30 Things To Do Before 30 // Bucketlist

Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday

Here I am in the last year of my twenties. Whoa! Allow me to let that one settle for a minute. Life has definitely been one for the books so far. Good times, bad times, what on earth was I thinking times, and the best times of my life times. Let me play out the more recent years:

  • I have brought two amazing children into this world.

  • Started a wedding photography business in 2009 and successfully going at it full time.

  • Discovered myself and gained comfort in my own skin while tossing out the worries of other people’s opinions of me.

  • Developed a passion for really living and being me. Embracing my weirdness and quirks.

  • Found out what it feels like to truly love someone and share my soul like never before. Although love is everything in life and surrounds all aspects of it, I do not give my heart freely and I protect it with all my might. I felt it mades me too susceptible to heart aches. But like Bob Marley said, "You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that's so real it scares you." And it could not be closer to the truth. I have let walls down and made memories into invaluable treasures kept sanctified in my heart. It is the kind of love that never fades no matter what. Love that is not conditioned on an outcome or even the acceptance of it, but rather just the giving because that person is worthy.

  • Now the start of Wander Knot.

Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday

With my thirties coming up in the blink of an eye, I have decided to make a 30 things to do before 30 bucketlist. These are things I will complete if I am blessed with the time before that mark.

1. Get to have a lot more goodnight kisses. Maybe a few more 3:00 AM talks with lollipops and claiming fame to some constellations of our own.

2. Skydive. Skydiving is extreme as it is, but I must go all out and do it in the coolest place.

3. Learn to play guitar and own my first. Already got it picked out - the Luna Flora Lotus.

4. National Park road trip out west with Christian. A serious one month adventure and stamping up our passports!

5. Pay all debt. Ok maybe with the exception of my mortgage. Attempting to stay realistic but that would be fantastic if I could accomplish that as well.

6. Meet John Mayer. Maybe I am stretching the possibilities a bit now but staying optimistic.

7. Slow dance under the stars. Music or no music. Take me in your arms and hold me close.

8. Grow Wander Knot. Metaphysics baby.

9. Play board games all day (or night). Because board games are fun.

10. Write a book. I hold my belief about spirituality, love, happiness, and life in general close to my heart. They mean so much to me it is almost too sacred to share. I have a difficult time expressing myself verbally, so I think writing all my thoughts down will only allow myself more personal growth.

11. Start a tradition. Not exactly sure what it would be directed towards at this moment, just something.

12. Take my kids camping in a tent. We have been fortunate to do a lot, but this is something I am ready to experience with them. Nature is a beautiful thing.

13. Spend a night shooting to capture an extraordinary star trail picture. I am blown away every time I see one, so it is time I create my own.

14. Shoot our sunset time-lapse on Hyatt Lane. Plan made during our first date watching the sunset in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

15. Spend a whole night under the stars in a hammock. No explanation needed.

16. Take a professional family photo with my parents and brother. I am a professional photographer and I have yet to have one with my family that was not from the 90's. I would say those are a bit outdated.

17. Complete all 50 states. I have six remaining: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Here I come New England.

18. Build a camper van. At least start the process of finding a cargo van and converting it into a camper van to travel.

19. Watch the sunrise. Now I have seen plenty of sunrises over the years, but I have never woke up and sat with the intention of just watching our breathtaking sun bring in another day.

20. Construct a fire pit. Sitting by the fire is so nice and cozy, I want one in my yard!

21. Paint fight. Why not?

22. Learn how to skip rocks. Because I cannot for the life of me figure it out. One bounce, two bounce, plump.

23. Watch synchronous fireflies. All my years living at the foot the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and I have yet to ever witness these in Elkmont.

24. Introduce myself to yoga. Mind, body, and soul.

25. Fly in a hot air balloon. They are beautiful to look at, and I could only image the beauty from a different perspective.

26. Murder Mystery dinner party. Someone told me about attending one of these. It sounds like fun!

27. Camping alone. A time to reconnect with myself and dig deeper into nature’s soulful connection.

28. Dye hair blue. Because who would not want blue hair?

29. Never take a day for granted. "There’s no substitute for time” - cue the John Mayer lyrics. There is no guarantee to how much or how little time is granted. Enjoy the abundance of every moment and make memories to last forever. Life is a beautiful adventure. Make it a worthy one.

30. Live one day at a time. I have a tendency to seek an outcome in situations, to be dependent on the future, despite knowing better. Maybe it is the comfort of knowing there is more, but realistically that is a satisfaction that cannot be guaranteed. The worry of tomorrow takes away from the full enjoyment of today. Treasure what I have in front of me. This does not mean to give up on dreams or not have goals (otherwise this bucketlist is completely pointless to write), just not putting so much emphasis on needing a particular outcome. Go all in, let myself go. Depth over distance. Do not worry with what is next. Enjoy the moment of now. Live in the present.

Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday
Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday
Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday
Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday
Adult Cake Smash | 30th Birthday