30 before 30 second draft

18:14:00 Karen Li 0 Comments

Earlier this year I wrote a post about 30 things I would like to accomplish before I am 30. 

Time is ticking ticking.
Here is my refined list and with some timelines.
1. Finish my PhD (estimated Graduation date June 2013), working hard each and everyday towards this goal!
2. Learn the guitar. Currently taking lessons, it would be so good if I am able to accompany Sunday School and other worship sessions with the guitar!
3. Finish a half marathon. Currently training for a half marathon in October in Canada!
4. Travel to Europe. The plan is to do the trip after PhD submission.
5. Go to Disneyland. Plan to visit in July!!
6. Buy a house/apartment. Started to look around.
7. Get down to goal weight. With the help of cross training (pilates, swimming, running), I think I might get down to the goal weight by the end of the year.
8. Take more care in appearance and style. To date, I have got rid of 3 large bags of clothes. Still need to throw some more away before shopping in the states!
9. Learn to parallel park in the street. I have had some success in this area but practice makes perfect.
10. Start a family. Well I have done nothing towards this goal and not sure when and whether it will actually happen. But I am much more content with the way I am at the moment. I am waiting for the right type of guy to find me. He's probably got lost along the way, but no worries, we'll find each other one day.
11...30. As for the other goals... I haven't really done anything about and have no definite plans (Take good photos with a DSLR, climb a mountain, improve cooking skills, sponsor a child, get a real job, live abroad, do something dangerous, visit harbin ice sculptures, see Northern lights, attend a live christian concert, help with microfinancing, swim with dolphins, watch a meteor shower, save someone's life, watch my best friends get baptised, mission trip overseas).

But of course we have plans to do this and that, but at the end of the day it depends on God's plan.

Psalms 37: 3-4 Trust in the LORD and do good; 
   dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 
Take delight in the LORD, 
   and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I stumbled on a list of 30 things a women should have and should know by the time they are 30.

By 30, you should have ...
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come. YES.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family. YES.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour. YES.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying. YES.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond. YES.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age. YES.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it. YES.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you. YES.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded. YES.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.YES.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra. yes... don't have a cordless drill.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it. YES.
13. The belief that you deserve it. YES.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30. Not yet
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.Not yet

By 30, you should know ...
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.Not yet
2. How you feel about having kids. Not yet
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.Not yet
4. When to try harder and when to walk away. Not yet
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next. Not yet
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town. Not yet
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to. Not yet
8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing. Not yet
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents. Not yet
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over. Not yet
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love. Not yet
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.  Not yet
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally. Not yet
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault. Not yet
15. Why they say life begins at 30 Not yet

There seems to be a lot that I have to learn in the next few years. Our God is greater. And His plans for us maybe greater than what we can imagine. So we just have to work hard in whatever situation we are in, and be prepared.

約書亞樂團-我們的神 Our God
Capo 4
Intro: Em C G D/F# Em C G D
Em         C             G
Water You turned into wine 你將水變為美酒 
Em          C            G
Opened the eyes of the blind 使盲眼重見光明
               Am 7
There's no one like You無人能像你
None like You 無人像你
Em        C               G
Into the darkness You shine 你榮光驅走黑暗 
Em          C          G
Out of the ashes we rise 賜華冠代替灰塵
There's no one like You 無人能像你
None like You 無人像你

Our God is greater 我神最偉大 
Our God is stronger 我神最剛強
G                       D/F#
God You are higher than any other遠超過世上一切的君王
Our God is healer祂醫治我們
Awesome in power祂滿有權能
     G        D
Our God, Our God 

Bridge (2x):
And if our God is for us若上帝幫助我們
Then who could ever stop us有誰能攔阻我們
And if our God is with us若上帝與我同行
 D/F# (D 2nd time)
Then what could stand against誰還能抵擋我(們)

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