Monthly Archives: July 2013


#23 Write a handwritten letter – July

imageToday I wrote out thank you notes for Aoife’s birthday and for mine as well. I also wrote out a more personal note to a family member. I’m looking forward to doing this every month – it is something that is so simple that we forget about doing it. It reminds me that I really need to go to the post office and grab a few sheets of stamps. Remember those days when you always had stamps sitting around, because you needed them almost daily? Now I never have stamps handy when I need them.


30 before 30

This past Thursday, I turned 29. I don’t get too worked up about age, but I do like milestones and making lists and jumping on bandwagons, so I decided to create a 30 before 30 list. You’ve probably seen these on blogs here and there. There are no hard and fast rules: some people edit their lists part-way through, some give themselves a year to complete the list and some give themselves a decade, some have themes.

I created my list with the thought that I have one year to complete the items on it. I will attempt to blog each item, but we see how well that worked out with each Project Life layout I completed (yes, it’s still going strong even though I’m behind!). I didn’t add huge, lofty goals since I only have a year, and I tried to stay away from things that cost too much, since we’re on a budget. On the list, I only put $ next to items that will cost more than $10 – because really, doesn’t everything cost a little bit?

Without further ado — here is the list! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and if you have a list: what’s on yours? how long do you have to complete it? what milestone are you waiting for?

  1. Run a 10K (the distance itself, not necessarily a specific race)
  2. Have a bike picnic (the best way to roll!)
  3. Get another tattoo ($)
  4. Be 10 lbs lighter (I’ll mark this when I reach that goal, but the catch is that I have to still be 10 lbs lighter when I turn 30)
  5. Knit a scarf (I can crochet like the dickens but knitting confuses me)
  6. Make a cookbook (featuring my recipes and photos)
  7. Go camping
  8. Pay off credit card ($ – obviously)
  9. Go to a theater performance ($ depending on the performance)
  10. Decorate a fancy cake
  11. Make a big painting for the house
  12. Make a t-shirt quilt
  13. Explore my hometown
  14. Visit a local museum
  15. Take a dance class ($)
  16. Go sledding
  17. Sharpen knives
  18. Get a pedicure ($)
  19. Find my perfect shade of lipstick ($ – have you seen prices on some makeup? yikes!)
  20. Have a date night with Ryan every month
  21. Create use-able space in the basement (somewhere I actually feel comfortable sitting when we have a tornado scare)
  22. Visit a ghost town
  23. Write a handwritten letter once a month
  24. Make a friend outside of work (this obviously requires me spending time in places other than home and work)
  25. Bake a pie from scratch
  26. Learn to change a tire (I did this once in driver’s ed and promptly forgot – or at least, I don’t feel confident doing it)
  27. Fill all my empty picture frames
  28. Write a will and make it official
  29. Get a bra professionally fitted (fit? don’t hassle my verb tenses – oh, and $)
  30. Visit a state park (I’m going to try to keep this separate from #7)