The 30 Before 30 List (TAG)


The picture says it all. I am blessed beyond measure to be granted another year of life. Since this is normally a time to reflect on ones achievements up til now, I decided to reflect on what I want out of life. Time to spice things up and push myself to my limits. That is why I created this list of 30 things I want to accomplish by the time I turn 30 years old.  While you are reading be mindful that this is not your ordinary 30 before 30 list. This list is tailored to my personality, and my personal and professional goals. Some of these items are well within reach, other are a stretch, while some are far fetched because it occurs every so often. So here I go off to add exciting chapters in my book of life. Remember, “One day, your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”


By the way: This is a TAG, meaning the people mentioned  at the end of this post are encouraged to make their own 30 Before 30 list and share it. 

  1. Attend a NFL game (No particular team) 
  2. Visit New Orleans: During Mardi Gras or Essence Festival
  3. Attend the Olympic Games (Can’t do 2016 in Rio so 2018 in Pyeongchang it is)
  4. Travel to one or all: Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique
  5. Backpack across Greece & Italy
  6. Buy a car
  7. Conceal and Carry Class (Or just shoot a gun)
  8. Create “The Natural Travelista” Tshirt
  9. Receive a Fulbright Fellowship
  10. Drive a motorcycle
  11. Go snowboarding
  12. HBCUs Abroad Tour
  13. Join an intramural volleyball team
  14. Learn to bartend
  15. Make a Tshirt quilt (attempt no. 2)
  16. Make “The Natural Travelista” a Registered Trademark
  17. Earn a Master’s Degree
  18. Own a pet dog
  19. Participate in a Color Run
  20. Perform in a play (preferable on Broadway)
  21. Model for a Photo Shoot
  22. Donate Some Time
  23. Ride a jetski
  24. Ride in a hot air balloon
  25. Scuba Dive (Session or Certification)
  26. Attend the Tau Beta Sigma National Convention
  27. Travel to South America
  28. Update my wardrobe (Olivia Pope status)
  29. Visit all 50 States (less than 15 away)
  30. Zumba Certification

– The Natural Travelista


Tag! You’re it: Pejsa, Jessica, Caprice, LaKecia, Porsha, Tiara, Roslyn, Scotte, EmmoLei, Kim, Torri, Chantell, Megan, Quamisha, Ricardo, Nette, Olivia, Tiffany Kerns, Amanda Carrington, Megan Verros, Eboni Hooper, Essence Peasant



Ricardo’s 30 before 30 List


1. Get my M Class License
2. Go to South America
3. Get a Masters
4. Own a dog
5. Attend the La Feria Festival in Spain
6. Lean to surf
7. Complete a race 5k, 10k, etc
8. Attend Theta Chi Alumni Weekend
9. Attend Subiendo
10. Attend Celebracion as an Alumni
11. Volunteer Recruit for NHI
12. Go Fishing
13. Go to 50% of all the states
14. Go to Guanajuato
15. Read all the Harry Potter Books
16. Pay off my student loans
17. Go to a Peace Corps Recruitment event
18. Hang-glide
19. Restart Martial Arts
20. Buy a motorized vehicle
21. Learn a new language
22. Attend Carnival in Brazil
23. Take PMP exam
24. Go to franklin’s BBQ
25. Visit 6 continents
26. Brew Beer
27.Go Skiing
28. Learn a new trade
29. Go to Country Thunder
30. Attend SXSW

Megan’s 30 before 30 

1. Visit Korea 2. Raft the underground river on Palawan Island, Philippines 3. Hike through the rice terraces in Baguio, Philippines 4. Swim with whale sharks in Sorsogon, Philippines 5. Go Caving 6. Visit Japan 7. Visit Hong Kong 8. Become a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer 9. Complete a Temple Stay in Cambodia 10. Hike Base Camp Trail up to Mt. Everest 11. Ride an Elephant 12. Do a yoga retreat in India 13. Be a full hearted, happy as can be, Vegan 14. Get back on my snowboard 15. Hike a 14-er in Colorado 16. Learn to Fly Fish 17. Live in a new US City 18. Volunteer in Africa 19. Start my Master’s Degree 20. Start a Career 21. Have a Fort Collins reunion with all of my college crew 22. Learn Spanish 23. Keep practicing the art of brewing craft beer 24. Learn to play guitar 25. Go bungee jumping 26. Really get into sailing with my dad 27. Read 150 books 28. Write a book 29. Have a place of my own 30. Go to Alaska


Caprice’s 30 before 30 

1.Fly a plane 2.Go skydiving 3.Learn another language 4.Visit at least half of the United States 5.Get out of the country 6.Ride a motorcycle 7. Go to Rio during Carnival 8. Create my blazer line 9. Live in another state 10. Snowboarding 11. Backpack across Greece with Vonni 12. Help (volunteer) build a house 13. Go to Jamaica 14. Put on my own fashion show 15. Get a degree 16. Take a cooking class 17. Be proficient in yoga 18. Make an outdoor fort 19. Pay off my car 20. Start a time capsule quilt (stole this idea from you) 21. Ride a Ferris Wheel 22. Ride an ATV 23. Scuba dive 24. Put togeather a flash mob 25. Go white water rafting 26. Food road trip 27. Teach a class 28. Learn to play the Saxaphone 29. Swim with dolphins 30. Do at least 1/3 of the things on my list with someone else


Olivia’s 30 Before 30

1. Travel to Cameroon
2. Learn to Swim
3. Dive off a cliff in a foreign country
4. Complete a 5K, 10K, etc
5. Take a Cruise
6. Attend a Carnival in Jamaica or Trinidad
7. Graduate with my Masters at GW
8. Obtain licensure for professional counseling
9. Move outside of the DC/MD/VA area
10. Obtain a Doctorate in Counseling Education
11. Become a professor of Counseling Education
12. Travel back to Paris and Turin
13. Travel to Rome and Venice
14.Travel to Germany
15. Travel to all of the other continents
16. Publish a Children’s Book
17. Publish a Family Book
18. Publish a Poetry Book
19. See the Killers in concert
20. See the Lumineers in concert
21. See Jay-Z in concert
22. See Coldplay in concert
23. See Florence and the Machine in concert
24. Attend Coachella
25. Attend the Firefly Festival
26. Learn to Waltz, Salsa and be a Burlesque dancer for a night
27. Learn to play the piano
28. Have a room dedicated to only art for painting and whatever I want
29. Create a huge garden filled with flowers, veggies and fruits
30. See every Oldenburg sculpture

EmmoLei’s 30 Before 30

1. Become a touring artist 2. Collaborate and create with my favorite artists 3. Own real estate 4. Get Bèl Son Ko. running as a fully functional music/sound boutique & studio 5. Release 3 more albums 6. Performing regularly overseas 7. Solo exhibitions at major art galleries 8. Strengthen investment portfolio 9. Complete my documentary 10. Perform at SXSW, Coachella, & other major festivals 11. Produce my sister’s debut album 12. Retire my parents 13. Buy a Tesla 14. Visit China 15. Consistently doing crossfit 16. Donate 10,000 to Theta Phi chapter of TBS 17. Donate 10, 000 to Tau Beta Sigma 18. Donate 5,000 to Westlake High School Marching Lions 19. Speak at a TED convention 20. Become a MacArthur Fellow 21. Win Grammys 22. Win Oscars 23. Start a scholarship fund for creatives 24. Visit Africa 25. Visit Europe 26. Visit Caribbean 27. Visit East Indies 28. Visit Australia 29. Own a mobile studio bus 30. Establish trust fund for future children

Tiffany’s 30 Before 30


1. Go to France 2. Have a Career 3. Start a Band 4. Have a Brand (artistically) 5. Release a Single 6. Participate in a Marathon 7. See Jill Scott, Lianne LaHavas, Esperanza Spalding, and Snarky Puppy in concert. 8. Take a Music Course in Africa. 9. Get Married. 10. Go Scuba Diving along the Coral Reef. 11. Go to Brazil during Carnival. 12. Design a Dress. 13. Go Cliff Diving. 14. Learn 3 new instruments. 15. Go paint balling. 16. Master Archery (it’s weird, but I’m good at it lol) 17. Attend a tennis match between Venus and Serena Williams. 18. Ride a Dirt Bike. 19. Throw a Surprise Party. 20. Go to Vegas with the girls. 21. Attend a Cirque du Soleil performance. 22. Attend a Yoga Class. 23. Become a contestant on a Game Show. 24. Win the Lottery. 25. Ride on a yacht. 26. Create a commercial jingle. 27. Have an aquarium with exotic fish. 28. Own a house. 29. Go to a vineyard. 30. Own a luxury car.

Rachel’s 30 Before 30

1. Visit Rice Terraces in Philippines
2. Visit Thailand
3. Visit elephant sanctuary
4. Learn musical instrument (or at least one song)
5. Learn a language
6. See the Chocolate Hills (Philippines)
7. Finish Peace Corps service
8. Take the Trans Siberian railroad from Beijing to Moscow
9. See St. Basil’s Cathedral in Russia
10. Visit Prague
11. Visit Germany
12. Hike in the Alps
13. Get a job after PC
14. Move for said job
15. Buy a car to get to job
16. Update wardrobe after PC (for new job)
17. Clean out and organize all belongings.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to beuseful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
18. Build some simple furniture to replace items I got rid of before Peace Corps
19. Write a book
20. Learn to sail
21. Take a cross country road trip with sisters
22. Take an art class
23. Have a small garden
24. Horticultural therapy certification
25. Social work certification
26. Dance lessons
27. Take a cooking class
28. Start sewing my own clothes again
29. Go on a personal retreat in the mountains
30. Finally begin paying off loans

Nanette’s 30 Before 30


Learn sign language
Understand another language
Travel somewhere outside of the US alone
Go to Seminary school
Get my masters
Enroll in a doctorate program
Invest in two stocks
Read the whole bible…again
Teach my students how to step
Read 100 books
Make a t-shirt quilt
Have kids? (Maybe?)
Attend 5 weddings
Write 10 poems that depict what’s happening in the world during that time
Healthy lifestyle
Forgive you
Take my grandmother on a trip…she deserves it
Intern(work) in Student Life
Work with first generation college students (4Ps Scholars)
Visit the Philippines…at least twice
Join two special organizations.

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