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24 things to do before turning 25

I’m an avid dreamer who loves knocking things off of to-do lists as much as making the list. But I was never much of a new years resolution setter. It’s just too easy to lose steam, and difficult to predict how our priorities may change in a year. For me, short-term, creative, doable goals are much more exciting, especially since the next couple months of my life is totally up in the air!

Awhile ago, I noticed my friend Sarah Ruth’s list of 24 things to do before turning 25, and I love that she’s been actively crossing things off the list. I decided to make a list of my own with goals small and big.

Sewon’s 24 things to do before turning 25:

1. Complete a video documentary
2. Put up an online portfolio
3. Move to a new major city

4. Publish a mini zine

5. Hand-carve stamps
6. Finish a painting
7. Make a felted necklace
8. Make a dress
9. Prioritize yoga and running
10. Write a city guide
11. Organize my closet
12. Find a creative job
13. Climb a major mountain
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14. Write and perform a song
15. Make homemade jam
16. Invite friends over for homemade cinnamon rolls
17. Write a short story
18. Natural dye fabric
19. Take a pottery class

20. Produce a video dedicated to a creative person
21. Plan a trip to somewhere new and unexpected
22. Make a time capsule
23. Spend more time with my family
24. Make a family recipe book

Have a lovely rest of the week!

31 Comments

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    Jenny
    November 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A felted necklace!? This one sounds interesting! #11? Just organize or total revamp :O Also the time capsule one, yes yes!!! I did this one as a kid with my friend. But we used a tupperware and everything inside was of course destroyed, haha πŸ˜› Still fun though!

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      Sewon
      November 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I think it’ll be a total revamp, as in, emptying out quite a bit of it. I haven’t really lived at home since high school, and I left most of my belongings before moving abroad. You can imagine how much STUFF piled up in there. Let me know if you have any D.C./Virginia shopping recommendations!

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    Lindsey
    November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    This is a great list! One thing I regret in life is not getting my grandmother’s recipes before she died. It seems like it is virtually impossible to get a traditional, no frills country cooking meal anymore. Since I’m 25, maybe I should make a list of 29 things to do before I’m 30 πŸ˜›

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      Sewon
      November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Ohhh good country recipes sound so good. I know it’s going to be hard to figure out the measurements because my mom says you have to trust your eyes and taste-buds for the perfect seasoning and marinade. 30 feels so intimidating, though! Maybe you could do 25 before 26. πŸ˜›

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    Aija
    November 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    A nice list. I’m especially looking forward to what kind of a mini zine are you going to publish. πŸ™‚ You have a very beautiful blog!

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you, Aija. πŸ™‚

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    Eileen
    November 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I have to do the 30. Granted, I look much younger than my actual age. πŸ˜€

    I really, really like your list. I might have to steal some ideas! My bad!

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      πŸ˜› I look forward to seeing your list!

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    Krys
    November 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    That’s such a lovely ‘to-do’ list! I quite like how you have some more complicated things on the list, but also some more mundane ones. The hand-carved stamps are particularly interesting to me (maybe because I’m taking printmaking next semester??), so I hope it works out for you (: Actually I hope this whole list works out because it’s just…a good list, haha. Looking forward to you accomplishing these goals and (maybe) sharing some on the blog ^.^

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Ohh how fun! I took printmaking in college, too. I really enjoyed woodblock. Thanks for the encouragement! I hope making the list public will help motivate me to work through it. πŸ™‚

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    Pink Ronnie
    November 17, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I like the idea of making a time capsule… never thought of that before!
    Ronnie xo

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      I want to go all out and decorate the capsule and everything!

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    Claudia
    November 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I also love lists, they help me a lot.
    Your list is great! I hope you can do all those wonderful things!

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Claudia. πŸ™‚

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    Kailey
    November 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Guh, I am completely in love with this post – the pictures are just stunning!

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Kailey! <3

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    Studio Meez
    November 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    That is a great idea! Altough I always make them, I’m not that good at keeping lists πŸ™‚
    What are you knitting? It looks so pretty.

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      Sewon
      November 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

      I think the process of writing down ideas can be immensely productive. πŸ™‚ It’s my friend’s work! She’s making a cable-knit scarf.

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    rhya
    November 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    great list! i love that making homemade jam is on there!

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      Sewon
      November 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

      I’m thinking strawberry jam..

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    anastasia
    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    i love these lists, and yours is full of such fun things. good luck!!! :DD

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      Sewon
      November 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

      Thanks, Anastasia!

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    winnie
    November 19, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Aww I’m 25 waaaaa! I better start my own list, things to do before I’m 26! Looks like you’ve got a lot of things to get through but I bet it will be no problem at all!

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      Sewon
      November 21, 2011 at 7:29 am

      You should totally make your own list! :] Thanks for the support, Winnie.

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    Kelly
    November 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I have always wanted to hand carve stamps but it looks really intricate. I did do a linocut in high school and Ialso took a massive chunk out of my finger with the carving tools maybe that’s why I have never tried stamps, oh well!! Great list Sewon.

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      Sewon
      November 21, 2011 at 7:29 am

      Ohhh yeah I was really afraid of doing that when I took woodcut in college. Stamps require less pressure, but knives are still scary!

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    SUSAN
    November 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    IS 28 TOO OLD TO KNIT YOUR FIRST SCARF?

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      Sewon
      November 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

      Nope! πŸ™‚ Winter is the best time to relax at home and knit!

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    Beyang
    November 21, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Sewon!

    This sounds like a wonderful list! You’ve accomplished so much in what has felt like so little time. I can’t wait to see what you do from here. I hope one day we can learn something new together!

    <3 <3

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      Sewon
      November 21, 2011 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Beyang. πŸ™‚ I’m super excited about your Japan adventures. I can’t wait to hear more stories from your Tokyo trip!

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    Thuraya Lynn
    December 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Dreamy, enthusiastic list!

    I’m still 23, will have to make a list to do before hitting 24.
    Small-big dreams before hitting a year old always keeps time fresh.
    Being stuck in school for one more semester makes me feel bored and in a ‘dying for an adventure’ mode, but I suppose the little things we do to enrich ourselves before the great departure is something I should keenly accept. The tiny dreams are making butterflies in my stomach – you made me excited! Thanks Miss Sewon.

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