After watching the Friends episode, "The One Where They All Turn 30," I was inspired by Phoebe completing a list of 30 things she wanted to do before turning 30. I created a list of 20 Things to do Before Turning 20, which I have since completed because my birthday this year has come and gone. I came up with my list in June and worked on my tasks all the way up until the night before my birthday, on which I completed three. Obviously this is not a list of things for everyone to do before turning 20, just a bunch of interesting things I've been meaning to try but have not had the push to complete until now! This year was a little rushed, but I have almost an entire year before my next birthday and am already working on a list of 21 Things to do Before Turning 21!
1. Try a Ballet Barre Class.
I completed this during the month of September. I came across this style of exercise class online over the summer and was happy to see it when I checked out the listing of free classes provided by our campus gym this fall. I liked it enough to take the class weekly until the instructor had to leave the state for a family matters and was replaced by a chick who has no idea what she's doing.
2. Take a HIIT Class.
High intensity interval training is tough. Somehow I agreed to join a friend in a 7 am class once a week that lasts 45 minutes long. I'm always super sore the next day but the workout class is very motivating and I'm glad I've started a new healthy habit!
3. Participate in a Research Study.
I signed up for a couple research studies last semester but chickened out at the last minute. This time around I signed up for a study other than a shock study in the kinesiology research lab. It was straight forward, only last an hour, and I received a $10 Amazon gift card for my time!
4. Watch a Scary Movie for Halloween.
I can't remember the last time I saw a scary movie, and I certainly never watch them around Halloween. I can't stand scary movies, but this year wanted to do so in the spirit of Halloween. My roommate and I made an apple bake and then ate it while watching "The Woman in Black 2." It was pretty creepy and I hid my face for a lot of it, but it ended on a somewhat positive note. They had one last scare before the credits to hint that the danger wasn't really over, but I just told myself they lived happily ever after and that was that.
5. Bike to Monticello and Back.
Monticello is about a 26 mile round trip. My original goal was to bike to New Glarus, about the same distance one way, but then I realized it would be a lot of work to have someone pick us up there and would be quite a trek to make it there and back! I almost didn't make the return trip Monticello because I got super tired and grumpy on the way back, but Ryan motivated me to keep going. My legs were totally jello afterwards!
6. Take a Yoga Class.
I've never really taken an actual yoga class. I did the 30 Day Yoga Challenge on YouTube but not one in-person. In May my roommate and I went to a breast cancer awareness yoga session sponsored by the Susan G. Komen foundation. They led us through an informational presentation followed by an hour long yoga and guided meditation session. It was so relaxing and now I've signed up to take classes again this spring!
7. Create Wall Art.
I made two pieces of wall art during the summer. The first was a birthday gift to a dear friend, and the second was a challenge I presented to both Ryan and myself. We painted pineapples! They're currently hanging in my bedroom at home and make me smile every time I see them!
8. Travel Without Destination
My soul yearns for travel but sometimes I need an extra push to get out there. For this task, Ryan and I got into his car and took turns deciding which way to turn until we felt properly lost. It was both terrifying and exhilarating. This trip is how we went about crossing the next item off my list!
9. Explore a Nearby Town.
During our traveling without a destination, we eventually came across a small town called Lena. It was a cute place that has a historic water tower and several small parks, including one with a pool and water slides! We didn't stay for too long, but before we left I made sure to look for coffee. We found some at the Lena Mercantile Company and I tried one of their specialty lattes.
10. Make Homemade Lemonade.
For this, Ryan and I squeezed so many lemons! We used an entire bag and still barely had enough juice for the recipe. In the end, we decided to add some strawberries as well to add some flavor.
11. Make a Recipe from my Pinterest Dessert Board.
Since starting Pinterest, I have somehow accumulated 1.5k dessert pins! I'm not even sure how that's possible!! And also, since starting, I have made zero of them. So unfortunate. I decided to change that when I got home for the summer, so I picked a recipe for brownies made with PB2 instead of flour and they turned out wonderful. No one could even tell they were flour free!
12. Standing Paddle Board.
This was a truly magical experience. While camping at Devil's Lake over the summer, Ryan and I went paddle boarding on the lake. It was so much fun! I highly recommend this experience to everyone. It reminded me a lot of kayaking and we had an awesome afternoon out on the lake.
13. Paint my Room.
This is another thing I've been wanting to do for ages. My room was just a little too vibrant. I actually hardly changed the color of the walls at all, but if you look closely there is a subtle change in intensity. Painting the ceiling white also helped open up the room!
Cute little Rusty getting in the way of things. He just wanted to help!
14. Get a Pedicure.
I've always wanted to get this done, but afterwards realized it's nothing too special. I'm not always the best conversationalist, so we mostly sat in silence while the attendant scrubbed at my feet. I felt bad for my sister when her spa person went at her feet with something that looked like a cheese grater, but thankfully it tickled more than hurt! Now have I bright spring-colored toenails!
15. Plant a Tree.
This is an avocado seed I'm trying to grow. I wasn't very specific with this goal, and I saved it for fairly last minute despite it needing quite some preparation! It's supposedly going to take 6-8 weeks before roots sprout up the bottom, so I'll wait and see what happens! This goal was actually meant for some mysterious seeds I have up in my bedroom, so I'll still need to plant those at some time. I honestly have no idea where they came from!
16. Grow Rock Candy.
This one sort of worked. The sugar crystals did not grow on the stick, but rather clustered at both the top and bottom of the jar I used. I flavored it with vanilla extract and let it grow two weeks before doing my best to extract the candy. The sugar crystals looked very cool!
17. Go to Summerfest.
This was such a blast! We went as a family this summer for my parent's anniversary and had a great time. We were introduced to many new bands and stayed entertained all day by walking around the expansive grounds. In addition to music, I also rode a mechanical bull and lasted a decent amount of time!!
18. Make a Vegan Recipe.
When faced with this task, it suddenly came to me that several of the recipes I make on a regular basis are already vegan! As I was looking for vegan recipes, I noticed that many required fancy ingredients that would cost more to invest in than I was willing to spend. While making oven roasted sweet potatoes, it occurred to me that the recipe fit the vegan bill! I've grown to love this recipe and make it almost on a weekly basis.
19. Build a Terrarium.
I've been saving two miniature turtles for this project for a long time. I finished this task the night before my birthday, so I cut it a little close! I bought this little hybrid succulent at Sendiks, and since then it has sprouted a little flower. So cute!
20. Try Golf.
This was completed to the best of our ability. My dad had the brilliant idea of suggesting we first try our hands at the driving range to see if golf would be worth the time. My sister and I had a great time attempting to hit the golf balls with the swinging sticks, but in the end realized that golf probably would not have been very fun for us. After we ran out of balls, we played on the mini golf course instead. We stopped keeping track after the first three holes because our skills were not on par!
I had fun creating this list and trying to get everything checked off before my birthday. A list is in the works for my next birthday, and I'm hoping I'm not being unreasonably ambitious with some of my tasks! I'll see where it goes!
Hope your Thanksgiving weekends were great, now we're snowballing towards Christmas!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!