18 for 2018

Per my mom’s idea (and some podcast) I made an 18 for 2018 list in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions.  The list was finalized a while ago but here it finally goes on the blog…so now it is real.

  1. De-clutter the house and organize the garage.
  2. Cook 20 meals at home every month.
  3. Revamp my wardrobe, making it easier to pick out outfits by getting rid of what I don’t like and storing away seasonal stuff. Focus on buying quality pieces in the store versus cheap items online.
  4. Visit my grandaddy.
  5. Buy a family car.
  6. Prepare with organization and structure for the SE exam. Prioritize this for the first three and a half months of the year.
  7. Have fun learning guitar.
  8. Make at least six girls nights happen.
  9. Maintain a healthy skin routine.
  10. Re-learn our lindy hop choreographed dance from the wedding.
  11. Pack five picnics somewhere.
  12. Work through my devotional book and pray nightly with Bryan.
  13. Read ten books for fun or learning.
  14. Swap reading/music/puzzles for TV one night a week.
  15. Cross stitch something.
  16. Make at least two recipes from three different cookbooks.
  17. Travel to visit a friend.
  18. Dine at five new-to-me restaurants.

I like my list and am feeling confident that it is not out of reach.


Birthday · List

Next Decade

So I started this list as I was turning 30…that is, over a year ago, with the thought that I had more to add to it.  But alas, I can’t think of any other goals or aspirations at the moment.  And I have already knocked an item off the list with more in the works.  Others have been put off, but I have a whole decade!  Plus I’m sure Bryan has more to add.

  1. Travel to Hawaii (going this year for Thanksgiving…though just one island so maybe this goal should be for all four)
  2. Charter our own sailboat for a week
  3. Hike the Enchantments…with permit
  4. Bike a century ride
  5. Get my Structural Engineering license
  6. Travel to Asia
  7. Take a snowmobile trip in and/or around Michigan
  8. Do a minimum 3 night backpack trip somewhere (we did this for our Idaho eclipse trip this year)
  9. Compete in an adventure race (I guess Ragnar doesn’t count)
  10. Rim to rim crossing of the Grand Canyon
  11. Go on an Alaska cruise
  12. Lake Powell house boat trip
  13. Ski in Japan
  14. Buy a house



Will Do and Won’t Do

We were talking a bit about age last night at FareStart and how our personalities are set in stone at this point in our life and how we can’t and/or won’t change them to satisfy anyone else.  This is very true of people once they reach their 30s I think and it’s honestly something I really appreciate about people thirty and older.  No nonsense, no trying to be someone you aren’t or something you’re not.  You have more confidence about who you are and less desire to fit in with the crowd.  Although, you still might test out trends or fads, those that don’t work for you aren’t going to last long.  This is a bit of what I am reflecting on lately, you know, now that I’m 31.  There are just some things that I don’t want to do and some things that I actually need to start doing…and am.

Will NOT Do:

  1. Bell sleeves.  I don’t get this style
  2. Cold shouldered sleeves.  Yeah no.
  3. Ponchos.  I want to like these because they look so comfy but I just can’t go to work in a blanket.
  4. Slang.  Some Most of the slang out there these days I just can’t adopt into my own language.
  5. Sour beers.
  6. Chia seeds, nutritional yeast, and most any and all supplements.  This includes green smoothies.  I’m already cold enough in the morning.  Oh and definitely the Paleo and Whole 30 diets.
  7. Living to work instead of working to live.

Will Do:

  1. Skincare routine.  I don’t drink enough water ever and have drier skin so I really must moisturize and now that I am aging (lol) and have good products I am committed to taking care of my skin…and getting a facial every once in a while.  That means I’m okay with spending a bit to get good and reliable products.
  2. Balayage or highlights.  I need them in my hair now!
  3. Treat even the people I don’t care for with respect and friendliness.
  4. Study un-begrudgingly for the Structural Engineers (SE) exam.
  5. Shop in stores instead of buying stuff online.
  6. Invest time into reading again.
  7. TRY to limit TV, sugar, and screen time…oh boy.