Here are the reasons, thoughts and explanations for why each idea is something I would like to accomplish before I turn 30-years old. You can click on the title to read each full description. They are not listed in any particular order. Please go here to read more on how this list was created.

1. Visit the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park
These are two places in our wondrous country that I am looking to take my breath away. However, visiting both is time consuming, requires extensive vacation time, is expensive and could take time away from accomplishing some of the other items on my list…more

2. Hike the Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina portions of the Appalachian Trail
I really wanted to accomplish this by the time I turned 30 but never found my way down to Georgia to get started. I really wish I had been able to take a couple of long weekends though. During my time in the Boy Scouts (yes I am an Eagle Scout), I hiked many parts of the trail and love being out in the woods…more

3. Get licensed in Counseling
I have wanted to do counseling since at least the 12th grade. An aptitude test I dug up a few years ago said I have had an inclination to do it since I was in 8th grade.
Getting licensed in Counseling will be the culmination of years of hard work that most people don’t even realize I do…more

4. Get weight below 200 pounds
This goal may be impossible. But I tend think it just requires a lot more hard work and diligence. When working on this goal for my 30 by 30 list, I got as low as 214 before I started working again and lost my routine. It is time to buckle down and change my eating habits…more

5. Learn to play three songs on the piano
I attempted several times to start learning to play the piano before I turned 30. However, I let time, distractions, and an overall lack of manual dexterity subvert my efforts to complete this goal. I love music but other than the steering wheel drums, I can’t play an instrument to save my life…more

6. Get BachelorBytes website started
BachelorBytes is a goal I have now been working on too long. It is time to sink or swim on this one. I have had an idea for a web page that would fun to do, and depending on how successful it is, could earn a little notoriety and income on the side when I move into full time counseling…more

7. Make it through an entire Smithsonian
A few years ago I went to New York with my parents. During the road trip we stopped in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. because we were all pretty big admirers of American history. One of the places we checked out was the Smithsonian Museum of American History so my mother could fulfill a promise she made to me as a young lad: to see Mr. Roger’s sweater…more

8. Learn to have a conversation in another language or sign language
Between high school and college I have four years of Spanish under my belt. However, the only sentence I still know how to say is “Tu madre es una mujer cabra.” Roughly translated, it means “Your mother is a goat woman.” I do not think that is going to get me very far in international relations…more

9. Visit Wrigley Field
I am a pretty big baseball fan. I am not the type that buys season tickets or watches every game on TV though. Heck, in a 162 game season, I might watch 25 full games. But there is something about being at a live baseball game that send my mind into nostalgic trance and puts me at peace for the day…more

10. Run a half-marathon(Complete)
When I made my 30 by 30 list I could not run 10 steps but wanted to run a 10K. After getting some proper treatment for an injury, I met my goal over a year and half fast than I expected. Now I would like to reach the next marker of running a half marathon…more

11. Sing karaoke
I have a singing voice that sounds like the harmonies of 1,000 strangled cats. I was once booed out of my own shower. Every time I sing in church, an angel joins sides with Satan. I am the reason Simon quit American Idol. Singing kumbaya around the campfire with me drove Bin Laden to start Al Qaeda…more

12. Buy a gun and get my concealed carry permit (Complete)
When I made my 30 by 30 list, one of the things I set out to do was go hunting for a deer. However, it was somewhat of a struggle to find a gun to use and then when I did, I was nervous about transporting it the whole time because I feared there was some crazy gun law I missed…more

13. Have all debt not related to a mortgage and/or a new car paid off
As it stands right now, I am carrying quite a bit of debt. Most of it is not bad debt. But regardless I would like to have it all paid off. I left certain exceptions to my debt, namely a mortgage and/or a new car. Currently my car is only four years old but by the time I reach 40, it will be 14 and in that span, it is not unreasonable to get a new car (though I truly hope mine lasts). I hope I can afford to buy a house and quit renting…more

14. Learn to fly a plane
When I was in college one of my best friends was working on getting his private pilot’s license. He had been in the Air Force and would later fly transport and bomber planes before his untimely death due to cancer earlier this year. The thing was though, the man loved flying. Just as some people like going to the beach or to the mountains, he loved being in the air…more

15. Buy a house
It seems the American dream has always been to own your own and property and that is no different for me. My parents have been homeowners almost from the time they set foot soil on this land. But me? I have always rented. Over the past few years, I have been afforded a great roommate. But we can’t live together forever. Eventually, God-willing, he and/or I will meet a nice girl that we want to marry and our time as roomies will be over…more

16. Get a dog
Those of you who were really, really paying attention to my 30 by 30 list would have found this goal was one of my originals for that list. In other words, I have been ready to have a dog for several years. However, I want to get a yellow Labrador and my roommate is allergic to dogs and does not want them in his house…more

17. Go to the Raptor Center
When I was much younger, I was obsessed with birds. I can’t remember what spurred my interest but I loved everything about them. I especially loved birds of prey. My favorite was the Peregrine Falcon because it would dive bomb its prey. I knew every single local bird by age six and would correct my dad when he called a buzzard a hawk or a hawk a falcon. One of my most exciting memories was when I spotted a kestrel in the wild…more

18. Get a straight razor shave
I was never really taught how to shave. I just sort of figured it out through trial and error. I don’t particularly enjoy shaving and only really shave once every two to three days unless there is a specific occasion because my face doesn’t like it either…more

19. Try whitewater kayaking
I have been kayaking several times. I have been whitewater rafting several times. I have just never combined the two. My whitewater experience has been fairly good and yet horrific at the same time…more

20. Finish my book/screenplay
On my 30 by 30 list I set out to finally complete an outline for a book/screenplay that I wanted to work on. I felt like I had a creative story but needed direction. I finally sat down over a period of a few months and figured out where I wanted the story to go and how I wanted it to end up.
Now comes the hard part. I have to take my idea and turn it into something more substantial…more

21. Catalogue my baseball/sports cards
Like a lot of young boys, I loved to collect baseball cards. I would justify each pack I purchased by explaining to my parents that they would one day be worth a lot more than I was buying them for. The problem is they are only worth as much as you can sell them for. I was essentially addicted to collecting them and now have a couple boxes full of God knows what…more

22. Catalogue my comic books
After I stopped collecting baseball cards, I graduated on to collecting comic books. I loved the story lines and the artwork. By the time I got to ninth grade, the artwork took a major change and the stories began to suck. So, I stopped collecting but had still accumulated a couple hundred comic books…more

23. Make my 50 by 50 list
I started with my 30 by 30 list. I’m currently working on my 40 by 40 list and as long as live long enough, I fully intend to carry out a 50 by 50 list. The idea is that I am not making these an absolute bucket list per se. But rather, I am creating these lists so I can look back at the end of a milestone and concretely see what I’ve done…more

24. Learn Tai Chi
When I was in college I took a Tai Chi class. And by took a Tai Chi class I mean I attended the first day of class and dropped it for either something that was more interesting or had more girls (I honestly can’t remember which). However, I remember the teacher was a a rather heavy set man and yet his movements appeared easy and very fluid. It was actually very impressive…more

25. Go to a State Fair
Every year the State Fair comes to Raleigh North Carolina. And every year I have something on my plate that prevents me from going, which is less preferable than the corn dogs and funnel cakes I could be having on my plate if I went to the state Fair instead…more

26. Go to a rap concert
Growing up in Atlanta during the 90s, the rap culture was all around. For me it started with MC Hammer and local favorites Kris Kross. But it quickly evolved into the stylish and varied beats of Outkast, Mos Def, Dr. Dre, Common, The Roots and others. I have been to a lot of concerts for bands that I love but I have never been to a rap concert…more

27. Get my dream football, baseball or basketball signed
I have not been an autograph hound since I went around Disney in 3rd grade collecting the John Hancock’s from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and all of the characters that roam the park. I would much rather have an established relationship with people than their name on a piece of paper. However, I have allowed for three primary exceptions…more

28. Watch Pretty Woman, Love Actually and Dirty Dancing
Anyone who has known me long enough knows that I love movies. I watch them incessantly and have formulated strong opinions based solely on a Director or Actress’s previous work. I often relate movies situations as a metaphor for real world struggles or quote lines in apt comedic circumstances to make a friend laugh. On my 30 by 30 list, I took the time to go through the entire Top 100 Movies of All Time list. So it shocks many of my friends to learn that I have never seen Pretty Woman, Love Actually or Dirty Dancing…more

29. Ride a horse again
At our camp horseback riding was one of the main attractions so I was giddy (up) with excitement to finally ride one of those majestic creatures. I saddled up and began navigating around the corral according to the instructions. However, the girl behind me did follow instructions and her horse got to close to the back of mine. My horse started bucking and kicking the other horse. After holding on what seemed like minutes but was actually probably .02 seconds, I was thrown off my horse. Wonderful first experience…more

30. Try a Vegan diet for one week
This is going to sound harsh, but there are few things I detest more than some whiney hippy trying to tell me that animals are not here as a food source for us. I don’t have many absolute qualifications for dating a girl but if she is a vegan, she is automatically not getting a dinner/coffee invite…more

31. Try a Gluten Free diet for one week
Like the Vegan diet goal, I will really be extending myself on this one. I like food in general but some of my favorite foods include pasta, breads and pastries. All of these items will need substitutes during this week. The reason I am making this a goal is because I know a few people who have chosen to start a Gluten Free diet for personal healthy living (others have to be on a Gluten Free diet). Those that chose to make the switch have reported several areas where they felt healthier and better. So, I will try it for a week and see if I notice any changes…more

32. Run a 10K race in under an hour
When I made my 30 by 30 list, I could not run a half mile. However, surprisingly, one of the first items on my list I knocked off was to run a 10k. I completed the Cooper River Bridge Run in just over 1:07:00. Throughout the last year and half I have run a few 5Ks and even ran the Cooper River Bridge run a second time. I found myself getting faster and faster and thus getting more competitive…more

33. Go back to England
Some time in the 70s my father left England, where he was born and raised, for grad school in Canada. There he met my mum and after they were married, they moved to the United States. With my birth, I became the first American citizen in my family. And while this branch of the family has remained in the United States, my dad’s side of the family is still across the pond, mostly residing in England…more

34. Go on another international mission trip
When I was doing my 30 by 30 list, one of my goals was to work on a Habitat House. Little did I know that would take me down to the Bahamas during the summer to work on a house. You can read about that trip starting here. But the short and sweet is, I have never worked so hard in my life and never had such a good time doing it…more

35. Read Pride and Prejudice
I have read a lot of books in my life time. Most of them are non-fiction books in the areas of counseling and Biblical study. When I have the chance to read fiction it usually one of the more popular books circulating at the time. And while I have read many classics, one I have failed to touch has been Pride and Prejudice. Which, is a shame. Because I have been told that if I want to understand women, I should be well versed in this book…more

36. Get retrained in CPR
When I was in Boy Scouts I learned a great many skills that I still posses today. Two that I spent considerable time in practice and have since forgotten are tying knots and CPR. While tying knots certainly has its place and I would like to return to learning at some point, CPR could at some point become a critical skill…more

37. Visit a NASCAR event
All of my life I have lived within an hour-and-a-half of some of the most notorious NASCAR speedways. I have a bounty of friends who love NASCAR go to the local races (even the smaller ones) and have their favorite driver. To me, NASCAR is simply being able to make slightly left turns at high speeds…more

38. Visit an In-N-Out Burger
I have been hearing of this fast food place out West called In-N-Out for years. Every time someone travels to Arizona or California, a Facebook post or tweet pops up saying they are at In-N-Out and it is usually accompanied by a picture of some sort. With the exception of Chick-Fil-A, fast food is fast food to me. But I have never posted a picture of a Big Mac. This place is either waaaay over-hyped or is really just that good…more

39. Spend 24 hours straight in Amelie’s Bakery
In Charlotte we have an awesome bakery/coffee shop that is open 24-hours called Amelie’s Bakery. It is actually famous for its salted caramel brownies and it is rumored that after eating one, Barak Obama implored Debbie Wasserman Schultz to make sure the 2012 DNC was held in Charlotte just for an excuse to come back. Could be a true story…more

40. Create my last will and testament
Lets face it, few things in life are guaranteed like death. It is coming for me but I don’t yet know when or how. If I had to guess I would say I will survive a plane crash in the ocean only to be devoured by sharks while waiting for rescue. I shouldn’t joke about that. It is actually my worst fear that I will go out that way. I’ll tell you how it won’t be. During the Zombie Apocalypse. I am well prepared to re-introduce the walking dead to their previous state. Dead…more




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  • Visit the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park
  • Hike the Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina portions of the Appalachian Trail
  • Get licensed in Counseling
  • Get weight below 200 pounds
  • Learn to play three songs on the piano
  • Get BachelorBytes website started
  • Make it through an entire Smithsonian
  • Learn to have a conversation in another language or sign language
  • Visit Wrigley Field
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Sing karaoke
  • Buy a gun and get my concealed carry permit
  • Have all debt not related to a mortgage and/or a new car paid off
  • Learn to fly a plane
  • Buy a house
  • Get a dog
  • Go to the Raptor Center
  • Get a straight razor shave
  • Try whitewater kayaking
  • Finish my book/screenplay
  • Catalogue my baseball/sports cards
  • Catalogue my comic books
  • Make my 50 by 50 list
  • Learn Tai Chi
  • Go to a State Fair
  • Go to a rap concert
  • Get my dream football, baseball or basketball signed
  • Watch Pretty Woman, Love Actually and Dirty Dancing
  • Ride a horse again
  • Try a Vegan diet for one week
  • Try a Gluten Free diet for one week
  • Run a 10K race in under an hour
  • Go back to England
  • Go on another international mission trip
  • Read Pride and Prejudice
  • Get retrained in CPR
  • Visit a NASCAR event
  • Visit an In-N-Out Burger
  • Spend 24-hours straight in Amelie's Bakery
  • Create my last will and testament
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