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

#journeytosplits 07265415-01 07275425-01 splits, almost

dancer Three-Hundred & Forty wheel, bridge Untitled

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!

Day 79:

9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 


Three-Hundred & Thirty-Eight




Three-Hundred & Forty-Four


Three-Hundred & Fifty-Six



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.

Three-Hundred & Forty-Eight

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

Three-Hundred & Sixty-Five
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.

Grandpa Jack
My mom & sister Jenny at Big Springs in Missouri
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!




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.)


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!

Seven Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 57/30
Japanese Vegetable Curry Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup Bombay Beans and Chutney Very Vegan Mac-n-Cheeze
gnocchi & marinara Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding Ancho-Lentil Tacos Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze Lentil, Chard and Sweet Potato Curry Southern Biscuits on Portobello Pot Pie

46. Japanese Vegetable Curry (One-dish Vegan)
47. Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
48. Bombay Beans and Chutney (One-dish Vegan)
49. Very Vegan Mac-n- Cheeze (from here)
50. Homemade Gnocchi (Vegan with a Vengeance) & Marinara (Veganomicon)
51. Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding (Isa Does It)
52. Ancho-Lentil Tacos (Isa Does It)
53. Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes (Veganomicon)
54. Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
55. Lentil, Chard and Sweet Potato Curry (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
56. Southern Biscuits (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
57. on Portobello Pot Pie (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)


2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 7/12 I knew we were going on a trip this month so I thought a roll in the Split-Cam would be fun!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga courseI did some really non-yoga yoga to start the month, this 14 day shred with Sadie Nardini. Generally not my thing, but I’ve been wanting to do more real cardio, so I think it’s been good for me. I don’t regret doing it, but I doubt I’ll ever repeat it. I got knocked down by some bad allergies in the middle of it, which made breathing a struggle, but I made it through the 14 days. I decided to check in with Wii Fit yoga after I finished that challenge and immediately pulled something in my shoulders, so I had to take some time off to heal. Slow and easy stretching yoga for a week or so and I think I’ll be back on my feet.

8. Finish 5 video games. 2/5 I’ve left some visual novels off of this, but I am counting Gone Home, I don’t know why, maybe because it was so damned good. I also played through a couple of scenarios in Hatoful Boyfriend, but it’s so quick and silly, and I played The Yawhg with friends and with Shaun a few times. Mostly I have been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for a couple of months and I beat it on March 5th, I clocked just over 100 hours in my first play-through and started a new character immediately. I need to mix it up a little because I’m not going to count it twice if/when I beat it again!

  1. Gone Home
  2. Dragon Age: Inquisition

9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 


12. Day trip to Norman.

March 17, Norman, OU Campus
We did it! Full post about the trip here.

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

One-Hundred & Eighty-Eight

One-Hundred & Ninety

One-Hundred & Ninety-Four


Two-Hundred & Two

Two-Hundred & Eight

Two-Hundred & Twelve

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

  1. move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. Moved everything on the side of our bedroom where the bed is this month, still have a lot to do in there!)
  2. clean the fridge out. (Progress: I was in a bit of a rush the other day, but we were between groceries and it was pretty empty, so I gave the whole interior a good wipe down. I know there are some things in the back recesses that still need tossed, though!)
  3. take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take the paper. Also have another full load of cardboard boxes already.)
  4. take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: Added two boxes and one large tub to the piles of stuff that needs to go.)
  5. 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: Got curtains hung in the living room, I need one tension bar and 4 hooks installed to pull the curtains back with and the room will be done.)
  6. closet overhaul. (Progress: Just little bits here and there throughout the month in the bedroom closet. I really thought I would get it done this month, but other life things kind of got in the way.)

25th of February – 25th of March is a short month! I didn’t get everything done this month that I had hoped to. I’m definitely starting to feel the crunch on some of these, I need to make a timeline list and work on some of the more ongoing things, like scanning my mom’s photos, more often.

Six Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 45/30 I cooked 4 new recipes this month!
Vegetable Lo Mein creamy noodle curry spicy vegan sausage and bean chili French Lentils, Sweet Potatoes and Chard

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.

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:

One-Hundred & Sixty-Six

One-Hundred & Seventy

One-Hundred & Seventy-One



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 courseI 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. ;)

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9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

one:One-Hundred & Fifty-Four


three: Untitled

four: One-Hundred & Seventy-Four

five: Untitled


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!

hello sumo, hello kitty

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!

One-Hundred & Sixty-Three

One-Hundred & Sixty-Five

One-Hundred & Seventy-Six

One-Hundred & Seventy-Seven

One-Hundred & Eighty-Two

One-Hundred & Eight-Four

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.

  1. 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.)
  2. clean the fridge out.
  3. take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: We took everything but paper on the 13th!)
  4. take everything to Goodwill.
  5. 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.)
  6. closet overhaul.


living room
new desk!

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.

2015 Projects – stuff that isn’t part of my 30 before 30

1. Shoot more video. Now that my computer is working well, video editing is feasible. I didn’t shoot much when it was hard to edit and I’m kinda sad about that. Shaun is shooting lots of video so far this year as well, which is super exciting. An aside to this is that I’ve been enjoying going through older video I have shot. The footage above is from our 2012 trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Day 51: Tidied the cupboards. #100happydays Day 53: Got a box for all of our Tylenol and cold medicine that was piled on top of the fridge. #100happydays
2. Extreme organization! Sure this falls under a few of the things (4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe, 20. Get everything boxed and bagged to donate, 25. Organize all the closets, 28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!) I have on my 30 before 30 list, but I feel like certain things just don’t work into those updates. Though I guess they would if I got around to making that list of major cleaning projects. I should do that this week! Anyway, prior to getting that list written:

  • I cleaned off the top of the fridge and tucked all of our first aid/vitamin stuff into a cute box.
  • I went through all the kitchen cabinets and sorted our appliances. I have a few to get rid of and organized what we actually use to be easily accessible.
  • I started organizing the pantry. That’s definitely a project that involves more dry good storage containers and cute labels than I currently own.

3. Update this blog… weekly? This feels awfully ambitious.

St Louis, 2009
Shaun, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2009 Kodak Cameo 35mm

4. Scanning negatives. All of my plans for timely film development ultimately fail. As such, when I finally get film developed it costs upwards of $50 for processing only (I never get prints.) and then it takes me months & months to actually scan all of it. I got a dozen rolls developed last summer and I’ve scanned… maybe half of them. Honestly I just have so many little creative projects going on, I’m only working on a few of them at a time and it’s hard to find the time for every little thing I want to do, especially for these things that don’t fit into my 30 before 30, if I’m going to be scanning, it should be my mom’s photos for that project. It’s fun to spread it out, though, it’s interesting to see photos I took 6 years ago for the very first time.

5. Read 30 books. Last year my goal on goodreads was 25 and I skated in with 26. I miss reading. I miss sitting on the porch waiting for Shaun to get home from work with my feet up on the rail and a book in my lap. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bath with a book too. I used to freak out that people did that, but I’m pretty careful and there have been no mishaps thus far! I’m less caught up in keeping things for best, I guess, so the pages get a little steamy, it’s okay. I still wouldn’t do it with a borrowed book, though!

Four Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes before 30. 38/30

I made 4 new recipes this month!

Shroomy Hot & Sour Soup Chick'n Seitan Kung Pao Chick'n Veggeroni Seitan Pepperoni


35. Shroomy Hot & Sour Soup (Isa Does It)
36. Chick’n Seitan (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
37. Kung Pao Chick’n (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
38. Veggeroni Seitan Pepperoni (from here)


2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 4/12

The camera I wanted to use still didn’t have batteries (I bought some for next month!) So I used the Kodak Cameo again. I shot a lot of the roll on Christmas day.

4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe. 

Cleaned out 3 drawers. I have one drawer with lots of space in it now!

5. Save money for a new dSLR.

Christmas obviously put a pause on this one, and I realized I want a different camera than I had originally planned. Or do I? If this one is going to happen it’s probably because I’m gonna ask for amazon gift cards for my birthday and I’ll just skate in at the end and get it for my 30th. Maybe. I’m seriously considering going mirrorless, which would change the name of this goal. My main consideration is a screen that flips so I can frame my self portraits easily.

10. Fill my first Smash journal.

I added about five pages worth. It’s super stuffed and I think I need to adjust some of the stuff that I have just jammed into pockets. Time to get out the scalloped scissors!

14. Try 5 new cocktails. 3/5

Shaun put tiny bottles of booze in my advent calendar. They’re adorable and perfect for trying out new drinks. I also discovered an allergic reaction to either rum or coffee brandy, whoops! I can’t remember everything I have tried, but most recently had a gimlet. I don’t think I’m crazy about gin. We have a list of cocktails to try while after eating miracle berries, though, I’m pretty into that.

My 22nd birthday, 2007.


18. Print another photo book.

Still working on editing photos from 2007. I’m only 3 months into photos taken with my dslr, but I got the camera in June, so I only have 4 months to go. Then I need to sort through the film photos (and probably re-scan, so I’ll have to find the negatives, a huge job!) and photos taken with various point & shoots. I’ve also deleted about 1000 completely superfluous or blurry pictures, which feels good.

20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate.

Not done, but I have about 10+ boxes full in the backroom with “Goodwill” scrawled on them! So much progress, it’s making a huge, noticeable difference in the tidiness of the rest of the house.


my thirty before thirty.

30 before 30ninety-four

A month or so before my 29th birthday (August 25th) I decided I was going to try to complete a thirty before thirty list this year. I wanted it to be challenging, but I also wanted it to be very doable. I only have  a year, after all! I thought long and hard and this is what I came up with. I’ve already gotten started on a few things and I’ll come back and edit this post as I work on it. I would also like to make update posts about various tasks throughout the year.

(List updated August 25, 2015, my 30th birthday.)

  1. Cook 30 new recipes. 94/30
  2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 12/12 
  3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel. (check out the nanowrimo tag)
  4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe. 
  5. Save money for a new dSLR camera.
  6. Finish afghan. (practically done!)
  7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.
  8. Beat 5 video games. 5/5 (
  9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 30/30 
  10. Fill my first Smash journal.
  11. See a play.
  12. Day trip to Norman.
  13. Go bowling.
  14. Try 5 new cocktails. 5/5
  15. Learn the math I skipped. (Made progress)
  16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10 (Very hard to make it happen)
  17. Make canned pickles! 
  18. Print another photo book. (Made lots of progress)
  19. Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 5/5 
  20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. (Made lots of progress.)
  21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!
  22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5
  23. See 5 movies in the theater. 2/5
  24. Scan my mom’s family photos. (Made progress!)
  25. Organize all of the closets. (Made progress!)
  26. Write in a journal once a week. 
  27. Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos.
  28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all! (Made lots of progress.)
  29. Do a sewing project with my mom.
  30. Shoot a day in photos on my 30th birthday!