Sunday, 20 May 2012

30 before 30

Today, I am 29 years old.  Yes, it is my first 29th birthday.  Since lists are fun (I've been making them ever since I could write!), I thought I'd give you a glimpse into my goals for the next year before I turn 30. (Thirty, flirty, and thriving?  Maybe not the flirty part...I had to have lessons in flirting for a part in a play when I was 17.  It worked, since I married one of the guys I had to flirt with)

This list is partly serious, partly kidding, and completely off the top of my head.

1. Go rock climbing (this one has to happen this week or else!  I have a Groupon!  Anyone want to babysit?
2. Publish another article
3. Paint our bedroom walls
4. Paint the stairwell and upstairs hall
5. Paint our bathroom
6. Start dating again (my husband, that is.) Now that we have a babysitter or two, this will be easier.
7. Finish compiling that e-book I've been supposed to be working on since November.  Life keeps interrupting, but I want to get it done and off my plate. It's compiled...someone else is looking after the formatting at the moment.
8. Reduce my commitments.  I don't want to be obligated to do anything extra on the computer at this point in my life.  I must stop volunteering to do things!
9. Break my sugar addiction...or if I can't/won't do that, at least exercise regularly
10. Make more money freelancing than I have before (my current highest annual freelance income is $500...anyone got a book that needs editing?)
11. Make myself a new apron.
12. Get better at at taking self-portraits with my little point-and-shoot digital camera.  Which would mean pulling out my little gorilla tripod more often.
13. Finish editing my story
14. Publish my story (or at least submit it, since I can't really control the outcome)
15. Finish writing my novel
16. Use up the rest of my business cards. Ok, so I have about 200 left...I may not be able to get rid of them that fast!
17. Convince Kevin that he does NOT want a stick-figure family on the back of our minivan.  The silver minivan is soccer-mom enough on its own!  I want to keep some individuality!  (Oh I miss my yellow SUV!) I think I've managed this one...he hasn't brought it up in a while. 
18. Get a tattoo.
19. Meet my littlest nephew, Sutton.
20. Clean my living room rug.
21. Set up my laundry room/craft area better and make it pretty.
22. Have the entire house (ok, not the basement) clean at the same time.
23. Send more things in the mail.  Mail is fun!
24. Teach Nicholas that the word green relates to the colour green.  I ask him what colour something is and he looks at it then says, "!"  Last month it was blue.
25. Like all my clothes.  I get to go shopping tomorrow! Wish me luck and good sense!  Happy birthday to me.
26. Learn how to care for my skin so that I don't have too many more wrinkles by the time I reach 30.
27. Pull out my violin, tune it, and see if I remember anything.  I probably don't.  One day I'd like to take lessons again (and I hope I'd actually practice).
28. Teach Juli and Nick to value and care for their stuff.
29. Learn how to be gentle in my speech toward my family.
30. Learn to love my partly-curvy body.


  1. great list! and happy birthday!! i'm going to have to compile a list of 50 before 50. EEEEK!!

  2. Happy Birthday! I didn't know you could play the violin. That's neat. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! (First 29th... LOL!)

    1. Thanks, Patty! I probably can't play the violin any more. It's been years since I've even tuned it.

  3. Happy birthday!!! Have fun rock climbing - I love it! :) And I didn't know you had a violin - so do I. Too funny. :)

    1. Thanks! The violin is probably a homeschool you still play it or are you too busy writing?

    2. I started playing piano but always liked violin, so started when I was 14 or so... I quit when I started university, as I wasn't sure I'd have time for it, and I've never really gotten back into it. I've played occasionally at church, but hardly ever since having kids - every time I pull it out, they want to touch it and hold it and play it... I do want Nicole to start lessons in another year or two so that someday she can play it. Maybe then I'll start playing again to play with her. :)

  4. Love this - happy birthday! I love that you made this list. . .I just turned 29 too - thinking I should make a list. . .it would be pretty long!

  5. From painting to self-improvement - a perfect list. Oh and by the way......your life won't end when you turn 30 so there's still lots of time to accomplish another 50 things before you turn 50 (I'm working on my 60 before 60! - so many things, so little time)

    1. I'm pretty sure my life is just getting started, Heather ;-) Good luck with your list of 60!

  6. This is a great list. I want to comment on all of them, but I'll have to do that over tea one day.

  7. Happiest Birthday Year Wishes, Joanna! What a great list... I'll bet you manage it all, but if you don't #31 could be "Accepting that I do my best, and that is just fine." Hugs!

  8. Happy Birthday Jo! You are so far ahead of me as I haven't even started my list of things to do and I am older than you!

    I hope you had a great time on your birthday celebrating.

  9. great list Joanna and hey a big happy Birthday to you!!!!!


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