A 20-Something’s List To Accomplish Before 30

A 20-Something's List To Accomplish Before 30

Today I say goodbye to my early – mid twenties and I’m feeling a little bittersweet. I’m usually pretty excited about birthdays, but this time around there was a little bit of dread.

Not to be a negative Nancy, especially on this joyous day where you (the world) got blessed with my presence 26 years ago. Birthday’s tend to bring out reflection.  I never got to have a time “to be young and wild” (not that I’m complaining, because I never wanted that). My husband and I never wasted too much money at the “clubs” when we lived in the city (we were too … “domesticated” for that), we never took trips, and we never took advantage of our child-free “freedom”.

What we were doing was building a life:
We bought a house when I was 19, we never took trips because we had bills and our “vacation time” was us driving 14 hours back to our hometown to visit family and friends. The fact that I was “domesticated” so young, has lead me to believe that is why I have had so much success. I’m 26 and I have owned two homes (or owed the bank for two homes), a new truck, and have always been responsible. I have a beautiful and wild toddler, who has a great life and has given my husband and I the best two years of our lives. I have had a few blips but, that’s life. Everyone does. It took a little longer then most people but I finally know what I want to do: become a Holistic Nutritionist and help people live a healthy, happy and whole life. It got me thinking, what do I want to accomplish before I’m 30?

My greatest accomplishment

What I learned in my early to mid twenties:

How NOT To Decorate a bathroom

I learned that this is NOT how to decorate a bathroom. (I’m hanging my head in shame. Especially since I took a photo of it.)

  • Just because you have a limit on your credit card, doesn’t mean you have to reach it: it’s not a goal target (this was actually when I was 18).
  • A Ford Mustang is NOT an appropriate vehicle to have in the winter, especially Alberta winters.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in reverse before backing up (RIP garage door).
  • Friends come and go, and the true ones always have a way of sticking around.
  • People change, sometimes for the worst.
  • Not everyone will be at the same point in their life as you, accept it and move on.
  • An annual girls trip is crucial to stay sane.
  • Staying in on a Saturday night with popcorn and a movie is a lot more fun then a night out at the bar (and cheaper too).
  • When making a purchase of something that isn’t a necessity, give it 24 hours.
  • It’s best to pay cash then use credit.
  • Health is important and not something that should be put on the back burner.

What To Accomplish Before 30

  • Finish my school and become a Registered Holistic Nurtionist (a year and a half left).
  • If I am happy with where my career has taken me, on my 30th birthday look at Homeopathy.
  • Move down to Southern BC (preferably Okanagan, I need to be warm…and be close to some amazing local wines).
  • Expand The Bewitchin’ Kitchen to a service to help others lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.
  • Have our “forever home” – this is my most important goal (my “push goal”). I no longer want to live in houses where I’m worried about resale value, I want a home that I can decorate how I want and give my child(ren) themed bedrooms and a fun toy room.
  • Live life with more positivity and enthusiasm.

Randa and her son

I also don’t want to forget to mention that I have built (what I consider to be) a successful blog. It’s not super popular, but people read it (which still surprises me every day). In fact, I get over 90,000 individuals a month who come just to hear what I think, or to try a recipe. It blows my mind each and everyday so thank you 🙂

Not too shabby for 26.

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7 comments on “A 20-Something’s List To Accomplish Before 30”

  1. What a great birthday round-up post. I wish I had my life as together as you have yours. Happy Birthday to you and wishing you an amazing year ahead.

  2. Happy bday! You are doing amazing work on your blog and are a very inspiring person!! I have no doubt that you will achieve each and everyone of those goals!

  3. I love your kitty bathroom. That’s a classic picture. I love that you did it and captured it.
    Great list and congrats on your blogs success.
    I made a similar list on my 32nd birthday of things I want to do before I’m 40. Hope you accomplish them all. Happy Birthday

  4. These are awesome goals! And wow, you’re ahead of me and my hubby… we got married a few years later and still haven’t owned a home, but we’ve done a lot of school and had more kdis! 🙂 I TOTALLY agree with you that an annual girls’ getaway is necessary (which reminds me, I’m about due for one!). You have a rockin’ blog… your design was one that inspired mine when I was getting a redesign done. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! And happy birthday!!! 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday Randa! You have so much to be proud of and I am sure that the success you have seen in the first half of your twenties will stick around and grow in the second half. Cheers!

  6. Such great goals to have – you provide us all with great inspiration – you have so many reasons to be proud 🙂

  7. All of that is nice but no traveling? At all? How can someone not want to walk on the streets of London, see the Trevi Fountain in Rome, glide through the water on a gondola in Venice, see the tulips bloom in Amsterdam? I’d be lost without travel. You can’t expand your mind and culture at a bar or by buying a house. Sorry.

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