Yesterday, I celebrated my 29th birthday and it was quite nice. We had a small roaring twenties dinner Sunday evening and I took off of work on Monday. I like to treat birthdays like New Years. The day before you need to do something, celebrate your last day at that age.
I’m typically the youngest of the group. I started school early, I was five when I started first grade and seventeen when I went to college. So, I was always the last to get to milestones. Therefore, I was prepared for people to assume I’m a year older than I am. This is not to say that I’m fearful or leery of 30. However, I do feel pressure about the number. Ten years ago, when I was a lil’ babe of nineteen, I would have told you that my life would be different – not particularly better, definitely worse in some ways, but mostly just different.
I know that I take my time for granted. I told you about some of that here. When I was a teacher, though I taught first grade, my personal hope was to create lifelong learners. I want to be a lifelong learner. I need to be better. I need to step out of my boundaries – my bubble. I’m an awful procrastinator and need a good kick in the pants. I need to be the best version of myself. So, I spent some of yesterday finalizing my 30 before 30 list.
I started it awhile back but never finished it. (Did I mention that sometimes I procrastinate?) However, I love a list and need the accountability of you, my lovelies. So, here it is in no particular order:
- Start a compost pile
- Plant a vegetable garden
- Keep an indoor plant alive and healthy for at least six months
- Run a 5K
Host a party at the house(see here)
- Try tennis
- Open my Etsy shop
- Sew my own dress
- Use my Kitchen Aid mixer to make a cake
Go to SteeplechaseThis was a dumb one as it wasn’t “new.” So, I changed it to some secret. Ooooo a secret.
- Organize The Lovely Lifestyle (coding, theme, tabs, scheduling)
- Shop at the World’s Longest Yard Sale (I decided this wasn’t a great idea either, as we didn’t really need anything and it was simply bad timing.)
- Try acupuncture
- Go vegan for a week
Decorate the outside of our house for Christmas (go all out)(see here) Take a vacation/get away during the holidays(see here)
- Try and chronicle one new recipe a week
- Learn to play the guitar
- Start genealogy/ancestry
- Go to the beach and flaunt a killer bathing suit
- Find my go-to karaoke song
- Start Spanish lessons
- Work out at least three times a week
- Create a home budget
- Figure out what to do with my wedding dress
- Use my SLR camera
- Watch the top 10 of AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies – I’ve seen some of these but could use a refresher. I may substitute them with another top movie from the list. (http://www.afi.com/100years/movies10.aspx)
Go on a cruise(see here and here) Dress up for Halloween(see here)
- Update all paperwork, rewards programs, etc. with my married name – convert everything to a Mrs.
That’s right Ladyfriends and Gentlemen I have 365 to get things rockin’ around here. Of course, I will share my list progress. I have completed or started a few items due to me starting this list months ago.What do you think? Did I leave anything off?
Be good. Be safe. Be lovely.