30 Before 30

Guys – this week is Birthday Week!!  If you’ve never been around a Merrin girl close to their birthday, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about.  Let me enlighten you.  Birthdays are a huge deal.  They deserve more than one day of celebration.  Hence, Birthday Week.  It’s awesome.  We have some fun things planned to celebrate my 26th next weekend.  You’ll hear about those later.

In the spirit of getting older, we decided to make a list of 30 things we want to accomplish before we turn 30.  This list has been ruminating for a while.  We both are so proud of all we have done so far.  Neither of us feels we wasted our single years or early 20s.  We want to continue to live life to the fullest.  This list is not about becoming better or different people.  It’s about continuing the adventure of life together and not losing momentum and becoming boring, content people.

While we may not complete everything on this list (especially considering we have no idea what God has planned for our future), we think these are attainable goals if we stay focused.  We have goals from a variety of “categories” including travel, spiritual growth, and some silly stuff, too.  We have 25 shared goals as well as 5 individual goals for each of us.  We will track our progress here, so you will always be able to check in and see how it’s going.  We are excited to share this journey with you and to see how God uses these goals to grow us as individuals and as a couple!

  1. Buy a house
  2. Move out of Ohio
  3. Go SCUBA diving
  4. Go snorkeling
  5. Go white water rafting
  6. Go ziplining
  7. Visit 10 more states
  8. Visit 3 more countries
  9. Go on a couples vacation with friends
  10. Go on a completely spontaneous, unplanned trip
  11. Visit the Grand Canyon
  12. Visit Niagara Falls
  13. Visit Boston
  14. Get involved in a small group at church
  15. Go on a missions trip
  16. Get mentors
  17. Get involved in community service
  18. Get better at home improvement
  19. Get our masters degrees
  20. Go to a casino
  21. Restore “Chairy”
  22. Upgrade some of our furniture
  23. Reach our goal amount in savings
  24. Reach our goal amount in our IRA
  25. Watch all Tom Hanks movies

Kevin’s 5

  1. Be a mentor
  2. Run a half marathon
  3. Go to 3 new baseball stadiums
  4. Read 30 books
  5. Shoot an 80 on the golf course

Alise’s 5

  1. Get better at sewing
  2. Finish 100 Best Novels list
  3. Make a soufflé
  4. Make risotto
  5. Make coq au vin