30 Before 30 : 2 Year Update

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Hi everyone,

If you have been with me for a while, you will remember when I began my 30 Before 30 list at the end of 2014. For those of you who are new, the list is comprised of 30 goals I would like to accomplish during my 20s before I turn 30. The idea came from the lovely Krystal over at the The Feisty House.  Unlike Krystal, who is also doing 30 In My Thirties, I have given myself more than 3 years to complete my 30 Before 30.

As I get closer 2.5 years of this journey, I thought it would be a good time to check in. As mentioned in my rebrand post,  I have realised the path I want to take professionally and personally. This realisation came with a shift of goals I would like to achieve in my 30s. That being said, I have reformulated my 30 Before 30 list.

The Old 30 Before 30

  1. Get my nose pierced
  2. Graduate medical school
  3. Become fluent in Spanish
  4. Learn French
  5. Be an expat in Canada
  6. Study abroad in Europe( ideally in the UK)
  7. Travel before medical school
  8. Spend time in Latin America
  9. Publish some form of literary work
  10. Get my license
  11. Become a pescaterian
  12. Perfect my winged eye liner
  13. Grow my hair to BSL(bra strap length)
  14. Own a Chanel Bag
  15. Visit another country alone
  16. Learn to knit(in progress)
  17. Become a small business owner
  18. Return to playing the piano
  19. Learn to swim (I still need practice,but I won’t drown)
  20. Memorize 10 new scriptures
  21. Move to a new city in the US
  22. Live on my own
  23. Volunteer somewhere consistency/
  24. Invest in Stock
  25. Expand my jewellery collection
  26. Get an elephant tattoo
  27. Bake 30 new recipes (Time to crack open my Na’ne’s recipe book)
  28. Spend a holiday with Granddaddy
  29. Return to dabbling in photography
  30. Create a form of media centered around my travels.

The New 30 Before 30

  1. Get my nose pierced
  2. Obtain my PhD
  3. Become fluent in Spanish
  4. Learn French
  5. Send Christmas cards every year
  6. Study and/or live abroad in Europe
  7. Blog consistently
  8. Spend time in Latin America
  9. Become a published author
  10. Get my license
  11. Consistently box/kickbox
  12. Perfect my winged eye liner
  13. Grow my hair to BSL(bra strap length)
  14. Own a Chanel Bag
  15. Visit another country alone
  16. Learn to knit(in progress)
  17. Become a small business owner
  18. Return to playing the piano
  19. Learn to swim (I still need practice, but I won’t drown)
  20. Memorize 10 new scriptures
  21. Move to a new city in the US
  22. Live on my own
  23. Volunteer somewhere consistently
  24. Invest in Stock
  25. Expand my jewellery collection
  26. Get a tattoo
  27. Bake 30 new recipes (Time to crack open my Na’ne’s recipe book)
  28. Spend a holiday with Granddaddy
  29. Return to dabbling in photography
  30. Take a mother-daughter trip abroad

Embracing Change

As you can see, I’ve kept some of my original goals, but others  had to go. Despite being a procrastinator in recovery, I like to follow through on things.During this last year and a half, I’ve learnt it is okay to let things go. The person I was two years ago when these goals were written is not the person writing this blog.

There has been in shift in my ideology, plans for the future, and career dreams. It took me a while to come to the conclusion of knowing I am capable of accomplishing the original goals, yet accepting they are not priorities at this time in my life. It does not make me any less driven or talented or intelligent for deciding a different path. I would dare say going after unknown and new is more challenging and will make me the better person in the long run.

Life is about growth and not staying stagnant. It is my belief the goals, both old and new, on my 30 Before 30 list will all lead me to make winning choices. Old passions can drive new passions, and I am of the belief, when one is passionate about what they doing in life, the rest will fall into place.

 

 

Until Next Time,

Aitza

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