This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: 30 Before 30: A Year in Review

October 7, 2014

30 Before 30: A Year in Review

I realized I haven’t written about this list since April, which now seems like a million years ago given all that’s happened in the last 6 months. It sort of got thrown on the back burner after I found out I was pregnant. Let’s be real, that’s all I’ve been able to think about since the day I found out. It also put a bit of a damper on completing some of these items – i.e. playing volleyball in a bikini. Truthfully, I could have probably done that and run the 10k but they just didn’t seem that important.

I’ve really enjoyed having this list to guide me through the last year. It always gave me something to look forward to - a little glimmer of something exciting to come, a goal to have in mind and something to work towards.

Reminding me to read a book, or try a new chicken recipe or finally learn to sew a button. It’s been fun to explore Milwaukee in many different facets, learn something new about blogging, and travel…a lot.

While I only completed a little over half of these items, without the list, I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I ever would have gotten back on my Nordic skis or finally, finally gone and visited Kaileen, or gotten in the best shape of my life. Having that bikini-volleyball-10k goal over my head was motivation to do a lot of things during the arctic tundra we lived in last winter. And while out loud it may sound vain, it taught me a lot about learning to love myself and my body and coveting strength over skinniness.

And, even though I’ve been thinking about it for weeks, I’m not sure I’ll make a list for 30. With this little one coming in January, I think that may be all my 30th year needs. We’ll see though, perhaps I’ll try and take a crack at a few of these remaining list items and see where I end up (here's looking at you bikini-volleyball goal).

29 has been a solid year. A crazy-busy, lots of highs and lots of lows year but it was a solid one. I’m content with where I’m at and with what I’ve accomplished. I’m ready for 30. Much more ready than I thought I would be a year ago. 30 and the next 10 years will be a great new adventure, one I can’t even begin to imagine but one I’ll gladly sign on for.


  1. I've attempted macarons and I swore never again, but luckily Le Reve in Tosa makes wonderful macarons! Happy 30th!

  2. This is so great Chelsea! You've inspired me to make my own list :) Loved your post!

  3. Happy birthday beauty! From the moment you arrived on this earth you have inspired me. We are so terribly grateful for you

  4. Happy Birthday! So glad I got to enjoy #13 with you, your beef bourguignon (spelling bourguingnon, omg why is it so difficult? lol) was amazing! Here's to great things in the years to come!

  5. Happy 30, friend!! I cherished our time in Austin together and can't wait for another visit :) Love your list, love you!!

  6. I love this and your perspective on it!! Congrats on turning 30 and being pregnant! That's SO wonderful! If you want to learn macarons, I did post them on my blog (once) but I'm totally not an expert and I'm pretty sure I would rather buy really good ones any day than ever attempt to make them again lol! I'm glad Sweet Phi got me on to your blog, I just love it! Although, I feel like I need a bucket list now... almost 29 (in April) and a lot of things I want to do before I'm 30 :)