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T-minus 7 days and counting

In one week, I turn 33.

This little blonde tasmanian devil I know turned 30 over the weekend, and it got me thinking about your thirties and what it means.

This is the decade for things to happen. Whether you wanted to fly a plane or see the world, you need to have already started taking those preliminary steps towards your life goal.

Here are some of my goals that I will have accomplished by the time I finish out my thirties:

1. Become a millionaire. I started my business when I was 27, and I have a 10-year plan. Give or take a year or two.
2. Travel to Europe. I’ve never been, and I’m finally in a position where I could see that being fruitful and exciting.
3. Write a book. I have a million ideas, jotted down in Word documents scattered through my computer. One of them is going to end up a book.
4. Learn to dance or sing. I want to be able to do one of these two things, or both. And since I can’t hear rhythm and can’t hold a tune, it’s going to probably be one of my most difficult accomplishments.
5. Be happy. I know it seems like I already am, but I think this is one of those accomplishments that should be on the horizon at all times. Never be complacent. Never settle. Always strive for happiness, even if it’s a difficult path. I think it’s unlikely that anyone ever achieves true and complete happiness, but the closer you can get, the better.
6. Reach 225 pounds and keep my weight there. I still have a ways to go, but I know I can do it. I will do it.
7. Carpe diem. I don’t want to be a grumpy spectator, criticizing the participants. I will be one of the participants joining in wholeheartedly. I will seize the day, and fight for what I want.

With that being said, I’m going to take about a week off of blogging. I haven’t read anyone’s blogs in almost a week, and I just have too much going on right now to worry about it. If you’re a friend, you have my email address, and if anything monumental happens, I’ll definitely pop up, but I need a little break.

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59 Replies to “T-minus 7 days and counting”

  1. Dave2

    Take it from somebody who knows… being a happy 255-lb. jet-setting millionaire with a stack of best-selling books, a top-ten album, and a winner’s trophy from “Dancing with the Stars” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  2. Dan

    They sound like some damn good goals to me.

    I’m not likely to become a millionaire any time soon – but then again I travel in Europe every single day of my life, so i suppose we’re even.

    Have a good week off man. Take more if you need it. I certainly don’t mean this negatively, but it feels like you’ve been struggling to put stuff up over the last month or so.

  3. Joy

    Happy Birthday, and enjoy your break! Visiting Europe is a fantastic goal… One that is on every three to five year plan of ours. ;p (BTW, Rick Steves is a great resource, be sure to read some of his books as you start to plan.)

  4. Nancy

    I’d tell you that you deserve a break today, but that ad quote may make you hungry and then divert you from goal #6. Hmmm. I’ll tell you to relax and take a day off for yourself, but that may slow your progress to goal #1. So, I’ll just tell you to be happy that you are loved so dearly by so many and then shut up.

    Happy Birthday Adam!

  5. Lisa

    Sorry things are crazy for you right now, and I hope they settle down soon!

    Your list is full of pretty cool stuff! I’d like to do more travelling in Europe, but I already crossed over the 40 line so I’m probably not allowed again until I’m like 60.

  6. Meagan Avitable

    You offer such insight. I can’t believe I’m entering my 30s in under a month with nothing to show for my 20s. I’m glad you are my brother and that I can share things with you that are important, I hope you know I’m always here for you.

  7. pixielation

    jeeeezuz, you people are YOUNG! What the fuck am I doing here?

    I am sure you’ll manage your goals. Just remember – in life, the goalposts are always moving. Just make sure it’s you who is moving them.

    Happy birthday.

  8. Hockeymandad

    Hmmm, getting shit done in the 30’s. I dunno, I think it’s when you pay for your 20’s.

    Europe is cool except the food is odd and lacks salt. It’s not bad, but as an American it feels like something is always missing. It’s the salt. Maybe that’s just England where I went. Not just London either, I was in actual England. London is like saying Manhattan is a representation for the whole U.S.

    A break is a good idea I think. Focus on what needs to be focused on, maybe that book.

    Words I try to live by:
    “Keep on dreaming cause when you stop dreaming it’s time to die.” – Blind Melon (Change)

  9. Nenette

    Oh, a week off. Yeah. Right. SURE. Next, it’ll be a month. Then, a year.
    Eventually, we’ll have to organize a search, because it’s like you’ve vanished off the face of the earth. Then when we’ve lost all hope, we find you swimming with the dolphins, throat-singing in Tuva, or stomping on grapes in Argentina.

    A week off? We’ll see… in a week! I’ll believe it when I see you again!

    J/K of course… Have a great week off. And Happy Birthday, darling. πŸ™‚ xoxo

  10. Dawn


    Carpe diem. I don’t want to be a grumpy spectator, criticizing the participants. I will be one of the participants joining in wholeheartedly. I will seize the day, and fight for what I want.

    being a participant is fucking hard dude. hm.

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