Update - 30 Before 30


Today is my 30th birthday. I'm not normally a huge birthday celebrator, but I feel like changing decades is a big deal. Last summer, I was thinking about taking a trip to Spain or somewhere equally exciting to celebrate turning 30, but at 38 weeks pregnant, I'll be happy with a piece of chocolate cake from Le Matin and a prenatal massage. I semi-joke that I'm going to celebrate turning 30 on my next birthday because I really want a trip to Spain (and a big glass of Spanish red).

Our #1 blog reader, aka Mom, requested that I do an update on the 30 before 30 list that I made on my 28th birthday. I didn't tackle everything on the list, but I did reach about 2/3 of my goals. I'll optimistically call it win because it forced me to try some new things, rekindle some favorite habits, and get out of my comfort zone. The goals I completed are highlighted below.

  1. Take a cooking class
  2. Start playing tennis regularly again
  3. Reconnect with 5 old friends
  4. Become more knowledgeable about wine
  5. Spend a weekend completely unplugged
  6. Grow strawberries in my garden - Solid attempt with little success
  7. Become a mom - Fingers crossed I'm less than 2 weeks away
  8. Travel to New England
  9. Travel to the West Coast
  10. Read 40 new books
  11. Make an original pieces of artwork to hang in my home
  12. Start a gratitude journal - I technically started one, but I didn't keep it up... whoops!
  13. Make 50 new recipes
  14. Start a book club
  15. Try the Whole 30 - I'm blaming pregnancy for this one. Maybe I'll try this for losing baby weight.
  16. Run a destination half marathon - Another one I'm blaming pregnancy for not completing. I've got my eye on a couple!
  17. Send a handwritten note a friend once a month
  18. Organize my wedding photos
  19. Become proficient at Photoshop
  20. Do paddle board yoga - Did not attempt, but I did start paddle boarding more at the lake.
  21. Take professional family photos
  22. Volunteer on a regular basis
  23. Do a full month of barre classes - I have no excuse other than laziness for this one. 
  24. Host a slumber party style girls’ night-in
  25. Establish a designated date night every week - Again, no valiant effort here, but will try to do this once we survive the newborn haze, even if it is an at-home date night after the baby goes to bed.
  26. Attend a blog conference - Nope, but hope to in the future.
  27. Learn to do my makeup well - Tried some new products and techniques, but this may be something I give up on. I'm just not a hair and makeup person. 
  28. Start a monthly supper club - No, but we invited more friends over for casual, low-stress weeknight meals on a whim.
  29. Learn to use a sewing machine
  30. Attend the Kentucky Oaks

I'm planning to make a 40 before 40 list soon, and I may carry over some of the goals that I didn't complete. I have a feeling I'm going to need all 10 years this decade to accomplish my next bucket list.

Do you have any fun and creative goals on your list?