30 for 30: Goals for Age 30

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Tomorrow is the big 3-0.



Seven years ago, when my brother turned 30, this day seemed like a far off event which would never come. Now, it has arrived; after today, I’ll no longer be a 20-something.

Years ago, I thought I would probably be experiencing a mid-life type crisis right about now. I’m happy to report that all is well!

A funny meme I came across recently - which has nothing to do with this post whatsoever!
A funny meme I came across recently – which has nothing to do with this post whatsoever!

I am content with my life accomplishments, thus far. Mrs. Superhero and I have been blessed beyond what we deserve in nearly every way conceivable. We’ve learned from our mistakes, persevered through hardship, and enjoyed unimaginably great experiences together.

On the other hand, I am welcoming 30 because 29 was quite probably the worst year of my life, professionally-speaking. It is a shame that it took an entire year of my life to figure out what I don’t want to do, but I am glad to have figured this out when I did.


Mrs. Superhero and I are planning an early birthday celebration tonight and catching an early showing of Independence Day: Resurgence; if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here you go.

Tomorrow, I will spend the day doing most of my favorite things: hanging out with my dogs and Mrs. Superhero, tweaking my landscaping, mowing the lawn, and dining on an aged ribeye steak.

Saturday, we will officially celebrate with 60+ of our closest friends here at the Superhero residence. Italian beef, cake, music, and a few adult beverages – that’s my kind of birthday celebration!

It seems fitting to use today’s post to chronicle 30 goals which I would like to accomplish during the upcoming year. Like most goals I set, some of these goals will be easily attainable, some significantly challenging, and others will be stretch goals.


Without further delay, here are the goals:

1 – Max out both of our IRAs for 2016. $11,000 total investment.
2 – Invest a minimum of $2,000 with Fundrise.

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3 – Grow my overall account value with Betterment.
4 – Increase our overall net worth by 50%.
5 – Set a target date for early retirement and formulate a plan to get there.

7- Lose 10 pounds by September 1, 2016.
8- Run at least four times per week.
9- Weight lift at least twice per week.
10- Implement Meatless Mondays on a regular basis. This will represent a health goal as well as a budgetary goal (decreasing our grocery budget).

11 – Run an unsanctioned half marathon in the month of July. This will help me to have a target for getting myself back in excellent running shape after a year of inconsistent training.
12 – Run a sanctioned or unsanctioned marathon in August.
13 – Run a sanctioned marathon in October.
14 – Begin training for and compete in the Artic Frog 50K scheduled for December 2016; definitely a stretch goal!
15 – Run a 5:30 mile. I haven’t been able to do this since I was 18; my best has been hovering around 6:05 for  while now. Nothing like jumping in the time machine to prove I’ve still got it!
16 – Shoot hoops in the driveway at least three times per week. Mrs. Superhero surprised me by taking me out to pick out a basketball hoop for our driveway as my birthday gift a few weeks ago. I intend to put it to great use.

17 – Reach 15,000 Twitter followers prior to turning 31.
18 – Boost my Alexa ranking into the top 200,000 globally. This is part of the Yakezie Challenge.
19 – Break into the top 100 on the Modest Money Top Finance Blogs List prior to turning 31.
20 – Continue to publish 2-3 new articles per week while also pursuing additional guest posting opportunities.

21 – Decide what I want to do with the next chapter in my life.
22 – Join a real estate brokerage and close my first real estate transaction in 2016.
23 – Reach my commission goals for my current consulting role.
24 – Begin laying the groundwork for writing my first book.

25 – Reduce discretionary spending by 10%. We can learn to be happy with less. This will be a primary key to achieving our investment goals.
26 – Include Mrs. Superhero more in the formulation of our goals. To her credit, Mrs. Superhero is great at supporting my dreams when they are wise and shooting them down when they are stupid. I would like to be careful to involve her more when strategizing.

27 – Visit Nashville, TN for vacation and do our “Debt Free Scream” on the Dave Ramsey Show.
28 – Go on three vacations – one in the fall (hopefully Las Vegas), one in the spring of 2017 (see Goal 27), and one in the summer of 2017 – and plan them utilizing travel hacks and deal hunting techniques.

29 – Take Mrs. Superhero on one date each week. Sometimes this will be simple, and other times it will be more elaborate.
30 – Spend more quality time with my two nephews and new niece. Also, call my siblings to catch up on a monthly basis.

Any words of wisdom or advice for an old man? Are my goals too ambitious? Too simplistic? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


34 thoughts on “30 for 30: Goals for Age 30

  1. I’m working on my second book, but my first didn’t really count haha! I’m trying to go for the Yakezie challenge too. I would just go for the half marathon, way better on your knees and I’m only 26. You’re killing me on twitter so way to go. Looks I have a lot to learn from you old man

    1. You’re right about the half being way easier on the knees. When I ran my most recent ultra a few years ago, I injured my knee, and to make a long story short, I had to crawl up the stairs for a few days.

  2. Happy birthday me old mate, haha. Ahhhh, I remember being 30….just. Actually, I didn’t mind becoming 30. I just saw it as ‘mature 20’s’. Turning 40 was the hard one. It just seemed ‘old’.

    Sounds like a great party planned to celebrate and some great goals outlined for the next 12 months. Write them down and pin them up on the fridge door if you haven’t already. Then there’s no getting away from them.

    And here’s to another successful year ahead of ya.

  3. Love it – I have about 8 more months of “twenty something” before the big 30

    That is a great list of goals and your celebration sounds awesome – drink a beer for me and enjoy!

  4. I love that you have a basketball hoop now! I was never great at shooting hoops, but I found it so meditative growing up.

    The goals are good and big while being diverse. I think they sound great. 30 was an excellent year in my world after 29 was rough.

  5. Happy birthday old man! Actually I’m 30 too so I can’t talk.

    Take it easy on those running goals, you’re making us all look bad. I don’t think I can get my mile into the 6s anymore…:)

  6. Happy birthday! I actually found that 31 was more traumatic than 30, but maybe that’s just me. Love the list of goals – best of luck and enjoy your birthday bash!

    1. Thanks, Jon. The birthday open house was a big success. I felt a bit like an old man the next day; talking to people all night was exhausting for this natural introvert!

  7. Happy birthday! The 30s are the best 🙂
    I started running this year and completed my first half-marathon in March, that was definitely an awesome experience. But I see you also have 2 marathons on the list, so you must be in much better shape than I am haha.
    I found that involving my wife in the goal setting was actually easier than I thought and because she challenged my thinking, we actually have better plans now and we’re financially more efficient. Win-win.
    Increasing your net worth by 50% is a huge goal, would you mind giving some details on how you plan to do that?

    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes! I don’t know about being in better shape than you, haha! I have ambitions to return to a more active running schedule, so we’ll see.

      Regarding the net worth goal: this is definitely a stretch goal, but I think it is achievable as long as income trends in the right direction, we limit our expenses, and our growing investments do well. However, we could easily end up with a much more modest net worth increase. I’ll be happy as long as it doesn’t decrease. 🙂

  8. Happy 30! I’ll be there next year, damn 20’s went to quickly! Great list of goals, love that they are both financial and personal. Way to involve Mrs. Superhero in everything, sounds like you guys are awesome. Hope independence day didn’t ruin our childhood because the original was awesome haha

    1. Haha, thanks Mike. I think the movie was OK. I won’t be rushing out to see it again anytime soon, nor will I purchase the Blu-ray, but it was enjoyable.

  9. Happy Birthday!! These are all great goals. I love reading goals! How sweet about the one date a week, such a fab idea. I’ve warned my husband that when I turn 30 I will have a mid life crisis. Haha. I think because in my mind I’m 18 so I get devastated when I realise how far away from 18 I am now, lol.

    1. Haha, I commented about a mid-life crisis the other day while getting my hair cut. The stylist reminded me that I probably wouldn’t die in my 60s. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Thias. Thirty isn’t so bad. 🙂

      I still have a bad taste in my mouth dating back to my injury during the 50 miler. A half marathon is a great accomplishment, no doubt about it.

  10. I’m approaching 30 soon and I’m realizing I don’t have nearly as many defined goals. Perhaps that’ll have to change soon!

    Congratulations on the success of probably your most important goals which is your relationships. I always have my head in my finances but continue to remind myself the entire purpose is to better the lives of me and the wife…not sacrifice them!

  11. Enjoyed the post. I’m always interested in what people are working towards. I did my part to help you reach your twitter followers goal. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

  12. Enjoyed the post! Always like to read this type of specific goal setting. Also, I’m a little late but happy birthday. You have some really good goals here as well. It’s great that you include the lifestyle and relationship goals in with the others. Balance is a major key. Hope it went well and good luck with your goals.

    1. Thanks, Graham, much appreciated. I’m making progress on many of the goals, but some look to be bigger stretch goals than I imagined. It doesn’t hurt to dream big, right?

  13. We have some of the same finance goals as you, and 30 is quickly approaching! I also had a strange year 29 professionally as I am reevaluating career goals and finding employment prospects to be grim. Something about turning 30 has caused me to aggressively pursue my passions.

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