30 Before I Turn 30

Posted: July 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

This is my sixth year making one of these goal lists. It’s my favorite part of the process, imagining the finish line one year from now with an unrealistically low idea of how much work each goal will entail. I’ve tried to set goals that make me nervous. Putting it on this list (and sharing it with other people) is a commitment that I’m afraid to fail at.  After accomplishing 16 of my goals last year, I’ve increased the difficulty for this year’s list.


1. 200 Days of No Added Sugar
2. 500 Home Cooked Meals
3. No Fast Food for 200 Days
4. Eat Four Servings of Vegetables For 200 Days


5. One Ultra-Endurance Event
6. Qualify For Ironman World Championships (70.3 or 140.6)
7. Wabash Trace Fastest Know Time
8. Qualify For Boston Marathon
9. Build Buff Dudes DIY Power Rack
10. Build Ultimate Trainer Setup

Lethal Engineering / Lethal Tri

11. Join Milwaukee Makerspace
12. 20 Lethal Engineering Videos
13. 10 Lethal Tri Videos (about my goals)
14. 25 Blog Posts


15. Obtain Direct Contract With A Class I Railroad
16. Daily Planning For 200 Days
17. Setup SIMPLE IRA For Business
18. Increase Net Worth to $250k


19. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
20. Build > 1,000 Piece LEGO Set
21. See Falcon Heavy Launch
22. Bike Katy Trail
23. Go To Packers Game At Lambeau Field
24. SCUBA (PADI) Certified


25. Donate $5,000
26. Volunteer 100 Hours
27. Wakeup before 4:30 a.m. For A Month Straight
28. Clean House (Vacuum 50 Times, Organize 50 Times, Wipe Surfaces 50 times, Bathe Dog 20 Times)
29. No News/Social Media/YouTube/Netflix for a Month
30. Track Time By The Minute and Happiness Every Couple of Hours For A Month

I’ll create a commitment contract again since it worked so well last year. A blog post for that coming next week. If you’d like to help with any of these goals, please let me know!

  1. Juliet Hall says:

    Ok…Legos for Christmas and I may be able to help you out with the Green Bay game. If you are serious about it, I can ask my longest,oldest friend to see if she can get tix. She lives in Green Bay and has MANY connections.

    Aunt July

  2. Melissa says:

    Mark raised eyebrows at 4:30 AM for a month. As he is up every day, should he give you a call?

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