I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and I finished up my 30 by 31 list just in time! My 30th year on earth was pretty sweet. My favorite list items from this past year included raising chickens, taking a pottery class, traveling to Switzerland, doing a 15 day drawing challenge with you all, tiling my backsplash, and making wine (even if it did end up smelling like farts). I also really loved designating one TV/internet free day a month, and I think I’ll keep that habit up. I got so much done on those days and felt refreshed after a break from the digital world. The crappiest thing I did was the 30 day squat challenge. I stuck with it for 30 days, worked my way up to 250 squats a day, and my butt looked exactly the same before and after. You suck, exercising. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.
If you write birthday bucket lists please share your latest list, so we can all be inspired! My old lists are here (28 by 29), here (29 by 30), and here (30 by 31). Without further ado, here’s my 31 by 32 list! This time I left a TBD spot at the end, because halfway through the year I always come up with one more thing I wished I had included.
spruce up my childhood bookcase—done! read a book of poetry—done! put together a Raleigh guide of my favorite spots—done! try beef jerky—done! (eww!) work my way through this list—done!
- take a bubble bath
add at least 3 new art prints to the shop—done! make a big breakfast for no reason at all—done! hire someone to paint our great room ceiling (it’s super high and super gross)—done! organize all my favorite recipes in one place—done! (This app is great!) redo the stone pathway to our front porch—done! have our old (occasionally leaky) roof replaced—done! find my dream couch—done!
- learn another Christmas song on ukulele
watch a well-known movie I’ve never seen—done! and done! go to The Maker’s Summit—done! do another drawing challenge—done! make salsa—done! turn the guest room into a nursery—done! practice yoga consistently (just found this app—love it)—done! (until SPD set in) make travel books for Switzerland, Pacific Northwest, and Norway trips.—done! redesign my business cards—done! try to brew kombucha—done! build a bird house—done! redo my website so it’s “mobile friendly”—done! after extensive taste testing, choose my favorite local donut shop—done! tidy & organize my home with the KonMari Method—done! go antiquing in Sanford with my pal, Michelle—done! refresh the great room decor a little—done! travel someplace new—done! grow a baby and get it out of my uterus in the least traumatic way possible—done!