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30 Things Before I’m 30

I’ve been MIA on this blog with no good excuse. But I will say my house is very clean, I’ve cooked really good meals this last week and Moses has been to the zoo, apple picking, to the beach, and several new parks. I’ve also been watching my nephew Hank while his parents are on vacation in Hawaii. He and Moses were born a week apart and they are so cute together. Oh yeah, I just finished reading Julia Child’s autobiography, My Life in France, and am convinced Paul and I need to move to Paris.

I also came to the dreary realization that I turn 30 in 11 weeks. I made a list of mundane things I’d like to accomplish before then. Once I turn 30 (and get this baby out of my body) I will make another list of grander goals I want to accomplish while I’m 30.

1. Go sailing again with Paul
2. Have lunch with 15 different friends.
3. Go on an overnight get-away with Paul
4. Read 2 new books
5. Feel like every room in my house is “decorated”
6. Organize filing system
7. Go to the dentist
8. Hire cleaning lady back
9. Clean out storage space
10. Have a giant garage sale
11. Throw a simple 30th birthday party
12. Set up an awesome play area for Moses
13. Sell one of my letterpresses
14. Finish organizing/setting up studio
15. Send out letterpress Christmas cards
16. Sign up for farm produce box
17. Don’t use any disposable grocery sacks
18. Organize Insurance information
19. Research treatments for clefts and local hospital programs
20. Read the Book of Mormon
21. Finish Christmas Shopping by December 1st
22. Get Life Insurance Policy set up and get a Will
23. Finish Moses’ baby book
24. Throw a Christmas Party
25. Submit Tax Materials to Accountant by Jan 31
26. Get babysitting Co-op going again
27. Get a massage (or two)
28. Date night once a week
29. Make photo albums: one for each year of our marriage + vacations.
30. Nest and make the new baby some beautiful things

  1. m e l

    November 5, 2009

    I am always so impressed with your lists – you are such a go getter!

  2. Anonymous

    November 5, 2009

    I love your blog and have gotten many good ideas from you, so let me give you one in return: ignore everything else on your list and take care of #22, pronto. You need a will to name a guardian and protect your children. Don't wait. It's the best gift you can give (even better than an awesome play area).

  3. Caroline, no.

    November 5, 2009

    Thanks for the inspiration. I need to do this too. Starting with insurance for my cats (sad! crazy cat lady!)

    Good luck with the list. (And good advice from anonymous!)

  4. kalanicut

    November 5, 2009

    Promise me that you will CELEBRATE turning 30, not dread it. You will LOVE being in your 30s! You'll like yourself more, be kinder, gentler and more generous with yourself and everyone else, realize how much smarter and wiser you are and have grander experiences! I promise you won't miss your 20s a bit.

    Choose to be one of the women who is more beautiful and more fantastic in your 30s – I know you have it in you, I read your blog afterall! 🙂

    The 30s are a WONDERFUL time. Look forward to the blessings. You will love being 30. Now go kick some 30 arse!

  5. sammyw

    November 5, 2009

    i'd say you have a good excuse: playing with your babe, cooking, i think time away from blogville and the computer all together is good for clearing the mind and a reminder of the important things in life. Life is passing by so fast and in the end a pretty blog or a decorated home isn't what truly matters 🙂 personally i'm encouraged to see bloggers post speratically, priorities are in the right place!

  6. life according to celia...

    November 5, 2009

    so, i'm turning 30 this monday… this list is making me feel like i'm screwed. 😉

  7. nikki r

    November 5, 2009

    great list, i will join you on a few of those.

  8. erinmalia

    November 5, 2009

    i'd love to learn more about how you run your babysitting co-op. i've been meaning to start one, but as i've never done one, i'm a bit overwhelmed.

  9. Tiffany

    November 5, 2009

    I love this list.

  10. miss britt

    November 5, 2009

    I love this list… and might I just add, I want to be you.

  11. ellen

    November 5, 2009

    That's a great list. Enjoy working away at it!

  12. ...Seyma...

    November 5, 2009

    wow!! impressive list!! hope you can make it all dear..


  13. Meaghan

    November 5, 2009

    Jordan- what type of letterpress are you planning to sell? I am in process of buying one right now. I'm in Boston, but am willing to pay for a prof. shipper to help move it if possible..

  14. {april kennedy}

    November 5, 2009

    oh please advertise your garage sale so we can come shop!

  15. The Dingbat (Adrienne)

    November 5, 2009

    Hi Jordan,

    Let me know what press you are selling, I am interested in buying another one for my studio! We could (the hubby, the brother and I) come pick it up anytime in the next 11 weeks 🙂


  16. Meg Brothers

    November 5, 2009

    that's so funny because I am reading Julia Child's autobiography and feeling like we need to move to France too! Happy (early) Brithday!

  17. JoLyn

    November 5, 2009

    I love lists! That's my answer to everything…start with a list:)

  18. Sarah Bradley

    November 5, 2009

    Wow! You are amazing! That is a whole lot of stuff for 11 weeks! Good luck!!! 🙂

  19. Diane Faye Zerr

    November 5, 2009

    If you have a tabletop press I'd love to help you out with #13! 😉

  20. Annabanana

    November 5, 2009

    "dreary realization"? 30 is so not old Jordan…

  21. jomama

    November 5, 2009

    i make lists like that all the time!
    and, i just started reading "my life in france" a couple of days ago. it already has me hooked!

  22. { Bethany }

    November 5, 2009

    Holy cow…as a fellow obsessive list maker, hear me out when I say cut that list in HALF! You are going to run yourself ragged trying to do all that in under 3 months, especially with the holidays coming, and ESPECIALLY since you are pregnant and have a toddler!

    And as one who's lost a child, let me just say, 89% of the things on that list aren't so very important. Cherish these last weeks with just "one" (life is NEVER gonna be the same again) and ENJOY the PEACE of the holiday season.

  23. dayna

    November 5, 2009

    i did the same list thing for 30…i'll turn on the 23rd this month and i am happy to say i did not, and will not, get to finish them all…i added some more important things and feel quite accomplished and glad to look towards the next great decade. it is fun to see that many of the items on your list were on mine too. and you've given me a few more ideas to enjoy doing. thanks!


    November 5, 2009

    Good luck with all that. There are so many great things on your list. How lucky would it be to be on your Christmas mailing list and get a letter pressed card from you.

  25. grace

    November 5, 2009

    Inspiring list! You should read the Bible instead of the book of Mormon. 😉

  26. lillie

    November 5, 2009

    Awesome list! For the produce box, I just received my first CSA box from Farm Fresh to You, who source from Bay Area farms and deliver to your doorstep. Beautiful mix of fruits and veggies – worth checking out!

  27. Emily

    November 5, 2009

    What a lovely list! I'm a big list-maker myself, and usually mine extend years into the future, but I like the idea of making one for just a few short weeks. The concentration probably gives you a nice kick in the pants, I'd think.

  28. genevieve

    November 5, 2009

    Welcome back Jordan! And happy almost 30. I'm 33 now, and all I can say that I already like my 30s now than my 20s, without a doubt. It's just like everyone says: you're still you, just smarter and wiser and generally more confident, in your looks, in yourself, in your job, in your decisions… enjoy your 30th! Knowing you and your party planning skills it will be simple, stylish and memorable!

    p.s. Check out my new blog for some inspiration:

  29. Ali

    November 5, 2009

    Skip the will and go straight for the trust. Really, you'll thank me for it later.

  30. owl and peacock : melina

    November 5, 2009

    Lovely! I've seen quite a few 30 before 30 lists, but yours is much more interesting than most. I think I'll start doing lists per year; next birthday up is 25, so 25 Before 25… and on and on…

  31. karla

    November 5, 2009

    What a wonderful list! I'd like to do some of those myself.

  32. leni

    November 5, 2009

    This reminds me that I need to finish making my "27 before 27" list (that I started months ago)! you have some really great ones that I might adapt to my list. 🙂

  33. Nat

    November 5, 2009

    If you ever sell a press I will totally buy it.

  34. Jane Flanagan

    November 5, 2009

    Jordan – by any standard you are so accomplished. I marvel at all you cram in your days and the standards of everything you do. Even if you only get a fifth of this list done, know that you are a wonderful woman and, at any age, there's so much to admire about you.

  35. Morning Owl Designs

    November 5, 2009

    wow! I'm turning 30 in 15 weeks- and was just thinking i'll never make it on any sort of "30 awesome people under 30" list. I think i'll make some last minute goals as well!

  36. Tori Alexis

    November 5, 2009

    this list inspired me.

    and so does the rest of this blog. i'm a big fan.

  37. Bex

    November 6, 2009

    Impressive list. You should post about each one when you cross it off. If you finish them all, you will be my hero.

    Enjoy your thirties; I'm loving them so far. Er, mostly.

  38. Anonymous

    November 6, 2009

    Yay! You're back! Thank goodness. Nice list! You've accomplished so many great things how could you ever feel dreary?

    You're a
    1. writer of a well loved blog
    2. creater of a cool label company
    3. teacher of letterpress (This is so fabulous, I'm totally jealous!)
    4. really cool & creative mom
    5. wife of a successful painter
    6. resident of one of the best cities in the nation

    I thought you were already 30! I need to get moving on some of my goals!

  39. Richelle-Lynn Garn

    November 6, 2009

    What a beautiful list. I am inspired by your wanting to read the Book of Mormon. You will achieve all these things. I know it!

  40. julia

    November 6, 2009

    At 31 I've only gotten my toes wet with the who "thirtys" thing but I must say – I'm loving it! I know you're going to love it too.

  41. The Lil Bee

    November 6, 2009

    This is quite an ambitious list! Best of luck accomplishing it…so many of those items sound like fun activities:)

  42. joolee

    November 6, 2009

    Impressive list! Massages should be at the top. 🙂 After Gen. Conference, I decided I wanted to read the Bk. of Mormon by the end of the year, which gave me about 12 weeks…so I calculated that each day I'd have to read about 6-7 pages. I bet it'd be the same for you to read it in time for your birthday! So far it's been great making a more conscious effort to read the scriptures – why do they get pushed to the back burner so often?? (that's my problem anyway) Good luck with your list! 30 will be quite the mature, respectable age. 🙂

  43. Kyla

    November 6, 2009

    I am interested in buying a letterpress machine… maybe I can help you out with one of your to-dos!

    Great list…very inspiring!

  44. Becki

    November 6, 2009

    That is a crazy list. Good luck! I would love to know your secret.

  45. Sarah S

    November 6, 2009

    i think you need to have links attached to each of these:)

  46. Courtney

    November 6, 2009

    will you post on your blog when your letterpress is for sale? (that part of your list made my ears perk up)

  47. lissa lou

    November 6, 2009

    Girl, you have clearly made every moment of your 20s and I think your 30s will surely be no different! And – I can promise you – they're not to be dreaded! I found the 30s to truly be a kinder gentler decade (and frankly – so are the 40s!) Happy Birthday to you!

  48. henzy

    November 6, 2009

    a great list.. good luck.

  49. Jourdan

    November 6, 2009

    Can one (pregnant) person really accomplish all these things in 11 weeks? If so, you are my favorite person.

    Maybe you should give yourself about 11 months, or I'm going to be jealous. Inspiring!

  50. Theresa

    November 6, 2009

    – We have the best house cleaners (you are in SF, right?) Known them for 10+ years. We even just let them have a key to our house, that's how much we trust them, would be happy to share contact info
    – For cleft repair here in SF, Bill Hoffman at UCSF does a lot and has been for awhile, highly recommend (PS may be tough at first, but everything will really be ok regarding the cleft)
    – Doug and Margaret at The Paper Crane in Half Moon Bay might be interested in the letterpress – they have a few and might be interested in more

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