I’m finally back with my remaining fifteen things to do. I had a great birthday and celebrated for the entire month. If you haven’t read part one of My 30 Things To Do By 30 as yet, do that first.
16. Voice over actor for a commercial
I used to hate hearing how my voice sounded on a recording. After a few years and some compliments later I’ve accepted that this is my voice and it’s actually quite nice. I would love to record a commercial and have my vocal talents showcased. Honestly, I think it would be a such a cool experience to have my voice immortalized.
17. Find my thing in exercise and do it often
I’m trying to be better at constantly working out. Last September, I exercised five times a week for three weeks. It was the most consistent I had ever been with exercising until this year, when I worked out for two months between February and March. I have resumed exercising and I truly hope to be consistent and disciplined. It’s time I explore ways of moving my body. Whether that’s kickboxing, dancing, walking, yoga, weight lifting or a combination of them all. I need to figure it out.
18. Visit Japan
I have to see cherry blossoms in real life. I know that they can be found in other places, like Washington, DC and I want to visit there too, but it’s something about Japan. Two years ago, I watched Lydia Dinga’s Japan vlog and was so intrigued. The technology, the way of life, the food, the sights I can not wait to explore this country. I know that this experience will be completely different from living in The Bahamas.
19. Make a travel photo album
Photo sharing has become so easy with the use of our phones. We can easily share our special moments with our online audiences with a few clicks. However, sometimes I think about how at any moment these platforms can disappear and we could possible lose all of our photos. My travels bring me so much joy and I need to start printing the photos to keep my memories forever.
20. Take a painting class
Last year, I decided to get paints, brushes and canvases to start art therapy and cope with the stresses of the pandemic. I enjoyed coloring as a child and figured this would be a good outlet for my creativity. I would love to take a painting class with a professional artist just to learn some techniques and embrace my inner Jodi Minnis.
21. Have another luxury all inclusive vacation
In May, I visited Beaches Turks and Caicos and had a fabulous time. Not having to think about what I was eating or cooking everyday–because of all the restaurants available, drinking as many frozen vodka strawberry lemonades as I wanted, going to the spa and just chilling in the pool and beach. I truly believe that life should feel like a permanent vacation.
22. Explore the US through a #VanLife road trip
I’m so interested in Van Life and Tiny Homes. Like how do people get all those things to work and function in such a small space? I would absolutely love to explore parts of the United States by van. I think it would be an eye opening and liberating adventure.
23. Experience a White Christmas with my family
Growing up with the sun, sand and sea I’ve always dreamt about spending Christmas in the snow. A log cabin, making snow angels, bringing Frosty back to life and drinking hot chocolate (well really chai tea for me) with my family is something I really want to experience.
24. Attend a Drive In movie
I’ve wanted to attend a drive in movie since I was a child. I remember seeing Sandy and Danny in Grease and thought that experience would be so fun.
25. Enjoy a full Spa Day
I love massages. If you’re ever thinking of a gift idea for me, a spa gift certificate is always the right answer. I have yet to indulge in a full spa day and I have to within these next three years. I’m thinking a massage, body scrub, facial, mani, pedi and of course lunch and champagne. I need it.
26. Feel confident enough to wear a bikini and post photos
I’ve battled with body dysmorphia for many years and even when I was relatively slim, I felt uncomfortable in my body. I do love one pieces and think that I look great in them. However, I would like to feel confident in a bikini sometime soon.
27. Develop a morning routine
I have never been a morning person. Maybe because I hate having to wake up with an alarm or that early mornings are usually tied to things I really don’t want to do. As I get older, I’m accepting that some things we just have to do until we can do better. However, that doesn’t mean I should wait until everything’s perfect before I start taking sometime out for me. I would like to get in a morning routine. I want to be the person that does yoga each morning, meditates and prays as soon as I wake up. Instead of the person that sucks their teeth when the alarm goes off, stays in bed as long as possible then runs in the shower.
28. Read 12 books within a year
Do you remember when you were in 8th grade and read books for fun? I sure do. I enjoyed reading until I was consumed with textbook reading, and major exams then it started to feel like a chore. Since college, I have definitely read a few books but nothing compared to my early teenage years. Reading one book a month seems totally feasible so I’m going to do it.
29. Eat at a restaurant featured on Sex and the City
Sex and the City is literally one of my favorite series. I’m currently rewatching right now. I have to visit Cafeteria, Tao and Magnolia Bakery. I love how the show featured real life restaurants. If you’re a #SATC fan too, here’s a list of restaurants from the show that are still open.
30. Figure out my signature scents
Over the past year, I have become obsessed with scents. Body butters, candles and perfumes, I love them. I was gifted YSL Black Opium last Christmas and I have been wearing it throughout this year. I’ve learned about combining scents from Jackie Aina and I’ve enjoyed this fragrance journey. I want to learn more about perfumes and figure out my signature scents for each season.
And just like that (did you catch my Sex and the City reference?), My 30 Things to Do by 30 has come to an end. I hope that it inspired you to make a list of your own.