42. Vegetable Lo Mein (from One-dish Vegan)
43. Creamy Noodle Curry (from One-dish Vegan)
44. Spicy Vegan Sausage and Bean Chili (from One-dish Vegan)
45. French Lentil, Sweet Potatoes & Chard (from One-dish Vegan)
2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 6/12 I put another roll in the Canon Rebel 2000, this time I have my Sigma 28 – 70mm zoom lens on it. This is the first camera/lens combo I have done for this project that I can effectively shoot self portraits with, so that will be fun.
5 Save money for a new
dSLR. camera. I settled on buying a mirrorless camera instead of a dSLR. My dSLR (Canon Rebel t2i) is still fabulous for almost every purpose, even if it is looking a little rough, replacing it completely with something nearly identical in size and function felt a little ridiculous. I’m always wanting something smaller and lighter to carry with me everywhere, so the name of this goal changed.
And here comes in the Samsung NX3000, it’s super cute and the image quality is really quite good. It’s a bit cheaper than the other cameras I was considering so I was able to get it right away. It’s got lots of gimmicky bells and whistles that I’m super keen to try out. Here are some of the first photos I have taken with it:
It also takes truly excellent food photos, as you can see on my recipe update above.
7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course. I did some back pedaling over the winter holidays. It’s so hard to get motivated! January was a bit of an off month as well but towards the end of the month I started redoing Erin Motz’s 30 day yoga challenge (this one) and it was a great way to ease back into practice and get used to the daily routine of it. I finished last week and haven’t missed a day of yoga since, between cycling through the moderate classes and catching up on some of Erin Motz’s Bad Yogi offerings (I’m kind of a fangirl) I haven’t missed a day of yoga in 37 days. I also managed my first headstand (not quite pictured below) and hung out in a super solid crow pose for the first time. Getting a picture of yourself in a headstand in not the easiest thing to do. ;)
9. 30 self portraits in 2015.
12. Day trip to Norman. We booked a hotel room last night and decided to stay two nights. We’ve already planned where we’re going to eat dinner each night. Shaun matriculated at OU and we were pretty excited to find that his favorite Indian and Mexican restaurants are still there. We haven’t been to Norman in about 10 years. Mostly we’re just gonna walk around leisurely and decide what to do spontaneously. I love to plan and research, but I hate the stress of micromanaged trips, when you’re tied down by an itinerary I feel like you’re living between the experiences, and rushing is the worst. I’m looking into all of the possibilities but the only concrete goal is to go to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History because Natural History is my favorite. Love it SO MUCH.
14. Try 5 new cocktails. 4/5 Went to Yokozuna in downtown Tulsa at the end of January to fete my January & February babies. My brother’s birthday is January 5, my mom’s is January 20 and Shaun’s is February 8. I had a Hello Sumo, Hello Kitty, which is Malibu coconut rum, mango juice, and a splash of grenadine on the rocks. No more cocktails until after Lent!
19. Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 1/5 I learned how to fishtail braid at the end of January! You can kind of see it in photo two of my 30 self portraits in 2015 goal above. I’m hoping to get a massive trim pretty soon which will make my hair a bit easier to style. I have snaggledy snarled ends right now.
20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. Amazing progress on this. I’m probably going to keep stockpiling stuff until Spring Break when we’ll have the time to actually take it to a donation center. We’re about to have 3 pieces of furniture that will need donated as well, and no good way to store them, so I guess they’ll just get shoved into our least used room to give me anxiety until we can get rid of them! I also need more cardboard boxes, which is a bit ridiculous because we just took a bunch of them to the recycling center.
21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Here are some favorite photos from this project this month!
25. Organize all of the closets. I took some Before pictures of the library closet (I am very bad at remembering to take Before pictures, see below where I took In The Middle Of pictures of the living room!) They are actually after pictures for my big organize the closets project of 2013 but I put too much stuff on one of the shelves and it fell a bit and it’s just not as accessible as I would like. Prepared to be a lot more ruthless in tossing/donating stuff, too. I make a little progress all the time and it’s super gratifying. I’ll post those pictures when I have some real Afters to go with them!
28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all! I wrote a list. I feel like there must be more, so I consider it a work in progress. Here it is so far, though. I feel a bit… sheepish? that it encompasses some of my other 30 before 30 goals. I’m not gonna kick myself for making a list that is do-able when it is also a list that is going to improve my life so much.
- move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: I moved everything movable in the kitchen and bathroom and cleaned the floors completely on the 19th. I moved everything in the living room except my desk and cleaned underneath them on the 20th, I also cleaned the baseboards and crown molding with method oil soap. On the 23rd I pulled out my desk, shoved it into the library and cleaned the floors before replacing it with a much nicer desk.)
- clean the fridge out.
- take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: We took everything but paper on the 13th!)
- take everything to Goodwill.
- finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: The living room is SO CLOSE to finished. I need to do some work in the bedroom to make space for some stuff that’s currently piled in the living room corner and move Shaun’s PC tower by the TV. We’re going to hook it up to the TV and get rid of his desk in the dining room. He’s now working off a little laptop at the dining table that can be stored super easily.)
- closet overhaul.
All in all this was a super productive month and I’m really happy with my progress.
Now for a quick halfway-point rundown! I haven’t finished half of the list, but I shouldn’t have. A lot of it is quite ongoing and won’t be finished until the last month, in fact, #30 won’t be done until I go to bed on my birthday. I’ve finished 5 items completely and I’ve started working on another 19 of the items on my list, I feel pretty happy with that. I’ve already experienced a lot of general improvement to my day to day life from what I’ve accomplished. Maybe I would have done some of this stuff without this list, and maybe I wouldn’t have, I can’t say, but I wouldn’t have tracked it like this, which has been a lot of fun for me. I love lists and I work so well with self-imposed deadlines.