I have officially entered my late 20s as of this past Saturday. I will admit; I’m still in denial that I’m now 27 years old. Where has the time gone?
Looking back a decade ago, when I was just a wee 17 year old high school girl, I never predicted I’d be where I’m at now in my life. I pictured my life so much different than it is today. But is that a bad thing? I have a Masters in Public Health. I have completed my first Ironman. I have experienced losing a parent at a young age. I have had many ups and downs on the roller coaster of life.
My life may not be the so-called dream that I thought it would be when I was 17. But that’s life. I am content and happy where I am in my life. Could things be better? Sure. Could things be far worst? Of course!
Within the past year I finally feel like I found myself and what path I really want to pursue in life. Totally cliché I know! It amazes me that as the older I get, the more I grow as a human being. What I wanted at 17 is different than what I wanted at 21. What I wanted at 21 was different than what I wanted at 25 and so forth. I’m sure when I hit 30 than I will want other things in life as well. I believe that we evolve as we age and become wiser and better people. I finally feel that I have outgrown my immature ways and view the world differently. I don’t expect the world to cater to my needs; instead, I must work hard and consistently to meet my own needs.
I’ve decided that each year on my birthday I am going to set goals based on my age number to accomplish by my next birthday. I’m a very goal-oriented person so setting goals makes me happy; but I think it will also help me in my pursuit for my ultimate career and life goals.
So, without ado… here are my 27 goals for my 27th year:
- Travel to a new country
- Learn French (or begin the process)
- Take a class for fun on something new that interest me
- Help write a grant proposal at work
- Land my first paying freelance job
- Learn to take quality pictures with my new DSLR
- Volunteer more
- Learn to deal with stress better
- Pay off at least $5000 of my student loans
- Learn the basics of investing
- Stick to my budget
- Reconnect with some old friends
- Grow a small vegetable garden
- Experience a new city
- Try an adult rowing class
- Write more often
- Help write an article for publication at work
- Grow my personal training and endurance sport coaching business
- Enjoy our family camp at the lake more
- Start studying for the GREs
- Hike Mt. Washington
- Spend more time reading
- Find something good in everyday
- Learn to cook a new recipe each month
- Become better at meal prepping on the weekends
- To have a Fall running season
- To enjoy the year as I’ll be another year older next year