Wednesday, October 17, 2012

30 X 30

So, this is a thing people do - people in their mid to late 20's. They make lists. I like lists. I do. I make tons of lists. I write them anywhere and everywhere... and then I lose them.

The theory is that if I put this on the interwebs, I won't lose it.

This is my list of 30 things I'd like to do before I turn 30. I have until July 2014. Should be plenty of time, right?

1.    Clean out and reorganize the garage (5/26-5/27/2013)

2.    Redo the master bedroom & bath (Repainted 11/9-11/10/13), Bathroom scheduled to be done before yoga baby arrives in December. 

3.    Run a 1/2 marathon (registered 3/27/13, run on 9/8/13)

4.    Get paid to teach yoga (completed 2/21/13) 

5.    Meditate (at least once if I can't make it a regular thing) (Began 3/11/13)

6.    Buy a new car (completed 12/29/12)

7.    Try (at least) one new recipe every month (October 2012November 2012 , December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013, June 2013, July 2013August 2013, September 2013, October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014, February 2014, March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014You can probably see I ended up missing a few months, but I like this goal in general. I've loved trying new things in the kitchen at least once a month. Even when I'm busy, I can usually get in at least one new recipe. :)

8.    Run a cumulative 30 miles (goal changed to 100 miles) (COMPLETED! 102 miles run as of 8/26/13, progress report 2/13/132nd progress report 7/23/13, Want to know how many miles I've run to date?) I updated my goal to 300 miles in April, when I was at about 250. I thought I'd be able to keep my energy up and run regularly throughout my pregnancy, but running is my least favorite form of exercise right now. So, I ended up short at 272. I'll do a big celebratory post whenever I manage to complete my 300. Then next year I'll be training for a marathon, so more running posts to come!

9.    See the Golden Gate Bridge in person (Trip mentally planned as of 3/10/14) (Done 7/26/14) 

10.  Go to the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard (Done 5/16/14)

11.  Tackle the "pants to be fixed" pile (Completed 1/12/13)

12.  Get into headstand away from the wall without a spotter (completed 1/6/13)

13.  Go on a Girl's Weekend (I visited my sister in Portland in June 2013, does that count?)

14.   Be a tourist in LA (1. Day at the Getty & Santa Monica) I had plans to do so much more!

15.   Tile the fireplace - I didn't get to do this. Another project that will probably have to wait until after the baby is born. 

16.   Do a juice cleanse (completed 11/28/12)

17.   Go on (at least) 2 romantic weekend getaways with hubs. (Catalina - April 26-28, 2013) (Las Vegas - August 9-11, 2013)

18.   One international vacation, preferably more adventurous than Mexico or Canada - Last International Vacay we had was to Bergamo with my family. It was amazing, but it was before I made this list, so it doesn't really count. 

19.   Reupholster the kitchen chairs (completed 1/5/14)

20.   Finish reading To Kill A MockingbirdDead Reckoning, and The Elephant's Journey  - I did read Dead Reckoning. I did not read The Elephant's Journey (I started it and three pages in I was still reading one sentence, so I put it back down), and I still have not finished To Kill A Mockingbird.

21.   Dye my hair darker for fall/winter (Late August totally counts, right? Then I did it again in December)

22.   Harvest zucchini from my garden (Completed 7/25/14) It's only one, and its pretty tiny, but there are a bunch more on the plant just screaming at me to wait until they're ripe.

23.   Do 5 pull-ups unassisted - I can do one pull-up, which is more than I could say when I made this list.

24.   Go skiing again - I haven't been in over a decade. - This didn't happen. I didn't even get a chance to go to the snow. 

25.   See the Giants play at Dodger Stadium might have to compromise and see them play at AT&T park (On my birthday, 7/27/14) In April I bought tickets to see them play at AT&T Park on my birthday in July.

26.   Complete P90X and P90X2 in succession. (As of March 12, there are 137 days until I turn 30. I could start now and get as far as I can by my birthday? Then finish the last 43 days as a 30 year old. I'm cool with that)... I did P90X. I got pregnant at pretty much the same time I started X, so I completed it, but with serious modifications and skipping some moves. I will be giving it another go after the baby's born. I decided not to do X2 right now, since it's almost entirely core work and a lot on the floor. 

27.   Get CPR certification (completed 7/27/13)

28.   Make tabouli and stuffed grape leaves by myself. (Completed 6/27/14)

29.   Go on a yoga retreat - Didn't happen. 

30.   Get a popover pan and make popovers(Part one accomplished on 4/6/13) (Part 2 accomplished 3/30/14)

As I complete these I'll cross them off, add the date, and post about my experiences. Some of them won't be complete until right before my 30th birthday (like the new recipes), but I really feel like these are completely achievable.

Hooray for goals! I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Do you have a 30 by 30 list? What has your experience been? How are you doing so far?

EDIT 3/30/14: For the summer of 2014, I put together a list of fun things I want to do before the end of summer. Since my 30th birthday is near the end of the summer, I thought I would tack this list on here too - since I'll be doing most of them before I turn 30. ;)

2014 Summer Fun Checklist

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