30 Before 30

I turn 29 today.  I’m still debating how I feel about this.  I guess it’s better than the alternative.

29 is a funny age.  I am pretty settled into a life routine.  My days are pretty much the same.  It’s the first time in my life that I’m not actively working toward goals.  Not having goals is pretty boring so I decided to make a list of 30 days that I would like to accomplish before I turn 30…exactly 1 year from today. 

(This is more of a personal post for me but thought some of you might find it interesting.  There will be photos of my guest room later today so check back later if you feel like skipping this personal non-sense…)

1. Eat vegetables every day for 1 week
  • I currently don’t eat vegetables.  I take a multivitamin and call it good.
  • I will hopefully do this longer..but let's be realistic.
2. Attempt the couch to 5K
  • I currently exercise about 5 days a week (but I don’t run). 
  • I’m looking for something to mix up my current routine.
3. Pay off my student loans
  • I started 3 years ago with $98,000 in student loans (I believe student loans are the only reason the world has pharmacists).  I am now under $50,000.  Nate has projected that if we keep saving at our current rate I can have my loans paid off by July 2012.  So March 2012 is a bit lofty but definitely doable.
4. Make a pie...from scratch
  • I should say make a pie from scratch that doesn’t turn into soup.
5. Go to a movie...alone. 
  • This is weird but something I have always felt like doing but have never done.
  • Who wants to go with me? :)
6.  Read the manual for our Nikon DSLR
  • Nate keeps telling me that I can’t use his camera unless I read the manual…so I’m going to.
7. Learn photoshop (or at least some basics)
  • We have Photoshop Elements and I would like to do some crafty things with it.
8. Finalize the children vs. no children plan for the future
  • This doesn’t mean that we have to have children in the next year…I just think we should decide if this is something we want or not.  We're not getting any younger....
9. Take a stay-cation
  • I like to travel but I think it would be really nice to spend some time at home during the summer.
10. Improve my espanol
  • This would be extremely helpful at work.  I’m debating between taking a class or finding something on-line.
11.  Try a new restuarant each...month? every other month?
  • Nate and I eat at the same restaurants.  We need to expand our horizons.  I mean, Chik-Fil-A is good but there is probably something out there equally as good.
12. Finish my pharmacy CEs by the end of April 2011
  • They have to be completed by December 2011….or I lose my license. 
  • I think having them done before summer would be a good idea.
13. Don't eat out for an entire week
  • We usually only eat out once or twice so this isn't a huge deal but it’s good to prove to myself that I can eat at home/pack a lunch every day for a whole 7 days.  I’m sorry Jimmy John’s…..
14.  Mail birthday cards to friends and family- on time
  • I’m doing better about buying the cards this year but getting them sent on time is another story……right Melissa?…..whose birthday was Feb. 8th (your card is on my kitchen counter…I swear)
15. Find a way to organize coupons
  • I try to do things to save money and cutting coupons is part of that.  The problem is that I cut them and then do nothing with them.  They don’t save you much money if you don’t know you have them.
16.  Build a bed frame for our master bedroom
  • At least shout orders while Nate builds the bed frame :)
17.  Take a yoga class
  • I like doing yoga....in my basement.  If I fall over, no one notices..except for Ike. 
  • It would be good to get out and try a class.
18. Take pictures with the DSLR in manual
  • See #6.  Nate also thinks that me taking pictures on the automatic setting is a crime.
19. Go without the internet for 1 day
  • or 2 days if I'm feeling especially goal oriented
  • This will be hard but I think I can do it
20. Travel to Georgia
  • This may be cheating beings we already have a trip planned but 30 things is hard.
21. Plan a bridal shower
  • I’m thrown showers before and I have done a crummy job but this one will hopefully be different!
22. Improve the photos on my blog
  • see #6 and #18
  • I would also like to start including more personal photos…which means showering on the week-end…I should make that a goal....
23. Stick with blogging
  • I like to see if I can do things.  I get bored once I realize that I can “do it.” 
  • Having an on-line place to track changes in our house/life will be rewarding
  • It’s also a good creative outlet for me
24. Give up diet Mt. Dew for 1 month
  • I drink a can a day.  It’s my one vise.  I’d like to think that I’m not addicted but that’s not true.
  • I’m pretty sure that there is going to be some big study coming out that finds that diet dew causes cancer….How can something so delicious not cause cancer??
25. Finish the mudroom
  • I have plans…and a crafty father-in-law
26. Paint the guest bathroom grey
  • Uggg painting.
27. Refinish a dresser for our master bedroom
  • I need to find said dresser but I am pretty excited about this goal
28. Hang curtains in our master bedroom
  • They are on back order until the middle of March.  Bummer.  Hopefully they’ll be available by the time I’m 30….
29. Switch to more natural cleaners
  • I have switched to all natural beauty products (shampoo, body wash, face wash, make-up) but would like to change to more natural cleaners as well.
  • I would love to make my own but I have a strong aversion to vinegar….sickkkkkk…and most homemade cleaners need vinegar.
30. Finish knitting a blanket that I started about 2 years ago
  • Knitting is one of those “see if I can do this” things.  I will finish this.
There you have it.  How many of these 30 goals do you think I can accomplish?  What are your goals for the next year?