Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Today I Turn 30 (A 30 Before 30 Wrap Up)

Happy Birthday to me!  I am now officially 30 (and happily embracing it)!  After your 21st birthday, the only milestones are at the change of the decades so I'm taking advantage.  I started celebrating last weekend and will continue for the rest of the month!  I don't usually make a big deal out of my birthday, but I am making a point to this year.

Let's see how I did on my list.

30 Before 30:
(in no particular order)
  1. Attend a concert at Blossom
  2. Keep in touch with people better  (I need to keep working on this, but I have been doing better.)
  3. Blog more regularly
  4. Participate in a blog swap
  5. Sing karaoke in public 
  6. Bake for a good cause
  7. Visit my sister in Atlanta (Don't worry Melissa, this will happen and I'm looking forward to it!) 
  8. Visit my brother in New Orleans (NOLA was on our list even before Jim moved down there so we'll definitely be visiting.)
  9. Volunteer (Since my last update I've been back to the Cleveland Foodbank and I volunteered at MedWish.  My friends Julie and Amanda have a great write up about our time at MedWish.)
  10. Attend a Tremont Art Walk 
  11. Visit one of Cleveland's beaches  (I visited Edgewater Park on a nice fall day.)
  12. Now that the elephants are back in their new habitat, I want to visit the zoo again. 
  13. Visit the MetroParks outside of Solon
  14. Host more parties
  15. Learn how to draw (Sometimes I don't start things because I'm afraid I won't be any good.  I need to get over this and just try.)
  16. Spend less time on the computer
  17. Visit Stan Hywet Hall (I didn't get here before I turned 30, but I have plans to vist when it's decorated for the holidays. I heard it's gorgeous!)
  18. Try to relax (I think overall I was better at relaxing and giving myself a break about things.  Thanks to online deals I've also gotten a few massages and my first pedicure.)
  19. Make our wedding album (our 5 year anniversary is a month before I turn 30) (I'm so overwhelmed by this task that I keep putting it off. It would be a good thing to do on a wintery weekend when we don't feel like leaving the house.)
  20. Visit the West Side more often
  21. Attend a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game
  22. Attend a Burning River Roller Girls bout 
  23. Go skydiving (I bought the Groupon to do this, but I failed to schedule a "dive" before it got too cold so I'm waiting until next spring.)
  24. Learn how to use some of the features on our camera (We have a point and shoot that allows some manual tweaking.  I learned some controls for exposure and aperture.)
  25. Go tobogganing (We didn't have hardly any snow last year so this was nearly impossible.  It's high on my winter to do list for this year, I hope we have better luck!)
  26. Be more positive about day to day stuff (I happier now than I was a year ago so that definitely helps with being more positive.)
  27. Try at least 6 new restaurants
  28. Drink more wine
  29. Visit Cleveland's Asiatown and eat dim sum
  30. Exercise more (I exercised more than the previous year so I'm going to mark it off, but I need to make it a higher priority.)

I'd say that I was pretty successful with my list.  I'll work on the ones I didn't get to and continue the ones that are good ways of life.

If you want to check my progress over the past year, here are my other updates:

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  1. Happy Birthday Sarah!!!
    You really did great with your list - I'm really impressed. If you wait long enough, we can do our wedding albums together...

  2. Happy birthday!!
    It's my birthday, too, though I wish I could say I was only turning 30....... :)

    Have a great day!

    1. I already wished you a happy birthday on Twitter, but you can't say it too much! Life is for celebrating and we survived another year!

  3. Tour de Cure 2013 - New Orleans...be there or be square!

  4. You did do a solid job on your list. I think you should be proud! Happy happy birthday!!

  5. Nice job on the list! I may steal this idea before I'm thirty. Hmmm.... anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  6. Thanks everybody! I am happy that I was able to cross so much of the list. Without 30 Before 30, I probably would have put off doing some of these things even longer.

  7. I'm very slowly catching up on some blog reading. I had read this but hadn't had a chance to wish you happy birthday. Congrats on making so much progress on your list. I didn't do nearly as well with mine. You should feel very proud of what you've accomplished this year!