The 30 before 30 list.

30 before 30

I can’t believe it’s happening… 8 months before I hit the big 3-0. Throughout the majority of my twenties I’ve had a running list of things I wanted to achieve. Most of those I did, I fell in love, got married, had a child, bought a house and went back to college. Those are some big ones!

As my birthday is fast approaching I decided to come up with a new list. Something challenging but also inspiring. This list is a mixture of things I’ve always wanted to do and new adventures to help me grow and ring in the new decade. I’m hoping I can achieve multiple things on my list in a single swoop.

  1.   Join an online community (connect and make friends)
  2.   Join a book club
  3.   Take 30 creative classes online (craftsy, skillshare, etc)
  4.   Complete 4 year long project life albums (including 2016)
  5.   Complete an embroidery hoop per month
  6.   Attend a Music Festival
  7.   Learn to speak French (or at least learn to understand it)
  8.   Go camping under the stars
  9.  Take a throwing class and make a vase
  10. Unplug from the world for an entire weekend 
  11. Visit a state I’ve never been to before
  12. Visit a set of Mountains
  13. Write and mail letters to my friends (snail mail)
  14. Try 30 new places locally that I’ve never been to before (I’m coming for you Joy Macarons)
  15. Get in the best shape of my life (hello biceps)
  16. Establish a legit morning routine (tea/coffee, journaling)
  17. Make dinner with the family as many nights as I can (min of 2 nights a week)
  18. Participate in a Color Run
  19. Learn to film and edit an awesome documentary video
  20. Learn to sew and make Ella a dress
  21. Take the hubs on a spontaneous weekend adventure
  22. Take a chance and apply for the job of my dreams
  23. Go christmas caroling
  24. Post twice a week (at least)
  25. Sleep on the trampoline overnight with Ella (I keep promising to do it)
  26. Take Ella to the museum/park/aquarium monthly (because she deserves fun too)
  27. Donate old clothes and reinvent my style (I need to retire the yoga pants)
  28. Do 50 random acts of kindness (or more)
  29. Call or text my parents every night to say I love you
  30. Read 1000 books to Ella

8 months will fly by and I can’t wait to get started! What’s on your list?

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Cheers to the weekend…

Spring

Ok, truth bomb… this week was ROUGH. I worked a few (ok it felt like a lot) of extra hours at work this week. Normally I don’t mind, because I honestly love my job, but towards the end of the week I was feeling like maybe the off and on rain was giving me a minor cold. Whatever the snafu was, I was getting crazy migraines … so when I got home on Friday the only thing I had strength for was a shower and good cuddle with my fam.

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Saturday, I worked (again) covering a shift for one of my amigas and by then my migraine(s) were taking a toll on me. When I got home the only thing I wanted, was gelato. Instantly, it made me feel like a million bucks. Gosh, what is it about dessert that makes everything so much better?

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The hubs suggested getting out of the house to do something fun, he said it would turn my day around. His idea? Buy some fresh flowers for the house. YES, PLEASE! I love, LOVE flowers, especially displayed all around the house. Ella belle got to pick her flowers and I got to pick mine.

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I haven’t taken a selfie in gosh knows how long… but HELLO! Here I am with the flowers I picked!

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I can assure you, the day only got better from here. When we got back from flower shopping my monthly messy box was waiting at my doorstep and when I opened the package I literally shrieked from excitement!

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The entire kit is designed around a road trip/adventure theme with mountains and outdoorsy elements. I swear this was a freaking sign because we’re getting ready to go to Colorado in October, and what a better way to document our trip then with these goodies?!? I can already picture the project life spread and our Rocky Mountain mini album! It’s going to be AWESOME!

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Ok Sunday is always a fun day (if I’m not working) up in this house. Basically any day that I have off on the weekend pretty much turns into an epic adventure. We wake up, drink coffee, eat brunch (my hub’s scrambled eggs are hands down the best), make art, read books and basically take our time conquering the day. No Restrictions.

2016-08-21 17.19.28After teaching Ella how to draw animals with chalk on her chalkboard, she declared that my pink, flamingo, drink floatie for the pool would now officially be her crayon holder… and honestly, it’s pretty genius, so I let her have it.

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As the day went on, we decided to go shopping for books (another favorite of mine) at HALF PRICE BOOKS. To say that I like going there is false, because I don’t like it, I LOVE IT. They always take care of me there. If I want a book and they don’t have it, they find it at the ends of the earth and get it shipped to the store for me. I know they do this for everyone, but I still feel extra special that they do it for me, because the staff up there is legit and I can never thank them enough. High fives for everyone, EVERY SINGLE TIME.

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To celebrate adding two new books to my collection, we decided to celebrate with lunch! We were originally on our way to Peter Piper Pizza because the munchkin was all like “pizza… games… tokens… please!” Her excitement got us excited… and seriously who doesn’t like pizza and arcade games? However, on the way there, I happened to notice an IN-N-OUT and you know what? I had never been there before. So I asked the hubs for a quick detour. I promised to just get a small shake and burger… I stated my case about how everyone at work always brags about this place and how I felt like I’m missing out on something incredible… and either he felt bad for me that I was #latetotheparty or he just wanted me to stop begging, so he pulled through the drive thru. I grabbed my two items and stuffed my face on the drive to Peter Piper. I only have one word to say about their shakes, GLORIOUS. The burger was tasty too… but I will definitely be going back for more shake goodness. Even the hubs agreed, those shakes were everything.

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If you follow me (us) on snapchat then you’ll be happy to know that Ella got her pizza. We played a TON of games and won 500 tickets. WOOP WOOP. We had a blast. Nothing beats the smile on her face and the joy she radiates.

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The weekend turned out to be pretty awesome!

I’m off to finish my rocky road ice-cream with the hubs and catch up on some Penny Dreadful now that the munchkin is asleep! Until next time…

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Keeping it real.

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A few weeks ago I received the worlds most legendary gift from someone who holds a special place in my heart. The truth is, she brings out the person I aspire to be. Her kindness, her ambition, her drive, her ability to just be her true authentic self is inspiring. She means the world to me.

Before even reaching inside to find what my gifts were, I was feeling a little… you know, lost. I was realizing that as my summer comes to an end, I am being filled with the bittersweetness of my summer life… and the realities to come,  such as school, work and all the crap in between.

At that particular moment I was noticing that my to do lists for my extracurricular activities felt quite literally miles long and that all the milestones in my personal life that I wanted to accomplish were slowly being pushed aside. I was losing my balance on the tight rope I call life; with the added pressure to do and be what everyone expects of me.

When I reached inside and pulled out this embroidery hoop, I sighed, a heavy sigh of relief. Call it a sign, an intervention or whatever it was, it caused joy to overflow in my heart. A reminder to just be myself. To do the things that feel right, to follow my passions and to live my life with purposeful intent.

I don’t want to pretend to be someone I’m not. So here’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to keep it real, always, here,or wherever you may find me.  I realized that when I started this blog, I had no idea what direction to take. I think at one point I wanted it to just be like everyone elses. Until I read something that said:

“Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.”

So… You Do You and your people will find you just like you’ve found me. 🙂

Until next time.

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