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 in a cookbook.

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’m going to Canada, you guys! It’s going to take care of at three things on this list, too!! (road trip, tattoo, travel outside the US)

5. Get a full sleeve tattoo.

I have an appointment scheduled with Yann Black in September. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW EXCITED I AM RIGHT NOW.

6. Go on a road trip.

Currently the plan is to rent a car and spend several days driving up into Canada, get tattooed, then head back to TN. I’M SO EXCITED.

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 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. Plus I have an embarrassing number of paintings that I’ve done up in the living room. Artist I am not, my friends.

10. Watch all of The Office on Netflix.

I forget when I watched this, but I did. It was hilarious. I might actually watch through it again before the end of the year, just because.

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. I still feel bad that it took me so long. 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.

I want to bike a total of 30 miles – with Wade attached to my bike.

15. Find a new job.

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

16. Have sex every day for a month.

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. Ditch the disposables.

I want to cut out paper plates, plastic cups/flatware, napkins, etc. and only use resuable things. Save the planet, yo. This is where learning to sew would be beneficial…I could make my own napkins.

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. It was nice, but not a great memory now. Maybe I’ll replace it with a happier memory before my birthday…

28. Get back out there.

I have started to date again. It’s weird af to be single now. I haven’t been single since I was 19. Now I’m nearly 30. I have a full-time job, toddler, and mortgage. It’s weird. But also liberating. My ex didn’t think I was attractive anymore after I had a baby. Now men that are more attractive than my ex think I’m attractive. So…suck it, ex-husband. Your opinions are garbage.

29. Write a 40 Before 40 list.

The first draft is complete!

30. Have a BANGIN’ 30th birthday party.

I’ve started planning this. I’m super excited. It’s going to be awesome.