30 by 30.

Once upon a time, before I was blogging here, there was another little space on the internet where I wrote my thoughts on this and that. {Which somehow ended up being female facial hair more times than would probably be considered normal.} I kept up with it for 2 years and really enjoyed writing on a regular basis. Then this crazy year rolled around and I stopped for a while. When I was ready to start writing again, I needed a more private space to work through my thoughts…so a new blog was born.

A few days ago a friend of mine asked “So whatever happened to your 30 before 30 list? Weren’t you blogging about that?”

Oh. *Ahem.* Yes I was.

I decided to revisit ‘the list,’ which was made at the tender age of 27 and a half. {Ha!} If I had remained a bit more focused on my goal, I probably could have knocked several more of these off of the list already. As it is, I think it could be fun to try and accomplish a few more…even if I have to modify them a bit. Now that I am at the more seasoned age of 29 and a half, I know that flexibility is a key to success. Or something like that.

Plus I’m thinking that it could prompt some fun things to think about / do while we are in this season of waiting, right?

Anyway, here’s the list.

1. Run a 5K

I’ve walked in one…it’ll probably take a few walk/jog tries…and potentially a little training  on my part. But I want to run one.

Completed: October 6, 2012…You can read about it here and here. 🙂

2. Ride in a hot air balloon

Got this one planned for August of ’12, weather pending. 🙂

I can’t believe I never got around to writing about this…Mom and I finally took our hot air balloon ride in June of 2013!

3. Read through the entire Bible

Made this goal when I turned 27, working my way towards it everyday.

Completed: January 24, 2013…What a blessing! Read my belated post about it here.

4. Attend a High Tea

I’ve got a collection of *fabulous* hats that would be perfect for a tea party…anyone interested in going with me?

Completed: August 2012…It was absolutely *lovely* dahling…

5. Do 30 random acts of kindness

I’m looking forward to this one…Chris and I have had a lot of fun together when we’ve suprised friends / strangers in the past.

6. Pray for the entire world

This is one of the challenges extended by D. Platt in his book “Radical.” There’s another book that is supposed to help with this, so that’s going to be on my Amazon wishlist. (*Note: Oh boo. I actually did get this book, and start reading/praying through it. I just didn’t make it very far. It ended up being more of a challenge than I was expecting. All is not lost yet though!)

7.  Learn how to decorate cakes

My mom has a knack for this, and I think it looks like a helpful hobby to have. Plus a yummy one. 😉

8.  Publish a piece of my writing

I’ve got one particular piece in mind, and I’ve talked with several people lately who have given me a few publishing tips. We’ll see, we’ll see!

9. Go to a drive in movie & make out with my husby

There’s a drive-in movie theater in a town near ours…I’m thinking of loading up the truck with blankets and pillows and acting like teenagers again. Is that too much information? *wink*

Accomplished summer of ’13, but I gotta say…Chris hated the drive in. I’ll probably never get him to go back… 😦

10. Help support a missionary

A family from our church is raising funds to become MAF pilot missionaries in Africa. We’ve started supporting them through prayer and a small monthly financial contribution, so this goal is more about continuing our relationship.

I think we’ve been doing this long enough to mark it off the list. 🙂 I was also able to help meet a need that they had for their children, so that was a blessing to be a part of.

11. Take a cooking class

Always wanted to do it, never quite made it happen. Not sure if it will end up being a girls night or a date night. Maybe both!

12. Learn how to coupon / price match

Planning on starting this one in July of ’12…looking forward to a little help from a local lady who has got it down to an art.

Completed: Fall of 2012…I’m no expert, but if you wanna read the secrets I’ve learned, then click here. 🙂

13. Travel east of Texas

I’ve traveled west…northwest…and south. But never east. There are too many beautiful places and things to see on the East coast not to go, plus Chris has family there. Definitely looking forward to checking this one off the list! (Nooot sure I’m going to be able to pull this one off by my birthday. Should I have included alternate activities on this list?)

14. Go camping

How have I never been camping? My bff and I tried to camp in her backyard once as junior high girls…but ended up going inside for the comforts of air conditioning and a bed! Not sure if it’ll be my thing or not, but I won’t know until I try!

15. Host a movie-night in our backyard w/ a projector

We’ve got a great backyard for this, now if we can just track down the projector and a nice fall evening we’ll be good to go.

We have hosted many wonderful parties…4th of July (with a guest magician!), Cinco de Mayo Murder Mystery, 1st Birthday Mustache Bash for my nephew, plus a variety of others. I say those count. Plus, I helped host a movie night in my friends backyard. That’s probably as done as it’s going to get. 🙂

16. Have a caricature done of Chris & I

I’ve had a caricature or two done of me before (always a focus on my big forehead and big front teeth), but I don’t think Chris has. It would make a great piece of wall art for his office.

17. Cook something edible in the crock pot

To give myself credit, I can make queso and a pretty tasty taco soup in the crock pot. Let’s just say I’m looking to expand my repertoire.

I’ve accomplished this enough to mark it off {thanks to both Pinterest and the help of a few good friends sharing their tasty and easy recipes with me} but the crock pot still isn’t something that gets used with a whole lot of regularity around these parts.

18.  Completely unplug for a week…and try to convince Chris to do it with me!

No tv…no computers…minimal phone usage. I’m sure it will be scarier for him than it will be for me. I may need some divine intervention to make this one happen!

This one is a bit of a stretch…but we got rid of our DVR and extended cable package, which means that we watch TV about 90% less than we used to. {The old way of watching TV…no going backwards, skipping commercials, recording favorites, or looking at the schedule…is no fun at all.} And when we took the ‘staycation’ to the lake recently there wasn’t much of an internet signal. Chris was computer free for over 48 hours, and we were on our phones very minimally. Since I’m the boss of this blog, I say it counts! 😉

19. Teach Huxley agility training

I think he would be so good at this, and I know he would love it. I wish I lived in a place that would make this one easier to accomplish! (Yeah, nothing has changed about where we live…and Huxley has gained some weight…so yikes on this one.)

20. Get back to my wedding weight

Eh. Sadly I think I’ve gained somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds. It. Must. Stop. Granted, I was down a little from my normal weight on my wedding day, but it’s a healthier place for me to be.

21. Be significantly along our way to paying off our student loan debts.

Doing what we can do, looking forward to paying off the first of several in Sept of ’12. We’ve got a plan and we know the Lord is on our side, so we’re just doing what we can do and trusting Him to care for us!

We have made a lot of progress on this one. Currently we’ve only been paying the minimums {as opposed to throwing as much extra on there as we can get} but it’s because we are saving for a baby. 🙂 Lord willing, it looks like we will be able to pay our adoption and medical fees as we go, so our prayer is that we can complete all of that without adding any debt.

22. Ride on a train

Mom and I have discussed doing this on one of our mother/daughter trips. Luckily for me there are some local options…this one should be fun!

23. Learn to play the piano

Alright, so I’m not looking to become a professional or anything, but I’ve always wished I had learned how to do this. Especially since Nicole Nordeman is my singing idol. Maybe I’ll start on the keyboard or something.

24. Memorize scripture

Not going to go through excuses as to why I don’t have many verses memorized, but coming to realize how important it really is. (Working on this one already this summer…)

25. Learn how to make home-made cleaning solutions

I’ve seen a lot of this on pinterest, and it looks like a cheaper / safer way to clean up around here. Why not give it a try?!

Check and check. I’ve made laundry detergent, carpet cleaner, and a variety of cleaners using vinegar. My favorite go to is half part white vinegar to half part blue Dawn dish soap. It’s takes the elbow work out of cleaning!

26. Make a rainbow cake

This sounds like an easy one, but with me…you never know. Have you seen these on Pinterest by the way? So cool!

Completed: January 2013…I bumped up the challenge level a bit and make it a rainbow SPRINKLE cake. Boo ya. To be as cool as me, click here.

27. Go on a mission trip

Letting the Lord lead on this one…

Another stretch here, but I’m going to count working at VBS. I was serving Christ within my own community, and that is a mission field as well. I would love to go on a mission trip in the future, and feel sure I will, but I don’t see the opportunity for it to happen before January.

28. Make a wreath for every season

I’ve almost got a banner for every season, wreaths are next. Got a lot of great ideas in mind!

Didn’t do this one. BUT, I did rethink it and decided there are some flaws to this plan. Mainly storage. That’s basically a wreath per month, and 12 wreaths would take up some space. Instead I made a burlap wreath as the base, and I can change out the bow according to different seasons / holidays. That feels much more doable.

29. Learn how to shoot a gun safely and confidently

Chris is really into guns, so it wouldn’t hurt me to show some interest. Also, I just watched a freaky episode of Army Wives, and training in how to shoot a gun saved their lives. Probably not the most rational reason to learn, but nonetheless. (I am improving on this, but I need more practice. And Chris always enjoys when I shoot with him, so spending more time together is another win.)

30. Get laser hair removal for my mustache

Does it bother you that I reference my mustache on a fairly regular basis? It drives me crazy, no doubt, but I guess I just figure that it’s better to laugh about it than cry about it. I get quite a few “Living Social” / “Groupon” deals regarding this, so one day I’m going to jump on one!

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So there we are. Looks like I’m halfway done.

Good times to come!

*Wink*

Blessed am I.

 

Days like today.

It’s days like today {or really, evenings like this evening} that I know I’ll look back on one day wistfully.

1st day of Spring…beautiful weather…

A quiet house after a long day at work…

A wagging puppy tail happy to see me…

Time to sit on the porch & read God’s word…

Relaxing with a great novel I’ve been reading…

Happy husband coming home from the gym…

Walking the dog and laughing together…

Simple dinner & quiet conversation…

A clean house…

Kisses and flirting…

Time to work on important paperwork without stress or distractions…

Praise music filling our home…

Talking to my mom on the phone…

A hot bubble bath…

The day was long and hard, like so many seem to be these days. But God somehow stretched my time out this evening, refreshing and renewing me.

Thankful for the reminder that while there is so much to look forward to, there is so much to enjoy in the here and now. This is a season we won’t ever get back…and it is glorious.

Blessed am I.