35 before 35 Update

This last month is honestly a blur, so let’s see how I did.

1. Crochet something else besides blankets or scarves at least once a year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

  • I successfully made another hat. These are some of my favorite pictures of George to date too! You can click here to see more.

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2. Do a photography challenge

  • I am steadily keeping up with this! I have some things coming up that I am going to try shooting in different ways and forcing myself to change different settings. Plus I am so ready to be shooting outside again!
  • I often find myself looking through his album now that we have 6 months worth of photos to see how he has changed, but also how some of my photography has changed.
  • Do you have any suggestions of things I should capture with George or techniques I should try?

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3. Visit 5 cities I have never been to before (5/5)

4. Tour at least one a winery, brewery, or distillery

5. Send at least 5 snail mail a month

6. Become a “professional” photographer

  • I have some potential clients with inquiries so hopefully they come to fruition.
  • I was blessed to be part of a charity event this Friday where I was the photographer. It is an organization that helps homeless children with a variety of things. There is an art auction every year, and this is my second year being a part of it.

7. Run at least 10 races (any distance) (1/10)

  • I am signed up for a 10K in September, but I need to find some 5Ks to hit up. None around here seem to fit into my schedule.

8. Go camping with Tom

9. Pay for the car behind me in a drive through

10. See Tyrone Wells live as many times as possible

11. Tour Fort Defiance here in Clarksville

12. Water ski with my dad

13. Do a 5K with my mom

14. Take a swing dance class with Tom

15. Read at least one fun book a month and one professional development book every three months

  • I started a new book for both of these this month. I am really struggling finding the time to read, and when I do, I fall asleep with in minutes. Even when I read at my desk during lunch, while I am pumping. Something needs to change lol.

16. Take a pottery or stained glass class

17. Do one new recipe each month

  • I am going to share it later this week, but I made pumpkin brownies yesterday.

18. See both a Clemson and UCM football game live

19. Find a place to volunteer on a regular basis

20. Go hiking

21. Ride in a hot air balloon

22. Go to at least 20 “new to me” restaurants. (21/20)

  • I went to two this month, both here in Columbia. I went to Casablanca with a friend from college who I haven’t seen in probably a good 9 years. It is a Greek restaurant in town that is REALLY GOOD, and pretty nicely priced. Their staff was really nice too. I then went to my first Thai place last week with a friend (who randomly knew Tom growing up, worked with me at Iowa State, and now we are both working at CC.). I will admit that I played it safe and had a stir fry, but it was still pretty good. The service was less than desirable, but hey when you are busy sometimes your emotions get the best of you.

23. Stay at a bed and breakfast

24. Spend a day without electronics (phone, t.v. and computer)

25. Have a Kentucky Derby themed 30th birthday party.

26. Explore Nashville while we live here

27. Watch at least 10 movies that I have not seen before that won Best Picture at the Oscars and at least 20 documentaries (not necessarily Oscar winning) Movies (2/10); Documentaries (7/20)

28. Sew an item of clothing from scratch

29. Do a personal devotional/bible study on my own

30. Be a mascot for an event

31. Go on our honeymoon (preferably somewhere tropical)

  • I finally got Tom to agree to go on a honeymoon cruise for our 5 year anniversary next year. Is it too early to plan?

32. Host an annual NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship game party

  • I doubt this will happen this year. We just have too much going on right now to get this organized in the next couple weeks. Plus I will be out of town the week before for a wedding and will be heading up to KC that weekend to help with going through my Grandma’s things. My introvert emotions can’t handle having people over after all that. I know when to say no. Hopefully next year we will be a little more settled. (Or does that never happen?)

33. Go on a mission trip

34. Be on a recreation volleyball team

35. Become a mom

8 thoughts on “35 before 35 Update

  1. You should totally start planning your cruise!! Dan booked ours over a year in advance, and he got an AMAZING deal on it for booking so early. 🙂 Aaahhh, I’m excited for you to go on a honeymoon cruise… so much fun!!!

  2. Yes to planning your cruise as soon as possible…..it’s absolutely never too early to think about vacation! I’ve been feeling the same way with books lately. Although I did get Amy Poehler’s Yes Please this weekend and have already finished…..maybe that means my reading funk days are over!

  3. I concur, it’s not too early to plan your big cruise vacay! I’m always plotting and planning when it comes to the next vacation. If you know you’ll both be off work (or able to take off) there’s no reason to wait!

    As for the book thing, my suggestion is to look for interesting books. The more interesting the book is, the more likely you are to be eager and awake when you read it. I’m currently reading “Lock In” by John Scalzi. I’m not sure if it’s your thing (futuristic crime thriller) but I haven’t been able to put it down and it’s a quick read.

    • I think I am going to dive into a Nicholas Sparks read next since I always get sucked into his novels. I am also struggling staying awake long enough to make any real progress.

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