31 Before 32

As some of you know, last week I turned 31 and while it wasn’t as exciting as hitting the big 3-0, I still wanted to celebrate by making a list of things I want to accomplish that year, which I posted on Thursdays over at The Writeous Babe Project. But I thought I’d share my list here too. 

Here are the things I want to do before turning 32. 

1. Have a birthday brunch with my girlfriends.  (Done!)
2. Complete a half marathon. (Done! And I survived!)
3. Become a blogging star. 
4. Attend a blogging conference. 
5. Write for xoJane.
6. Write for Hello Giggles. 
7. Land my own column. 
8. Write for The Frisky.
9. Write for Bust. 
10. Have an essay published in Elle. 
11. Get an essay published in Self. 
12. Attend the Essence Music Festival. 
13. Try Dance Trance.
14. Try PYT.
15. Host a panel discussion on freelancing. 
16. Host a blog party.
17. Visit Chicago with Edd. 
18. See my byline on Jezebel. 
19. Write for B Metro.
20. Feel good in a bikini. 
21. Climb a rock wall. 
22. Find new BFFs. 
23. Get new business cards. 
24. Be in a belly dance hafla. 
25. Go to fun halloween party. 
26. Get a makeover. 
27. Become a good photographer. 
28. Fall in love with Birmingham.
29. Do 12 Dates of Christmas.
30. Send cute couple cards. 
31. Pay off my credit card debt. 


  1. I like this post Jai! I have several things that I desire to accomplish before my birthday this year in August but I haven’t written them down (although I am making vision boards, which will include some of these things). This inspires me because I think when you write things down, it serves as a reminder and helps keep you excited about what you want to do. I have a little over 6months until my big day and I think that over the next few days I will write down a few things that I will accomplish before the number turns over one more year. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. My goal was to convince the world that Nicki Minaj needs to be institutionalized, but she did a great job of proving that herself at the Grammys.

    I’m also looking to finally pay off some lingering bills and make a deeper connection with my youth group.

  3. Great list. I’m impressed at how lofty (yet attainable) your goals are, my friend. To me, you already accomplished one of the hardest ones by doing that half marathon.

  4. Glad I could inspire you, Arnita!
    Thanks, Maisy! We must schedule a phone date soon.

  5. Big List! Sure you can accomplish it all.

    Mine goal is the same as always. Continue to say no to drugs. Mainly it’s the only one I’ve been able to stick with

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