Ah, 2013, a squeaky clean new year. A time for renewed hope, motivation, and healthy eating habits. I’d like to think that our bovine ladies get into the spirit too, making resolutions to increase their milk production, gossip less around the water trough, or really commit to getting pregnant.
I don’t write resolutions, but I do like taking a breath each January to think about my dreams and goals.
I was inspired to write this post by Sarah of Project Soiree and Mackenzie of Design Darling. But while these ladies chose to list 101 goals for 1001 days, I decided to take a slightly different approach. My non-mathematical brain couldn’t wrap around the idea of 1001 days (approximately 2.7424657 years), and 101 was too tall an order for a post that Dairy Man claimed “deviated from important things like manure and artificial insemination.”
Thus I landed on: 30 Things to Do Before I’m 30.
What I like is that Mackenzie and Sarah didn’t write “bucket lists.” Bucket lists overwhelm me. Of course I want to wine taste around Italy, trek to Machu Picchu with my sherpa, write a bestselling novel, speak French fluently, and get a jetpack. Who doesn’t? But these high, lofty goals can take a lifetime to accomplish. You’re talking to a girl who writes tasks on her to-do list after they are already completed, just to have the pleasure of checking them off. In red ink. I might even give myself a high five. I need to see forward progress. Otherwise I’m liable to give up on the whole thing and camp out on my couch with a quart of cookies n’ cream ice cream.
So I created a manageable list of 30. I hope to challenge myself, go outside of my comfort zone, and check items off this list over the next three-ish years.
- Send 25 hand written notes
Drink a large glass of water before every mealWe do this faithfully. Bob would be so proud.
- Read at least one book every two months
Visit our friends in Salt Lake CityAccomplished in August 2013
- Milk a cow
- Take a girls trip to Vegas
- Try ten new restaurants in West Michigan (Currently: Perrin Brewing, Hoolihan’s, Brick Road Pizza, )
- Have at least one official date night a month
Host a dinner partyAfter reading this book, I really had no choice. My dining room table hosted an excellent dinner party for 10 of my girlfriends Go on an actual vacation with DMWe spent a week in Salt Lake City visiting friends in August 2013 (see #4)
- See a show at Second City in Chicago
- Do something that absolutely terrifies me
- Go to five plays or musicals (Currently: Wicked (for the third time), The Sound of Music, The Nutcracker, Phantom of the Opera)
Run the Fifth Third Riverbank 5KI donned stylish running tights and blazed through this race on May 11, 2013. 29:30 wasn’t a bad time for someone who didn’t train one iota!
- Spend a day with each sibling doing something they choose, paid for by me
- Say “I’m sorry” more than 50 percent of the time
- Talk to my grandparents each week via phone or email
- Drink a $50-100 bottle of wine (and see if I can tell the difference)
Complete family photo yearbooks for 2010, 2011, and 2012I’m all caught up and starting on 2013!
- Purchase coffee for a stranger behind me in the Starbucks drive-thru
- Create something with my Instagram photos
- Upgrade to a DSLR camera
Teach Jersey a new trickHe can high-five like it’s his job, but we’re adding other awesome things to his repertoire too
- Spend an entire weekend unplugged
- Refurbish an old piece of furniture
- Make a list of birthdays and addresses and send cards
- Pay off our student loans
- Find an active outdoor activity DM and I can do together
Have a babyWe’re expecting a baby boy in April 2014!
- Write a letter to myself to be opened on my 30th birthday
I may flesh out a few of these in the future (like the controversial “Milk a cow” – something another farm wife warned me never to learn), but I’ll simply leave you with the list for now.
So how about you, dear readers? No matter which ages you put in the blanks of “___ things to do before I’m ___,” what’s on your list?