60 before 30 2020 update

The concept of setting, making progress on, and achieving goals has changed over the past few months. At the beginning of quarantine in March I was full of energy and anticipation of all the fun things I could achieve during this uninterrupted time at home. But as time went on, plans continued to be cancelled, and Covid and quarantine seem to have no end in sight, my enthusiasm about new hobbies and progress on goals at home has waned. This 60 before 30 list has always been a fun list that brings me joy and excitement. When I added the goals I have completed or started since the last 60 before 30 update (May 2019), it was so exciting to see how much I have been able to accomplish in just one year and a few months! That makes me want to jump back in and try to make some of these other goals happen too. Some of them won’t be possible until Covid is gone, but there are some that I can do right now at home. If you feel like you are in a rut after the trials of the last few months too, hopefully this helps give you some encouragement to make your own list and have some things to look forward to completing now and in the future.

Below I’ll list the goals I have completed and the goals I have in progress right now. You can refer back to this blog post to see the full list. The goals in bold are new since the last update. Without further ado, my 60 before 30 update!

60 before 30 Update

Start date: January 24, 2018

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Travel and Adventure

Completed: 9/11

  • Find a great coffee shop in a city/town we visit – Maman (NYC, December 2018)
  • Visit a state I have never been to before – Colorado (June 2018)
  • Travel to a non-local town/city I haven’t been to before – Napa Valley [Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga] (May 2018), Denver (June 2018)
  • Go on a trip with just Will – East Coast trip – Baltimore, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, NYC, DC (December 2018)
  • Go on a girls trip with my mom and sister – Richmond (September 2018)
  • Try (at least) 5 new-to-us restaurants in the Triangle – Mother and Sons (March 2018), Oakleaf (November 2018), Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas (December 2018), Morgan Street Food Hall (2018), Transfer Food Hall (April 2019)
  • Try 5 new-to-us coffee shops in the Triangle Heirloom (October 2018), Fount Coffee Shop (December 2018), Napoli (January 2019), Hummingbird Cafe and Bar (February 2019), Honeysuckle Cafe (April 2019)
  • Go on a road trip in the western United States National Parks trip – Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Page, AZ, Grand Canyon NP (May 2019)
  • Watch a sunrise(May 2019 in the Grand Canyon)

In Progress: 1/11

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Home and Family

Completed: 12/20 (last time I updated I only had 1/20 in this section!)

  • Celebrate our four year anniversary (June 2018) – see it here
  • Move wherever Will’s residency takes us! (June 2019)
  • Celebrate our five year anniversary (June 2019)
  • Celebrate our six year anniversary (June 2020)
  • Learn about different ways to save money (specific accounts, funds, etc) – Learned more about and invested in stocks (February/March 2020)
  • Prepare a room (or area, depending on where we live next) in our home for guests to stay in when they visit – In our Nashville apartment (June 2019)
  • Transfer all insurances and titles from our parents names to our names – car insurance (early 2018), health and dental insurance (early 2018), car title (February 2020)
  • Host a dinner party for friends – Citrus Party (January 2020)
  • Send a Christmas card – Christmas 2019 (December 2019)
  • Come up with 14 go-to dinners, at least 10 of which are plant-based See them here (February 2020)
  • Plant herbs and keep them alive for at least half a yearBasil, thyme, rosemary, July 2019 – February 2020; Started again with basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and mint April 2020 – ?
  • Have professional photographs taken of usPhotos taken by Graham Terhune before we moved from Chapel Hill (April 2019)

In Progress: 4/20

  • Cultivate five habits to make our life more “green” – bought reusable silicone zipper bags (February 2019), bought cloths and sponges to wipe down the counter instead of paper towels (January 2020), purchased a larger compost bin to help increase our compost capabilities (early 2020)
  • Seasonally purge my closet of clothes I don’t wear – Jan 2018, March 2018, January 2019, May 2019, October 2019, May/June 2020
  • Grow our family
  • Start a new family tradition (sprinkle scones for bday breakfast)

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Skills, Learning, and Hobbies

Completed: 10/22

  • Bake yeast bread – everything pretzel bites (September 2018), eggnog cinnamon rolls (December 2018), pistachio cinnamon morning buns (January 2019), croissants (March/April 2020)
  • Stitch a needlepoint belt – finished one for my brother (May 2018)
  • Complete a DIY home project – built a back patio fence and strung lights, with help from my parents and Will (May 2018)
  • Redesign the blog – May 2018
  • Try a new workout class – CycleBar spin class led by one of my college roommates (January 2018)
  • Run two half marathons or one full marathon – Rock n’ Roll MARATHON in Washington, D.C. (March 2018)
  • Try new wines, learn more about them, and determine which types I typically like – Napa Valley (May/June 2018)
  • Expand my makeup skills by setting a time to learn from a makeup savvy friendTook a lesson from my sweet talented friend Megan (May 2019)
  • Read the New TestamentFinished whole bible – old and new testaments (February 2020)
  • Attend a workshop to enhance my careerEverygirls Rise (August 2019)

In Progress: 4/22

  • Read three biographies – Becoming by Michelle Obama (January 2019), Save Me the Plums (March 2020)
  • Read five nonfiction books – You are a Badass (June 2018), Designing Your Life (February 2019), How to Celebrate Everything (July 2019), The Power of Habit (February 2020)
  • Read five fiction booksLittle Fires Everywhere (August 2019), Nickel Boys (November 2019), The Dutch House (March 2020)
  • Stitch a needlepoint pillow


Completed: 2/7

  • Volunteer for a cause I’m passionate about – May 2018, Volunteered for Carolina Campus Community Garden transplanting tomato plants to give to low wage workers at UNC. CCCG relies on volunteer support and food grown in the garden is given to low wage workers at UNC (typically housekeeping and grounds staff). It provides fresh, local, sustainably grown produce for free to people who otherwise might not be able to buy it in the store.
  • Send and unexpected card or package to a friend – Valentines cookies to Lane (February 2018), Fairy Godmother for Allison and Fletcher (November 2017-October 2018), Anna (February 2019)

In Progress: 2/7

  • Send a small gift to five people out of the blue – Molly (January 2019), Lane (October 2019), Anna (November 2019)
  • Bring meals to friends who become new parents – Eltons (December 2018), Bakis’ (January 2019), Gyoris (March 2019), Grads (March 2020)

Total Completed: 33/60 (more than doubled since last year!)
Total in Progress: 11/60
Total Not Started: 16/60

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