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30 Before 30 || New York Elopement Photographer

If you know me at all, you know I’m a serious list maker – to do lists, grocery lists, life lists, goals, dreams… list making is my thing. It was hard not to think about my next birthday this weekend – yes, already – only because it’s a rather big one. I’ve been thinking a lot about my twenties… where I began this decade: working as a receptionist at a hair salon in Wilmington, NC; living in a dumpy little apartment by UNC-W; a different kind of life laid out before me than the one I’m living now – and where I’ll be ending this decade: running my own business in New York City; living in our lovely renovated brownstone; married the most amazing man; living a life that my 20 year old self could never remotely dream of. And although my 20s were filled with many many ups and downs, I can’t say I have any regrets.

But there are still things left to do and accomplish before 30. And I want to have a year full of fun and adventure. Well… truly I want every year to be that way, but this one especially so. So I sat down and thought about what I want this year to look like, and a few things I want to do before The Big Birthday next year.

Some things from the list:

ride in a hot air balloon; move into our new home; finally put together our wedding album; go to Iceland; learn to make perfect macarons; mentor another photographer; set up a side website to sell my fine art; get a driver’s license; ride the Roosevelt Island Tram; run a race; go ziplining; go ice skating; go sledding; go to the Grand Canyon; read at least one book a month; start working on becoming fluent in Italian; have a real picnic with friends in Central Park…

…and the list goes on.

Will I be devastated if I don’t accomplish all of my goals before 30? Nope. They’ll just go on next year’s list. But I thought it would be a fun, little project to spend my year working on. Do you have a list like this in your head?





  • Buddies!

  • On Friday I FINALLY put together my wedding album and sent it to print. I can’t wait to get that sucker in my paws… it’s gonna be soooo satisfying. Do it do it!

  • I love it! I kind of just want to copy your list since a lot of our things we want to do are the same!!! Have you taken Italian before? I took it in college and would love to study it again so I can travel to Italy and act like I live there. :) haha More practically it would make sense for me to go back to learning Spanish though since our neighborhood is mostly Spanish speaking… Anyway, can’t wait to see what you cross of this year!!!

  • I hada really short list. Hug a sheep. And I did that this weekend so I’m complete, hahaha!

  • roseann

    oo mentor me!! in all seriousness, it’s a great list!