30 before 30 : Update

10 August 2013

I have just about 4 months left before my 30th birthday and my 30 before 30 list is going really well and I figured it was a good time to revisit it and update.

It has been an amazing few months since I started this list. I did some truly amazing things that I had been dreaming of my whole life (like seeing the northern lights in Iceland!) and it reminds me that I sometimes really need to let myself dream bigger and really take risks to make those dreams a reality. At the same time, it's a way for me to celebrate the little things like a new tattoo or refinishing the prefect desk.

Here's a little update:
1. See New Orleans - check!
2. Eat an authentic New Orleans poboy (& also try either crawfish or alligator)check!
3. Go on a swap tourcheck!
4. Travel outside of the US check - Iceland & Canada!
5. See the Northern Lights - check!
6. Soak in the Blue Lagoon - check!
7. Say "yes" to new adventures and experiences - always a work in progress, but I think I am doing pretty well so far!
8. Find a new job that makes me happy and leaves room for a work/life balance  - I have taken a position in a non-profit eldercare organization as of July 1 & I am really enjoying my work! 
9. Continue writing this blog - I know that I've been a little behind on how often I update, but I adore this blog and I adore the people it has allowed me to meet, so I am not giving up ;)
10. Refinish my new desk - check!
11. Try more recipes that intimidate me
12. Get another tattoo - check!
13. Get my craft room fully organized - so close! More work this weekend!
14. Make an effort to declutter my life - Several carloads of Goodwill donations have been made as well as a massive yardsale.  I am going to continue this project to create better habits!
15. Work on connecting more with my sister 
16. Be better about keeping in touch with people & sending mail
17. Grow at least one new thing in the garden that I've never tried before - This year, I am trying a few different radishes, carrots, and pattypan squash.
18. Finish an embroidery project
19. Pay off all my outstanding medical debts
20. Design and create a ton of custom jar labels for all the canned goods I have made
21. Continue doing the 52 Lists Project - I love this project!  I hope it comes back soon!
22. Attend GeekGirlCon 2013
23. Keep working on maintaining my savings account balance - I have been rocking it.  It's a huge deal for me to say that I have been accomplishing this through a bout of unemployment, travel splurges, and a new job!
24. Visit Vancouver, B.C. - check!
25. Go bungee jumping - I really hope to plan this soon!
26. Express my gratitude for the people in my life more often - a never ending quest, but I feel like I've been really focused.
27. Start an Etsy shop for some of my thrifting finds 
28. Volunteer more often & take on more fosters - check!
29. Be less afraid of the unknown
30. Plan an awesome 30th birthday party

My life has changed so dramatically since the day I turned 29, I have lost a job & started a new one, made some amazing new friends, created beautiful things, saw places I've only dreamed up, and I've learned so much about myself in the process. It's been a series of ups and downs, but I am really excited about where I go from here.


  1. I love the list idea! And you've accomplished so much already! Keep going girl!

  2. I work in the same field that you do! It is very rewarding :)

  3. This list is awesome and what's MORE awesome is how you are rocking it! Wow, you are really making so much progress based on this update! That is fantastic to see, Sarah! :) You've done some awesome things, too! I am so jealous of your Iceland trip! :)


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