyland {who doesn’t love Disney?}
  25. Get a bikini wax AHHHHH!   { more like OUCHHH..never had one}   
  26. Build a piece of furniture {thanks to ANA WHITE}
  27. Sell something on Ebay or Craigslist {shop on there ALL the time..never sold a thing}
  28. Send 12 gifts to 12 different friends via mail {do you guys understand how much I adore mail, there must be others like me}
  29. Invent my own cookie recipe {something with chocolate, and that’s actually edible would be nice}
  30. Grow a garden of flowers {flowers are pretty and I want some around me}

Follow along with me this year! Anyone else turning 30? I would love for you to join me! Check out my friend Andrea over at Worley House! She’s been doing the challenge as well!

How do you guys feel about turning thirty. Are you excited, sad, or are you thinking…hmm not a big deal really! ha! Or maybe your already in your thirties. Did you read the article? What things do you know or have experienced? Does your body REALLY change? Do you feel more equipped to handle life? Help a girl out!


  1. Ahh, I LOVE this Destiny! I want to do these and am already 33…is that okay?!? Such an awesome post; very inspiring :)

  2. Awesome list! Can’t wait to see all that you’ve accomplished after a year.

  3. Your list cracked me up Des!!! Let’s get a pedi together and speak pig latin while the asian ladies work on our toes and talk about us! :D

  4. Oh I am going to join in, but I am going to have to do 40 things before 40 as I turn 37 next month.

  5. Love these…..and I love what Britt said!! lol

  6. Yay! I love your list. You learn a lot about someone from a list like this. I’m turning 30 in three years, but just did a 30 Before 30 post on my blog, too. I wish I would have had your as inspiration when doing mine first!

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