My 27th birthday is in a few weeks and I’ve been meaning to write down some things that I want to accomplish in the next three years. While, I’m not one to hold myself to super strict deadlines and I realize that everything that is for me, will be. I decided to make a list of things I want to achieve. I believe that everything on the list can be attained by my 30th birthday, but if they aren’t, that’s okay too. Life is a journey. You may be thinking pandemic and all, what’s even the point of making plans? I have hope and dreams though. In no particular order, here is my 30 Things to Do By 30.
My 30 Things to Do By 30:
1. Live on an Out Island for at least 6 months
July 2018 I moved to Abaco for an amazing opportunity and started this blog. I fell in love with Abaco and from that moment, I was determine to not only explore more of our Bahamian islands but to actually move to one. I am so tired of this Nassau life, too much people and too much traffic. I’m ready for a change of scenery and exploration.
2. Speak Advanced French and Spanish
If you’re anything like me, you started learning a foreign language in primary (elementary) school and are still not fluent or even close. It has always been a goal of mine to speak multiple languages and it’s time I start actively working towards that. I started learning French last December and then missed a few months and started again in July. I hope to have the opportunity to immerse myself in both languages within these next three years. I am sure that would be so beneficial to my learning experience.
3. Watch The Lion King on Broadway
I absolutely love the Lion King! Lion King II is my favorite though, I can’t get over Kovu and Kiara and that “Deception, Disgrace” has a hold on me. I have watched both movies countless times and enjoy them like it’s the first time. Additionally, I love the arts and if there is a play to see, I am there. (Side note: I can’t wait for Shakespeare in Paradise to return). I’ve heard great reviews of the Lion King on Broadway and it is one of the longest running shows so that speaks for itself.
4. Jump in a blue hole on each Bahamian island
I’ve jumped into the Sapphire Blue Hole in Eleuthera once, but the thrill I got from it was unmatched and I want that feeling again and again. Obviously, if the blue hole looks a bit strange, I’m not getting in. However, I definitely want to jump into Captain Bill’s in Andros, the Ocean Hole in Eleuthera and Owl’s Hole in Grand Bahama. I have not built up the courage to jump into Dean’s Blue Hole in Long Island just yet.
5. Have an European adventure
Maybe it was watching Lizzie McGuire ride around the streets of Italy with Paolo in 2003, that awakened by interest in Europe. For as long as I can remember I have felt as though an adventure is waiting for me on that side of the world. I travelled to England and France at the age of 12, unfortunately I didn’t see much and I need the adult experience.
6. Go to Universal Studios
Honestly, I really just want to experience everything Harry Potter.
7. Take myself on a fancy dinner date
I live for an amazing culinary experience. However, I have never dressed up and taken myself on a solo dinner date. I’m not sure if it is nervousness or just liking the company of others for a meal. I think I should try it at least once.
8. Live alone
This is really self explanatory. I want to have my a space just for me, something to call my own. Alexa play, “New Apartment” by Ari Lennox.
9. Practice Yoga daily
I like yoga. I just lack discipline and consistency. I will work on that though, with everything.
10. Featured speaker at an event
Last year, I had two wonderful opportunities to speak on Instagram Live about my travels and festival going. I enjoy public speaking. My first speaking role was in a Christmas production at the age of 2. During my school years, I emceed events from I was in primary school all the way up to college. Additionally, I represented the country in the Caribbean Tourism Organization Student Colloquium in 2015. Somehow since entering the work environment, I have not had opportunities to display this talent. I am looking forward to new opportunities and would love to speak on my travels, foodie adventures or self care.
11. Have regular facial treatments
I’ve recently become obsessed with taking care of my skin. While, I don’t suffer from horrible acne I do have hyperpigmentation. I would love to consistently indulge in facials and other skin care treatments. I want to try a chemical peel and maybe even dermaplaning just to see what my new skin would look like.
12. See Drake in a live concert
If you know me, you would know that I love Aubrey Drake Graham. I remember feeling every emotion possible that 2013 night I listened to Nothing Was The Same. I had every intention to attend OVO Fest 2020, but as we all know it’s a panoramic outside. The energy, the lyrics, the excitement, I need it.
13. Have a birthday photoshoot
I used to love taking photos and thought that I was pretty photogenic. I had a birthday photoshoot for my 16th birthday and enjoyed the experience. I think it’s about time I have another one. I have been enjoying all the birthday photos across my socials during this last year. However, when it comes to birthday photoshoots, Zina is my inspiration. She always has the best looks.
14. Published by a well known magazine or website
This one is super personal to me. I want to be recognized for my writing and my ability to express myself so well that others feel as though they are experiencing everything with me. I would love to write for Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, Travel Noire or even Seventeen magazine, just to name a few.
15. Wine tasting weekend vacation
I love trying new wines and hope to attend a wine tasting soon. I also love a vacation. So I’m sure a wine filled weekend with my girls would be amazing. This trip doesn’t even have to be to Napa Valley but if the opportunity comes, I’m there.
And just like that, fifteen more wants to go. Have you started thinking about anything you want to accomplish by *inserts age*?