In my 30 Before 30 blog post, I listed several certifications that I wanted to get over the next year. I took care of the first one on my list Wednesday night getting Red Cross certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. I’ve had this certification in the past, but as someone who is regularly involved in fitness as a participant and a trainer, I really wanted to get this up-to-date. Not to mention, you never know when knowing how to give care in emergency situations could come in handy in everyday life. It’s one of those things I’m glad to have, but I’ll be even happier if I never have to use this knowledge.
This certification was pretty simple to get. I signed up for a course through the Red Cross website, but most of my learning took place ahead of time online. I watched videos, read case studies and took an assessment to test my knowledge on giving care for everything from soft tissue injuries and bloody noses to strokes and cardiac emergencies. New since the last time I took this course was the section on using AEDs – automatic external defibrillators. I’ve heard of and seen these before as they’re becoming more common in a lot of places, but never realized how simple they are to use. I followed up the online learning with an in-person 2-hour skills session out at the Red Cross office in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Yesterday was my 29th birthday! I had such a great day after a fun weekend with my family, and since I love birthdays figured why not just make this my whole birthday week. When I was in high school I thought it was the best time ever until I got to college and thought what could top that. Since then each year has only been better and better. Last year was probably my best yet, so I can’t wait to see what 29 brings. With 30 right around the corner as a pretty big milestone birthday I thought it’d be fun to create a 30 Before 30 list of things I want to do this year before the big 3-0.
I broke my list into several categories in no particular order below. Seeing as this is a fitness blog a lot of them are based around that, but I threw a few others in there as well. My categories are Racing, Fitness Challenges, Around Town, Getting Certified, Social Stuff and Grown Up Things. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my list. Did you or will you do something similar before hitting a milestone birthday? What would be on your list?