Thirty Before Thirty

What’s on your thirty before thirty bucket list? Let me know if you’d like to join me on any of these adventures!

  1. Start a blog. March 31st, 2015: Click here to read my first blog post!
  2. Print a Bentley/Boston shutterfly book. 
  3. Plan a two-week vacation with Myra for another sister trip.  
  4. Edited March 14, 2016: Give back to the Bentley community by volunteering for the Bentley Mentor Marketplace. As a first-generation college student, I am thankful for the Bentley #PreparedU support and resources that have helped me launch my career and navigate a career change. (Original: Find a cause I care about in the Chicago-area and volunteer. In Boston, I typically volunteered at Dana Farber, LUNGevity, and Pan-Mass Challenge events.)
  5. Re-brand myself away from a finance/accounting career and into an organizational change or corporate/marketing strategy path. February 29, 2016, in-progress: Check out A Leap of Faith.
  6. Learn to live a minimalist lifestyle by creating a capsule wardrobe and decluttering.  In-progress — stay tuned for updates!
  7. Develop intermediate HTML, CSS, Ruby, and SQL skills.
  8. Facilitate a workshop at a Delta Sigma Pi LEAD or GCC.
  9. Edited March 14, 2016: Have a slice of pizza with Jen Glantz, one of my favorite bloggers. I enjoy starting my Mondays by reading a post from her blog, The Things I Learned From(Original: Meet Ivanka Trump, one of my #WomenWhoWork role models.)  
  10. Travel to at least 10 new cities/countries. Currently on the top of my list: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Iceland, Israel, India, South Africa, France, Portugal, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates. In-progress — stay tuned for updates!
  11. Attend a multi-day music festival. August 2015, Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL. 
  12. Go on a transatlantic cruise. 
  13. Work overseas, either on a project or rotation. 
  14. Cheer on Spain at the Euro Cup or World Cup. 
  15. Go to an El Clásico match that Real Madrid wins. 
  16. Learn a new language, most likely French.
  17. Visit Disney World: Adults-Only Edition.
  18. Maintain a healthy diet through clean eating and weekly meal preparation. January 2016, in-progress — thanks for your help, Ashley!
  19. Run a 10K in 60 minutes or less.
  20. Edited March 14, 2016: Trek the Plan de l’Aiguille to Montenvers, Chamonix, France.  Realistically, I should start with a day hike.  (Original: Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170-kilometer/106-mile journey through France, Italy, and Switzerland.)  
  21. Hike in Sedona, AZ.
  22. Do 10 pull-ups + 10 chin-ups consecutively.
  23. Learn to play tennis well.
  24. Take a sailing class. 
  25. Participate in a week-long fitness/wellness retreat. May 2015, PhuketFit, Phuket, Thailand.
  26. See Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zac Brown Band, and Taylor Swift in concert. 
  27. Meet my cousins’ children abroad. As of March 2015, I still need to meet Nayana Daswani in Las Palmas, Wilford Hoi in Copenhagen, and Naomi Austin in Singapore! 
  28. Learn how to parallel park on the first try. 
  29. Live by myself. June 2015-May 2016, Evanston, IL. 
  30. Fall in love. 

5 thoughts on “Thirty Before Thirty

  1. Love the list! I’m sure you can get this all done!

    If you come to the Philippines in late July / early August you can work on #27 — for sure Wilford and Naomi will be there, I think Rosh was thinking of coming around that time as well though her plans were separate so I’m not sure. I also have yet to meet Naomi and Nayana! And don’t forget Divya’s baby! Have you met Samara? I am so looking forward to meeting everyone as well 🙂

    After we move and have more room you could check out the Roskilde festival here to work on #10 and 11 🙂

    Also, just my opinion but for your volunteer possibilities … I think you’d make a great mentor 🙂


    • Thanks Lala! I’ll have classes in July/August so I won’t be able to make it to the Philippines then, but I’ll save up for Copenhagen, Las Palmas, and Singapore! I met Samara in December and yes, I’ll have to add Baby Dargani to the list! Maybe we can get the twins and Isabel to go to Roskilde too? 🙂


  2. Woo go Alexa!! I saw your update on LinkedIn and randomly clicked it – welcome to the blog-o-sphere!

    I dig the list. I’ve done or am working on 1, 6 (but what’s a capsule wardobe?), 7, 10, 13, 16, 18, 22, 24, 28.
    Sailing rocks. I’d prioritize HTML/CSS and JavaScript before Ruby/SQL. Colin Wright is one of my minimalist role models –

    Have you checked out Meg Ryan’s TED talk? Super relevant to where we are in our lives now!


    • Hi Vlad! It’s been a while – great to hear from you! I came across the capsule wardrobe on Pinterest, and defines it as a small collection of 33 including clothing, shoes, and accessories built for use during a 3 month period of time. From what I’ve seen, some minimalists have created a capsule wardrobe for each of the four seasons.

      Thanks for the advice on prioritizing HTML/CSS and JavaScript and letting me know about Meg Jay’s TED talk and Colin Wright – I will check them out this week! Let me know if you ever make it to Chicago – would be great to catch up!


  3. Love this list, Alexa!

    If you want a partner-in-crime for items 4, 10 (Portugal), 18, 19, and 22 (just did my first chin up in December), I’m your girl! It has been a bit lonely in Illinois, but I MUST take advantage of having your around while I can. 🙂

    Side note: Duolingo is an AWESOME and FREE app to learn a new language. I practice my Spanish each day for approximately 10 minutes. This can help with item 16.


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