Wednesday, March 4, 2015

30 Before 30 - How I Did

Almost a year ago I realized I had just one year until I would be in my thirties. Thirty is something that used to scare me. I couldn't imaging being thirty at 21 and back then I also thought I would die if I wasn't married by now; my how things change.


When I made this list, I knew, or thought I knew some things that were going to happen. Turns out, I was mostly right and then there were things I just never made time for. That's what it comes down to for me. I have a lot of things to do, and sometimes instead of doing them I revert back to my hidey hole and curl up with a good book. I'm a creature of habit 99% of the time, but this list certainly helped bring me out every once in a while.

1// Pay off my car
I only had a couple payments left, so it wasn't that bad to make a little larger payment for a few months but I', so glad I did!
2// Leave the country
I can't thank A enough for planning and putting together a trip that I have so many memories from...and putting up with me and my bitchiness, lol. Read all about Europe in these posts.
3// Get a Bikini Wax
This one has it's own post, but I was so glad I did this, not once but twice and I still have another visit I can still use.
4// Get my Conceal Carry License + a gun
This one was time and money. Didn't have both at the same time or I would forget to schedule it, lol. It'll be on the next list!
5// Get Head Shots
Thanks to C for taking these for me.
6// Get a massage
I've had one before, but this has never been a priority though they are nice. Not sure if I'll add this to the next list or not.
7// Attend a NFL game
I'm TOTALLY counting this because...I didn't see a NFL Game, but I watched UCF vs. USF play in an NFL stadium.
8// Get business cards made
I actually did this twice. Once, thinking I would combine my design business and my blog. Didn't work out for me, waste of money but whatever.
9// Set up online portfolio
Sadly this never got done. That will DEFINITELY be on my list because it's imperative to my design business that people have a reference of my talen.
10// Get my passport
Had to have this for Europe or who knows, it may have never been done either.
11// Go on a cruise
The conference portion of Blogcation got cancelled, so the girls I was going to room with; we all decided to forgo the cruise and lost out on some money but still got some back so it felt like a little bit of a bonus and I got to use the money saved up to buy my new iPhone!
12// Lose 20 lbs.
Yeah, this didn't happen and I need to stop putting it on lists so I don't feel bad about not losing weight.
13// Complete the C25k program
Something always happens when I try to start this, but I'm going to give it a go again as soon as DST starts this weekend!!
14// Read a non-fiction book
I actually read two? I think, because I just finished Mindy Kaling's book on audio.
15// Take a sewing class
I need to take another one of these and actually make something besides an apron...like a bag!
16// Give 100% tip
I might add this again, or something similar. It's JOY week on the Bobby Bones show this week and I'm still looking for my opportunity although I may have just had a thought.
17// Clean out my emails (42,000+)
Excuse me while I laugh in the face of this item on my list. I will NEVER be one to clean out my inbox. Even new email accounts I started recently have unopened emails. I just don't open them all.
18// Write a Short story + sell it
I've written stories, published them online for free as fanfiction and this would need to be a longer goal than just a year I think for me.
19// Grow my blog to triple digits
Not only have I grown my blog following, my comment numbers have gone up and I can't thank all of you guys enough for that. I really look forward to your comments!
20// Have a picnic with a basket
I didn't blog about this one yet, but I got great pics from our picnic, so I'll try to squeeze that post in the next month!
21// Make a pie from scratch, including the crust!
I made a pumpkin pecan pie for Thanksgiving because I don't eat just pecan pie and it also had a little bit of cheesecake going on. Totally delicious!
22// Meet an online (blog) friend in person
Nicole with Casa de Crews put together a painting night that several bloggers in the area participated in and not only did I get to put faces to two names, I met a couple of other local bloggers I hit it off with!
23// Take a road trip w/no planning
I am ALWAYS the planner when it comes to S and I, so she gave me a little break and did some last minute planning to throw together an early Birthday weekend getaway.
24// Not eat sweets for 30 days
This is another one of those "what was I thinking?" ideas because I love sweets too much to give them up. Eating them in smaller portions and not gorging myself sounds more realistic.
25// Attend a music festival
Visit the post, it was awesome and we're going for a single day this year!!
26// Try a new food
This one definitely got done. Not only did I try a single new food, I tried new places all over the world (or maybe just Europe and USA) and I loved it!
27// Ride a motorcycle
I shared this on Insta, but not on my blog. November was a rough month for blogging.
28// Send 10 handwritten letters
I started these, I have ONE More day to finish and send out. Probably won't happen but I've sent a card or letter with every exchange box I've done, so I may have sent 10?
29// Volunteer for a good cause
I didn't blog about this either, but I volunteered at a lock in at a local youth ranch for Halloween. It was kind of fun but ya'll know I'm not big into kids. Even high schoolers.
30// Visit the Carolinas
This is probably my most disappointing. We actually had plans to leave on my Birthday for this trip, but due to the death of a good friend and neighbor are going to have to put our trip off. I'm still trying to figure out a. if I should take the vacation day I was using and just have a me day at home and b. what I'll do this weekend special for my Birthday after the memorial service. My parents talked about a road trip over to Cocoa Beach or something, so my weekend is very much up in the air.

This is a cool post I did last year during the A-Z blogging challenge last year talking more in depth about five of these.

Over all I was very pleased with how much I was able to cross off my list in just ONE year. 19/30 things isn't bad but I'm looking forward to having TEN years to do the next list.

OMG I can't even imagine being 40 right now, lol.

So...now I want to make a 40 before 40 list and I think I'm going to do what Nadine did; leave some (for me five) blank so if I come up with a good idea like my sunset/sunrise idea then I can just add it in!

What do you think should go on my next list? Should it be 35x35 or 40x40?

14 comments:

  1. Great job, girl! 19/30 sounds like a huge win to me, especially since some of these are biggies, like paying off your car!

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  2. You did great! And just think, that's 19 things you may not have done without the list!

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  3. Congrats on knocking out the majority of your list!! I turn 30 this year too and I've never even made a list! lol

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  4. Congrats on your list!! I keep on meaning to make a list of my own too. I LOVE that 100% tip one. Such a good idea! And you just reminded me that I need to renew my passport! Oops! lol

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  5. My husband's email is like this... drives me NUTS!!!!!! I'm one who has to have it at Zero every hour or I go insane a bit.

    I never get all the way through the C25K program... always something. We need to do it together!!!

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  6. I think you did great!

    Ugh on losing money for the cruise - were you not given enough time to cancel? That sucks.

    Sorry about the family friend death. I say take the day if you have it!

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  7. You did a lot of them, I would call that a success. I tend to fall into the snuggle up with a good book too, so it's good to challenge ourselves to do more every year.

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  8. Awesome list and you did great! LOL I would never be able to go a month without sweets either, I love them too much!

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  9. I love this list (and that game in the NFL stadium totally counts) and everything you've crossed off!!
    i really want to take a sewing class so i can get better because the only thing i have made is a very poor excuse for a sewing machine cover, lol.
    I am sorry for the loss of your friend, I think you should still take a day for yourself though, or spend it with family.

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  10. You did an awesome job, girl! So glad we connected and have become blog friends :)

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  11. That's a pretty great list there little Miss Heather! I've never done a list like this, but it seems like something I should do.

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  12. Way to go lady! 19/30 is still a pretty great accomplishment. Just think some of those things you may not have accomplished if you didn't put them on a list.

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  13. You did great on the list. I will be 30 in August and your first paragraph was written for me haha or I could have written it rather.

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