60 before 30 update

Last week I celebrated my 27th birthday. It was a beautiful day and we took full advantage, walking up and down our small town streets, building and recounting memories from our years here. Since my 60 before 30 list ends on my birthday in a few years, I thought it would be fun to do a status report and see how many goals I have completed and still have left to complete at this point.

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. It’s amazing to see how far it has come already, but also how many goals there are left to accomplish. I’m excited about and proud of some of the goals that are on this completed list, and knowing how I felt when I completed these motivates me even more to complete the other goals on the list.

Travel and Adventure

Completed: 6/11

  • 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)

In Progress: 2/11

  • Create and post a guide to the Triangle (which involves exploring new places, restaurants, cafes, etc around the area)
  • Try 5 new-to-us coffee shops in the Triangle – Heirloom (October 2018), Fount Coffee Shop (December 2018), Napoli (January 2019), Honeysuckle Cafe (April 2019)

Home and Family

Completed: 1/20

  • Celebrate our four year anniversary (June 2018) – see it here

In Progress: 5/20

  • Move wherever Will’s residency takes us! – we have a signed lease and a move in date!
  • Transfer all insurances and titles from our parents names to our names – car (early 2018), health and dental (early 2018)
  • Come up with 14 go-to dinners, at least 10 of which are plant-based – we have 9 go-to dinners so far, 7 of which are plant forward
  • Cultivate five habits to make our life more “green” – bought reusable silicone zipper bags (February 2019)
  • Seasonally purge my closet of clothes I don’t wear – January 2018, March 2018, January 2019

Skills, Learning, and Hobbies

Completed: 7/22

  • Bake yeast bread – everything pretzel bites (September 2018), eggnog cinnamon rolls (December 2018), pistachio cinnamon morning buns (January 2019)
  • 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)

In Progress: 2/22

  • Read three biographies – Becoming by Michelle Obama (January 2019)
  • Read the New Testament


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)
  • Bring meals to friends who become new parents – Eltons (December 2018), Bakis’ (January 2019), Gyoris (March 2019); this is on the “in progress” list because I want to continue to do this as much as I can

Total Completed: 16/60
Total in Progress: 11/60
Total Not Started: 33/60

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