30 Before 30

1. Have a child.

LBW (Wade) is the absolute best thing I have ever done with my life. Every day with him is more entertaining than the last. Watching him grow into a real-life human with personality and opinions is challenging but so much fun.

2. Record at least 20 recipes.

I’ve actually purchased a recipe box with cards…I just need to sit down and write out some recipes! There are a few that I found on Pinterest that I make fairly regularly and it would be nice to have them accessible without needing to pull out my phone and get online. (Like I’m not on my phone 24/7, anyway.)

3. Start to work out regularly.

I did really well with going to the rec center on the mornings I didn’t have Wade for a solid couple of months. Then there was a tattoo, the time change, and work travel…I’ve totally fallen off the wagon. But I did, in fact, start to work out regularly!

4. Travel outside the US.

I went to Canada, you guys!

5. Get a full sleeve tattoo.

I love the tattoo I got from Yann Black at the end of September 2018. LOVE IT. I don’t think I’ll ever attempt to get such a large tattoo in one sitting, though. Look at how pretty it is.

6. Go on a road trip.

I rented a car and drove to Canada to get a tattoo!

7. Be debt free.

I’m about $8k in debt. I seriously doubt I’ll get it all paid off by the end of the year. c’est la vie

8. Buy a new car.

And this is one of the reasons why I’m in debt. >.>

9. Make homemade home decorations.

This one was always vague and weird and I want to just check it off so I can have another thing done, darnit. Most of the things I’ve done around the house are DIY. It counts. It’s fine.

10. Watch all of The Office on Netflix.

I forget when I watched this, but I did. It was hilarious. I should do it again.

11. Build a website for Still Waters Mtn Retreat.

I didn’t build it from scratch, but I at least got something in place for them. Check out their site!

12. Learn to Crochet/Knit.

This was “Learn to Sew” but darnit, that might never happen. I do, however, have a bunch of yarn and a book titled Knitting without Needles and a coworker who wants to learn to crochet together. So once I finish my next cross stitch project I’m going to start learning one or both of these things!

13. Read 400 books.

  • 2013: 85
  • 2014: 95
  • 2015: 52
  • 2016: 12 (I blame Wade for this.)
  • 2017: 92
  • 2018: ??

400 – 336 = 64! I only need to read 64 books in 2018 to meet my goal!

14. Bike 30 miles.

My goal was to bike 30 miles with Wade. As of October 30, I have made it 22.4 miles.

15. Find a new job.

I’ve been a web developer at MTSU since June 2017!

16. Have sex every day for a month.

Don’t tell Wade, but…

17. Get roommates.

Ironically, this used to be “Ditch the roommates.” but here I am, with two roommates. They pay rent! And I genuinely like them. We should have a sitcom. My house currently contains: 3 adults, 1 toddler, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.

18. Make and use fabric napkins.

Surely to goodness I can accomplish this. Surely.

19. Make a family photo album every year.

  • 2015-2016
  • 2016-2017
  • 2017-2018

20. Grow my hair out to shoulder-length.

I’m so happy to have long hair again. I love pixie cuts, and I love long hair. The in-between nonsense is total garbage, though.

21. Go on an adventure every year.

  • 2013: Bonnaroo
  • 2014: Bonnaroo
  • 2015: Bonnaroo
  • 2016: Pilgrimage Music & Art Festival
  • 2017: I’ve gone on the biggest effing adventure ever – divorce.
  • 2018: Camp Throwback

22. Make updates to the living room:

  • Remove shelves
  • paint over floors
  • hang pictures/art
  • mount TV

23. Make updates to Wade’s room:

24. Make updates to the upstairs:

  • paint trim
  • paint walls
  • do…something…to stairwell and landing flooring

25. Make updates to my bedroom:

  • hang art/mirrors
  • hang curtains

26. Build a bed frame.

I BOUGHT A KING-SIZED BED YOU GUYS. I sleep in luxury now. It’s just…on the floor. But I’m going to use the lumber from the shelves in the living room to build the bed frame! Waste not, want not.

27. Have a date night at a nice restaurant.

I did this with my ex when Wade was just a few months old. We ate at High Point and stayed in a cabin while my parents kept Wade overnight.

28. Get back out there.

I have started to date again. It’s weird. But also liberating.

29. Write a 40 Before 40 list.

The first draft is complete!

30. Have a BANGIN’ 30th birthday party.

I seriously had such an awesome 30th birthday, y’all.