30 Things to Do Before I’m 30

One of the best daily emails in my inbox is The Listserve – every day one random person is chosen to win the “Listserve lottery.” The subject of the posts vary and I always find myself entertained, inspired, or learning new information. One of my favorite posts was December 23, 2014: 30 things to do before I’m 30. The writer, Rachel from London, inspired me to make my own list!

30 things to do before I'm 30

  1. Run a marathon
  2. Find an organization to volunteer with on a regular basis
  3. Visit 5 cities I’ve never been to before
  4. Go to 10 concerts
  5. Visit a winery
  6. See Wicked in New York City
  7. Run a Disney race
  8. Explore 10 new breweries
  9. Take a calligraphy class
  10. Go camping
  11. Help organize a 5K race
  12. Take a week long vacation
  13. Play 18 holes of golf
  14. Fall in love
  15. Take a job risk
  16. Try cycling
  17. Find my signature cocktail
  18. Read 50 books
  19. Read 10 classic novels
  20. Learn to swim laps
  21. Have a picnic
  22. Clean out my closets (seriously clean out my closets) and donate to the Bargain Box
  23. Go skiing
  24. Purchase NC State season football tickets
  25. Try 5 new foods
  26. Plan as many trips with my girlfriends as possible
  27. Visit Savannah, GA
  28. Take a spontaneous/unplanned trip
  29. Hike beautiful places of North Carolina
  30. Go to a music festival

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Thoughts on Happiness

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” – W.H. Sheldon

This summer put your phone awaysource

Lately I have been thinking a lot about happiness. What truly makes you happy? Are you happy? I was on a journey to find happiness and I did not even know it. Undergraduate school, graduate school, reading The Happiness Project, and starting my first full-time job. Lucky to be happy where I am, with what I have and what I do, and because of the people in my life. Thank you all. Let you too go wholeheartedly towards something and be happy!

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The Time You Have (In Jellybeans)

Have you seen this video yet? Ze Frank illustrates how people spend their life using jelly beans as a symbol of time. How does your time add up? The jelly beans are subtracted to represent average time spent doing chores and other responsibilities such as sleeping, working, eating, caring for others, etc. before finding the amount of “free” time left. “What are you going to do with this time?”

Love, meaning, and motivation

“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (posted on Reddit)

As a Practicum student for UGA’s Student Activities and Organizations office, I am lucky to participate in weekly staff meetings; this quote was on last week’s agenda and I wanted to share it with all of you. It serves as a good reminder for me about the importance of creativity in life  – don’t try to find it, make it! What do you do to make your own love, manufacture your own meaning, and generate your own motivation?