29 by 30 List

I turned 29 on Thursday and promptly got sick due to my compromised immune system (you know, since I’m an old lady now), so my 29 by 30 list is a few days late.

I love creating annual bucket lists each birthday. It’s easy to procrastinate a lifelong bucket list, but if you only have a year to finish, you have to start working toward your goals now. Last year’s 28 by 29 list is now complete except for fixing up the basement spare room. I did procrastinate it until the end, but the basement has been turned upside down by our water heater fiasco over the past few weeks, so I haven’t been able to work on it. That’s a good excuse, right?

I need to get the most out of my last year as a twenty-something, so it’s time for a new list!

29 by 30 list, bucket list

  1. add 5 original artworks to my shop1, 2, 3, 4, 5‚—Done!
  2. go strawberry pickingDone!
  3. try bubble teaDone!
  4. plant a shade gardenDone!
  5. go on the Tour D’CoopDone!
  6. make my first Christmas or Thanksgiving dinnerDone!
  7. take a calligraphy classDone!
  8. rearrange the mantle a bit (the zombies print stays)Done!
  9. learn a ukulele duet with DanielDone!
  10. try making green smoothiesDone! (my favorite)
  11. invent 6 DIY projects1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Done!
  12. try selling my fine wares at a craft showDone!
  13. travel to a place I’ve never beenDone!
  14. make a video tutorial to answer “How do you get your hair like that?”Done!
  15. finish reading the Old Testament (not just the exciting parts)
  16. add notebooks to the W&W collectionDone!
  17. try to sew somethingDone!
  18. make my own jamDone!
  19. go on a real picnic (with a basket and everything)Done!
  20. 12 acts of kindness12/12
  21. make the perfect cheesecakeDone! (This is the secret.)
  22. transform our bedroom into a space that I loveDone!
  23. organize a meetup for local wit & whistle blog readersDone!
  24. see my first balletDone!
  25. find a new album to love (every song, not just one)Done!
  26. try 5 new cookie recipes1, 2, 3, 4, 5—Done!
  27. dye my hair red (per Daniel’s request)Done!
  28. write a short story (that I probably won’t let anyone read)Done!
  29. be more proactive, and plan 6 get-togethers with friendsDone!


    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That’s so great Katy! I might steal some items off your list for next year! ;)

  1. lauren taylor

    very cool. i think i might start this for my birthday this year. i have WAY too much going on (planning a reception for june) right now, but this would be cool!

    i was also worried about your zombie sign when you said rearrange your mantle. ;)

  2. Janna

    Your list inspires me- I think it’s a fabulous idea. Way to go on last year, and here’s to this year! I’ve been making green smoothies for breakfast lately. The idea scared me, but they’re delicious. I put in spinach, Greek yogurt, frozen fruit (frozen mangoes and peaches are good- but I throw in some frozen berries sometimes too), and pineapple or orange juice. I don’t have exact amounts- I think you have to play around with it depending on your preferences for taste and consistency- but they’re awesome and since the Greek yogurt has tons of protein, they keep me full until lunch.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That sounds delicious! I’ll definitely give it a try. I just need to find a good blender.

  3. Chelsea Ward

    This is a fantastic list! I’m a month into my 25 before 26 list right now, they’re such a challenge but I work so much harder towards accomplishing them all than compared to New Year Resolutions. Good luck with your list, and happy birthday!

  4. nicole

    I love birthday lists!! They make me so happy! Since seeing the movie Black Swan, I’ve wanted to see Swan Lake. For sone unknown reason, looked up Pacific Northwest Ballet & they are showing Swan Lake in April. Scored a $28 second row seat ticket. Can’t wait to hear about all your adventures!

  5. Gabrielle

    What a terrific list and a fun chalkboard drawing to go with it. I’m turning thirty this year and also chose to celebrate it with a chalkboard drawing of my own. Love hand lettered chalkboards!

  6. Emma

    Happy belated birthday, sorry your old lady-ness caught up with you and made you crook. I love your list, I’m currently staring down the barrel to the end of 27 and am starting to see the wisdom of making a list, time flies by WAY to fast!

  7. Anya @ SAS-does

    Happy belated birthday! I really like your list and I am sure you will have lots of fun going through it.

    P.S. Can’t wait to see what you’ll plant in your shade garden. Most of our backyard is shaded so I am always on a lookout for new plant ideas.

  8. Jenny K

    This idea is so great and I have loved watching you complete your 28 by 29 list. I have loved this idea since you first posted about it and I look forward to making my own list on my upcoming birthday. :) Additionally, I am SUPER pumped up about #16. Yesssssss.. As if I need more notebooks and journals, but they all get used eventually! Thank you so much for your great blog. It’s my number one favorite. :)

  9. Jennifer

    What a great idea! I’ve had what I call a BID (Before I Die) list for 12 years or so. I cross a few things off every year. But the short-term plan is genius. My birthday is coming up, so I’m stealing this idea. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Kristen

    Oh I love this list and just the idea in general! I went back and looked at your list from the previous year and I am super impressed AND inspired! I see a lot of people making these types of lists, but then they only do a handful of things – I mean, that’s really great, of course (I didn’t do anything like that!), but it’s nice to see someone put a list out there and actually accomplish everything on it! Congratulations! P.S. I look forward to reading your blog everyday! :-)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Kristen! I have a weird urge to finish any list I make. It’s kinda out of control, haha.

  11. Ray


    I do have some suggestion to help you accomplish the list. Firs: to make mango jam you can just slice some mango and cook with lots of sugar and a small cup of water. That’s how my grandma used to make it.

    And for the 25th, the album that I’m most in love right now is Like I Used To, from Lucy Rose. She’s delightful! Actually a buddy of mine and me are getting a cover video just ready from her song Scar.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That mango jam sounds amazing, and I’ll definitely checkout Lucy Rose. Thanks a lot!

  12. Ariel

    Let me know when you get to #24. I love ballet, I danced ballet up until I was 17 and my dream job was to be a ballerina…but unfortunately most ballerinas are not 5’10. I know Chris would never go with me, maybe we can make that a small group activity.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I didn’t know you were a ballerina! That’s so awesome. I would have loved to dance if I weren’t as awkward as a gimpy baby giraffe. That would be an awesome girl’s night. I know Daniel would be happy to get out of going!

  13. anna

    love this list!!! I would make one, but then I’d freak and probably not cross off anything! ha. Man, I’d love to show you how to sew. Heck, I’d love to sew stuff using fabric you design!!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      You should make one! Maybe you won’t freak, and instead you’ll do a bunch of great things you’d never have done otherwise! :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yes, Renegade looks amazing! I will probably start out with something smaller and local since it will be my first show. I need to test the waters to see if I enjoy it before going all out. ;)

  14. Christa H

    Ha ha- I thought that about your hair! I went on the Tour D’Coop the first year they had it and I thought it was a blast. Take your camera.

  15. Rachel

    This list was so inspiring for some reason! There are quite a few little crafty things I’ve been wanting to get done in my bedroom and elsewhere around my house that I haven’t gotten around to. I mean, being only 20 and still in college impedes those goals a bit, but that’s no excuse! Thanks to this list, I’m going to make my own! A (some # to be determined) by 22 list! (my birthday’s in a couple months, so to give myself to 21 would be unrealistic, haha)

    I always enjoy reading your posts. Thank you so much!

  16. Angela

    Happy Birthday :) I love your blog they’re very inspiring.
    All the creative things that you put in there are really beautiful :)

  17. Irene

    You inspire me with this list every year. I think no 13 is the bomb! oh, and no 15 – the boring bits in the OT are actually not that boring (well, ok, maybe the geaneologies :) )
    I’m not sure whether you are cheating with no 7 AND 23, but I’m all for it.

    Happy Birhtday, my your last year of the twenties be an inspirational and productive one.

  18. julia // anderson lane

    My parents both grew up in Wilson, and we visited my grandparents every May when I was a kid. My grandmother would take me strawberry picking at Deans Farm on these trips, it’s one of my favorite memories with her. You probably have tons of pick-your-own farms closer to you, but I remember their strawberries as some of the best I’ve ever tasted!

    I also highly suggest you combine #2 and #18 (two birds, one stone kind of deal,) homemade jam with fresh picked berries is just about as good as it gets.

  19. Rachel

    Are you a fan of Mumford & Sons? Their newest album ‘Babel’ is simply amazing, inspired and magical. Plus a little fun fact: the lead singer Marcus had just fallen in love when most of these songs were written – somehow knowing that set me up to love the CD already but I can honestly say that I love every song on there! Enjoy :)

  20. Lily

    I saw you haven’t crossed bubble tea off your list yet! the pearls are just tapioca. I would suggest not getting a milk tea drink because most places use powder stuff to make it. Just get a regular bubble tea and ask for less sugar because they are sometimes heavy handed with the simple syrup.

    Because I’m sure you’re curious as to why I’m commenting so late, I went back to see what you used to learn the ukulele because recently my bf and I have gotten one and we are determined to learn!

    BTW, I LOVED LOVED LOVED your DIY coffee table. Super jealous of it. =)

  21. syd

    you’re inspiring me!

    thinking up my list now…


    – s
    (ps – used to live in AL, now live in Hong Kong and bubble tea is definitely a love of mine. there’s so many flavours here!! taro is one of the best.)

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