30 before 30

There are less than 3 years. before I turn 30. I created a list of 30 things I want to do before that day comes around. 30 will be my “golden birthday” so perhaps there will be a Golden Party to go along with this list.

I’ll keep a track of my progress on this blog.

The List

Health/Fitness/Food & Nutrition

  1. Run a 3:30:00 Marathon (2018).
    • This is a ~17 minute improvement over my current marathon time.
  2. Do a 2 minute handstand. (2018)
  3. Hike 3 fourteeners (2019).
  4. Bring weight down to 150 lbs by 12/30/18 and stay there through 12/30/19.
  5. Eat home cooked meals (breakfast included) for 2 whole months. (2018)
  6. Perfect a list of 30 Indian foods:
    • Breakfast (5): Dosa, Upma, Pesarattu, Vada, Poha
    • Snacks (10): Batata Vada, Bhel, Misal, Chole Bhature, Kathi roll, Mirchi Bhajji, Sabudana Vada, Chicken 65, Pav Bhaji, Ragda Patties
    • Entrees (10): Dal Makhni, Malai Kofta, Bhendi chi bhaji, Saag paneer, Chettinad Chicken, Chicken Biryani, Kultha che pithla, Avial, Bishibele Bhat, Mudda Bhaji
    • Desserts (5): Ras Malai, Gulab Jamun, Kulfi, Shira, Gajar Halva

Personal Interest

  1. Grow a 6″ + beard. (2017)
  2. Take Swing Dancing lessons. (2017/18)
  3. Build a cactus terrarium with at least 10 species. (2018)
  4. Get a puppy (2017)
    • Right now I’m thinking of a Border Collie
  5. Watch all Italian Oscar winners (Best Foreign Film) (2019)
  6. Go Skydiving (2017)
  7. Speak Spanish to an 8th grade vocabulary. (2019)
  8. Drive an 18 wheeler (2018)
  9. Do a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle. (2017)
  10. Read all the major novels, novellas and short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (2019)
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude (2017)
    • Love in the Time of Cholera (2018)
    • Chronicle of a Death Foretold (2018)
    • Autumn of the Patriarch (2018)
    • The General in His Labyrinth (2017)
    • Of Love and Other Demons (2017)
    • No One Writes to the Colonel (2019)
    • Strange Pilgrims (2019)
    • Leafstorm (2017)
    • Innocent Erendira and his Heartless Grandmother (2019)

Travel

  1. Run 2 races in continents other than North America
    • Not a running goal, just an excuse to get out of the US.
  2. Hike the Inka trail (2019)
  3. Camp in 2 National Parks (2019)
  4. Visit All 50 states. The ones remaining are:
    • Midwest: Nebraska
    • Southeast: South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas
    • East/Northeast: Delaware, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
    • Southwest/Mountain: New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming
    • Alaska & Hawaii
  5. Live for a week without internet.

Professional/Career

  1. Be enrolled in an MBA program (9/1/18)
  2. Write 30 thoughtful articles (2019)
  3. Earn at least 1 dollar doing calligraphy (2019)
  4. Speak in front of 100+ people
  5. Transition from ACF responsibilities. (2018)
  6. Intern/work in a different country that is not India or Canada. (2019)

Finances

  1. Have at least X in retirement account.
  2. Have at least Y in an emergency account.
  3. Categorize/Account for every dollar I spend for a whole year.

On time constraints

The biggest challenge here is to find the time to accomplish all these things. Some of these are projects that will take over a year to work on, so I need to be cognizant about when to start on them. Others are “events” that can be accomplished in a day or a weekend. It helps to have a plan for the “Ongoing” activities which will take a long time to accomplish.

Event

 

  1. Run 2 races in continents other than North America
  2. Earn at least 1 dollar doing calligraphy (2019)
  3. Speak in front of 100+ people
  4. Live for a week without internet.
  5. Hike the Inka trail
  6. Camp in 2 National Parks
  7. Do a 5000 pc jigsaw puzzle
  8. Drive an 18 wheeler
  9. Hike 3 fourteeners

 

Ongoing

  1. Read all major GGM novels/novellas
  2. Be enrolled in an MBA program.
  3. Write 30 thoughtful articles.
  4. Categorize/Account for every dollar I spend for a whole year (365 days, not a calendar year.) (2018)
  5. Transition from ACF responsibilities. (2018)
  6. Be enrolled in an MBA program (9/1/18)
  7. Intern/work in a different country that is not India or Canada. (2019)
  8. Visit All 50 states
  9. Speak spanish to an 8th grade vocabulary
  10. Swing Dancing Lessons
  11. Get a puppy
  12. Run a 3:30:00 Marathon (2018).
  13. Do a 2 minute handstand. (2018)
  14. Eat homecooked meals for 2 months
  15. Bring weight down to 150 lbs.

Passive

 

  1. Have at least X in retirement account.
  2. Have at least Y in an emergency account.
  3. Cactus Terrarium
  4. 6″ + Beard
  5. Live for a week without internet.
  6. Watch the Italian Best Foreign Language Oscar winners