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30 before 30...

Good morning pretties! Well, I am now a couple of months into my 29th year, and have finally figured out my 30 before 30 list. Inspired by lists I have seen around and Nicole over at Making it Lovely, I decided it might be fun to have a list of things I'd like to accomplish this year. For those who don't know me, I have a history of being a bit type-A and hard on myself, so I wanted to make these things fun and doable, so they become accomplishments, not things that add stress. Ok, so its not like I'm curing a horrible disease or climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro (ahem, Mom & Dad), but there's nothing wrong with having silly goals that make you happy, right? Right.
And away we go...


1. Get Married {9.25.10}
2. Start my Freelance Business. {DONE! As of March 2011, I have 5 new clients and counting...}
3. Work out at least 3 times a week on a regular basis. {Done!...And continuing...}
4. Get a new sewing machine and take a refresher class.
5. Donate Blood. (I've always been too scared...) {Done! 6.2.11}
6. Design an awesome wedding album.
7. Find a new job that I LOVE. {Done! Started at OnMessage in April and LOVE IT!}
8. Go on a picnic with Geoff (with our new picnic set from my parents!)
9. Make a photo book of 2010 (do this every year...)
10. Visit the Dalls Aquarium and Ft Worth Zoo.
11. Take a cooking class with the Hubs.
12. Plant a small garden or some herbs and NOT KILL IT.
13. Redesign my portfolio. {12.21.10}
14. Grow my blog (Get 200 followers). {Done! 3.11.11-Thanks to my first Giveaway!}
15. Start an outfit of the day section on my blog. {11.08.10)
16. Learn how to use all the settings on our digital camera (so I can take OOTD photos).
      UPDATE: Got a NEW CAMERA! Taking a class to learn all about it... {1.21.11)
17. Make the perfect margarita. {11.12.10}
18. Keep the house neater.
      {Done! Making the bed & daily pick-ups=neater house.}
19. Learn how to apply liquid eyeliner. (Would love to do a cat eye.)
20. Cook perfect Pad Thai.
      (got this one from Making it Lovely & an episode of Good Eats
      we watched the other day...)
21. Sew something I can wear. (See #3)
22. Clean out and organize our closet. {5.7.11}
23. Lose 10 pounds.
24. Organize all my recipes into the cute little recipe box my mom gave me.
25. Spend a Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market, then cook something
      yummy with my finds. {4.31.11}
26. Host a dinner party.
27. Get rid of my allergies {1.2011} 
28. Run a 5K. Actually we are now training for a Half Marathon! {DONE. Did our first Half Marathon 3.27}
29. Go on a girls weekend trip. {NOLA 5.13-15.11}
30. Celebrate my 30th birthday in a big way!

Wish me luck!

Reader Comments (6)

You are AMBITIOUS! And, inspiring as always. I need to create a 40 before 40 list. I am not yet 39, but with a busy life and 40 things on the list, I best get cracking!

10.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Thank you Ellen! We'll see if I can can get it all done! I can't wait to see what's on your list-we are two peas in a pod, so I'm sure I'll get some good ideas.

10.12.2010 | Registered CommenterLauren

Your blog is so awesome, Lauren! I wish my blog was as cute as yours and that I had half of your creative abilities.
I want to steal one of your 30 before 30 things to do... I have a month left! Learn to make Pad Thai. I love Good Eats and will have to find this online!
I would steal your goal to get to 200 followers, but being that I only have 8, I have quite a ways to go. :)
Congrats again on getting married, lady. :)

11.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie Tarbox

WOW!! thank you Lizzie!! That is so nice! I love your blog too. Let me know if you find a good Pad Thai recipe- I still haven't tried this one so I need to get crackin. I'm still really low on followers, but I'm hoping i can get the word out :D

Congrats on the upcoming wedding- I know its going to be gorgeous!!

11.3.2010 | Registered CommenterLauren

I love your list! Every year right around my birthday, I make a list of the new things I've tried or done in the past year. It's my "New Year" so to speak. I dig the personal evolution and hope that while I remain true to who I am I can still find ways to surprise myself.

Great design work, too, btw!

11.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterFabienne Jach

You go girl!

03.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Probandt

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