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In the workplace, we’re required to set goals; from goals that align with the company’s business plan to goals that ultimately drive our career paths. All too often though, people forget that setting personal goals is just as important, because if you aren’t working towards something are you really working at all? I suppose most people would say their New Year’s resolutions are their goals, and if there are people out there that actually keep their resolutions, props to them!

I’ve spent the last six months compiling a list of the goals I have in mind for the next year of my life — those short term goals that I can just check off the list as I go along. Some of these will seem simple enough on the face, but others, not so much. A few of them are likely a bit vague on the surface, which is something a goal is not supposed to be, but vague or not, they are still my goals.

And so, join me on my journey over the next year, and help me succeed!

 30 Things I Want to Accomplish in My 30th Year

Run a marathon

Climb a mountain

Run a timed 5K race under 30 minutes

Take a baking/decorating course

Visit an Eastern European country

Read more books

Run a timed 10K race under 57 minutes

Take a photography course

Begin selling cupcakes

Take a cooking course

Attend a fashion week

Try a new, exotic food

Send more “just because” mail

Run a timed half marathon under 2 and a half hours

Travel more

Join a running club

Cycle 100K in a single day

Raise $1,000 for charity

Run a profitable business

Take a sewing course

Get 100 new blog followers

Keep in touch with friends more

✅ Learn to play tag rugby

Set aside at least $500/month to savings

Get five new Juice Plus customers

Keep a food diary for 30 straight days

Write an A-Z series blog post

Conquer a fear

Start a date night jar and use it frequently

In a year, I hope to look back on all the things I’ve accomplished in my 30th year and wonder why I hadn’t set goals like this before! Maybe I’ll start a trend! (Of course, I did get the idea from my friend Amy, so I can’t say the credit is mine at all….Thanks Amy!)

Do you set personal, yearly goals? Do you mark them off the list as you complete them?

Until next week (when thirty is just a thing of the past!), XOXO – K


And so, here it is. THE actual day. I’M THIRTY! I’m sure by the time this post goes live I’ll have loads of messages wishing me a happy birthday. (And I’m already thanking you a day before!)

Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate where you are going, without appreciating and embracing the past. And so, what could be more fitting on my birthday than a stroll down memory lane? I promise you, these aren’t all good memories, but we would never know good without bad, and so I embrace it all.

Thirty Memorable Moments of the Past Thirty Years

  1. Having my house toilet papered with 72 rolls of paper
  2. My first New Year’s Eve flour fight with Natalie
  3. My first kiss
  4. The day I moved from Arkansas to Tennessee for college
  5. My wedding day
  6. The first (and only) time I got pulled over (yes, it ended with a citation and no, i did not cry)
  7. My 21st birthday
  8. The day one of my best friends passed away
  9. The day I closed on my house
  10. Getting shot at with two different guns on the interstate in Arkansas
  11. The day I moved to Dublin
  12. The time I went white water rafting with my dad and my good friend Anna.
  13. Seeing Wicked on Broadway for the first time
  14. The night I decided to give it up to a boy
  15. Dancing at Carousel on an empty dance floor during $5 beer bust with Lisa on random Wednesday nights
  16. My first (devastating) heartbreak
  17. Passing notes in class written in code (using the Greek alphabet) so no one could read them if they were confiscated
  18. Getting rear ended on the interstate on my way to Florida
  19. Winning a brand new smart phone at the Dublin Fashion Festival kick-off
  20. Passing the CPA exam
  21. The morning a tree came through the roof in a tornado when I was a small child
  22. My sister’s wedding day disaster
  23. Opening the Christmas gift from my mother that contained an authentic, vintage Chanel handbag
  24. The entire day I spent at a cove in Spain fishing for lunch and hanging on the beach with friends
  25. The day I got my driver’s permit and drove my mom home from the testing centre
  26. Stuffed animal fights in the hallway with my sister & baby-sitter
  27. Playing ghosts in the graveyard with all of the neighbours on summer nights
  28. The UT/AR football game that went into 6 overtimes my freshman year of college
  29. The first time I held my niece
  30. Being stranded in New York during Hurricane Sandy

There are so many more moments that are worthy of the list, and I’m sorry there are no photos today. Sometimes though, the best things in life are best remembered in our heads, right?

Here’s to thirty and fabulous! XOXO – K

Yesterday we touched on thirty of the places I’ve already been — and before thirty. What about the next thirty years though? I definitely don’t want to stop traveling! (Does the title of the post make anyone else start singing the Tim McGraw song? You’re welcome.)

So, we better start with a list of places to mark off as time goes on. Some big, some small, but all will be phenomenal.

Thirty Places to Visit After Thirty

Vienna, Austria

ViennaDubrovnik, Croatia
Petra, Jordan
Bora Bora
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. PetersburgBerlin, Germany
Stockholm, Sweden
Porto, Portugal
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de JaneiroBahamas
Grand Cayman Island
Prague, Czech Republic
Madrid, Spain

MadridGrand Canyon
Belfast, Ireland
Birmingham, England
Bratislava, Slovakia

bratislavaIstanbul, Turkey
Copenhagen, Denmark
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Riga, Latvia

RigaBruges, Belgium
Johannesburg, South Africa
Havana, Cuba
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San JuanLake Tahoe, Nevada
Quebec, Canada
Sydney, Australia
Cairo, Egypt

CairoHong Kong, China

Where would you go? Suggestions are always welcome as this is just an excerpt of a fast-growing list! Dream big, right?


There is a whole big world out there, and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience my fair share thus far. I love the thrill of traveling, of a new place, of new faces, of new languages. It’s absolutely amazing. Of course, you don’t always have to leave your homeland to experience a new world of opportunities — you never know what you’ll find in the country that is your home!

Thirty Places I Traveled Before Thirty

Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Rome, Italy
Los Angeles, California

New York, New York


Chicago, Illinois

St. Louis, Missouri
Paris, France


Lucerne, Switzerland

Benitatxell, Spain

Edinburgh, Scotland

Pienza, Italy

View from Pienza
London, England

Athens, Greece
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Barcelona, Spain


Glasgow, Scotland

Malahide, Ireland

Lisbon, Portugal

Breckenridge, Colorado

San Francisco, California

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre
Pilatus, Switzerland

View from Pilatus
Pompeii, Italy

Seismbra, Portugal

Sunset in Sesimbra
Brussels, Belgium


Den Bosch, Netherlands

Den Bosch
Atlanta, Georgia

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Delphi, Greece

The world is your oyster — are you a traveler?


And so the week of thirty begins! Let’s just dive right in today with Thirty Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Me:

  1. I played clarinet for 6 years
  2. I was accepted into the UT band, but I backed out at the last-minute
    UT Marching Band
  3. I have a tattoo
  4. I grew 4 inches my senior year of high school
  5. I was a competitive gymnast for 12 years
    Lauren Mitchell, 41st AG World Championship, 2009
  6. I have been shot at on the interstate while driving
  7. I am a hopeless romantic
  8. Die Hard is my favourite Christmas movie
    Die Hard
  9. Cruel Intentions changed my life
  10. I am a cat person
  11. I once ran from the cops to avoid being pulled over because I was already late for curfew
    Clip Art Cop Car
  12. My grandfather was born in the Azores
  13. I have only one sibling
  14. The first concert I ever attended was Amy Grant
  15. My first screen name was Lynxx14
  16. My best friend and I have flour fights once a year
  17. My favourite colour combination is pink and orange
  18. I had flame seat covers (and everything else) in my car in high school
  19. I got my first job at age 16
  20. I once passed out in front of the football team while running 100m sprints
  21. I still have a baby tooth
  22. I have never been asked to a dance
  23. I tutored students in accounting in college
  24. I am an avid supporter of Girls on the Run
  25. I can memorize numerical sequences like you wouldn’t believe
  26. I graduated college with honours
  27. My nickname is Doodle Bug
  28. I once levitated while playing with a Ouija board
    Ouija Board
  29. I beat up a boy at the bus stop in fifth grade
  30. Sunset is my favourite time of day