Updated October 28, 2011–Green = in progress and Blue = completed.

In 30 days, I’ll be 30 years old, and I’m absolutely ecstatic. I have this gut feeling that 30 is going to be a new beginning for me. For it to truly be a brand new start, I have to rid myself of some things that have been on my to-do list, but I just haven’t taken the time to complete. Thirty is going to be all about “getting er done.” No more slacking and procrastination. My 30 before 30 list is the first step towards accomplishing instead of talking. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on how this goes.

 1.      Read the entire Bible—How can I honestly say I believe in something unwavering when I haven’t read the entire thing? Absurd, right? The Bible does say “study to show yourself approved to God,” so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m only at the end of Jeremiah, so it’s going to be a push to get through the remainder of it before November 24th.

 2.      Plant an organic garden—Yes, you all know that I’m a foodie, but lately I’ve been really paranoid about what is in the food I put in my body. So I want to start a garden. Just something small in my backyard. A couple of cabbages, some carrots, tomatoes, and collard greens. Yes, this is my ‘Bama showing.

 3.      Launch my business website—It makes no sense to do business without one. So instead of procrastinating and waiting on everything to be perfect, I’m just going to be obedient to Him and make it happen.

 4.      Launch my non-profit website—DRIVEN Youth is my heart and soul! I’m so excited about helping youth become the best they can be. Fear has kept me paralyzed forever. Not anymore.

 5.      Clean out my garage—My garage still has boxes in it from when I moved into this house in 2006. It’s time for me to get that under control.

 6.      Clean out my office—Good news you can walk into the office now. Bad news, I still have paper for days. I’m going to have to start with the file cabinet and go from there.

 7.      Climb Stone Mountain—I love being in nature because I’m able to see God in everything around. The sky. The wind. The trees. God’s everywhere. This climb will be a symbolic one for me. It’ll symbolize where I’ve been and where I’m going.

 8.      Volunteer with Hosea Feed the Hungry—I’m making it a priority to start volunteering more of my time this year. This will be my first step at it. To whom much is given, much is required.

 9.      Start my non-profit fundraising drive—If I’m going to change these kids lives, I have to have the funds to provide the resources they need. I will not be afraid to ask others to help me change the future.

 10.  Stop texting and driving—I’ve had too many close calls. I value my life, my son’s life, and other drivers’ lives too much to continue to jeopardize them. I’m done.

 11.  Finish my movie script—I always have these crazy what-if fantasies about life, so I’ve started putting my imagination on paper. This has been an extremely fun project to work on. Can’t wait to see the end product.

 12.  Revise A Cultural Affair—I wrote this for my capstone project when I was getting my master’s. I’ve been playing around with the idea of publishing it as an eBook since 2007. I’m done playing.

 13.  Take Cameron to the art museum—Art is my kid’s God-given gift, and it’s my responsibility to make sure he gets a much exposure to great art as possible. We are going to work on perfecting his craft and feeding his passion. .

 14.  Sign Cameron up for acting classes—He dramatic and likes attention. We’re going to focus these abilities into a Rudy Huxtable check.

 15.  Read my college journal—My college journal documents a lost, insecure girl’s search for love. I’ve never reread it before because I can only imagine how pathetic it really is. I’m going to read over a bottle of wine and thank God for my growth and my testimony. It will save someone’s life one day.

 16.  Read Power and Beauty—Yes, I’m reading T.I.P.’s book. #JudgeMe

 17.  Cancel my gym membership—I don’t go anymore. It’s a waste of money. I’m done frontin’.

 18.  Develop a workout regiment—Just because I’m taking a break from the gym doesn’t mean I’m giving up on working out. My sexiness health is too important.

 19.  Look into teaching college classes—I had a lot of fun at the lecture I did for Georgia Perimeter on Saturday. I think I’d be interested in doing this part-time.

 20.  Write a short story—I’ve never been a fiction writer, but it’s something I really want to attempt. So I’m going to start by writing a short story and submitting it to a literary publication.

 21.  Write a poem—I’m definitely not a poet, but I’ll try.

 22.  Complete a marketing plan—My first book has been written, edited, and is at the illustrator. Now it’s time for me to develop a marketing plan so that I can hit the ground running once the illustrations are done.

 23.  Write a song—I’m not a songwriter, but I love music and writing, so I’m going to attempt to write a song just for the fun of it. We shall see how this goes.

 24.  Watch For Colored Girls—I’ve never seen the movie, watched the Broadway performance or read the book. I’m going to make this a priority. As a woman, I feel I need to see this. I also think it would help with a lot of the projects I’m working on.

 25.  Read The Color PurpleThis movie has been a part of my life since childhood, but I’ve never read the book written by my Spelman sister.

 26.  Bake a red velvet cake from scratch—My grandmother refuses to give me her recipe, but do you think I would let that stop a sister? I’m going to learn to back a cake from scratch.

 27.  Watch Love JonesDon’t judge me. I’ve never seen it. How can I commit to writing a love story when I haven’t seen one of the best from my generation?

 28.  Write a feature article—I used to write magazines features all the time, but it’s been a minute. I want to get my journalistic mojo back.

 29.  Sign up for a recycling program—Part of the reason my garage isn’t cleaned out is because I have trash bags full of recyclable stuff I’ve been saving. This will be me killing two birds with one stone.

 30.  Make orthodontic appointment—I wore orthodontic devices from the time I was 8 to 18. You can’t tell it from looking at my mouth. I eventually found out my dentist has a drug problem. Just my luck. Well, I’ve finally gotten over my hatred of dentist, and I’m going to look into getting something done. Hope it doesn’t have to be braces.