27 Things I Plan On Doing in My 27th Year

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I turned 27 a few months ago, but recently came up with this random idea to make a bucket list of goals and things I want to do before I turn 28.

In this post, I’ve listed 27 things I plan on doing in my 27th year, before I turn 28 next Summer.

These items aren’t necessarily new things I want to accomplish, but rather, a number of milestones and experiences I want to hit in the next year.

Living intentionally is how I believe you can reach your goals and dreams – and with this list, I will lay out a plan for myself for the next handful of months.

I’ve split up the goals and thoughts into the following buckets:

I’m sharing these goals and thoughts with you to get these on paper and to hold myself accountable over the next 8 or so months.

Also, maybe this post will inspire you to try one or two of the things I’m doing!

Let’s dive into each of these sections in greater detail, and start out first by talking about my physical fitness and health goals for my 27th year.

Physical Fitness and Health Goals for My 27th Year

Physical fitness and health is very important to me.

I love being active, playing sports and doing different body weight exercises to stay in shape.

Below are 7 things I want to accomplish before turning 28 with regards to personal fitness:

  1. 100 Push-Ups in a Row
  2. 5 Minute Plank
  3. 25 Pull-Ups in a Row
  4. Rock Climb 5.11+ Route
  5. Score an 80 in Golf
  6. Learn How to Forehand Throw a Frisbee
  7. Do a 24 Hour Fast Monthly

Below I’ve commented on where I am right now with regards to these goals, and what I plan to do to achieve them.


1. 100 Push-ups in a Row

Being able to do 100 push-ups in a row would be quite the accomplishment and definitely a great feat of endurance and strength.

This past Summer, we had a competition at work and I did 65 push-ups in a row. While the difference between 65 and 100 sounds like a lot (and it is), if I stay consistent with my workouts, I believe I’ll be able to get to 100.

This will involve sticking to a steady workout schedule, increasing my push-up load each week, and getting enough sleep and rest.

2. 5 Minute Plank

Along the same lines as above, doing a plank for 5 minutes would be a great accomplishment for me.

At the work competition I talked about in the last section, I held a plank for 4 minutes and 2 seconds, but think hitting 5 minutes would be amazing.

Hitting this goal will be accomplished in a similar way to the push-ups – by being consistent and working on my core each week, I will get there.

3. 25 Pull-Ups in a Row

Another body weight challenge, 25 pull-ups in a row would be an amazing accomplishment.

Currently, I’m able to do 10 pull-ups in a row.

One of the activities I’m really getting into currently is rock climbing, and with rock climbing, a lot of your strength comes from your upper back and core.

By continuing to focus on improving my grip and back strength, I will be able to get to 25 pull-ups in a row.

One thing though I will have to do is focus more on direct training of my pull-ups, because I won’t be able to get there with just rock climbing.

4. Rock Climb 5.11+ Route

Speaking of rock climbing, one of the things I want to do before I turn 28 is to climb a 5.11+ route.

In rock climbing, routes are graded between 5.0 and 5.15, with 5.5-5.8 being beginner routes, 5.9-5.10 being intermediate routes, and 5.11 and above getting increasingly harder.

Right now, after rock climbing for a few months, I’ve been able to send a few 5.10 routes, but it would be really cool to break into the 5.11’s and continue to become better as a rock climber.

I have a rock climbing gym membership and plan on going three times a week to stay in shape, learn more about climbing, and improve over time.

5. Score an 80 in Golf

One sport I love playing is golf and over the past few years, I’ve become a much better player. Now, when I go play, I will usually score in the high 80’s (with of course the occasional low 90’s round), but have broken 80 before.

This goal though isn’t to necessarily break 80, but I want to get to the point where breaking 80 is always a possibility when I go to play a round of golf.

During my last few rounds this summer, I’ve scored 84, 83, 86 and 91. So definitely on a good day, I know I can get there.

Scoring a legit 80 before turning 28 would be awesome, and this is definitely something I want to work towards.

setting goals and dreams6. Learn How to Forehand Throw a Frisbee

Another sport I’ve recently gotten into is ultimate frisbee. A few months ago, I met some new awesome friends and they invited me to their weekly ultimate game.

I’m not the best thrower, but I’m learning. One of the throws you do when playing ultimate frisbee is the forehand throw.

Learning how to forehand throw a frisbee is on my list of things to accomplish and hopefully I can do it!

7. Do a 24 Hour Fast Monthly

Over the past few years, I’ve been exploring different eating habits and diets, and now do intermittent fasting. I’ve explored doing 24 hour fasts in the past, and even have done a 48 hour fast, but haven’t done a full 24 hour fast in more than a year.

Over the next few months, I will be incorporating at least one 24 hour fast a month into my routine to give my body a chance to flush out the toxins and heal itself.

Now, let’s get on to my side hustle goals for my 27th year.

Side Hustle Goals for My 27th Year

Side hustling and improving outside of my day job has been a huge part of my life over the past 5 years.

Below, I have a number of things I want to learn, try, and do on the side as I look to improve and grow my hustles over time:

  1. Develop My First WordPress Plug-in
  2. Give Monetization of The Mastermind Within an Honest Attempt
  3. Build a Custom WordPress Theme
  4. Create a Visually Appealing Personal Website
  5. Stay Consistent and Grow Personal Finance Blogs
  6. Develop a Python Web App using Flask or Django
  7. Explore Video Production for Potential Video Courses
  8. Read 5 Books about Business

Below I’ve commented on where I am right now with regards to these goals, and what I plan to do to achieve them.

side hustle goals8. Develop First WordPress Plug-in

Since starting this blog, little by little, I’ve been diving more into web development.

WordPress is the platform I use for this blog, and is a very popular content management platform for many blogs and small businesses.

Now that I’ve gotten my hands dirty with a few projects using php (the code which WordPress is built on), I want to continue to learn more.

Developing a WordPress Plug-in is a lot of work, but would be a great step towards continuing to understand the inner workings of how websites work, and also how WordPress works.

Right now, I’m still coming up with an idea, but one thought I had was a visualization plug-in for people who share their net worth and budgets. The plug-in would allow you to import and impute your financial numbers, and then let you display these with visually appealing line and pie charts.

I definitely want to give this a shot, and I’m excited to dive in more to the world of WordPress and php.

9. Give Monetization of The Mastermind Within an Honest Attempt

I’ve been blogging at The Mastermind Within for just about three years, now, and when I started, I wanted to make money with this site at some point.

Well, three years later, I still haven’t made a profit blogging, even after spending hundreds of hours and working with contractors to improve my site and brand, I’m still not quite where I want.

Over the next few months, I’m going to be giving monetization an honest attempt by partnering with different affiliate programs, exploring display ads, and looking to grow traffic.

Throughout 2019, my website traffic has been very consistent, which is great, but it’s not growing at the pace I’d like it to grow. (For those curious, in 2019, my monthly traffic has been between 15,000 and 19,000 page views)

I do like the purity of a site with no ads, but I also want to make a return on my investment. Also, there’s no guarantee my actions will work anyway as monetizing a blog is tough.

We will see how this one goes, but I’m excited to try and see what I can do!

10. Build a Custom WordPress Theme

Along the same lines of the WordPress plug-in, I want to build a custom WordPress theme.

Building a custom WordPress theme would be cool because it would help me learn more about WordPress, but then I could also use this theme for this site and other sites.

11. Create a Visually Appealing Personal Website

A few years ago, I bought the domain with my full name, but haven’t done anything with the site.

Currently, it’s just a static page with some boilerplate text about the template I installed, but going forward, I want to start working on my personal brand.

I’m not sure what this looks like yet, but creating a visually appealing personal website with my accomplishments and projects would be cool to get going sooner rather than later.

12. Stay Consistent and Grow Personal Finance Blogs

At the end of July, my friend and fellow bloggers Financial Panther and Rose Colored Water launched a personal finance curation website called Personal Finance Blogs.

Each day, we feature three personal finance blog articles on our home page, and also have personal finance article feeds pages which display the most recent personal finance articles from around the web.

Over the next few months, we are going to look to stay consistent and grow Personal Finance Blogs into a site where readers and personal finance enthusiasts can get exactly the content they want, and bloggers can gain exposure through our feeds and features.

13. Develop a Python Web App using Flask or Django

Recently at work I’ve been exploring Python and it’s applications for both data analysis, web applications and visualizations.

I don’t exactly know what this goal looks like right now, as it’s probably an idea for next Spring.

However, I’m still putting it on my list because it’s definitely a great idea to expose me to new technologies.

14. Explore Video Production for Potential Video Courses

One skill I’ve never learned is video production, and this is something which is extremely valuable in 2019.

In particular, if I want to ever do webinars or a video course, learning how to edit videos will be beneficial.

15. Read 5 Books about Business

One of my favorite quotes is the following:

Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.

What this quotes means for me is that by learning and working on myself, I can achieve success.

Reading is one of those ways I learn best, and with this goal, I will expose myself to new ideas and thoughts.

Now, let’s change gears a little bit and talk about some of my fun and social goals for the rest of my 27th year.

Fun and Social Goals for My 27th Year

All work and no play is no fun 🙂 I also have a number of fun goals for my 27th year:

  1. Learn More Spanish
  2. Go Salsa Dancing Monthly
  3. Go Camping Twice
  4. Go on Two Out of State Vacations
  5. Continue Dating and Going Out Weekly to Invite Girlfriend into Life

Below I’ve commented on where I am right now with regards to these goals, and what I plan to do to achieve them.

16. Learn More Spanish

Now that I’m meeting more people, and looking to visit more places in the world, knowing more than one language will be beneficial to connect and communicate with others.

Back in high school, I took two years of Spanish, so it might be best for me to continue on this path and continue to learn more Spanish.

17. Go Salsa Dancing Monthly

This summer, I found an amazing friend group who loves going salsa dancing, and I’m hooked. I love dancing, and salsa is a great way to get out and move.

I’m still learning how to dance salsa, but over time, I know I can become better! Also, it’s great exercise and a great way to meet new ladies.

18. Go Camping Twice

I love getting outside, and love camping. However, I haven’t gone camping in two years, and want to make it a point to do this in the near future.

There are hundreds of great places to camp in Minnesota, and it’s just a matter of getting out there and doing it.

19. Go on Two Out of State Vacations

This year, I did a lot of traveling and loved every second of it. So far in 2019, I’ve visited Denver, Nashville, California, and Washington D.C.

I’m not sure where I will go next, but I definitely want to get out of state to visit friends, visit new places alone, and explore as I continue to widen my perspective on the world.

20. Continue Dating and Going out Weekly to Invite Girlfriend into Life

Over the next few years, I definitely want to settle down, however, right now, I’m looking to hang out with awesome people who will inspire me to become better.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting out of my comfort zone, going out on the weekends to talk and meet new people, and also looking to talk to awesome women who I might want to continue to talk to over time.

By putting myself in these situations, I know I’ll find someone who shares the same values I do, and find someone I can connect with on many different levels.

Through these social activities, I’ve been meeting a number of ladies who I’ve now shared a few more dates with. Some of them have potential, and others we didn’t click 100%.

Also, I am on the dating app Hinge, and while I like meeting people in person more than online, I still like the ability to meet other people I may not have met before.

We will see the results here! By looking to have fun, being open to new experiences, and putting my best foot out there, I know I’ll be able to invite a special someone into my life.

Financial Goals for My 27th Year

Personal finance is one of my passions, and becoming the master of my life involves mastering money.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve been able to increase my income, and grow my net worth, but there are always things to work on.

The financial goals I want to hit in the next year are:

  1. Pay Off 0% Credit Cards
  2. Save 50% of Income
  3. Max Roth IRA in 2020 with Side Hustle Income

Below I’ve commented on where I am right now with regards to these goals, and what I plan to do to achieve them.

21. Pay Off 0% Credit Cards

Over the past year, I’ve taken out some 0% credit cards to make home improvements, finance some investments, and get sign-up bonuses.

Currently, I have about $12,000 on these 0% credit cards, and while the promotion period is still active for another 12 months, I want to pay these off sooner rather than later.

22. Save 50% of Income

Over the past 5 years, since getting my first real job, I’ve been able to save roughly 50% of my income. I want to keep this going, as this is fueling my investments and savings for the future.

23. Max Roth IRA in 2020 with Side Hustle Income

This is kind of a two part goal, as I know I’ll be able to max out my Roth IRA in 2020, but the caveat here is I want to be able to do it with my side hustle income.

Right now, I have two side hustles which I do to bring in side income: statistical consulting and web design contracting.

Last year, I made about $9,000 through these hustles, and this year I’m pace for roughly the same.

I’m looking forward to doing this again in the next year, and by doing this, I will be able to continue to save for retirement in a smart way.

Finally, there are some other thoughts and personal development goals I want to work on in my 27th year.

Personal Development Goals for My 27th Year

The last set of goals and thoughts I want to touch on is some personal development goals:

  1. Meditate 3 Times a Week for 20 Minutes
  2. Work on Being Present in All Social Interactions
  3. Start a Gratitude Journal and Write in it Once a Week
  4. Read 5 Fiction Books

Below I’ve commented on where I am right now with regards to these goals, and what I plan to do to achieve them.

24. Meditate 3 Times a Week for 20 Minutes

Last year, I started getting into yoga and part of each yoga class was a mediation. I really enjoyed this part of each class, but now after not going to yoga anymore, I haven’t been meditating.

By meditating 3 times a week, I will be able to reset my brain and allow myself to calm down and relax.

I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of mediation, as I know it is beneficial, but it’s just a matter of slowing down and actually doing it.

25. Work on Being Present in All Social Interactions

Over the past few years, I’ve looked to be present in my social interactions, but it’s always to good to remind myself that I need to continue to do this if I want to be successful in my relationships.

Being present, being self-aware, and looking to connect with others is so important for cultivating strong relationships, and I need to constantly remind myself of this when socializing.

26. Start a Gratitude Journal and Write in it Once a Week

Something I haven’t done as often as I’d like is being grateful for what I have and reflecting on the events of each week.

A gratitude journal is a great way to reflect and give thanks for the people in your life and experiences you had each day, week or month.

I’m going to look to journal once a week and reflect on what went well, what didn’t go well, what I’m thankful for and what I can improve on.

After a few months, it will be fun to look at what I’ve written and see the progress!

27. Read 5 Fiction Books

Similar to the reading 5 business books goal, I want to read 5 fiction books. Why I’m including this goal here is that I typically don’t read fiction books, but actually some of the most influential books I’ve read have been fiction.

By reading fiction books, you can still takeaway great messages and learn a lot about different cultures and people.

This goal will help me continue to stretch myself and get outside my comfort zone.

What Will You Do Before Your Next Birthday?

I’ve outlined a huge list here of things I want to accomplish, and now that I’ve written all this out, I’m a little bit afraid to get started.

However, action and consistency will lead to massive success, and I need to let the power of compounding and time take over.

In a few months, I’ll provide an update on what I’ve been doing, and hopefully I’ll have knocked out a number of these items by then.

Thank you for reading!

Is there anything on this list which you think would be fun to try? Are there any things in your life that you want to try and accomplish before your next birthday?

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