30 before Thirty: Taking charge of life

Every now and again we need to reinvent ourselves. Find something new to set our souls alight. Embark on a new spiritual journey. This can only happen once you know and truly understand that the way you have been doing things just simply is not working for you anymore. When even your happy place is clouded by the dread of your 9 to 5. When your easily content nature is shattered by always wanting more. When you realize that your choices in life have brought you to an emotional, physical, and mental standstill.

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So, grab a cup of your favorite coffee (mine is Organo Gold), and let’s get right to it.


As I near thirty, I find myself longing for the woman I used to be more and more.
The woman who is carefree in nature, the woman who wakes up every morning excited for the day.
The woman craving for a life filled with adventure.
The woman who would do anything to get it.
The woman building herself up to something extraordinary.
As I near thirty, I find myself being drawn to poetry, innocent embodiments of human nature.
A world where you pave your own path and find your own value.
As I near thirty, I realise all the choices that I have made and those I haven’t, have led me to where I am now.
As I near thirty, I realise it is the choices I will make and the choices I won’t, that will lead me to where I want to be.


In honor of nearing thirty, I have decided to make a list of things I want to do before then. Things I have always wanted to do, things that can help drive me closer to my end goal, and have some fun while I do it.

30 before Thirty: A list to complete in 6 months

  1. Go 10 places in Gauteng that I want to go
  2. Go to Blyde River canyon
  3. Go 10 places in the Western Cape I want to go
  4. Run a half-marathon
  5. Visit Victoria falls
  6. Go for a ride on the Pride of Africa
  7. Stay in a tented camp in the Kruger National Park
  8. Write and publish a book
  9. Start my own business
  10. Go to the Cango caves
  11. Go back to blonde
  12. Move to Cape Town
  13. Fall in love
  14. Go to Mauritius
  15. Get a dog
  16. Go skinny dipping
  17. Have a proper road trip
  18. Visit Port Elizabeth
  19. Conquer my stage fright
  20. Visit Canada
  21. Do a silly photoshoot
  22. Go pole dancing
  23. Go rock climbing
  24. Treat my best friend with a spa weekend
  25. Go whale watching
  26. Stay at the Lavender farm in Franschoek
  27. Go for a proper manicure
  28. Buy a piece of land
  29. Build my own house
  30. Get a tattoo


I know that it seems like a lot to do in 6 months, almost to the date, however it’s not all about the destination,  but about the journey. It’s about getting to a point of choosing the course of my own life. Besides, there may be plenty of things not on the list that I will end up doing.


I invite you along for the journey, a journey of doing 30 things before I turn thirty.

With love

The Magnetic Compass

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