Thursday, May 20, 2010

30 before 30

My first year of forever 29 has begun. My birthday was great - it began with a bomf run accompanied by Tera & Brett, then included not working, shopping and exploring some lesser-known (to me) neighborhoods, eating an indulgent lunch, and ended at my step-brother and his wife-to-be's rehearsal dinner with my family. I wouldn't have changed much about it! Well, except maybe chocolate cake instead of red velvet.

So now I've been 29 for a week and have been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year. The older I get, the more I've learned that I need specific goals to stay motivated. So, I've borrowed the idea of some other ladies and created a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. I'll try to keep you updated on my progress (but keeping you updated will not be one of my 30 things). Here goes...

1. Really qualify for Boston
2. Organize and play in a benefit chamber music recital

3. Plant a vegetable garden, peonies and hydrangeas
4. Spend a weekend with my h.s. girls
5. Take more pictures and actually smile nicely in them
6. Consolidate our retirement savings plans
7. Complete a half ironman
8. Remember and recognize birthdays and anniversaries of family and close friends
9. Read the Bible (yup, the whole thing)
10. Go on at least one 3-night backpacking trip
11. Renew and use our passports (just got invited to a wedding in Ireland!)
12. Weatherize our patio furniture
13. Organize our cd collection - get rid of cases and storage binders
14. Consider saying certain things one more time before I open my big mouth
15. Keep two weeknights/week free whenever possible
16. Create our wedding album
17. Plan a surprise get-away for me and Kyle
18. Hang my old window frame picture display
19. Get back in touch with one friend each month
20. Forgive faster
21. Learn basic bike maintenance and take good care of my bike
22. Go to the beach
23. Give one surprise, non-birthday gift a month (May - done)
24. Question more

25. Eat vegetarian a couple times a week
26. Learn to change a diaper
27. Finish planning our Patagonia trip
28. Decide what my go-to cocktail should be
29. Eliminate one time-consuming activity from my life (I cut back on my back on my feet days to just Friday. I'd still like to eliminate one entire activity, but this is a big step for me and a good start)
30. Have the wingback chair and piano bench cushion recovered

Here's to my final year in the 20s! Yikes!


eyeheartorange said...

I didn't do that... Do I need to do a 32 before 32? I think it is a tad late to execute 31 before 31. Make sure you honor the ones about making more time for you!!! Happy Birthday. It was a pretty good one, from my point of view anyway. Love you!

Anna said...

What a great idea! I also didn't do this, but will aim for 32 by 32 since I am too close to 31 to get 31 big things done. I love all of your ideas! I am inspired and I am going to go make my list.
Happy belated Birthday!
Hope to see you soon!

Anonymous said...

Bike maintenance is easy. A good hammer will fix most problems. Well, I've found that it keeps stress down. Keep your chain lubed, too. - Brett