Last year was a milestone, my 30th birthday. To commemorate, I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do either when I was 30 or in my 30s. I'm still not sure which. I figured I would review the list to see how I did. Then I can edit for 31 and move ahead.
- Start and maintain a blog.
Check! It's hard to ignore the first thing on the list.
- Learn Spanish with Liam.
I guess we focused on English instead. His vocabulary is mind boggling. He does know some Spanish and we just signed up for a Mommy and Me Class that will meet once a week.
- Create and maintain a yoga and meditation practice.
I wouldn't call it a practice just yet but hope to make it more of one in the coming year. I have found two yoga classes that I look forward to every week and know that if I could just carve out 10 minutes a day to meditate, it would do me a world of good. Maybe I'll start today...
- Get so strong and flexible that my back doesn't hurt when I drive.
I am really proud that I've made fitness a part of my every day life. I'm not exactly there yet but am closer than I've been in a long time.
- Get my first grown up car!
Check! (Maybe this is why my back no longer hurts when I drive...)
- Learn to use Photoshop and/or other design software.
I'm in a Photoshop class right now and have learned my way around a lot of the program. I haven't done a whole lot with it yet but I will. I will.
- Design cards and stationary.
I think I had a very grand notion of this when I wrote it on the list. Like Kate Spade meets Etsy or something. While I am nowhere near checking that off the list, I do stick photos on cards for my family now and then and turn Liam's art into colorful little mailers. That's probably good enough for the time being.
- Learn to build websites. Build a website for the Hawaiian condo.
Nope. Maybe I'll take a class next semester? Or maybe I'm just not that interested.
- Do something new each week.
Who made this crazy list? I mean, seriously, could that be any more vague and impossible to achieve? Maybe it's just me. I don't do very well with vague. I need specifics. Like very specifics. I have stretched myself a lot this year though and am glad to finally be learning what works for me and what doesn't.
- Have people over for dinner at least twice a month.
We totally sucked at this one which is a bummer because we really love having people over. Sometimes it's just too hard to make it work. Must try harder.
- Create an even deeper connection with Billy.
We have definitely made this a priority and I would say, considering the stressful year we've had (financial crisis, anyone?), we've done really well. This one will always be on the list.
- Read one book a week.
As it turns out, I'm a pretty slow reader. Either that or I completely underestimated how long it takes to get through a book. Glancing at something on the bedside table night after night as I stumble into bed is not going to get me to the last page. Reading actually takes time (shocker!). I need to schedule it in to my daily life if I want to get it done. Still, even with my lousy time management, I have managed to read lots of great books and was even invited to join a new book club. I would say that's a vast improvement.
- Spend time outside every day.
I try but really struggle when it's too hot or too cold which, unfortunately, is a lot of the time. I need to embrace that sweating and shivering are a part of life and get my ass out the door.
- Carve out a little alone time (and don’t waste it watching Sex and the City reruns).
I've done pretty good with this. Waking up early to write and committing to classes at the Y has made me-time somewhat non-negotiable. Me-time is kind of a big deal for a stay-at-home-mom.
- Experiment with pattern and texture in my home.
Hmmm... not yet. Things like pattern and texture cost money which is something we've been a little shy of this year.
- Tackle a few home improvement projects (like adding a back deck!).
I would still love a back deck but, you know, the money thing. We did replace the ceiling of our front porch with lots of help from our in-laws. Perhaps we should have pushed for a back deck instead...
- Explore the possibility of teaching.
I would say check. I got a job as a substitute teacher at a private school but they never needed me on the days I was available. As it turns out, I was majorly relieved every time I didn't get called which led me to believe I wouldn't actually like substitute teaching. Or any teaching. I don't know. I still think it might be a good idea to teach someday. We'll see. I did teach hula hoop classes for most of the year which was great. Maybe I'll look in to teaching more classes like that...
- Pursue freelance writing.
Yes and no. I've pursued it to a point of getting really discouraged but that's where I've stopped. I think this one will have to stay on the list.
- Watch less TV.
I barely even watch Oprah anymore. This blog doesn't write itself, you know!
- Get informed (like world events and politics, not E! News Daily).
I was borderline obsessed with the election and can name more pundits than I can characters on The Hills (if it wasn't for that Us Weekly in my Christmas stocking, I wouldn't even know what The Hills is!). Oh, and I stuck a couple big maps up on the walls so instead of wondering where in the world something is, I can get off my duff and find out.
- Continue to learn about finance and investing and apply my knowledge.
Uh, this is like suggesting to someone who has never cooked that they should host Thanksgiving this year. I need to master boiling water, if you know what I mean.
- Find a way to consistently help others.
Hmmm.... again with the consistency thing. I need a better calendar or something.
We've done OK with this, considering our finances and the 2 year old who insists on traveling with us. We did sneak away to Rosemary Beach without Liam which was great. That is the kind of thing that needs to remain a priority.
- Be a more consistent and thoughtful gift-giver.
Really working on this. Damn finances.
- Shop at the Farmers’ Market. Buy local food and products whenever possible.
We're pretty much on Walmart brand at this point so, uh, no. Would love to get there as soon as possible.
- Take my new birthday camera everywhere I go. Be bold and actually take pictures.
I've been pretty good about this one. There's definitely room for improvement but, still, I'd say check.
- Make Erin teach me everything she knows about photography so we can start shooting weddings and build a business together.
I have learned a lot about photography thanks to Erin and the class I took but I was also involved in an actual wedding which made me think, Eek! Weddings are stressful! Maybe photography would be a better hobby than a business...
- Work on my retreat idea.
Not even close to being there yet.
- Get pregnant with our 2nd child.
Uh, not really close to that one either (darn).
- Use the law of attraction to create exactly the life I want.
When I'm good I'm good but when I'm not I'm really not. Like most everything else I want to accomplish, I need to be more consistent and organized.