I love goal lists. It’s probably not fair to say that I always have, but I can definitely trace the beginning of the obsession back to high school (at least). Perhaps it was my senior year of college roommate that took it to a new level. We posted multiple goal lists to our refrigerator during the school year. ”Winter Goal List” and “Last Semester at Miami” goal list are two that I remember specifically. As I recall, we completed most (if not all!) of the items – including riding the Zamboni at a Miami Hockey Game, eating a final Tuffy’s Toasted Roll, and taking a picture next to the “Welcome to Oxford” sign.
Post-college, I’ve had a few goal lists, mostly related to the exploration of my new cities…sites to see, restaurants to try, and annual events to experience. I’m also in a race to visit all 50 states before my brother. (I’m currently winning; only 9 states left!)
Prior to turning 29, I gave some thought to the creation of a goal list to be completed the year leading up to the big 3-0. It seemed like the perfect time to check off some new experiences before reaching a milestone birthday. Several St. Louis friends came over to celebrate my 29th Birthday, and I enlisted them in the process of creating my “30 Before 30” goal list.
The only “rule” was that it had to be something I had never done. We came up with an amazing list (which I edited after the fact…while I’ve never gone to jail, I didn’t intend to do so this year). As you can imagine, the year was FULL of fun, food, and lots of travel as I did 30 new things – all while attempting to include as many friends and family members as possible along the way!
1. Go to Israel
2. Kentucky Derby
3. Check off a new state
4. Visit The Magic House (St. Louis Children’s Museum). And yes, I borrowed a kid for the day to make this goal possible!
5. Take a Cooking Class
6. Run a 5K. Ran a Half Marathon instead. My trainer ran the whole thing with me!
7. Create a Twitter handle (Follow me @MeganRAlford). Set this up, tweeted once, and after my account was hacked, I left the Twitter-sphere. Managing more than two social media platforms proved too challenging for me. At least I can say I lasted six months.
8. Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.
9. LASIK (Well, I paid $100 to find out I’m not a candidate.)
10. Pay off the Volvo
11. Ice Skating at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park
12. New Orleans Jazz Fest
13. Be in Atlanta for my nephew’s birth
14. Attend the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. (This is any Purina employee’s dream, right?!)
15. Keith Urban in concert
16. Go to Mexico
17. Eat a McDonald’s Big Mac
18. Spend a Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
19. Take a golf lesson
20. Go sledding on Art Hill
21. Shoot a gun
22. Eat at Eat-Rite Diner (the questionable diner across the street from the office)
23. Swim with dolphins
24. See a Broadway play in New York City
25. Green Seats at a Cardinals game (sat in the Green Seats during a stadium tour and behind the dugout for a game – courtesy of one of my very generous friends)
26. Visit the Bowmans in Memphis
27. Play Demolition Ball (also known as Whirly Ball in some parts of the country…it’s a combination of basketball, whiffle ball, lacrosse, and bumper cars. A LOT of screaming took place this evening!)
28. Watch a James Bond movie
29. Attend Hayley’s Senior Piano Recital (I was Hayley’s first piano teacher when I was in high school…and she was in Kindergarten.)
30. Move Abroad
The achievement of this final goal is why I’m starting a blog. I am moving to Vevey, Switzerland for three years!! This blog is my attempt to document my experiences and to share them with you. Here’s to the start of new European goal lists…