Last year I began a little bucket list of sorts that included goals that I would like to achieve before my saying goodbye to my twenties. This list, my 30 Before 30, were 30 things that in a years’ time I’d like to be able to accomplish; ranging from lifestyle goals to travel and memory making adventures with family. Creating this list has become my own little ‘resolutions’ and with it being January I find it fitting to reflect on these items and make it a point to work towards crossing off the items left on my list. Looking back, it’s a glimpse at where I was when I turned 29 and the ideas and goals I felt at that time. Now, almost a year later, I see what I’ve been able to do and where I need to focus my intentionality for the next three months.
So here’s a peek at how I’ve been doing and what I have left to do before I turn the big 3-0 in March!
30 Before 30
Live more minimally by ridding of material things once a month for a year.
Minimalism has been an amazing lifestyle change for my family and I. This was made even more apparent during our experience with the Thomas Fire at the beginning of December. Being afraid that we may lose everything put into perspective for us that the enjoyment of life doesn’t belong to the things we own.
- Take Greyson to an aquarium.
- Create more photo books of our travels and milestones.
Travel somewhere outside of the U.S.
October was a big month for us as a family as we joined my husband on a work trip to Europe. We had the opportunity to visit London, Luxembourg, and Paris all within two weeks! You can read more about our trip here.
- Visit/discover Northern California.
- Visit/discover San Diego.
- Volunteer at least once a month at church.
Join a small group at church.
Not only did I join a small group at church, I helped lead one! It was the first time I stepped into the co-leading position as my church expanded their Bible studies to include evening meeting times! With returning to work I’m not sure how much longer I can help lead a small group, but I’m thankful for the experience!
- Create and run a successful linkup on the blog.
Keep up with vegan meals during the week.
The holidays proved to be difficult to keep up with our vegan meals, but now that we’re home and getting settled into our new routines in the new year I am happy to say we’re back on track! I loved indulging, but it’s time to put health and fitness at the top of my priorities this year.
- Finish the Harry Potter series before the 1st day of Summer (June 21st)
Invest in and use an editorial calendar for both blogs!
I’ve been better about planning out and using a calendar to organize my blog posts. Right now I mainly write for this blog – as my teacher blog I check in from time to time. However, now that I’m returning to work part-time as an assistant teacher this aspect of my life is making a slow return.
Take more photos of Greyson and us as a family.
We’ve been so good with taking constant photos of Grey for our photobooks and personal uses! We’ve even enlisted the help of Minted this year to take some family photos using their Photo Op feature.
Print and display photos of us and our travels in our home.
Loving our gallery wall on the landing of our stairs! I can’t wait to add more gallery walls in other rooms of our home.
- Send more happy mail or letters to friends and family.
- Take a picture every day for a whole year.
- Have a ‘movie on the lawn’ night once this summer.
Enjoy sip & paint nights often. Actively put into savings.
Financial freedom is a big 2018 goal for my family and I and with knowing that God has truly blessed us recently in a number of ways, being mindful of that helps us make better financial decisions. Thankfully we’ve been able to put a lot away into our savings, for emergencies, and getting out of debt. This year specifically I really want to work towards my student loan and be finally free from that debt!
Learn to trust my intuition & God when He speaks to me.
God’s been speaking on my heart lately and it’s a beautiful feeling. I feel stronger and closer to Him lately and I think a lot of it is being aware and truly seeing him work through those I love and answering much needed prayers.
- Keep weekends as sacred time – unplug and enjoy.
Participate in a local 5k.
This past year my husband and I ran a Mother’s Day 5k with Grey in our jogger! It was a fun run along the beach near our home and was a great way to spend the morning with my family. This February we’ll be running a local 10k, which has motivated me to get back to the gym and begin running again (or at least a good jog since I rolled my ankle in October).
- Visit/hike The Channel Islands.
- Purchase bikes and go riding at least once a week.
- Begin a personal journal this year.
Get my nails done and #treatyoself this year.
- Watch Casablanca from beginning to end.
Spend less on toys for Greyson and more on family experiences.
- Do something spontaneous!
Live each day with meaning and purpose.
In looking at my list there are a number of things I’d still like to do – like go to San Diego and take Greyson to the aquarium or zoo. I’m not sure about purchasing bikes at the moment, but the promenade has ones we can rent so maybe we’ll do that one day. Casablanca isn’t my favorite movie, but I did tell my husband (who loves it) that I’d watch it with him. Perhaps in three months I just might be able to cross each one off my list, but if not, it’s been a fun ride so far!
What would you like to accomplish before your next birthday? I’d love to hear!