30 Things To Do Before Turning 30

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As you may remember, a couple of years ago I made a post about 25 Things To Do Before Turning 25. I gave myself 6 months to complete as many goals as possible, and I did end up completing 14 of those and even more since then. Since I recently had my 27th birthday, which is the same day Jenny’s birthday, and she created a list of 17 things she wants to do before she is 30, I thought it would be fun to make another list of goals before I turn 30. However, this time I will have 3 years to complete them.


  1. Complete my second-year master’s thesis. I am currently working on my second-year master’s thesis, and on December 7th, I will attend the thesis seminar online to defend my thesis.
  2. Graduate from my Child Studies master’s program. Once I have completed my thesis, attended the seminar, and completed the revisions, I will receive my grade and I will officially be finished with my master’s program and I can receive my degree.
  3. Be accepted into a PhD program OR find a job. Right now, this part is up in the air. I would like to continue onto a PhD program, but it depends on which PhD positions are available. I am also considering finding a job, but again it depends on what is available and if I find a PhD program. 



  1. Continue blogging. Even though I am not sure what the next step after my master’s program is, I would like to continue blogging. I enjoy blogging, and if I have to cut down the number of posts I publish a month or plan posts ahead, I will find a way to continue blogging.
  2. Work with more brands on sponsored content. I have been grateful to work with brands on sponsored posts since last year, and I would like to continue working with brands.
  3. Finish my book. I have been writing a fiction book on and off for the past few years, and I would like to finish writing it one day.
  4. Start a journal. In high school, I kept a journal and I enjoyed that, so I would like to start keeping a journal again whether it is a bullet journal or a gratitude journal.



  1. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. This was on my list of 25 Things To Do Before Turning 25, but I still have not been the museum, and I would like to go. The art museum was originally a royal palace, and I think it would be fun to visit.
  2. Attend the Roskilde Festival. Every summer since 1971 (except for this year), the Roskilde Festival is held, which is a music festival and artists from all over the world come to play. Last year there were 188 artists from over 40 countries including Cardi B, Bob Dylan, Vampire Weekend, Bring Me The Horizon, Mø, and The Cure, and I would love to go to the Roskilde Festival one year.
  3. Visit Frederiksberg Palace. I have been to a fair share of castles and palaces in Denmark, but one I would like to visit is currently the officer’s school for the Danish military. Once a month, the school offers tours of the palace, and I would love to go.
  4. Visit Bornholm. My boyfriend’s mother planned a trip to Bornholm this year, but my boyfriend could not get the time off from work and my daughter went without us. I would like to go Bornholm one summer.
  5. Visit Oslo. This has been on my to-do list for a long time. The Oslo ferry goes from Copenhagen to Oslo, and I would love to do that one day.
  6. Visit Munich, Germany. One of my friends from my master’s program lives in Munich, and she has offered for me to come visit her, and I would love to one day.
  7. Visit France. France is one country I have been wanting to visit. I would especially love to visit Paris, the Palace of Versailles, Marseille, and Mont Saint-Michel. After reading Laura’s post on the 5 Best French Pharmacy Skincare Brands, I would also love to buy some French skincare products during my visit. 
  8. Visit my parents. My parents live in the US, so now is not the time to visit, but eventually, I would like to take a trip with my boyfriend and our daughter to visit them.



  1. Read 1 book a month. Lately, it has been difficult finding the motivation to read, but I would like to set a goal for myself to read one book a month, and it can be a paperback, ebook, or audiobook.
  2. Read more books from people of color. I want to diversify my reading, and one of my goals is to read more books from POC.
  3. Catch up on blog reviews. I have been gifted books by authors to read and review on my blog, but I am behind on those reviews. I would like to catch up on reading those books.
  4. Catch up on NetGalley. While we are at it, I would also like to catch up on reading and reviewing the books I received from NetGalley and included in my TBR List. My feedback ratio is currently 14% (woops).



  1. Use my CrockPot more. I have used my CrockPot several times to make risotto and lasagna, and I want to use it some more and make other dinners as it is so easy to dump all the ingredients in and let it sit for however long the recipe requires.
  2. Make more vegetarian alternatives of traditional Danish recipes. Danish dishes are meat and seafood-heavy, and so far, I have made vegan frikadeller (pan-fried meatballs), vegetarian smorrebrod (rye bread topped with meat slices and garnishes), tarteletter (miniature tarts filled with a chicken and asparagus filling), and boller i karry (meatballs and rice with a curry sauce). I want to try making leverpostej (like a pate, and I know it is possible as they sell vegetarian versions at the grocery stores), stegt flæsk (like bacon with potatoes and a parsley sauce), and a bøfsandwich (Danish version of a hamburger).
  3. Make Thanksgiving dinner every year. Even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I would like to continue the tradition of making a Thanksgiving dinner.
  4. Bake bread. I have only made one loaf of bread before, but I would like to start baking bread more. I would also like to make my own rugbrød (rye bread).
  5. Bake more Danish pastries. I have made æbleskiver and lagkage (layered cake usually made for birthdays). I would like to make a brunsviger kagemand (a cake with brown sugar made into a shape of a person) for my daughter’s birthday, æblehorn (pastry filled with apples), and hindbærsnitter (reminds me of Pop-Tarts). Along with those pastries, I would also like to make koldskål (buttermilk dessert) for the first time.



  1. Learn Danish. I have lived in Denmark since 2016, but I do not know how to speak Danish because I am unable to take Danish classes until my resident permit is approved. Hopefully, my resident permit will finally be approved so I can learn to speak Danish.
  2. See a musical. When I visited my parents last year, we went to see Heathers and The Addams Family musicals. I loved both of them, and I would love to see another musical in Denmark.
  3. Pick up an old hobby. I included this is my 25 Things To Do Before Turning 25 list, and I would like to add it again. It was fun picking up an old hobby, and it would be fun to do it again.
  4. Get a pet. I grew up always having pets, and I want my daughter to be able to experience that too. Right now, our apartment is too small for a cat and especially a dog, but a smaller pet such as a hamster might be doable.
  5. Continue buying secondhand. Once I learned about fast fashion, I stopped buying from stores like H&M and I started buying secondhand from thrift stores and apps like Depop. I want to continue buying secondhand.

What would you like to do before your next birthday?


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34 thoughts on “30 Things To Do Before Turning 30

  1. That is a great list. Before my next birthday, I want to complete three courses in the new online Plain Language writing program I am starting this week.

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  2. I love all of your goals! My 30th is just a few short years away so I’d love to put together a list like this for myself. Congrats on almost finishing your Masters! I too have a few books I’ve been in the process of writing that need to get finished!

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  3. This is a great list! I love this trend of setting goals leading up to specific birthdays. It’s a fun way to encourage ourselves to get out there and enjoy life. I think I might just have to jump on the trend!
    There are some great pets for smaller spaces, I wrote a whole blog post about it. Just consider where you would like to put it and how much space you have available there – some require larger habitats than others.

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  4. I love how you’ve divided everything up so you have achievements in all areas of your life! I’m a big fan of the crockpot for easy meals. And I love to try out different baking recipes to see what I can make. I love that you’ve included reading especially widening the authors you read to be more inclusive and have new perspectives. Good luck!

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    1. I already busted out my crockpot & made chili mac & cheese haha. It is so easy to make meals.
      Yes I default to making cupcakes or a cake when baking so it’s fun trying to bake new things!
      I realized that most of the books I read were my fav genre (mystery) or they were recommended by others which often lead to black authors being excluded so I decided it is time to diversify my reading.


  5. Ambitious list but just as I read in another post today, both having a mind map of your purposes and goals AND investing in yourself are fantastic things into getting you to your best version ❤ I wish you all the luck and motivation in the world so you can achieve everything you have planned on 🙂

    I'm 4 years away from turning 30. I just signed up for a new degree and I hope that before turning 30 I will complete that and hopefully a master's degree in the new field I am entering. Right now that is my main focus

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  6. What a lovely list! How exciting to be writing a book too. And yes to crock pot cooking, it’s just so easy, you’ve reminded me I need to get ours out of storage now, haha. If you want to bake more bread, try beer bread – you only need beer, flour and sugar. No kneading or proving required. It’s delicious! x

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  7. I am 25 and I freaked out for a while about it. I am really trying to embrace aging, it is so normal and we all grow old one day. It is just hard to accept. Thank you for this post ❤

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