Monday, March 26, 2012

Only ONE Year Left!

So it was my birthday Saturday. I didn't really do much that day but I'm not a huge celebrator and I'm good with it! haha We weren't going to do anything but my mom called and we went out to dinner that night, so that was a plus! We're supposed to go see 'The Hunger Games' tonight, so I'm extending birthday celebrations out for awhile! :)

So last year about this time my friend Debbie was getting ready to turn 29 and was asking advice on a list she was making. She wanted to make a list of 30 things to do before she turned 30, I loved the idea and thought it was really fun! So now this year is here, the year that I turn 29 and I have been making a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30.

Unfortunately this isn't a magic list that grants me money and time and everything I could ever dream of. Also unfortunately when I asked my friends on Facebook what they would suggest, they thought my list was magic and gave me money because they mostly suggested things that aren't really feasible for me to do in one year. As much as I would like to travel out of the country, or go on a cruise or go to Disneyland or...go a whole day wasn't necessarily as helpful as I wanted. You'd think after 64 comments, I'd have my whole list of things to do, but no, my friends just think they're soooooo funny. ;)

Anyway, after people coming up with such awesome big plans, maybe my list will seem dumb and a little silly, who knows? But when coming up with my list, I tried to have a balance of things that would help me be a better person, things I've been wanting to work on, things that will help my family, things I'm interested in hobby wise, things I thought sounded fun and most importantly: things that I felt were actually possible in achieving this year. :)

So without any more explanation, here's the list I came up with: 

30 before 30
1- Learn to play the guitar
2- Exercise 3 times a week or complete "Insanity"
3- Finish 1 craft project a month
4- Buy our first house
5- Go to Forks
6- Run a 5k
7- Watch 30 classic movies
8- Go to VooDoo Donuts
9- Homemake everyone's Christmas presents
10- Donate blood (plasma maybe?)
11- Grow hair out--no cutting at all!
12- Paint 3 paintings
13- Decorate a cake for each birthday
14- Take the kids hiking this summer
15- Find a waterfall
16- Go on a date once a month
17- Go to the Temple once a month
18- Be a 100% visiting teacher
19- Advance my "photography business"/ get paid for a big event
20- Do 3 photography trips/ creative shoots/ outdoor shoots
21- Yell less/ be more patient
22- Keep an organized calendar & dinner menu (no procrastinating!)
23- Have an all girl's themed party
24- Go to a concert
25- Make a slideshow/movie for each kid
26- Get new family pictures taken
27- Stick to a budget
28- Make more friends/ have more playdates
29- Decorate new house on a budget/ document it on blog
30- Have a big birthday bash!

If you were making a list what would you want on it?!


  1. Great list. I would have loved to have seen your Facebook comment list. Although I admit being slightly older than you, the list tired me out and since I'm older, my list would have to be a bit longer. . .but getting out of bed counts, right?

  2. Stick to donating blood. Plasma may make you a dime but it is OVERRATED and was a horrible experience.

    Also, you should stop chasing waterfalls. Just stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to. ;)

    (Obscure 90's reference just for you)

    Running a 5K is brilliant, finishing insanity is an insanely awesome goal, and I'm biting nails about you growing your hair out. I LOVE YOU with sassy red. But let's be honest, you look good all the time.

    If I had a list #1 would be to have a no-holds-bar fashion sense like you. I envy it. #2 would be going to the Ellen show, and #3 would be finally taking my kids to Disneyland. Closely followed by running a half marathon, going indoor skydiving, finishing my kid's baby albums, and finally getting around to decorating my house.

    Love you!

  3. I don't know what this Voodoo Donuts is, but I feel like I need it in my life.

  4. (Sorry, I wrote you a whole novel about your great list and then got side-tracked and negative about being in your 30's... so I deleted that part. But I'll leave you the PS anyway!) ha ha

    PS - Happy Birthday!

  5. That is a wonderful, creative, realistic plan of 30 things to do before your next b-day. I think it is all totally within your reach.
    Look at it every day....and you'll feel SO ACCOMPLISHED.
    How is it I missed your b-day. that is kinda I want to be considered in goal #28, be part of the "friend" list.
    Happy birthday you sweet thang.

  6. That's a great list! Are all of these things firsts?

  7. I love this list!!!! I already turned 30, but I can make a list just like this for any birthday, true? You're so cool!

    Voodoo Donuts! I wish I could go with you, that place looks like wacky fun. Did you know that all the owners are also licensed clergy so that they can officiate weddings in their shop? Hahaha!

    I love your date/temple goal and you can totally combine that. You can also combine some of your photography goals with your new family photos or trip to Forks goal or something.

    I don't know how to yell less. I don't know if I can add that to a list.

    I want to see your list of classic movies! My hubby and I started watching classic movies and have really loved some of them. Try Some Like It Hot (Our fav of the ones we were trying), Suddenly Last Summer, Ben Hur, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

    If you need advice for an awesome 30th birthday party, I threw a 30th bday party for myself and IT. WAS. AWESOME.

    I love you! Ooh, and I agree with SHeryl on your fashion sense- you are hot and pretty and cooler than me.

  8. Good luck with growing your hair out! That will probably be the hardest on there.


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