30 BEFORE 30

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It's been a while since I last wrote a personal piece on the blog, so I thought it was suitable to squeeze on in now.

I was catching up on my subscriptions tab on YouTube when I stumbled upon Lucy Moon's "My 30 Before 30 List" video. The idea is to list up 30 things you want to do or achieve before you hit the big 3-0. I love making lists, so of course, I loved the idea. I enjoyed making my "21 Things I've Learned at 21" (which you can read here) when I turned 21, so I thought I should jump on this wagon as well.


Own at least one apartment

I've always dreamed of having a place of my own, a big apartment, not a house because I've always hated living on the ground floor. Anyone else feels this, too?

Live in London for a month

If you know me, you know my undying love for London. I mean, I've had at least one trip to London each year since 2014.

Live in Paris for a month

After my last trip to Paris, my fondness for the city grew tremendously and I would love to live here and see what that would be like.

Live in New York City for a month

It's the concrete jungle where dreams are made

Learn French

I was always torn between learning French or learning Spanish at school. Now, I've tried my hands on Spanish, so it's time to learn French.

Learn Italian

It's such a beautiful language.

Treat Mom to a big trip somewhere

I've experienced so many wonderful places because of all the trips I've been able to take with my Mom.

Help Mom become debt-free

So she can live comfortably without worries.

Pay off all my student loans

I can't believe I'm almost done with my studies.

Own a dog... or three

I want a Golden Retriever, or a Corgi, or a Labrador, or all of them. Maybe a German Shepherd as well.


Have a full-time job that makes me financially stable

I don't need to become a millionaire, I just want to be able to live without having to worry in-between paychecks.

Be happy and content with my work-life

Nothing is worse than waking up each day and not do something you love

Intern in a foreign country

This kinda goes with living in another city for a month. I've never had the financials to live in another country just cause, so if I could work and experience another place at the same time, it would be great!

Workout consistently

I mean, do I even need to go in-depth?

See the Phantom of the Opera

I'm obsessed.

Learn how to make homemade pasta

I pasta.

Become an organ donor

Because if you can, why not?

Read all of Jane Austin's books

I've read Pride and Prejudice. I would love to read the rest of her works as well.

Read all the Sherlock Holmes books

I have "The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and I really need to read it.

Fill a whole journal

I love writing, and I would love to be able to look back in the future and read my past thoughts.


Read 52 books a year

I used to read a lot when I was in high school, but

Visit Italy, again

Take me back to Venice, and then a trip to Rome, please.

Visit Greece

Santorini and Athens look so incredible. I used to love Greek Mythology and the architecture in Greece still amazes me.

Visit Scotland

I really need to visit the filming locations for Harry Potter

Marathon Harry Potter

Because the closest to a marathon I've done is watching a movie a night for a week. I want to binge all.

Re-read the Harry Potter series in English

I only read the Norwegian-translated books when I was a kid.

Visit Harry Potter World

I want my own wand.

Have my own library

With a super-comfy velvet chair and everything.

Read everything on my TBR (to-be-read) list

I have so many books I've bought and not read yet

Have a degree

If everything goes according to plan, I'll get my bachelor's degree this spring!

Love, Ellen