Friday, November 25, 2011

In my next 30 years.....

WOW! It's finally here. This has been one helluva year. I put together a list of goals for myself on November 25th of last year. Some I completed, some I lost interest in, and some....Well some I just didn't do.

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List of my goals to accomplish before the big 3-0 on November 25, 2011:
1. Learn to can our garden veggies
2. Complete my first photography class. I attempted and just couldn't get into it....Teacher maybe?
3. Find and take a trip to a Sunflower field
4. Print my first blog book
5. Print pictures that I’ve taken and we’ve decided to use as our in-home art work
6. Go on an adult only trip.
7. Get a pedicure. (No, I have never had one) Still never had one. Not sure how I'd like having my feet touched
8. Lose 10lbs. UGH! This one has been the most frustrating. I'll lose then gain, lose then gain. At the moment I'm leaning towards the gain......
9. Have a least 5 Christmas gifts bought through out the year rather than cramming in November
10. Give up my beloved Diet Mt. Dew for 30 days...Okay so I didn't make it 30 days. I made it 19... :)
11. Drink more Green Tea I didn't drink more green tea but did develop a taste for water
12. Try a new recipe once a week for a least a month
13. Bake a cake/dessert once a month NOT A GOOD GOAL WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT!
14. Make money from a photo shoot This I didn't complete. I decided I wasn't interested in it anymore. People are my least favorite thing to photograph and I don't want to turn a fun hobby into something I dread.
15. Become more comfortable in front of people while doing a photo shoot. I’ve had a couple of people ask me if I’d do one and I chicken out…. See #14
16. Have a one on one little day trip with each son.17. Learn not to sweat the small stuff
18. Find a church
19. Take a day off from work-just for me!
20. Get a massage (and no, I’ve never had one of these either) I too am not sure I'm digging this either. I actually had a gift certificate for this and let it expire. 
21. Go one whole day without looking at a clock I never made it a whole day but considering that we only have one clock in our entire house.....I've come pretty close.
22. Chaperone a field trip Zoo on Halloween with the whole kindergarten class
23. Read more books!! I've ready 3 books in a month! It's so good to get back to my bookworm ways!
24. Change my own cars oil25. Get more physical I've started going to the gym 3-5 days a week and LOVE it!.....and then since writing this, quit.
26. Go vegetarian for at least one week Never made it a week but do sometimes cook Meatless mondays
27. Payoff Aaron’s truck
28. Take a random family day trip I feel like we do this every weekend!
29. Go visit my mom. I haven’t had the courage to visit her grave site since she passed away. Dec. 25, 2007. This one was my biggest challenge and I didn't make it. The grave is just a location. I may never make it there....But she is always with me and not a day goes by that I don't think about her, talk to her, or talk about her.
30. Swap nightly roles with my husband for the night.
So as you see....Not everything was accomplished. Even still I can say with confidence that 29 was my best year yet! I've watched my baby grow into a super adorable, very sweet, and very smart toddler. I've watched my oldest go from being a little boy to a kid in kindergarten and my husband and I have had so many good laughs, mini vacations, and several "firsts" for us even after almost 8 years.
Here is too the past 30 years and to the next 30 years to come!!!


  1. You've done a great job, Darlin', and had fun doing it. Never stop setting goals. Never stop seeking the unknown. Put "Get a massage" back on your list for this year. You'll love it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  2. I think you are very wise to decide not to take pictures for money. Your favorite hobby turns into something that is NOT FUN opnce you start taking money to do it! I made a flower arrangement for a friend recently, and fussed over it and worried about it more than I ever do for one that I make for myself. But DO continue to take is ONE of your best talents. I agree with Terry, put Massage and Pedicure back on your list. YOu can ask for a gift certificate for this for Mother's Day...or for just being YOU! Papper yourself. You deserve it!

  3. You are so cute...and young! Enjoy it, my friend. :) And, people are my least fave thing to snap, too. Gotta love a good hobby!