27 Things to Do Before I Turn 27

Today is my half birthday.  I remembered it was coming up a few days ago.  I’m not sure if it was all the talk of New Year’s Resolutions, this awesome blog I came across the other day, or my love of a good list that helped make this decision.  It was probably a combo of all three.

DSC00570This photo doesn’t really have anything to do with the list, I just like trees and I loved how this tree had a hole big enough to climb into

In honor of my 26th year coming to the half way point, I have decided to compile a list of goals and things I want to do to in the next six months. I don’t know if I will be successful at all of them, but I hope I am.  I tried not to put too many qualifiers on things, but at the same time I do want to make some changes in my life and be more thoughtful when it comes to certain things.  Over the past few days I put together a list, so here it is (in no specific order other than the way that they popped into my head):

1. Finish my NaNo Novel
– even though I reached my goal of 50,000 words I am not near finished with my novel

2. Get Stronger
– I don’t want to put a number on this of pounds to lose or the like, but I do need to get stronger and be healthier (it’s a bit of a theme)

3. Be Published
– I need to start writing more for other publications beyond my blog and my novel (writing- it’s another theme)

4. Volunteer at least 24 hours of my time over the next 6 months
– there are plenty of places in Busan that can use help,

5. Visit a new place/city in Korea
– this may be done by playing the game where you close your eyes and walk toward a map, but there’s so much of Korea I’ve yet to see

6. Visit at least one new country
– this one may not happen due to vacation days, but we’ll see

7. Donate my hair to Locks of Love
– My hair is super long and it’s time for some of it to go, and by some I mean at least 10 inches

8. Finish all the current topics on my “blog idea” list
– There are a lot of things on that list, this one is actually a pretty tall order, but it needs to be done

9. Learn More About Photography
– I have a fancy new camera and I need to learn how to get the best use out of it

10. Learn Photoshop
– for all the time I spend on the computer, I should put it to good use

11. Eat Healthier
– even though Korean food is healthy, I need to do a better job at what I eat

12. Eat More Whole Foods
–  didn’t I warn you there was a theme? also this means I need to clean out all the junk food in my cabinets

13. Don’t eat convenience store food for a month
– this also includes the energy drinks I get from there almost daily, it’s a bad habit

14. Be More Present
– it’s so hard to not get distracted these days with so much technology buzzing around our heads that I need to remember to focus on the people in the room

15. Give More Compliments
– a little love can go a long way

16. Send 27 pieces of mail
-cards and letters might be coming your way

17. Go on at least two new hikes
– I like the view from the top, but my lungs don’t always like getting there

18. Read two new books
– I read much less in Korea and I need to get back to my love of books

19. Visit at least one new Museum
– I love museums so this one shouldn’t be too hard

20. Spend 7 hours a week while at home without screens
– I’m addicted to the computer when I’m home and I need to step away from it more, so ideally 1 hour a day without TV, computer, phone, or iPod screens

21. Perform 5 Random Acts of Kindness for Strangers
– I don’t know what I’m going to do, but we shall see

22. Save 15% of my monthly salary for retirement
– This is something I should have started ages ago

23. Host a Soup and Swap
– My roommate hosted a great one in Chicago and I would love a repeat of good food, lovely ladies, and giving a second life to old items

24. Get rid of 27 Things I Don’t Need and/or Don’t Use
– I should ideally do this before I host a Soup and Swap

25. Do something special for my students for their Kindergarten Graduation
– now I just have to figure out what

26. Worry Less
– this one is going to be a bit of a challenge since I am a really good worrier.

27. Smile More
– Don’t worry, be happy (or at least I’m going to try)

That is my list. I hope it helps inspire a great 6 months and is the beginning of a great 27th year.

Here goes nothing,
From Busan with List Love,


9 thoughts on “27 Things to Do Before I Turn 27

  1. Great list Jenna! I love all your ideas but 26 and 27 are the best! also, getting published is a very important goal. i will be sure to buy your book! 🙂

    • Aw Thank You Magda you are so sweet! 26 is going to be a hard one, for sure! And I’m sure when it’s done I won’t shut up about my book, I just have to finish it first!

  2. Oh wow, I didn’t see this before commenting on your Bayon post. Thanks for the reference! Happy half birthday, and I love your list. But what is a “soup and swap”? This sounds like way too much fun 🙂

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  4. Well I love your list right back! A soup and swap is where the host makes soup and some other snacks and people bring things they want to get rid of and hopefully find something else awesome in the process.

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