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I Turn 30 Today. Here's What I'm Going To Do About It.

Well, here it is.

The big 3-0.

Today I officially leave my 20s, and say hello to a new decade.  I have to tell you, I'm feeling pretty excited about it.  To make this milestone even more meaningful, I've committed myself kicking of my 30s by living my life with intention.

The days can be overwhelming around here- taking care of the baby, working my corporate job part time, trying to get my home business back up and running after maternity leave, putting a meal on the table each night... It's exhausting.  By the end of the night, I'm thrilled to be watching The Real Housewives reruns for the 15th time, refreshing Instagram eleventy hundred times, and basically doing as little as I possibly can before going to bed much later than I should have.

I wake up the next day, but somehow 3 weeks have gone by instead of the one night I expected.  It's that irritating phenomenon where time flies by faster the older you get, but I feel like I have just been wasting whatever time has flown by.  I don't want to wake up, be 35 with a 5 year old child, and feel like all I have to show for it is a well-refreshed Facebook feed.  I need to start living life again.

In order to jumpstart my life again, I'm committing to a pretty big challenge- I've decided to participate in the DayZero project, also known on the interwebs as 101 in 1,001.  What is the 101 in 1,001 project, you ask?  In a nutshell, the challenge is to create a list of 101 things you want to get done in the next 1,001 days, or roughly 2.74 years.  And then do them all, one by one.  Like a New Years resolution list on steroids, really.

I've contemplated doing this challenge for a *very* long time.  In all honesty, the first time I thought about participating, my culminating 1,001st day should have been my 30th birthday.  So this list is roughly 2.74 years in the making.  I don't have a solid track record of sticking to simple New Years resolutions, really...  This project is honestly going to kick my backside.  There is a LOT that I'm committing to get done here, but  these are all things I've wanted to do or try over the last few years and have just not gotten around to.  So I'm finally going to make it happen.  I'll be blogging my way through the list, because frankly I love blogging and think that your support during this challenge will be critical.  And nothing says 'accountability' like committing to something on the internet for all to see.  No pressure.

Without further ado, here is what the next 2.74 years of my life is going to look like (in no particular order):

1.  Learn to crochet
 2.  Learn to knit
 3.  Learn the art of canning food
 4.  Follow the 100 Days To Christmas eBook on ListPlanIt
 5.  Go cycling
 6.  Go see Star Wars Exhibit at Exploration Place
 7.  Drive through the Flint Hills of Kansas
 8.  Take a trip to Salina, KS - my parents' hometown
 9.  Go see a Kansas Jayhawks basketball game
10.  Visit the Plaza in Kansas City at Christmastime
11.  Attend a CU Buffs football game
12.  Do the Bolder Boulder 10k run in 2013
13.  Learn to play polo
14.  Go to the Sedgwick County Zoo
15.  Pay for our trip to Costa Rica for Paul & Julie's wedding in cash (NO credit cards allowed)
16.  Learn to speak French
17.  Spend a day at El Dorado lake
18.  Take a camping trip to Lake McConaughy with my best friend's family and her sister's family
19.  Take a family lake or river fishing trip in Missouri
20.  Throw a housewarming party
21.  Build a back deck
22.  Put in a vegetable garden
23.  Take a vacation to my parents' ski condo in Keystone, CO
24.  Plan a trip to France or Italy to take when my 1,001 days has finished
25.  Visit a farmers market once a month
26.  Do a Turkey Trot run during the Thanksgiving season
27.  Learn how to make a pie crust from scratch
28.  Make a quilt for the baby
29.  Get a blog redesign
30.  Record an oral history of my grandmother and her husband
31.  Research and put together a family tree for the Mr and I
32.  Completely finish the baby's nursery
33.  Master and memorize Rick Bayless's Frontera-style red enchilada sauce recipe
34.  Pay off ALL credit card debt
35.  Put together a home management notebook
36.  Put together a master birthday calendar
37.  Send each person on the birthday calendar a birthday card *before* their birthday starting in January
38.  Embroider a needlepoint hanging for the baby's room
39.  Make 10 Christmas presents for friends and family
40.  Throw a dinner party
41.  Make one of Julia Child's famous recipes
42.  Learn how to tie a tie
43.  Learn how to tie a bow tie
44.  Memorize 5 Christmas songs on the piano
45.  Learn how to make 10 classic cocktails, bartender-style
46.  Read my Bible in a Year Bible
47.  Find "my" Bible verse
48.  Write a thank you letter to an old teacher
49.  Save $100 a month for the baby
50.  Create a meal planning system that works for our family
51.  Eat off of our meal plan for 1 month
52.  Learn how to play Bridge
53.  Learn how to play gin rummy
54.  Take a photo of the baby every day for a year and make a Blurb book out of it
55.  Wake up every morning at 5am for a month
56.  Join the public library
57.  Go orchard picking (apple, peach, whatever comes up first)
58.  Complete a master bedroom makeover with the help of Britany Simon
59.  Lose 25 lbs by New Years Eve
60.  Participate in a bible study from #SheReadsTruth
61.  Blog my way through the 101 in 1,001 challenge
62.  Write a letter to the baby every month on the 31st
63.  Avoid eating out for 1 month
64.  Have a photo taken with myself and the baby at least once a week
65.  Donate to a diaper bank once a month
66.  Learn how to make scones/tea cakes/traditional tea time foods
67.  Have a picnic
68.  Collaborate with my mom to make a family cookbook
69.  Collaborate with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law to make a family cookbook
70.  Learn how to make candy from my mother-in-law
71. Sell something I've made at a craft fair
72.  Take swimming lessons with the baby
73.  Cook with 1 new ingredient a month
74.  Try 50 new recipes
75.  Try 2 recipes from each of my cookbooks
76.  Write a will
77.  Get life insurance
78.  Participate in The Nesting Place's 31 Days series
79.  Turn the TV off after 8pm for 1 month
80.  Take a closet inventory and build a wardrobe look book
81.  Host a board games night
82.  Learn HTML and design the family blog from scratch
83.  Floss every day for a month
84.  Organize all my Lulu McGee business paperwork
85.  Listen to the top 50 albums on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list
86.  Watch AFI's Top 100 movies of all time
87.  Read 25 books from my AP English book list from 2000
88. Read a comprehensive book about mythology
89.  Go through ALL of my 9(!!!) inboxes to clean them out
90.  Save up for a Lulu McGee work computer
91.  Learn Photoshop
92.  Improve my handwriting
93.  Learn how to french braid
94.  Develop the habit of playing background music instead of background TV
95.  Memorize 10 go-to recipes
96.  Hold the baby for 1 nap every day
97.  Take a road trip to a new place once a year
98.  Do the Ultimate Reset Cleanse
99.  Clean through all my memorabilia boxes and do something with them (Blurb book? Scrapbooks?)
100. Make a profit on my company, Lulu McGee
101.  Throw a party for completing my list!

Happy 30th birthday to me!

Let the games begin...

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Mandy said...

Hmm, this reminded me I wrote one of these a long time ago...I should get cracking! Happiest of Birthdays!!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

i love this. happy happy birthday to you, my sweet friend. i know that this next year is going to be great for you! eager to see all the blog posts that come out of this list! :)

angsamp said...

Happy birthday! I love this list and I think you picked some really attainable, great goals!! I just recently created a family cookbook and it was the greatest thing. I took a lot of pictures of my mom and grandma cooking together to include with it as well (then got it professionally printed) and there are a few handwritten recipes so that years from now I will still have those memories. So much fun!

Brittney said...

Happy Birthday! Love this list! Also, can't wait for Lulu McGee to open up!

Desiree Lynn said...

I recently made myself a 30 before 30 list. Good luck and I hope we are both successful! You've got some fabulous to dos on that list!

Nina @ said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays to you! I'm lucky to call you my friend. And I LOVE your list! Love you!

Nina @ said...

Oh my goodness, and your new design is so pretty and fun!

California Wife said...

This is such an amazing list! After reading it I'm so inspired to do something similar myself! Have a wonderful 30th birthday. I can't wait to follow along as you complete your list!

Ivy said...

I love this idea and I love your list!! So many fun things up ahead for you! Xo

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The Waspy Redhead said...

Fabulous post! Happy happy birthday to you. I love your new site design and I'm feeling inspired by your list of goals.

Day Old News said...

This is so exciting! The new blog design looks fabulous!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Happy happy birthday, friend! I know you will do great at anything and everything you put your sweet mind to! Hugs!

Em said...

If you're going to a Jayhawks game, you absolutely have to eat at Freestate-it's a Lawrence must! The cheddar ale soup is amazing, and all their beers are fantastic.

Melissa @ I Pick Pretty said...

Happy (belated) birthday again!

What an inspirational list! I'm not a good resolution keeper, but I'm so impressed with people like you who do have the willpower to get through these. In particular, the family cookbook idea is *such* a cool one; what a terrific keepsake to pass down through the generations.

Also, I want to contribute personally to the "make Lulu McGee profitable" fund as soon as you open up shop again (think you're still on hiatus?) - Master P needs some personalized holiday wear!

Ivy said...

i LOVE this and you may have inspired me to jump on board... AND YOUR NEW DESING IS SO CUTE!!!!

Glitterista said...

What a fabulous list! I hope to do a few races within the next year or so as well and have started slowly tackling my work inbox. . .

Erin said...

Girl, this looks like SO MUCH FUN! My friend Nicole organizes a super cool craft fair twice a year. You should totes sell some Lulu McGee there this spring!

M. Eileen said...

I love this. Thank you for the inspiration. I'm turning thirty in 6 months and have been anxious and nervous. This list gives me the inspiration I needed to write my own! Love your list!

M. Eileen said...

p.s. Happy Birthday!!!!

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