Twelve Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1.   Cook 30 new recipes 94/30  ✔ I made 8 new recipes this month!

lentils and quinoa with butternut squash and broccoli three bean rice salad Spanish Quinoa black bean and avocado rice salad
Dragon Noodle Salad Three-Hundred & Fifty-Two tvp chorizo chorizo and sweet potato enchilada casserole

87. Quinoa and Lentils with Butternut Squash and Rapini (One-Dish Vegan)
88. Three-Bean Rice Salad (One-Dish Vegan)
89. Spanish Quinoa (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
90. Black Bean and Avocado Rice Salad (One-Dish Vegan)
91. Dragon Noodle Salad (Isa Does It)
92. Pickles with no canning necessary (here)
93. TVP Chorizo (here)
94. Chorizo and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

2.   Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 12/12  

My last roll of film is in my Kodak Cameo. I can’t wait to get all of these rolls developed and scanned. I will be posting them here when I do!

3.  Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.  

(check out the nanowrimo tag)

4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe. 

I didn’t do quite as much as I had wanted to, but my wardrobe is undeniably culled! I donated a giant trash bag full of things I didn’t wear anymore!

5. Save money for a new camera.  

I love my new camera a lot. It’s super easy to carry. I want a better portrait lens, for sure, but I have really enjoyed the freedom to only carry a cute-mid-sized purse, as opposed to my camera bag which was occasionally mistaken for a diaper bag.

6. Finish afghan. 

It was hard to work on this one after it got hot. Everything is done except for weaving in the ends, though, and we used it on our bed through spring. It’s practically done, it’s a functioning blanket!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course
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When I started I was afraid that this one was impossible. Or that I would “do” the classes, but they would actually be too exhausting for me. However, I have actually reached an advanced level of yoga this year! I can’t do everything in these classes, most “flying” poses are still beyond me, but I no longer collapse in the middle of the advanced classes, and I managed to do all 49 of them to my satisfaction.

8. Beat (Finish?) 5 video games. 5/5  5: Kingdom Hearts: RE:Chain of Memories, both the Sora and Riku paths!

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9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

Twenty-Six:

Three-Hundred & Thirty-Eight

Twenty-Seven:

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Twenty-Eight:

Three-Hundred & Forty-Four

Twenty-Nine:

Three-Hundred & Fifty-Six

Thirty:

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10.  Fill my first Smash journal. 

(Smash Journal tag)

11. See a play.

This just didn’t happen. I really wasn’t paying attention to what plays were going on and so nothing I was particularly interested in was playing during my last month rush to get things done, I wasn’t going to go and see whatever just because it would check a box for me. This is ostensibly an “easy” one, which is probably why I kept putting it off. File this under the list: Things to do WHILE I’m 30, because these things undone are still goals for me. The “end” of the challenge doesn’t mean I’m never going to go to a play!

12. Day trip to Norman.  

Blogged here.

13. Go bowling.

Could have done this one, I guess, but we’re trying to save money. Maybe it will be a treat during an upcoming school break!

14.  Try 5 new cocktails. 5/5  

This happened pretty easily. Whenever we ate somewhere that had fancy cocktails, I’d try something new. Shaun filled my advent calendar last year with tiny bottles of liquors I’d never had and we found cocktail recipes for some of them. Finally, this summer, we had a good amount of sangria. Sangria just kept falling in my lap.

15. Learn the math I skipped.

This is a pretty personal goal that I haven’t updated along the way. I definitely made progress, using Khan Academy, but I didn’t meet the mental goal I had set for myself. I’m still glad to feel like it’s something I COULD do, though. It was fun to feel like I was really learning something. If you know someone struggling with math I really recommend Khan Academy!

16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10

There are less family recipes than I thought, I guess! Maybe someday!

17. Make canned pickles!  

Altered this one to get it done! I used this non-canning recipe.

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Each jar has different seasoning. They’re all super delicious!! I’m on my third jar, ahahahaha.

18. Print another photo book.

Since this is expensive (looking at $70+ for the book I am currently working on,) I had mentally altered my goal to: Finish editing photos from 2007 for the photo book. And I still didn’t get it done! I took more photos in 2007 (16,000+) than any other year. I do have a lot to show for this goal, though, I have edited and culled my folders from 2007. I’ve deleted about 7000 photos and have edited around 900 photos that I’m really happy with. I have 2 more months of photos to go through.

19.  Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 5/5 

I thought I would get pictures of each style, but the fishtail braid was really the only one that I liked well enough to photograph at all. My hair isn’t super easy to style. I tried, though!

20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate.

Well. We took about 10 boxes and a large bag of clothes to the donation center. We have 4 boxes left that wouldn’t fit in the car and I haven’t even started in the library or library closet. This is huge progress. I don’t think I realized quite how much I was holding onto things I didn’t need. I’ve gotten much better at letting things go this year. I haven’t gone through everything I want to go through yet.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! 

I’m pretty happy with this project, as a whole! Here are my favorite shots from the last month.

Three-Hundred & Forty-Five Three-Hundred & Fifty-ThreeThree-Hundred & Sixty-One Three-Hundred & Sixty-Two Three-Hundred & Sixty-Three

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Day 365!!

22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5  

In the end, I think we watched more than 5 of the series we had in our streaming queue. One of the things that makes me painfully anxious is unexpected/embarrassing/tense moments on TV shows. It’s a silly anxiety, but most of my anxieties are. We got into a good routine with these shows on Netflix and my anxiety about watching TV has lessened a lot this year.

23. See 5 movies in the theater. 2/5

We saw 2. We had planned to go once a week the last 3 weeks but we had car trouble, which both kept us home and added an expense for the month. There are lots of movies that came out the past year that I wanted to see in the theater. It’s my favorite way to see movies. But I had a great year and we saved money by staying home, which I  was able to put towards other things on this list, like getting my camera.

24. Scan my mom’s family photos

I worked on this at least once a month, really. It was hard to make myself do it in the summer, when I would much rather be working on, say, my video game goal! I will try to keep this pace, anyway, and eventually I will get it all done.

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Grandpa Jack
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My mom & sister Jenny at Big Springs in Missouri
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Hanging with my dad in my Voltron jammies.

25. Organize all of the closets.

I got some of the laundry room closets taken care of. The office closet is basically untouched this past year, though I have organized it before, I’m not happy with the system I used.

I did get a whole lot done in the bedroom!

Before:

After:

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26. Write in a journal once a week.

I switched from my paper journal to something saved on my computer after the new year, but I have written something about every day so far, and I will continue that private project through the end of the year.

27.  Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos. 

I designed two, and gave them as Christmas gifts!

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

This list is about half done. Lots of important progress, though!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Calling this done. Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7. Library is still such a work in progress that I doubt I’ll get it finished, but all of the rooms we use regularly are looking good. I just need to do a little more in the bedroom and some of that requires getting rid of furniture. It should get done in the next year) 
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: Fridge done. Still need to hit the freezer!)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Done.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: One carload done, only have a few boxes left to go.)
  • 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: Living room: Done. Laundry room: Done. Dining Room: as done as it will get. )
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Started the bedroom closet. Made a lot of hanger space, so far, need to work on the stuff that’s on shelves next!)
  • Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: I managed everything by the back lot, and now it’s summer and unbearable. Major progress though! Calling it done. Everything else is maintenance.)

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29. Do a sewing project with my mom.

My mom comes over every Monday to work on a painting and have dinner with us. I thought we would have plenty of time to add in another project, something simple like placemats or curtains, but time just got away from both of us!  I failed this goal partly because my mom has been painting paid commissions while she’s here, instead of just for fun things like when I set the goal. I’m super glad that my mom has had so many commissions, and I still got to spend the time with her.

30. Shoot a day in photos on my 30th birthday! 

Here it is!

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Nine Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 74/30 I cooked 9 new recipes this month!

Ziti with Arugula-Artichoke Pesto Black Bean Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes Oven-Baked Indian vegetables with chickpeas Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Jamaican-Style Coconut Rice Bowl Pan-Fried Breaded Zucchini Garlic Lover's Chili Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegetable Étouffée

66. Ziti with Arugula-Artichoke Pesto (One-Dish Vegan)
67. Black Bean Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes (One-Dish Vegan)
68. Oven-Baked Indian Vegetables with Chickpeas (One-Dish Vegan)
69. Broccoli Cheddar Soup (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
70. Jamaican-Style Coconut Rice Bowl (One-Dish Vegan)
71. Pan-Fried Breaded Zuchinni (http://vegetarianmamma.com/pan-fried-breaded-zucchini-glutenfree-vegan/)
72. Garlic Lover’s Chili (One-Dish Vegan)
73. Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies (Veganomicon)
74. Vegetable Étouffée (One-Dish Vegan)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 9/12 I put my last roll of lomography 400 into the split-cam. It’s so good at double exposures and there are so many pretty spring things that I got to shoot with it.

4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe.

Well I spent several hours working through my closet!
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7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course. So happy with my yoga progress this month. I feel really strong and good.
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9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

ten:
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eleven:
Two-Hundred & Fifty-One

twelve:
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thirteen:
Day 6: My hair is super today. #100happydays

fourteen:
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fifteen:
Forward Fold

sixteen:
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20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. I made SO MUCH progress on this this month. In addition to adding loads of stuff to boxes and bags, Shaun got most of it taken to the donation center. Culling stuff you have had for 15+ years can be an emotional thing, though.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Here are some of my favorite shots from this month:

Two-Hundred & Forty-Five

Two-Hundred & Forty-Seven

Two-Hundred & Fifty-Two

Two-Hundred & Sixty-Three

Two-Hundred & Fifty-Four

Two-Hundred & Sixty-Seven

Two-Hundred & Sixty-Eight

Two-Hundred & Seventy-Two

24. Scan my mom’s family photos.

My dad and my sister Jenny on an amazing book couch! 1976
My dad and my sister Jenny on an amazing bookshelf couch! 1976

 

My great-grandma noreen stirring Apple Butter at Apple Butter Makin' Days in Mt. Vernon, Mo, 1989
My great-grandma Noreen (in the red coat) stirring Apple Butter at Apple Butter Makin’ Days in Mt. Vernon, Mo, 1989

 

Our bookstore, Dusty Bookworm, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My grandpa owned it and my mom managed it and it was the best place to grow up.
Our bookstore, Dusty Bookworm, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My grandpa owned it and my mom managed it and it was the best place to grow up.

 

25. Organize all of the closets.

I got started on the bedroom closet!

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: Fridge done.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Just one bin of paper and the regular stuff to keep up with now, I just need to clean the mud room and make it look nice.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags, but Shaun took a full carload to the donation center, no room for me!)
  • 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: Living room: Done. Laundry room: Done.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Started the bedroom closet. Made a lot of hanger space, so far, need to work on the stuff that’s on shelves next!)
  • Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: I pulled down a lot of the excess star jasmine that was really taking over the back fence. I should have done this before it started growing up so it’s not as tidy as it COULD be but it looks so much better. I also cleaned the grass and trees that were growing in the street by our house, edged all the sidewalks, got a new hose and a cuter, more accessible way to store it on the porch this month. My mom went around with her big ratchet clippers and helped me cut down some ill-placed trees, I just need to dig them up now.)

Eight Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes 65/30

Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens Mushroom Lasagna Southern Biscuits and Gravy
Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas & Greens Szechwan Tofu & Green Beans Mix and Match Jambalaya Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

58. Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
59. Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
60. Mushroom Lasagna (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
61. Gravy (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
62. Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas and Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
63. Szechwan Tofu and Green Beans (One-Dish Vegan)
64. Mix and Match Jambalaya (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
65. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 8/12 Bo & Su of Les Beehive gave me a Mamiya msx 500 last summer and I hadn’t loaded film into it yet, high time to see how it goes!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.

I’ve done a lot of yoga this month, feeling pretty good about this one. :)

April 2, warrior 3. (Doing #badyogisdoit  with @angbisho ! Hosted by @erinmotz) Day 6: side plank is definitely a favorite! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 7, chaturanga push ups. I have a cold and this was so much harder than usual! I did 5 not-quite-right with knees up and 7 with knees down and now I feel like a noodle. 🙆 (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga #yogachallenge April 9, floating tabletop crunch! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho) This felt good after a couple of challenging days with a cold! Not feeling my best this morning but getting better.
April 10: plank! #badyogisdoit with hobbit slippers and @angbisho 😘 April 12: eagle! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga April 14: warrior 1! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga 2015-04-16 10.21.47 1
April 20: crow! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 21, wild card! I chose headstand because it's something I can do somedays. I could have hung out at this stage for a long time but I could only straighten my legs for a couple of seconds today. My falling was super graceful and controlled though, I
9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

eight:

Two-Hundred & Twenty-Two

nine:

Two-Hundred & Forty

10. Fill my first Smash Journal.

Done!
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18. Print another photo book.

Since this project has involved going through and re-editing my photos it has taken a long time. I’m somewhere in the middle of October of 2007 for a photo book that will only span June – December of that year and I’m already past 200 pages. When I was first starting to really practice and study photography I was super prolific, whoops. I’m going to admit that I might not be able to afford to actually PRINT this book until after my birthday, I will consider this done if I finish all of the other work involved because I have put many hours into it.

Here’s a couple of two-page spreads I’m really happy with:

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In 2007 I had some interest in being a commercial photographer, at least in terms stock photography. I have a lot of stuff I shot with that aim that I really love in retrospect but actually shooting photography for someone other than myself wasn’t fun at the time and I decided to focus on more emotive/photo diary work. I’m curious what future photo books will be like, especially everything past the death of my dad in December of 2008, when I realized that capturing and remembering my real life was the most important thing to me artistically.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!

Here are some of my favorites this month:

Two-Hundred & Sixteen

Two-Hundred & Thirty-One

Two-Hundred & Forty-Two

24. Scan my mom’s family photos. Got another stack done this month.

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Going down a slide with my dad, in Oregon.
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My dad in a stump chair, 1975.
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My mom at Silver Dollar City.

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: I did the fridge a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised by how many jars of useless stuff I had in there. I felt like I was being good at keeping it down to the essentials, but nope! I still need to clean the freezer, but in general it stays a little cleaner.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take all the paper and cardboard, but the rest of it is kept sorted and tidy.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags. I have SO MUCH that’s on it’s way out, I can’t wait to reclaim that space!)
  • 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: Living room I would call done. I hung some curtains this month There are lots of living room photos above in my yoga shots.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Lots of little adjustments but nothing worth noting.)
  • NEW Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: Gardening update.)