Many of you know that in the year before I turned 30, I had a list of 30 things that I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30. My 30 before 30 list.
Many of you also know that my 30 before 30 list may have been a little TOO idealistic and unrealistic to accomplish in one year. Ah yes…the life story of an ENFP…
I decided to compile another list of 30 things I want to accomplish in 2013 because, as I mentioned in my 30 before 30 recap, having a list of goals I wanted to strive for throughout the year really helped me to live the year more intentionally than if I didn’t have a list. And I decided to give myself an extension to the end of 2013 because I just came up with this list (hahaha) and 31 before 31 just doesn’t seem as sexy as 30 before 30. Hopefully, I did a little better job in setting more attainable and yet challenging enough goals for 2013.
You may also see a few repeats from my 30 before 30 list. These are items that I still really want to accomplish.
30 goals for 2013
1. Build a chicken coop.
I just want chickens!! And fresh eggs!! And I want them to eat the bugs in our lawn!! And I want to be as hip and hipster as all those people up in Oregon!! A definite repeat from last year.
2. Build three garden boxes.
From two summers ago to last winter, we had a thriving vegetable garden. We had a crop of over 25 pounds of Roma tomatoes at one point, more cucumbers than we knew what to do with, sugar snap peas, and we didn’t have to buy bagged salad for about 4 months, as we could just walk out the back door and snip some directly from our garden, which would then regenerate.
The problem is, our Bermuda grass just snakes its’ way into the garden, as well as weeds, which you can see in the previous picture. It gets to be annoying to have to keep digging patches of grass back to form a vegetable garden and it’s just not pretty. When we were overseas for three weeks, it just got a little ridiculous and honestly, we just got lazy about maintaining our garden. So our hope is that garden boxes will help keep Bermuda grass out, as well as cut back on the weeds in our vegetable garden.
Last weekend, we started building our first garden box, but were at the mercy of our battery-powered drills and power equipment. To be continued…
3. Sew an outfit I’d wear.
Again, another repeat. I’m getting closer to making actual clothes. Haha. So far, I’ve only had to deal with straight lines in the infinity scarf and curtains I’ve made. But I think I can do it…perhaps with the help of Cindy at Cation Designs before she leaves us. :(
4. Go back to the motherland…Taiwan!
I just want to explore Taiwan with my husband! I want to walk around the night markets, and eat delicious street food, and help him get a better picture of who I am by where I came from. And I want to see the rest of my family in Taiwan. It’s always magical when I go back.
5. Make some Halloween costumes I’d be proud of for RJ, me, and Daisy.
Daisy has a natural arrow on her back, which made me think, what if she went as Oppa from Avatar: The Last Airbender, RJ went as Aang, and I went as Katara?? Still a possibility…
Although RJ as Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd is another great costume idea.
6. Get another tattoo.
Uhh…this may have been fulfilled from the time I put it on the list and the time I am publishing this post…hahaha…to be continued…
7. Read through the entire book of Proverbs.
I am a slow reader. And that’s okay. Proverbs remains the only book of the Bible I have yet to get through, and I always get stuck because there is just so much to remember and meditate on. I really want to remember and live out what I read, not just let it fly out of my head throughout the day to be forgotten by tomorrow.
I’ve broken it down so that if I read just 3 verses of Proverbs a day, I should be able to finish while being able to really sit and meditate on verses and take them in. And so far, I am absolutely loving it! No pressure to have to remember this, this, this, this, this, and this. And then a new this, this, this, this, this, and this for tomorrow. And so on.
8. Finish Return of the King and read the Hunger Games Trilogy and The Hobbit.
9. Read 5 books related to work (either therapy-related or ministry-related).
Currently, I am reading a book called Codependent No More.
Ummm..yeah…and my name is Alice, and I am codependent. (“Hi Alice!!!”)
10. Get published.
11. Learn enough Mandarin to have a spiritual conversation or share the gospel with someone.
12. Go clay pigeon shooting.
I LOVE guns. I LOVE GUNS!!! I LOVE GUNS!!!!!! OH my goodness, I just love guns! And I just bought a Groupon for clay pigeon shooting nearby for two, so I am SO excited to go with RJ!
13. Go rock climbing at Joshua Tree.
I’ve got this timed out. At our White Elephant gift exchange for Navs, one of our students gave a free one month membership to a rock climbing gym, which I claimed and won. I figure by the time my one month is up, I will be in better shape to climb real rocks and not die.
14. Model for something.
I know this sounds so vain and ridiculous, but it is something I have always wanted to do. But I never really got into it because of treatment. Haha, so if you know of any good leads, let me know! ;) Or if you think I am vain, you can tell me that too. I won’t mind .
15. Go to a bed and breakfast with RJ.
Another repeat, but I still want to!
16. Accumulate a total of 2000 hours towards licensure for marriage and family therapy.
17. Make a household binder.
These seem to be all the rage on Pinterest for married women about my age. A household binder is a binder that is used to organize every aspect of a household in one location. For example, in the binder there might be weekly meal planning, chores, home projects that need to be accomplished, calendars, etc. I just want to get a system in place before we have little ones running around. You know, be more proactive about these things than reactive.
18. Bungee jump.
19. Fix up our dining table.
It’s a good dining table, don’t get me wrong! But it wobbles sometimes, and honestly, it could use a fresh coat of paint. But it is solid wood and heavy as heck!
20. Write a new song.
I didn’t specify last year, but I suppose this means a real song. Not one of the many RJ and I make up about Daisy. Or food. Or people.
21. Ombre my hair.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. The perk? I don’t have to keep dying the roots!!
22. Perfect a good hair curl.
I just can’t get it right. I don’t know if I am using the wrong tool or if I’m just doing it wrong, but it either ends up too tight or too loose.
23. Do an oil change by myself.
With RJ on standby, of course. ;)
24. Run a tough mudder, mud run, or color run.
There’s just something about getting down and dirty that’s appealing to me.
25. Make a quilt out of my many EDGE Corps t-shirts.
What happens when you marry a baby is that you accumulate twice the amount of shirts as you undergo training all over again from the very beginning. EDGE Corps fO’ LyFe!!
26. Take a dance class with RJ.
It could be something sexy, like salsa. Or it could just be something fun, like swing dancing.
27. Perfect a neuro mien recipe (AKA Taiwanese beef noodle soup).
My dad makes a pretty solid neuro mien, and it is one of my favorite Taiwanese dishes! So why wouldn’t I want to learn how to make it??
28. Learn how to throw a frisbee not like a girl.
RJ’s SUPER good at throwing a frisbee. I am SUPER not. One of RJ’s best friends (who writes one of the funniest “mommy blogs” I have ever read, you should check it out!!) spent a summer teaching me how to throw. But yeah. It was all undone. Sorry, Grant!
29. Participate in another food challenge.
I’m ready!! And I hope people chant this time. The last time, it was pretty anti-climactic.
30. Go to a food festival with RJ.
We’ve gone to a small chili festival, which was AMAZING! But this time, I’m thinking good ol’ southern BBQ or something ridiculous like that.
And now, this is my “Just in Case” list. You know…just in case I don’t get the previous items done.
1. Continue to blog 2-3 times a week and get more involved in blogging communities.
I have NO. IDEA. what this means or how to do it or where to start. But I’m open to learning if you have any tips. :)
2. Go through a marriage workshop with RJ.
We are blessed to work with an organization that really values marriage. Every two years (and this is the year!!) we get to participate in a weekend marriage retreat with the Navigators, which is usually a great tune-up opportunity. I think it would also be interesting to attend an MFT marriage workshop with RJ, and my church is actually hosting one!
3. Enter Daisy into a dog competition.
My old youth group leaders entered their dog (another Daisy!) into a local dog competition and she won! I would love to see how our Daisy would do in a competition as well! She’s a little spazzy, so we’re not expecting first place, but she does know a lot of tricks.
4. Go on a food tour of a fun city with RJ.
San Francisco, Portland, even San Diego…there is SO MUCH good food to be had, and not enough time!
5. Go back to Holland this summer.
I just fell in love with Holland this past summer. It is a magical place. And there is an opportunity to return with the Navigators this summer, which I hope to be able to do.
I’m excited to pursue these goals for this upcoming year. And I have 11.5 months to do so! Keep me accountable and check up on me once in a while to see how I’m doing! And let me know if you have your own list of goals for 2013, I would love to hear them!