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Six Months

I don’t know how many of you were reading my blog six months ago. If you were you might remember my 30 by 30 post. The list by itself is also a page in the upper right hand corner if you ever just want to look over it. So far I think I’m doing pretty well. I’m working on several of my goals. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have 6 years and I don’t have to do everything at once. Here’s an update on my progress so far. I won’t go through every number, just the ones I’ve been thinking about or have made progress on.

1. Travel to India. This is so close to becoming a reality I can taste it. Really it deserves it’s own post and I will work on one in the near future. Basically it’s been my dream to go on a mission trip to India since I was 12 (half my life) and we have one set up to go in October.

We are working on fundraising right now. We’ve had some very generous donations from some amazing people. We’re still a ways off from the total needed though. If you have any ideas for fundraisers please send them my way. You can get more info at HelpSend.Us

2. Become a mother: Still not ready for this one. I have time ::grin::

4. Read all books on Time 100 best novels list: I have a few books marked off but honestly they’re ones I read prior to making the list. I need to step up on this one.

5. Run a marathon: I’ve taken the first step. Or steps. Check out Running Between Tweets for updates on mine and all my fellow tweeps progress.

9. Visit every US state: I have 12 more to go. I still have my flight benefits so getting to the states isn’t a problem. The main thing is having a place to stay once I get there. I don’t have tons of cash but I have so many wonderful blog/Twitter friends spread all over the country.

Would any of you from the states that I’m missing be willing to host me? Even just over night so I could meet you and buy a spoon (yes I collect spoons. What?) I don’t need anything fancy. A floor and a blanket would be more than enough. Who’s first? ::wink::

10. See all movies on Time 100 best movies list: I’ve gotten about a quarter of the way through the list thanks to our Blockbuster online membership. I’ve loved some and been bored to tears on others.

14. Earn an award with Phoebe: I’m entering us in our first rally obedience trial the middle of this month. I’ll let you know how it goes!

16. Join a book club: I get to mark one off! Woot! I’ve written about my book club a few times so you already know I have met some really neat girls there including the one who invited me to be on the soccer team.

I don’t know that I expected to have so much fun. I love reading but the book club is so much more than just discussing books. In fact, as we’ve gone on I could almost care less about the books that I’ve read. None of them are probably ones I’d pick out myself. The great part is, it doesn’t matter because the group of friends we’ve built is priceless. It’s just what I didn’t know I needed.

26. Keep a blog or journal daily for one year: That is where the title of this blog comes in. As of today I have successfully completed six months of that year on I’m actually really impressed that I’ve come this far.

Before this I was always a sporadic blogger. I would post several times a week for awhile and then go for months with nothing. I felt like if I didn’t have anything big to blog about I couldn’t post.

Now I’ve realized that isn’t the case. Granted, all of my posts haven’t been stellar but I feel like I’ve learned so much and improved as a writer and blogger by making this commitment. There are days when I have no idea what to blog about but I sit down and start writing anyway. And sometimes? Those are some of my best posts. Apparently my brain has a lot rolling around in it.

I don’t pretend to be a professional blogger or to have everything figured out. I am having fun though. I’ve also gotten more involved with Twitter and have made some wonderful friends out of it. I seriously wonder what I did without all you guys. I look forward to the next six months of blogging and beyond.

I am so excited about how far I’ve come. I have a long ways to go and a lot to accomplish in the next 5 1/2 years but I’m confident I can pull it off. I’m doing really well. Working through this list has already improved who I am as a person. I am much more focused and excited about life. I have goals and I am working towards them. I highly recommend everyone make a list similar to this. It can fit where ever you are in life and drive you to where you want to be. You’ll be surprised how inspiring it is.

Letting myself dream and get excited is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s already taken me places and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in six months, a year and on my 30th birthday. I have a feeling, it’s going to be somewhere amazing.


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  1. I've been meaning to make a list of things to do before I'm 30. I should probably do that this summer. Ha! If I have time… I can't even get my room straightened (something I *need* to do), let alone make a list of things I'd want to do (which I'd be more prone blow off my room to do…). So, yeah, I need to make that list, as I only have 4 years left. Ok, I think my heart just stopped. I – have – four – years – until – I'm – thirty…….. AAaaaaahhh!!!! Oh my goodness, I think I may cry. Not at the thirty thing, though that's jolting in and of itself, but at the fact that there are so many things I've wanted to do, or I thought I would have done, before 30. I'm going to go write a blog about this now & expound on my stinking emotions….

    • Very cool. I look forward to reading your list. I love seeing people's life lists and reading about how they accomplish them. For some reason it's very exciting to me.

  2. isaiah

    told ya yall are welcome to texas. i got a bedroom thats empty that yall can crash in.

    and so much for adopting me.

    • While I've been to Texas many times I'm still planning on us coming down for a visit. Starting work next week (I think) so we'll see how my schedule goes.

      And obviously I meant I wasn't ready to become a mother *again*… son.

  3. You can stay with me!
    I like this idea. After I finish my 20 before twenty I’m going to do this with more ambitious things. I think it’s a cool way to list things you want to do in life and gives you motivation to do it.

    • Exactly! I can't believe how much fun I'm having with this list already. I loved reading yours and will look forward to reading your next list. You have much more time than me so it's going to be really fun reading your list.

      Try not to make everything huge or expensive though or you'll get overwhelmed. My first draft of the list everything was major and there was no way I was going to be able to get it all done. Maybe I'm just overly ambitious though, haha.

  4. OMG, I used to collect spoons when i was younger. My mom would buy them for me. I should find those the next time I'm visiting her.

    I'd make a 30 before 30 list, but I would have less than a year to complete them.

    • That's fun. I have one from every state I've been to and every country. Plus a few fun ones thrown it. It's a LOT, haha. I love it though. It's an inexpensive souvenir that isn't very breakable. Plus you can easily find them just about everywhere. Except China, Japan and Romania. I found them but it was HARD.

      If you have less than a year for 30 start working on a 40 by 40 list or something similar. I started making the list several months before I actually posted it. Even if they're not major things you'll be surprised how much fun it is to work towards little life goals.

  5. I have room for you in Vermont if you need to cross that one off your list 🙂

  6. That's really awesome! And definitely inspiring. Go you!

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