Thirty Before 30: The Final Stretch!

It’s July! With less than a month until my birthday deadline, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not going to finish everything on my Thirty Before 30 list in time. But that’s okay – the journey so far has been fun. Here’s what I was able to cross off in the last few months:

18. Do something I’ve never done before

In March, I did something totally new – I ran a workshop for the New York Metro SCBWI chapter! The hour-long workshop was called Scrivener for Beginners, and about 20 people attended. It was great! I was really nervous ahead of time but it went very well. I ran through everything you need to know to get started on Scrivener, and all of the attendees seemed to enjoy it. I’m so glad I took a chance and said yes to the opportunity.

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19. Complete Couch to 5K
20. Run a 5K

I started Couch to 5K several times over the last couple of years, but never completed it. I finally made it through the whole program this spring and then ran my first 5K in June. My only goal was to run/jog the whole time (no walking!), and to beat the time from my practice run the week before. I accomplished both! The 5K was actually a lot of fun, so I’m hoping to do more in the future.


24. Do 5 touristy NYC activities (2 more down)

On Mother’s Day this year, since the weather was so gorgeous, my husband and I decided to take my mom to a New York Public Garden near her apartment called Wave Hill. We walked around, had lunch in their cafe, and then just sat in the grass and enjoyed the scenery. It was wonderful! I definitely plan to go back this summer.

My mom and I at Wave Hill

My husband and I also saw If/Then on Broadway with Idina Menzel – she is incredible live!


29. See Book of Mormon on Broadway

I was starting to think we’d never get to see Book of Mormon because tickets are so expensive–way more than most other shows on Broadway right now. But then I heard that the Broadway tour was coming to The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut. My husband and I splurged on front orchestra seats (which still ended up being a fraction of the cost of the same seats for the NYC production). The show was amazing – we laughed the whole time, and loved the music. The actors on the tour were spectacular, so I don’t regret a single thing.


Alt 4. Go on a road trip

Over Memorial Day Weekend, my husband and I took a road trip up to North Adams, MA (in the Berkshires) for a wedding. It was a nice little getaway–besides attending the wedding, we got to do some sight seeing. We drove to the top of Mount Greylock, which has incredible views of the surrounding area. We also ate homemade ice cream in a cute college town, and walked around MASS MoCa (which is also where the wedding took place). The wedding was for a friend I met in my MFA program, so it was also a perfect opportunity to hang out with my other MFA buds.

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The view from Mount Greylock

To see what’s left on my list, click here. Several of these things are still in process so I’ll share a final recap after my birthday on the 24th!

Do you have any fun goals for this summer?

14 thoughts on “Thirty Before 30: The Final Stretch!

    • Thanks Katy! I’d love to run more–for sure more 5Ks. I’m not sure I’m interested in running anything more than a 10K. It’s gotten so hot and humid here lately but when the weather is a little cooler again, I plan to run more often. :)

  1. WOW! Very cool that you led a workshop– what a great opportunity. How awesome, too, that you got to see the BoM. I really want to check it out, but I wasn’t able to swing it this tour. I have been wanting to check out the MASS MoCa for a while. It sounds awesome. It took the boys to the New Britain museum of Am Art last week and it was fantastic.

    • I hadn’t even heard of MASS MoCa before this wedding but it was such a cool museum! I highly recommend if you can make a trip up there. It’s the perfect weekend getaway.

  2. I love all the things on your list and makes me want to travel back East again. Big congrats for completing the 5k with your personal best!

  3. Oh, wow! You’ve gotten tons of things crossed off your list. Sounds like lots of fun! I’m especially impressed with how you followed through with Couch to 5K, something I still have not managed to do. Good job, Ghenet! :D

  4. Every town in the Berkshires is a college town, but–were you in Williamstown, by any chance? Because that is MY college town and I love it. Once a year, in the fall, our classes were canceled and we all headed up Mount Greylock to eat doughnuts, drink cider, and enjoy being in the most beautiful place in the world. (We’re going back in a few weeks to get together with college friends and I. Can’t. Wait.)

    • We were in WIlliamstown and it was super cute! We got some ice cream from the local place. I can see how it’d be a fun place to go to college. Have fun at your get together there!

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