Counting Down to 30: Goals for the Next Decade

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As my 30th birthday is a mere five weeks away (yikes), I’m starting to feel like this next decade of my life will be a bit more solid than my 20s. God willing, it’ll be more stable, less dramatic, and better than the past 10 years.

I’ve heard many of my older friends say their 30s was the time when their life really began, and I can’t deny I’m looking forward to what that means for me. I also realize some of what happens is up to me, and I want the next decade to be productive and one that makes me more of a well-rounded person.

I’ve come up with a list of 10 goals I’d like to see happen in my 30s. This doesn’t include things such as getting married, buying a house, moving up in the career world typical life goals. I tried to make this selection a bit more personalized to myself. I feel they’re pretty attainable.

  • Travel Preferably to states I haven’t seen, but even if it’s to see some friends or family members who are in states further than those surrounding Michigan, that’s great. Bonus points if I make it out of the country. And I don’t mean Mexico or Canada.
  • Decrease Student Loan Debt Best case scenario, I knock out at least all three of my private loans; worst case scenario, I knock out the two lowest of those loans. I’m not even going to worry about the federal, though payments will still be made each month as required. Having student loans hanging over your head sucks. Whoever said there is such a thing as “good debt” is a moron.
  • Learn Photoshop I don’t need to be a guru, but I would like to learn simple design techniques so I’m not completely lost if I have to create something from scratch. It seems like an overwhelming task, but in the end it’s well worth it for so many reasons.
  • Volunteer More I do volunteering here and there, but I really should do more of it. I’ve really liked giving back through Habitat for Humanity and local animal shelters. Maybe I will put some hours in ringing bells for the Salvation Army during the holidays, at church, or another local organization that needs assistance.
  • Acquire Basic Car Knowledge With all of the awful luck I have with vehicles, I really should have done this by now. I know how to check tire pressure, check my oil, refill my wiper fluid and change my windshield wipers, but that’s really about it. I’d like to be able to say I can change a tire, change my oil, know how to gauge when other vital parts need changing, and somewhat easily identify certain issues that might arise.
  • Thoreau QuoteFoster Kittens This one is only an option if I have the time, space, and funds, but I believe this would be incredibly fun and rewarding. So many kittens overflow into animal shelters in the spring time, and often shelter staff need help from outsiders who can take the young animals for a short period of time. Foster homes also can take in pregnant moms and make sure the kittens are healthy upon birth and taken care of until they are ready for adoption.
  • Exercise — This might be the hardest one for me to accomplish. I’m really, REALLY bad at getting off my butt and into a gym. Motivation to work out is never present and I need someone to push me. I loathe cardio, but I think doing some pilates or small amounts of weights would do me good. And I keep hearing metabolism plummets in your 30s, so I’m guessing I’ll need to make this goal a reality sooner than later. I’m used to being tiny in all areas, and I’d rather not get unhealthily overweight.
  • Attempt at Becoming More Outdoorsy I say attempt because I’m not really sure I can change my opinion of being in the rustic wilderness for days at a time. I enjoy small bursts of the outdoors  bike riding, canoeing, hiking, fishing but I prefer hotels and beds over tents and sleeping bags, a clean bathroom over pit toilets, and not having to worry about mosquitoes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies. However, I’d like to try kayaking and maybe a less rustic camp site where pumping your own water isn’t required. Baby steps.
  • Cook More I admit, I’m still stuck in the “college eating” rut of boxed macaroni and cheese, Ramen, and Bagel Bites. Though I’ve added my own upgrades (so to speak) to each of those to make them a bit more grown up, I really need to hunker down, plan out real meals and make them happen throughout the week. I’d like to branch out in the recipe department and try new dinner and lunch options. I need to learn how to grill properly and use different seasonings. I also want to try cooking with shrimp sometime.
  • Keep Blogging Last, but certainly not least, I really hope this blog will continue to draw people in. It’s challenging and can be very time consuming, but I really love doing it and I would still love to eventually make some revenue from it. I also have a goal to be more interactive with you, my readers, and want to see comments, questions, suggestions and other types of feedback. I can’t get better without your help!

I’m pretty confident about these, or at least most of them! And I bet I will add more as time passes. I always strive to have something to work toward. I believe goals are very important and really add a lot to living life to the fullest.

What goals are you setting for the next year, 5 years, or 10 years? Let me know in the comments below!


Other posts in this series:

Throwback Thursday Edition
Waiting for “The American Dream”
Learning to Love and Accept Yourself
Dear Karin

-Time clock graphic by Justin McKee

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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