out with the old.

by - 10:00

Last year, I made a list of resolutions / goals for 2011 and called it my "30 before 30".  And while I still have five more months to go before actually turning 30, I feel like I've done a pretty okay job at accomplishing them.  Of course, there are a few things that I will not be able to do until after the baby is born, but I'm pretty happy with what I've done and I'm still going to try to complete as much of the list as I can before the big 3-0.  Here is the updated list.  (Twenty-one out of thirty isn't so bad, right?  Also, having a baby wasn't part of the "plan", but look at what's happening!  If anything, it may even trump everything on the list.  I could not be happier about that little surprise!)

  1. Make our escape out of Florida plan a reality.
  2. Do the L'Eroica antiquated bicycle ride in Tuscany.
  3. Cook more meals at home.
  4. Open up my ETSY shop.
  5. Take time each day to let out a huge breath and let all of the stresses disappear with it.
  6. Have more romantic date nights with Ryan.
  7. Send out more hand-written letters.
  8. Find something to feel passionate about.
  9. Read more books.
  10. Grow out my hair (without acting on impulse to chop it all off).
  11. Practice patience.
  12. Learn how to sail.
  13. Pay off my debt.
  14. Set pretty pennies aside for more savings.
  15. Perfect one authentically French meal.
  16. Pare down my closet to only the essential classics.
  17. Take more mini-breaks on long weekends to visit out-of-state friends and family.
  18. Ride my bicycle more often.
  19. Have a night-time beauty regimen.
  20. Stop beating myself up over the very very small stuff.
  21. Eat more fruit!
  22. Do more arts & crafts.
  23. Be {more} comfortable in my own skin.
  24. Visit family in Canada.
  25. Exercise on the reg.
  26. Go to the farmers' market for local produce more often.
  27. Go on a camping trip.
  28. Buy more art.
  29. Get the new Haruki Murakami novel 1Q84 as soon as it hits the shelves.
  30. Learn something new. Anything!

This year, I think I'm doing away with the resolutions / lists / goals.  I am, after all, about to embark on what may very well be the biggest adventure yet:  motherhood.  So I'm doing away with the old and embracing the new--everything about it--and I'm giving myself a break for 2012 because I feel like it's only going to be more challenging from here on out and part of my growing up involves being able to let. things. go.  Here's to 2012!

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  1. CLGJr2.1.12

    Some of the remaining 30 before 30 items are completely subjective in nature (e.g., "Stop beating myself up over the very very small stuff.") With that in mind, I order a recount. Cross off that one and "Practice patience." 23/30 is awesome, just as 21/30 was. And who knows? Maybe you'll hit #s 15 and 16 as well :)

  2. T- great post! I wish I'd thought of doing a 30-before-30...as it is, I could do but have less than 5 months. Maybe I'll do 31-31. ;)

  3. Did you start reading the 1Q84 yet? I love Murakami! I'm debating whether or not I should wait for the book to come out in paper cover as the current edition so gigantic to carry around. I know it's 3 books in one and I am excited to read it.


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