30 Before 30, 3 Months In

So, I am 3, er almost 4, months into my ’30 Before 30′ challenge. Some items I have already accomplished/checked off, others are a work in progress. Some I may not end up following through with … I have approximately 8 months to complete the list, so here’s hoping! I’ll re-post my list and then cross off/explain what I have completed, etc.

  1. Get a nursing job. Completely realistic, not to mention necessary! Started a school nurse job January 13th, 2014! My first real job, with benefits and everything. The kiddos are adorable, I love working with community resources, and my coworkers are wonderful. I still can’t believe how good God is to provide me with a job that perfectly suits me.
  2. Run another 5K. Fun runs make exercise much more enjoyable.
  3. Start paying my student loans. This girl has some debt. I’d like to make it smaller.  I’m 3 months into some payments, soon to start paying on all of them. It’s a slow process, but I’m really looking to tackling some debt this next year. One payment at a time.
  4. Think before I buy clothes, makeup, shoes. Time to wise-up on my spending habits.  Work-in-progress. I gave up buying clothes for Lent. I’m not Catholic, but I love a good challenge. Let’s not talk about makeup. If I had been really daring, I would have given up buying makeup for Lent too, or lip products for that matter. I digress. It’s a problem. I’ll readily admit it.
  5. Travel somewhere new. Always on my list.
  6. Make it over to NJ to visit my 30-year-old brother & my sis-in-law.
  7. Regularly check the oil level on my car. I forget too easily. Work-in-progress. I’ve checked once. It needed it. Poor little sassy red car. She really takes a beating from me. I should check this again very soon.
  8. Read a really interesting biography. I read Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. A 20-something woman has a bit of a rough upbringing, struggles with relationships, drugs, etc., and decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This book was fascinating. I admired her tenacity, as I’m pretty certain I would never hike the trail all by my lonesome. Reese Witherspoon is starring in the movie, so I shall be watching when it comes out on screen.
  9. Read an intriguing fiction novel. I’ve read several works of fiction so far, but I won’t name my top pick until later in the year, particularly because I’m always reading some sort of fiction.
  10. Write to my Grandma in England every month. I don’t write enough.
  11. Send out 5 handwritten notes to friends or family.
  12. Go out on a fancy date- the kind where I get all gussied up. It just sounds fun.
  13. Master the art of baking a cake from scratch.
  14. Learn to cook something tasty and new. I made the Pioneer Woman’s Tequila Lime Chicken. Oh, wow. I’ll be making it again.
  15. Explore Salem more. Find somewhere new to enjoy in my hometown.
  16. Figure out how to work my Nikon camera.
  17. Try a snow sport, other than tubing. Snow shoeing, skiing, snowboarding. Never have!
  18. Get out and use my kayak at least 5 times. When the weather is decent, of course.
  19. Perhaps follow through with my tattoo I’ve always been meaning to get.
  20. Learn to crochet.
  21. Go out to eat at Portland City Grill during happy hour. I want to see those views.
  22. Discover a new band/artist to listen to.
  23. Find a devotional and delve in. If you have suggestions, let me know. I read Beth Moore’s Believing God. It was free for Kindle, so I downloaded the Kindle app for iPad and read it. I loved it because it was free, but more importantly, Beth Moore has the ability to speak such wisdom and encouragement through her words, without feeling lecture-y (making up a word here).
  24. Serve at church regularly. Tithe regularly. Work-in-progress. I’ve been serving in the nursery at church and tithing every month. God calls those who love Him to obey Him, and this is one step of obedience I am making an effort toward.
  25. Refinish my coffee table that is currently sitting in my parents’ attic.
  26. Go to a brewery I’ve never been to before. For my 29th birthday party, I gathered up some of my very dearest friends and family and went to the Lucky Lab Brewery in Portland. I still want to discover more breweries though.
  27. Go wine tasting again. It’s been a few years. Take some girlfriends, and go!
  28. Pick out and print some of my thousands of digital pictures.
  29. Be motivated by faith, not fear. Be prepared to give an example of this somehow.
  30. Write this blog with intention. Share what God has been sharing with me.

As you can see, the items are slowly being crossed off. It’s been a fun list to create and see accomplished, and I’m looking forward to crossing off more items as the months pass by. Perhaps I’ll update again in another 3 months.

Original blog post dated 04/14/14

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