Things to do Before 32: Update 1
So on April 11 of this year I turned 31 and around that time I created a post about the things I’d like to do before my next birthday. This list consisted of a wide range of goals including trips with the family, school goals, and friends goals. You can find that post here.
Now that it’s been about 3 months since that initial post, I thought I’d update you on the progress through my list.
1.Make 5 recipes from Pinterest – OK, so I haven’t started this one yet. My excuse is that I have a newborn. At this point I feel accomplished if I remember to defrost the meat for dinner at all. Hopefully, we can try something soon!
2. Go to the zoo at least 3 times – We have gone to the zoo once so far since I made my list. I don’t think this one will be an issue. We plan to go at least once more over the summer and we always go in the fall for their Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo. Our membership makes this a lot easier. you can read my tips for zoo trips. here.
3. Go on a real vacation – This one might have to take a back seat for a while. We had wanted to take a family vacation in the fall. However, with all of the medical expenses from Hailey’s diagnosis not to mention her constant doctor’s appointments I don’t think it’s in the cards. We can revisit that in the spring and see if things have changed.
4. Read 2 inspiring books – So far I read Eat That Frog which I talked about in this earlier post. So that leaves one book left!
5. Rent or sell my house – Well we had to put this on hold what with the baby being born and all. Therefore, we had taken it off the market for a while. However, last week we signed with a new realtor and we hope to get things back on track.
6. Move to new home – We’re currently looking at houses to move into. Since we can’t float 2 mortgage payments, moving will likely have to wait until this home is sold.
7. Get back in shape after baby – I am officially in training mode. I relaxed initially and let my body heal, but I recently started to get the itch to get my sweat on, so I did. I haven’t officially weighed myself yet but next week we will have a weight and progress picture update.
8. Perform in 2 dance productions – Well I’m still working on the get back in shape part, so we’ll see about the performing part…
9. Finish writing my book – In all honesty, I haven’t worked on this in a while. I haven’t had a break from grad school since Christmas time. The summer semester began immediately after the spring semester ended. I hope to work on this during my month off of school between the summer and fall semesters.
10. Start creating vertical images for blog This is one of the first things that I started working on. I haven’t changed every image, but I have changed most of them.
11. Do 3 DIY projects from Pinterest – This is just as stagnant as the recipes one. My problem is not lack of time per se but instead not knowing when I will have time or how much, so I don’t pick out projects or have the right supplies. I will work on this.
12. Declutter – We are doing really well with this one. We organized Tyler’s room, the living room, the downstairs closet, and have made progress with the basement. The next major room will be our bedroom!
13. Plan a T and mommy date at least once a month after Hailey is born -Having a newborn that breastfeed a made this difficult the first 2 months. The boys had one on one time out of the house, but Tyler and I didn’t. I’m looking to have a lunch date with him next week, which is my last week off before I go back to work.
14. Complete 27 credits of grad school – I have now completed 18 credits. Next week I will finish my second summer class and if all goes well, I will be up to 21 credits. Then 2 courses in the fall will bring me to the 27 credits. Then just a few more classes and requirements and I will be a Math Master!!
15. Have consistent date nights with the hubs – As I said, this is super hard for us because I work days and my husband works nights. We set a goal of 2 dates a month. So far, we are doing well for July. This past Sunday we went to a concert together and we will be seeing Guns N Roses on the 24th. Next month I don’t think the dates will be so fancy, but we definitely intend for them to happen.
16. Complete cookbook for my nonprofit – Abefore I had Hailey, I presented the idea of doing a cookbook to my board. I had explained that with a newborn I would not be able to take the lead on this project. However, a cookbook would be a lot easier than organizing and holding photo shoots for the calendar. My board however has done nothing to gets his project going.
17. Have a couples game night – Well my husband got me cards against humanity. Now we just have to invite people over to play….
18. Plan and have a girls brunch – With baby being born almost exactly a month after my birthday, I haven’t had time to plan this one yet. Plus one of my friends had their baby about a month after me. Hopefully soon we can all get together.
19. Participate in 2-3 charity walks – I am already registered and started fundraising for the diabetes walk. That one is close to my heart. I’m looking into the Autism Speaks and St Jude, and Lupus Walks in the fall. These all, however are on Saturdays which conflicts with T’s dance class.
20. Run a donation drive – I’m looking to do this closer to the holidays. I will possibly be doing a book and pajama drive again.
So that’s my progress so far on my list on things to do my 32nd birthday. I’ve made pretty good progress on most of the items, there are just a few more to start working on. Mainly the ones involving Pinterest. Hopefully I can make some headway there for next time!
Do you have big birthday goals? Tell me about them in the comments.
Have a great weekend!!
Emily Bendler is a mom, wife, full-time insurance adjuster, professional dancer, dance teacher, graduate student, and founder of I Hope You Dance, Inc., a non-profit supporting youth dance. Read how Emily used her dance ambitions to become a time management maven. Feel free to send Emily a message using the email me tab above.