A 30 BEFORE 30 update!

by April on March 25, 2014 · 0 comments


  1. Run ONE mile without stopping or dying. (ONE MILE. Is it SO hard?)
  2. Have another baby. July 6, 2013!
  3. Complete 30 Day Shred.
  4. Hopefully move just ONE last time for at least several years. Bought a house May 31, 2013!
  5. Finally make the mommy and me aprons I’ve been planning to make for the last year. We got some as a gift, does that count? 
  6. Go on vacation as a family – somewhere just the 3 of us! I’m going to say this is partially accomplished? We left a few days before our family vacation to spend some time together and it was just the 4 of us. It’s not “officially” what I was thinking about, but it works!
  7. Lose 10 pounds. TEN. IS THAT SO HARD, BODY?! …I’m losing baby weight, does that count?
  8. Write a book… and finish it. I’m proud to say that I’ve started it!
  9. Get my child to go to bed in her own room and stay there 90% of the time.
  10. Join a singing group. Joined a church choir! Jan 2014
  11. Write a will.
  12. Make my own preserves – start canning. DONE! Sept 29, 2012 
  13. Paint walls of my own home for the very first time.
  14. Learn how to meal plan successfully – and keep it for longer than 2 days.  Although this is always a work in progress.
  15. Sing a solo. In public. (Okay, so my heart started racing just THINKING about this.)  Does it count that I sang karaoke at my 10 year reunion? October 6, 2012
  16. Go to Disneyworld.
  17. Complete 30 Pinterest projectsI’m working on it! -DONE!- 
  18. Have another girls’ night – complete with hotel stay and completely kids-free!
  19. Attend a conference.
  20. Make cloth diapers. …I’m still not completely finished, but I have made some!
  21. Meet online blogging friends in real life! Done this past September! I can’t wait to do it again!
  22. Take a photography class.
  23. Attend an ETBU homecoming weekend! DONE! October 20, 2012! ETBU’s 100 year celebration!
  24. Buy a pair of high heels – and wear them again!
  25. Host a holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter.DONE! Well, I’ve hosted some birthday parties… and I think I’m hosting Easter this year!
  26. Plant a garden.
  27. Learn how to cook a fresh artichoke.
  28. Eat 3 vegetables I’ve never eaten before. Leek, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, kale
  29. Dance a full Zumba class. Done today! March 25, 2014!
  30. Buy one piece of brand new furniture for the first time! Not from Target, either! DONE! Our first sofa, paid with cash, March 2014!

So, what’s left?

Run one mile.
Complete 30 day shred.
Write a book and finish it.
Write a will.
Go to Disneyworld.
A girls-only night.
Attend a conference.
Take a photography class.
Buy and wear a pair of heels.
Plant a garden.
Cook an artichoke.

I’m three days from my 30th birthday… and I don’t think I did too bad after all! I think that I will update this to be 35 before 35! I like having goals and looking back and seeing what I’ve done. Hopefully I can get ALL 35 done before 35… but coming up with the 35 will be a whole other post… one that requires some concentration!

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One afternoon last week, in the midst of the piles of laundry and the mess, I simply remembered.

I remembered that these are gifts I have been given. I remembered the eucharisto. The thanks.

The joy of my daughter learning how to ride her bike. 

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The piles of dirt and dust — the food and the imagination — of a little girl who loves to play outside.

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A little boy learning how to eat. 

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Green beans and graham crackers. 

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A game of peekaboo. 

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Milk and markers — a mess reminding me that life goes on here. 

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The delight of limes in an ice cold glass of water — in my favorite glass.
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Pink streamers blowing in the March winds. 

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Superheroine costumes and tutus. Learning how to ride backwards. 

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Being okay in a white t-shirt and no makeup, just to capture a little spring sunlight. Remembering the sheer joy of the moment. 

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Writing down the gifts in my journal. 

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The messes, the perfection — it doesn’t matter. What matters is allowing your soul to be filled. Finding your gratitude.

A thousand gifts.

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To you, new mama.

February 14, 2014

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Competitive at Heart.

February 13, 2014

For your enjoyment… a pic of me and my friends back in the day. (8 years ago!) Let me tell you something about myself that you may or may not know. I like being the best. When I was a kid, schoolwork and things automatically came pretty easy to me. I didn’t struggle with schoolwork [...]

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From Scratch.

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The early days of marriage is a whole lot of trial and error. This is especially true in the kitchen. I remember trying to find a way to create something that both me and my husband would love — and something beyond the hamburger helper and other quick meals we mastered in college. Meals became [...]

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