Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

June 11, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me + 30 Before 30

This was me on my birthday last year, with my little cousin Camilla.

Today is my 28th birthday!  Hubby turns 30 next month, and his quiet sobbing has made me realize time will really fly in the two years before I turn 30.  I love a good list, and I'm kind of obsessed with reading other people's life goals.  I feel a mix of smugness (hey, I've already done that, so yay me) and inferiority (crap, I never even thought to try something that cool, I'm so lame) when I read them.  So I thought I'd make one!

Sitting down and picking 30 things was hard.  I have a list of at least 100 things I want to do in the next two years.  So I knocked off many (but not all) of the DIY themed projects and focused more on life . .  .

Here's my 30 before 30 (in a random sort of order):
  1. Do research abroad UPDATE: yup, yup, yup
  2. Finish my PhD! UPDATE: YES, feels so good to cross this one off!
  3. Take a pottery class NOPE
  4. Create a video tour of the house NOPE
  5. Sell the townhouse, without a realtor UPDATE: Well, we sold the house . . .
  6. Buy a house on Lake Superior UPDATE: We did it!!
  7. Start renovating a new house, and build a better blog for chronicling the process UPDATE: Yes to the renovating, No to the better blog (it's coming)
  8. Become really adept at time management & spend less time on the internet UPDATE: slow internet has helped me accomplish this!
  9. Create a life list NOPE
  10. Return to Europe for a vacation with the Hubs UPDATE: this counts!
  11. Get published in an academic journal UPDATE: YES! It's going to be published this fall!!
  12. Make a darn yarn wreath already UPDATE: this was so fun, why did I delay?
  13. Become stronger (inside & out) UPDATE: I'm way less fit (although I'm working on it now that the snow has finally melted).  I've gotten to a point that I don't give a shit what people think so that counts!
  14. Buy a child in need a smile UPDATE: I decided instead to donate to women's shelters, food banks and the Salvation Army (in cash and in kind) throughout the year
  15. Have another project featured in a magazine (see my first feature here) UPDATE: see it here!
  16. Start an Etsy shop UPDATE: I have opened an Etsy shop!
  17. Finish the home scrapbook I started & put photos in photo albums (I'm so behind!) NOPE
  18. Start biking UPDATE: we dusted off the bikes and took them for a spin!
  19. Build a play workshop for my little cousin, Jack (the play kitchen for his sis was so fun) AWWW, NOPE
  20. Try stenciling UPDATE: see here & here
  21. Be a better feminist UPDATE: I'm working on it everyday
  22. Do something with the backyard (anything but dirt piles) UPDATE: In the townhouse we were forced to improve the backyard right before we moved so this was begrudgingly checked off
  23. Improve my Hungarian UPDATE: Yup, being in Hungary for four months helped!
  24. Paint a piece of furniture turquoise UPDATE: done and done, but I want to do it again!
  25. Start a new hobby (that doesn't involve renovating) with Hubby UPDATE: Success!
  26. Get a teaching position at a University (need to do step 2, first) NOPE
  27. Build a small wardrobe with only stuff I love, that fits - no more crap! NOPE - I've worn nothing but yoga pants since December.
  28. Try to like avocados (seems like an adult thing to like) Haha, NOPE
  29. Learn to use my camera fully NOPE
  30. Start volunteering again (it's been a few years since I sat on a Board of Directors for a not-for-profit, but I did volunteer as a coordinator in 2011 - it's just hard to find an organization that is the right fit) UPDATE: I'll be getting involved in my community this summer. 
Hmmm.  Seems a bit daunting.  Maybe I better get cracking on the avocados and yarn wreath . . . because I don't think the lake front house will materialize soon.



P.S. Even though it's my birthday today, I have a gift for you!  Click here for a chance to win a custom designed stencil.
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    32 comments

    1. Nagyon boldog születésnapot, a füled érjen bokáig! (tudod, a fül halálunkig nő :D) Majd írok sok megjegyzést, hogy a 23. pontban segítsek :)

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    2. happy birthday, young'un! you have 830 days to get it all done... you can do it!

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      1. Only that many?!? I better get crackin'

        P.S. Thanks for saying I'm young. Can you tell me that annually for the next 50 years???

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    3. Happy birthday Tanya! 30 before 30 list is great and I am sure you can do it.

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    4. Happy Birthday! What a fun list! I hope you are able to accomplish most, if not all, of it :)

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    5. Happy Birthday!
      If you figur eout the trick to #8 please let me know - I stuggle with this one.

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      1. If I figure out #8, I think I might have some kind of million dollar idea on my hands, lol. I promise to share, though. I think working by candle light might be the key . . .

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    6. Happy Happy Birthday! 28 is nothing, do not despair! I always dreaded my 30th but at 35 now I can tell you it gets better. Don't worry about numbers but I think it's always great to have a "wish list" of things to do....and your list is so awesome!! Have a great day ;D

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      1. Oh, so happy to hear 30 isn't scary. I wasn't worried until Hubby started the gloom & doom talk!

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    7. Happy birthday!! Hope it's splendid :)

      xo

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    8. Happy birthday! What a great list. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    9. Happy birthday, t! I wish you told me sooner, I would've sent you something :) Love your list - I always wished I had done one before turning the big 3-0. I cracked up on #28 - I didn't try my first avocado until a couple of years ago and now I LOVE them!

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      1. Awww, you're such a sweetie!! Your emails (and comments) are my favorite gift of all. Maybe I'll have to save my avocado trying until I can make it back to Boston. Then you can show me your learned ways, lol.

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    10. Happy Birthday! And what a great idea! It's so nice to have goals to work towards! :)

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    11. A very happy birthday to you!! This is a great list of dreams both big and small.. awesome idea! I'm so glad to have discovered your creative corner of the web today, and I'll be following you for sure!

      Jen
      http://drawingsunderthetable.blogspot.ca/

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      1. Great to meet you! Thanks for stopping by and wishing my a happy bday. I look forward to checking out your blog :)

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    12. Hey happy happy birthday to you! So, you're getting one year wiser now!

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    13. Happy birthday Sweetpea!!! Hope it's great!!!! xoxo, Sarah

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    14. Happy Happy birthday to you lady! Enjoy your birthday weeK!!

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    15. Happy birthday! I bet making a list of 30 things was tough. I'm not even going to try to make a list of 65 before 65...LOL

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    16. Happy Birthday, Tanya! I really like your list. Perhaps I should do my own (although, ahem, 30 was awhile ago for me)

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    17. Happy Birthday Tanya!! Sorry this is a day late. I didn't have a chance to comment yesterday.

      And I have a list like this too - I'll be 30 a few short months after you :)

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      1. No worries! Thanks for the bday wishes. I'll have to take a peek at your list (is it on your blog?).

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    18. Happy birthday!! I should make a list like that too! I'm turning 25 this year so I'll have a few more years to attain them ; )

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      1. No fair! You have way more time, lol. Can't wait to get a peek at your list if you make one!

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    19. Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes!!!

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    20. Oh, I do hope that you had a wonderful birthday! I've been such a slack commenter ever since I've started getting your blog by email.
      Oh...PS...I'm finally doing your #24 this week! Cheers, doll!

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      1. Thanks!

        BUT . . .

        Arrghhh, I'm so JEALOUS! Can't wait to see photos!

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