30 things to do before I’m 30 – update 2

Since there are only 3 months left for me to finish this list, it’s time for an update on my 30 things. Things I’ve finished appear in green below, yellow indicates “in progress,” and the things I still have to do are in red.

  1. Enjoy the last year of my 20s. So far, so good!
  2. Walk the dog at least once/week. Well? We no longer have a dog, so this is now obsolete.
  3. Take a solo trip. Spent time in Chicago by myself, and it was glorious.
  4. Sign up, train for, and compete in a race. Competed in my first ever triathlon. It was a disaster, but I finished! (No post yet, but the story is definitely worthy of one.)
  5. Spend time exploring Abilene. A bit, but could be better…
  6. Send birthday cards to all immediate family –  17 of 20 done already! (Confession – I don’t know how we forgot, but we missed my father in law’s b-day, and while he got an e-mail and phone call on the day of, he didn’t receive a card in the mail. I consider this a failure on my part.)
  7. Print out and frame at least 3 recent photos of loved ones. Not yet.
  8. Submit an article/essay to be published. I entered a contest where the prize would include publication, so I’m counting this as done!
  9. Keep (however sparse) notes on the books I read/listen to this year. Yes – Derek got me a “reading journal” after I graduated in December and I’ve been doing a pretty good job keeping up with it so far.
  10. Paint the front door a fun color. Y’all know this happened.
  11. Give a homemade gift. Not yet, but I’ve been pinning some ideas…
  12. Create and print at least one photobook of life in the past 7 years. No…(and no excuse, either).
  13. Call my family more often. This one is so vague that it’s hard to judge – I haven’t been keeping track, really, but it feels like I have been. That counts, right?
  14. Go to the dentist. Yes! After almost 6 years, just 1 cavity! (I’m calling that a success.)
  15. Work on learning Spanish. Changed this to German for a reason I will tell you about later…, and yes, I have been working on it!
  16. Organize our finances. Kind of – still needs some (okay, a lot of) work.
  17. Wear something that my kids will laugh at me for. Pretty sure that happens every day, but I haven’t bought something specifically for the shock value.
  18. Go to the First Monday flea market in Canton. Not yet, and honestly, it may not happen…I only have two more opportunities.
  19. Write 50 blog posts. Well on my way, thanks to EDIM. After this post, I have 6 more to do!
  20. Take a road trip with Derek. Planned for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait.
  21. Do a project I’ve pinned or marked in a magazine. If painting the door doesn’t count, then certainly something else I’ve blogged about on Wednesdays recently does.
  22. Go somewhere I’ve never gone. Not intentionally, but I definitely will over our Thanksgiving trip.
  23. Do something that scares me. Again, not intentionally…
  24. Learn Photoshop basics. Working on it!
  25. Visit an old friend. Traveled to Baton Rouge to visit a high school friend finishing up a graduate degree in ceramics at LSU. It was short but sweet.
  26. Make banoffee pie. Yes! And it was good!
  27. Try out three new restaurants in Abilene. At least one (Abi Haus), but haven’t blogged about them yet.
  28. Sell and give away some of our stuff (yard sale, consign, craigslist, etc.). Yes. If nothing else, I’ve craigslisted some furniture.
  29. Practice generosity and hospitality. Working on it!
  30. Write in my journal more often. Yes! That would be my private journal, that’s not on the internet for the whole world to see.

After the fact, I’ve realized I’m not doing as well on these things as I hoped to be by this time, so it’s time to get on that! This might be the inspiration boost I needed!


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